If like us you’ve Marie Kondo’d your way through the house and rediscovered your fabulous costume jewellery - that does indeed spark joy - the next step is to organise and display it where you can see it and wear it.
Everything in fashion comes around again so, now that you have decided which items to keep following your wardrobe declutter, rather than buying a whole new wardrobe of accessories, celebrate your style by punctuating your wardrobe with jewellery you already own.
Having things organised saves time when you’re getting ready each morning and planning outfits for special occasions. Follow our tips to organise your jewellery and make the most of your collection.
1. Keep it simple
If you haven’t already done so, first do a cull of your jewellery to clear out items that no longer spark joy and you’re unlikely to wear again.
2. Store like with like
Separate your remaining jewellery into sub-categories, such as necklaces/earrings/bangles etc. and look to storing each of these groups in separate containers to make it easier to choose the perfect accessory.
3. Store it where you can see it
Organise each group into its own container that fits everything and displays all items at once. For smaller items like earrings and rings, use a container with plenty of dividers for small spaces, for larger pieces such as bangles, something like a sock- or drawer organiser works well.
4. Invest in purpose-built (or bought) storage
Specialty jewellery storage trays are available online and in stores such as Muji and Kmart. Alternatively, use drawer dividers or sewing or tackle boxes for tiny items to keep them paired and in order.
5. Make it pretty
For your favourite, often-worn items, consider making an attractive display with them as part of your room décor.
6. Think outside the square
If you love something, find a way to make it work in your wardrobe. "I still believe in mismatched earrings,” Moda Operandi women's fashion director Lisa Aiken told marie claire. “It’s not necessarily new news, but it feels more modern than wearing two giant matching earrings. It’s got more of an edge. Plus, they were all over the spring 2019 runways, still."
Top 3 tips for upcycling jewellery you already own
1. Tap into the new mis-matched jewellery trend
Pair odd earrings together for an eclectic look that’s straight off the Paris catwalks.
2. Look to shells, pearls and beads
Shells are making a strong return in fashion jewellery. Accessorise by mixing old pearls with new by layering more delicate pieces with chunky statement shells.
3. Upcycle your holiday wardrobe
Take your beachy bracelets to the office by teaming a shell bracelet with a sharp blazer, or a statement piece of costume jewellery with a simple, crisp linen shirt.
After a clean sweep and an afternoon of organisation, you may find your wardrobe sparks joy for you, all over again.
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