Scotti and I were recently guests on Momtourage’s video podcast, Live From The Couch! In our episode we discussed holiday style…but with a decidedly 2020 bent. Which means joggers, obviously.
The Unexpected Answer To Dressing Up Joggers? Jewelry
I had a realization several weeks ago — after a day of sweatpants and unwashed hair and no-makeup — that I felt much better about sipping a cocktail with my husband on that random Thursday night when I first slapped on some makeup, a spritz of perfume (a shower was a bridge too far), and decorated mahself with some jewels.
And THAT is how my at-home date night outfit was born: joggers + jewelry.
Jewelry Top Picks: The Brands & Retailers I Love
I’m not typically a huge accessory person — I tend to buy a piece or two and then wear it over & over & over for years. That said…after 10+ years of blogging, I’ve found that I’ve consistently had more luck at the same set of retailers and/or brands. So here’s a list of my favorite places to look for jewelry, as well as my top picks at each. (The price points range from under $50 to around $400.)
Shop Small: NINOBrand
Philadelphia-based NINOBrand is one of my all-time favorite designers. And while I’ve mostly waxed poetic about Bela’s clothing designs, here for example, her insanely bad-ass jewelry is NOT to be missed.
Think: Special, unique pieces that you really will have forever. I get compliments whenever I wear them.
Shop Small: Nickel + Suede
The entire TME team is obsessed with this brand. And for good reason! The designs are so freaking cool, and, because they’re made out of cut-out suede, they’re never heavy. One of the few pairs of earrings I can comfortably wear all day.
Think: Statement earrings that never look out-of-place for daytime use.
Shop Small: Shop BURU
I am such a huge fan of Morgan, the insanely talented designer behind Shop BURU. Her entire vibe is so freaking fun to watch (think Queen’s Gambit meets I Love Lucy) and it doesn’t surprise me that her accessory game is strong.
Think: a small, but well-edited selection of quirky, almost-costume jewelry pieces.
Shop Small: Gwen Beloti
Another TME team fav, Black-owned business Gwen Beloti makes seriously gorgeous gold jewelry. The kind you want to wear everyday, and in a price range that’s accessible (but high enough to know you aren’t getting something that will easily break or tarnish).
Think: interesting, everyday pieces that are made for layering.
Shop Small: Victoria Emerson
We’re all obsessed with this brand’s wrap bracelets (they look just like Chan Luu’s…but at a fraction of the cost), but don’t miss their seriously cool Apple watch bands, either.
Think: boho-chic wrap bracelets with a beachy, timeless appeal.
For high-quality, interesting twists on classic shapes, Verishop has quickly become one of my favorite places to shop for jewelry. Many of the brands they carry are either sustainably made, or made in the USA.
Think: Chunky gold necklaces, cool hoop earrings (often sustainably made) and a ton of layering options.
Kendra Scotti’s typical vibe is typically colorful, cheerful and preppy…ie, not my usual thing. But her pieces are really well-made, they’re totally unique, and, over the years, I’ve found that she’ll often come out with one or two edgier pieces (often earrings)…that end up being my most reached-for pair whenever I need to dress up.
Think: Bold, art-piece statement earrings with an edge.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention J.Crew’s jewelry section. I’m obsessed with their Quirky Great Aunt Edna vibe, and the fact that they’re so affordable (especially when on sale).
Think: Pieces that are both fancy and playful.
Banana nails the modern-vintage vibe. Many of their pieces look like something you might find in an old drawer somewhere…but with a slight modern edge. But because of their frequent sales, they tend to sell out quickly.
Think: vintage-looking earrings and pearl necklaces with a modern, messy twist.
Macy’s has an overwhelmingly HUGE amount of jewelry…but the upside is that one can find seriously cool pieces (especially on sale).
THINK: Stretchy cuff bracelets — buy two, then wear them on each wrist. (It’s an unexpected way of making a plain sweater more interesting.)
Did I miss any of your favorites? Would love to know if you have a secret (or not so secret) source for cool jewelry.
photo credits: Lahti Photography
Oh hey, Pinners…