going for the bold

Elizabeth Cole bracelet, grey denim

When I attended Garance Doré’s book signing back in December, I was inspired by her chic outfit of grey denim, a black top and pumps, and bold, art-deco earrings. Ever since, I’ve been dabbling with my own interpretations of that look.

In general I tend to prefer bold, striking accessories. I think they better complement my style, which most often includes simple separates in solid colors. I added the scarf here for some color but could also see this working with just some statement earrings (perhaps also with a bit of color). The trick has been finding earrings with visual impact that aren’t too heavy.

earrings | scarf (similar look) | top (similar) | bracelet | bag | jeans | shoes (similar style)

Elizabeth Cole, Givenchy

The gold and turquoise bracelet (c/o Halsbrook) is by Elizabeth Cole. The jewelry line was founded by Stephanie Owen in 2005, and is inspired by the American West, antique and vintage jewelry. All of the pieces are hand-made in the United States. Many of her styles hit that sweet spot for me between modern and bohemian. I love the more unusual mix of gold and turquoise, which makes it wearable with both casual and more dressy looks. It fastens easily with a push clasp.

What style of accessories do you wear most…bold, classic, bohemian, eclectic?

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34 Comments

  1. Kristien
    February 19, 2016 / 4:56 am

    Fabulous look and so versatile. I love, love, love the scarf, but you are right. A great pair of statement earrings would also be sufficient. While I am being excessive with the “loves”, I also love the ankle strap demi wedges from Bloomingdale’s. I can see getting much wear out of something so stylish that look so very comfortable. You look wonderful, Susan.

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Krisien, thanks so much! I agree about the earrings.

  2. February 19, 2016 / 5:16 am

    I love the gray denim on you. Especially flattering with your lighter hair color. My accessories are a bit over the map, but I tend to wear bold pieces now. Smaller ones feel insipid for some reason and I shy away from them.

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Jennifer, thank you!

  3. February 19, 2016 / 5:43 am

    I love turquoise with gold. Your outfit looks great, but it would also look good without the scarf and some great earrings (if you’re going for more of the GD look)

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      KPL, thank you. I agree and will continue the hunt for some bold earrings.

  4. sandypatti
    February 19, 2016 / 5:50 am

    Garance is a splendid inspiration to me too. And your finishing touches here (that bracelet – gorgeous!) really make the look your own. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Patti, thanks!

  5. Elizabeth
    February 19, 2016 / 6:55 am

    Love this look! The bracelet is beautiful. I recently bought a pair of gray jeans (inspired by one of your earlier posts) and find them very versatile.

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Elizabeth, thank you! I find I’m wearing my grey jeans more than any others these days.

  6. February 19, 2016 / 7:26 am

    You look beautiful! I love your scarf. I’ve been wanting a pair of grey jeans since you posted about them last year. I even borrowed a pair of my daughters to see how I’d look, but haven’t bought a pair for myself yet.

    I’m in the “classic” set as far as jewelry goes. Simple elegance is where I usually end up. Small gold or silver hoops; some have diamonds others not, diamond studs, and I have a pair of Small teardrop gold dangle earrings I’ve had since my twenties I adore.

    A medium size hoop is Bold for me. 🙂 I do love to layer necklaces though. I probably would make my statement with that and keep my ears simple.

  7. Joanna
    February 19, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Does anyone know who has straight leg jeans in a grey?

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Joanna, NYDJ makes some fabulous straight leg jeans like these: http://bit.ly/1PYxiqA

      I also like Eileen Fisher’s “boyfriend” jeans (really more of a straight-leg style) in the “asphalt” color here: http://bit.ly/1VtFnHD

  8. Michele van der Post
    February 19, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Your hair is looking fantastic – edgy, but sophisticated. The grey looks good!

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Michele, thanks so much!

  9. Sisty
    February 19, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Hmm. If you’re going for the Garance look, I’d say less is more. I’d do away with the scarf and the bracelet. Her look is restrained, almost strict — difficult to pull off when you’re drawn to color.

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Sisty, I find I can’t do as “strict” a wardrobe as many French women can pull off. I agree about the scarf in this instance, and will work on fine tuning the mix.

  10. Sisty
    February 19, 2016 / 11:46 am

    It’s funny — right after I posted above, I saw an entry in Marie-Anne LeCoeur’s blog (How to be Chic and Elegant) about the French color rule. This rule was news to me, but I think it explains quite a lot. Under that “rule,” you wear no more than 3 colors at once, including your accessories. I thought there was something a little off about my own outfit today. I’m wearing dark blue jeans, a navy blazer, a white silk shirt, and brown shoes. And green onyx earrings. Just took off the earrings, and it’s an entirely different vibe. (Now I just have to hide my black handbag inside something brown — a paper grocery bag, perhaps?).

  11. Jannie
    February 19, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Love all of your suggestions and ideas. Very helpful! Going to Italy in late August for almost 3 weeks…Venice, Florence/Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Rome. Would really appreciate any suggestions on clothing, outfits, etc. Thank you!!

  12. Jill Ann
    February 19, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    My accessories are probably slightly on the bold side. I like a bigger watch, and my everyday, go-to earrings are one-inch hoops, but I often wear bigger hoops; one of my favorites is a pair of thick twisted gold hoops that are about 2 inches…my husband brought them back from a trip to Venice years ago! I don’t wear cuff bracelets, because my wrists are on the farmgirl side. But I have a collection of colorful enamel bangles I like to mix & match. I also have several vintage sparkly brooches I inherited from my mom & granny, which I try to incorporate into my style in a non-matronly way.

    • une femme
      February 19, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Jill Ann, those earrings sound lovely! I also like a bigger watch.

  13. February 20, 2016 / 5:41 am

    I got a pair of gray denim over the summer and I really like it as an alternative….and I love your scarf! I tend to be bold…and occasionally go through moments to tone down the accessories…only to return to bold! This is a wonderful look for you!

    • une femme
      February 20, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Pam, thanks!

  14. Jannie
    February 20, 2016 / 7:37 am

    une femme! Many thanks for the info and look forward to the new ideas you will have. Will check out the link.

  15. February 20, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Love this look, Sue. I just received a promotional e-mail from Nordstrom this morning…featuring grey jeans. They look lovely for spring. Love the scarf. I also favour big earrings…probably due to my always short hair. And the fact that, like you, I love simple tops which need a bit of bling to jazz then up. But I’ve also been rediscovering small earrings in the last couple of months…small studs etc. I recently bought a beautiful pair of gold studs, and I love them as a nice change from my ubiquitous big hoops.

    • une femme
      February 20, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Susan. I’ve always preferred bigger earrings, but have found when I’m wearing statement necklaces, I either go without or go for something unobtrusive.

  16. Wendy Gardener
    February 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Tu es belle!

    • une femme
      February 20, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      Wendy, thanks!

  17. February 20, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Yellow gold and turquoise is the best combo! I can’t believe I only used to wear turquoise and silver, way back in the day.

    • une femme
      February 20, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      Wendy, yeah, what were we thinking??? 🙂

  18. stylecrone
    February 22, 2016 / 9:51 am

    I’m always impressed with your ability to bring an outfit to another level with a gorgeous scarf. Love the bracelet too! Beautiful outfit post!

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