Go for gold: 10 golden accessories that add a festive frosting to your outfit
Stay in keeping with the holiday spirit, but make sure it's stylish too
26 October 2018
Who doesn’t love getting into the festive spirit!? Come that first ‘Iiiii’ from Mariah on the radio, that’s it. Baubles and tinsel are whipped out, secret Santas are arranged, and everyone asks everyone else whether they’ve started their Christmas shopping yet.
But along with the excitement comes the age-old problem that every fashion-conscious girl struggles with. How do we bring that festive cheer into our wardrobes? It’s a dilemma. It’s not like we want to be the token scrooge or anything; we love Christmas. But we also love well put-together outfits, which preferably don’t involve novelty rudolph antlers or cringe-worthy jumpers that are already unravelling at the seams.
Fortunately for us, we have gold, which ticks both the fashionable and festive boxes. Phew. Enjoy our pick of 10 beautiful gold accessories that’ll add more festive frosting than Santa in a cake shop.
You could wear a Santa hat. OR you could wear a killer headpiece in gold, which is definitely just as festive. It also helps you solve the never ending dilemma of what to do with your hair on a night out. Mega win.
The Lelet headband sits at an angle instead of flat on the head, giving a flattering halo effect and showing off all those beautifully handcrafted studs. Made from gold-plated brass, it’s a gorgeous standalone piece that’ll never go out of fashion and all of your friends will want to borrow immediately (you won’t let them of course, nothing personal).
It’s also a great excuse to get out of wearing one of those paper hats from a cracker that always rip and fall off your head. Try it with lightly tousled hair and a party dress and wait for the compliments to rain in.
Lelet NY Mercury Studded Gold-Plated Headband, $161.85 Net-a-Porter.
Add instant glitz to an outfit with one simple change. Tights! A decorative light dernier pair like these are a perfect way to transform a summer dress into festive frock, and what’s more, they’re perfect for the office as well as dinner, drinks and partying.
Team with an a-line or pencil skirt to squeeze some cheer into your look at the office, and slip on a slip dress to take you into the evening. The extra sparkle will draw attention to your pins so don’t forget to pair them with a killer pair of heels to elongate the leg and maximise the final look.
Metallic Gold Spot Tights, $17.24 ASOS.
Who says you can’t be classy and fun at the same time? Embellished with pom poms that add a bauble-esque finish, no one’s going to dispute your festive cheer when you’re sitting around the Christmas dinner table wearing these. Providing the perfect balance between chic and cheery, the gold dresses up the earrings to add some festive sha-bang whilst ensuring you stay the most en-vogue at any occasion.
Like with a statement necklace, keep the rest of your jewellery minimal if you’re going for big earrings. You won’t need to add any other jewellery to your top half, so let your ears do the talking and keep the rest nice and simple.
Multicoloured Pom Pom Earrings, S$14.90 Pull & Bear.
It’s totally fine to have a watch for every season, and an all-gold timepiece is a must-have for those December days and nights. Imagine being spun around on the dancefloor and the light bouncing off this Olivia Burton beauty in rose gold. Or dazzling in the office meeting when you go to reach for a pen and just *happen* to show off your wrist. Then making a point to stretch for the telephone over all your colleagues to make sure they all see your glorious rose-gold adorned wrist.
For a high-fashion finish, accent your outfit with delicate accessories in the same shade and try layering thin necklaces for a dainty, beautiful look.
Olivia Burton Rose Gold Big Dial Mesh Watch, $211.19 ASOS.
Could this be the cutest Christmas necklace we’ve ever seen? Very possibly. Elli Germany have nailed the art of delicate neckwear with a gold-plated mini tree, complete with mini star detailing and a candy cane, that’ll look beautiful with well, pretty much anything. That’s you sorted for the whole of December.
Make sure to keep your other accessories nice and light so you don’t overpower your neckwear, but the real beauty of a small piece lies in its versatility. Wear over a high neck black top or dress, or simply against the skin for a touch of elegance at work and on the dancefloor.
Elli Germany Christmas Tree Necklace, $47.90 Zalora.
Don’t be put off by the word ‘snood’ – we’d call it a collar anyway. We love these because they’re so versatile and immediately change the feel of your outfit, giving you an elegant preppy twist, plus they’re perfect for the office. This one’s also great if you want to inject a subtle amount of festive cheer into your ensemble without going OTT. Although it would look excellent paired with a fierce pair of gold boots. Just sayin’.
Wear with a plain long sleeved top or tee for a super easy dose of chic, or get stay toasty in a black or gold jumper. You could even take it off in the evening to change up your look in under five seconds.
Velvet Embroidered Snood, $39.90 Zara.
Sometimes the most simple things can make the biggest of statements. Which is why we love this metallic wrap belt, which you can style a hundred different ways to create a new look. Wear over a blazer as pictured for a dressed-up work look, over a simple tee for a relaxed daytime feel, or with a long black dress to make a long flattering silhouette with a touch of glamour.
As it’s one continuing piece of leather, the belt can be wrapped around your waist as many or few times as you like. Wrap more to make it chunkier on the waist, or less for a more delicate waist and longer trailing end.
Isabel Marant Metallic Textured-Leather Belt, 274.30 Net-a-Porter.
What says Christmas more than a big shiny necklace? Adding a focal point like this can make a look pop, especially when it’s dripping in gold. Don’t go overboard on other accessories, which can over-clutter the look and take attention away from your statement piece. If you do add other jewellery try and make it in the same geometric style, so that it all ties together.
Although this pendant is an absolute steal (it looks like it could easily be double the price!), don’t be afraid to spend a little more on that one dreamy investment item that’s going to take you from day to night every Christmas from now forevermore. Keep it simple and powerful by teaming with a plain jumper in the day and a black or red dress for those night-time drinks.
Geometric Pendant Necklace, $35.90 Mango.
There’s only one thing better than one gold star, and that’s lots of them all together dangling from your earlobes. What’s even better is they’re bang on trend for the festive season and so pleasingly shiny you might have trouble tearing your eyes away from your own reflection.
Contrasts in texture will always give you a more high-fashion look, so pair with anything velvet to make that metallic shine stand out and provide an indulgent party feel. Alternatively go for maximum impact with a top or dress in shiny gold for glitz from head to toe. Accent with high-shine finish nails and patent heels and voila! An outfit worthy of any A-list Christmas event.
Boohoo Star Overload Earrings, $15.90 ASOS.
We’re down with anything that doubles up as a mirror as well as a fashion accessory. Hard shell bags remove the temptation to take out unnecessary items (bag hoarders, you know who you are!), so look for one that won’t get in the way of dancing but stores just the essentials – phone, purse, keys and lippy/powder for top ups. Trust us, you don’t need 50 loyalty cards on a night out, so strip back your purse if you need to.
Having a metallic element will top off your look and, when you’re holding your bag all night, it’s important to see this as an extension of your outfit, so it’s an area you definitely shouldn’t neglect.
Metallic Handle Clutch, $89.90 Mango.
This story is first published on Her World.