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Is Your Jewelry Making You Look Old?
By Rosemary McGuire
Have you ever looked in the
mirror and something about
you felt frumpy and old? If
it wasn’t the makeup, or hair
or clothes, take a closer look.
It might just be your jewelry
that’s aging you.
Recently, while rummaging
through my jewelry, I took out
a puka bead necklace I hadn’t
seen in years. I knew it was
kind of dated, but thought it
might work by pairing it with
another beaded necklace.
The result couldn’t have been
further from the truth.
You know how they say lis-
ten to that little voice inside
of you? Well that little voice
started out as a whisper tell-
ing me to take off the necklace
and the longer the day went
on, the louder the voice got.
At one point while looking in
a mirror, I actually heard it
scream at me, “Stop wasting
time and take it off now! It
makes you look so old. Old.
Old. Old.”
So I did. Ripped it off and
tossed it in the trash. As a few
of the beads scattered and
rolled around on the bath-
room floor, it got me thinking.
Was my jewelry aging me?
When was the last time I up-
dated my necklaces?
Can jewelry make you look
old?The answer? Yes. A big, re-
sounding, wholehearted, ab-
solutely positively yes. Mood
rings, friendship bracelets, toe
rings and lacquer earrings
from the 80s anyone?
Rockaway local and small
business owner of the online
jewelry store Trends by Meg,
Megan Rochelle agrees. “Jew-
elry is a great way to express
yourself,” says Rochelle, “It
can date you, but when done
correctly it’s a fun, easy way to
instantly update your outfit.”
We purge our closets, our
clutter or clothes. It was time
for me to do the same with
Getting Started:
Lay everything out in simi-
lar groups. Necklaces, brace-
lets, earrings etc.
Now take a good look piece
by piece and be honest. Do
you love it?
When was the last time you
wore the piece? How does it
feel when you put it on? Fab-
ulous? Glamorous? Finished?
Then keep it. Ambivalent?
Then get creative and try
pairing it with another item in
your pile.
Still unsure? Try wear-
ing it out for a day. See how
you feel when you’re out and
about. At the end of the day,
if you’re still unsure, it may be
time to retire it, or you may
just find yourself ripping it off
and tossing it in the trash like
the 20-year-old puka beads.
If it’s too overwhelming, try
enlisting a friend or family
member to help. No need to
tackle everything all at once,
do bracelets one day, earrings
the next, and so on. Be easy
on yourself. If it took you
years to amass your collec-
tion, it’s going to take more
than a day to debride it.
Once you’ve cleared out
your clutter, consider invest-
ing in one or two inexpensive
trendy costume jewelry piec-
According to Rochelle, hot
items for spring are statement
necklaces and statement ear-
rings as well as chunky chain
necklaces, tassel necklaces
and collar necklaces. “Pen-
dants are also big this season
and layering them is a great
way to update your ward-
robe.” Also new on the scene
is negative space jewelry de-
signed with empty space as a
focal point.
However, Rochelle warns,
pick only one trendy piece to
wear at a time. Wearing more
than one oversized statement
piece at the same time is a big
Rochelle reminds women
that wearing jewelry well is a
balance of incorporating new
pieces while staying true to
your own sense of style. “And
staying within your color
scheme with jewelry compli-
menting your clothes makes
for a polished look.”
Wary of accessorizing with
stripes? “Don’t be,” says Ro-
chelle. “Black and white
stripes pair well with pearl
statement necklaces while
colored stripes go well with
Most of all, she says to have
fun. Experiment. She shares
a quote that has stuck with
her from jeweler Jennie Kwon
who once said, “Jewelry has
the power to be this one little
thing that can make you feel
Some jewelry dos and
• Take inventory of what you
have before you start buying
new items.
• Consider enlisting a friend
for help.
• Use thin chains when lay-
ering and mix a pendant or
two in.
• Mix and un-match those
boxed earrings and neck-
lace sets to create your own
• Be true to your own style
and preferences.
• Layer large statement piec-
es. Pick either statement
earrings or a necklace.
• Wear too many trendy piec-
es at once.
• Get rid of something you
may regret later. A sen-
timental piece should be
saved and even framed like
• Get frustrated. If it’s been
years since you’ve purged,
it may take some time to re-
vamp your collection.
• Let a trend dictate your
style. If you hate it, don’t
wear it just because it’s “in.”
Megan Rochelle is found-
er of the social media based
online jewelry store called
Trends by Meg. Established
in May 2014, she manag-
es her small business while
juggling her academics as
a third year business man-
agement major. Visit trends- and follow @
trendsbymeg for more infor-