As much as we might like to accessorize like a celebrity, luxury items and fine jewels just aren’t in the cards for everyday people.
Still, fashion is a form of artistic expression. And behind every significant trend is a simple spark of inspiration.
Let’s take the designer brand Chanel as an example. If you love the editorial looks you see on Chanel models, you’re not the only one to be inspired!
But here’s the good news: you don’t necessarily have to have that Chanel piece to achieve the Chanel aesthetic.
Today, we’ll explore that luxe decadence that’s so often communicated through Chanel jewelry and show you how to achieve the same look with affordable jewelry.
Intrigued? Keep reading for our four best Chanel inspired jewelry picks!
Tip #1: Thick bands with simple detail
Chanel jewelry styles are often effortlessly classic.
Of course, it’s also common to see a Chanel model dripping in jewels or wearing an enormous diamond-studded CC logo necklace—but when it comes to their staple collections, it seems that simplicity is the best policy.
Chanel’s Coco Crush fine jewelry collection is an excellent example of their signature high fashion look. It features rounded bands with subtle textures and sparkle for a hint of fine detail.
Finding a design with that texture and sparkle, like ourJessica Simple Twist Ring, will give you those same sleek but simple Chanel vibes. Did we mention this piece is only $59?
Pops of sparkle will always stand out in a gold setting—whether that accent comes from diamond or crystal!
Tip #2: Experiment with asymmetry
Another classic Chanel move is to create a daring look by styling jewelry in an unexpected way.
One example can be achieved with a favorite pair of chunky earrings. Instead of wearing them like you usually do, one piece in each ear, take inspiration from photos of Chanel earrings and put both pieces in the same ear.
Leaving the other ear completely bare makes the statement even more bold and noticeable.
If you’re a jewelry enthusiast, you probably love collecting all kinds of beautiful rings to stack and pair to your heart’s content. But as you carry on mixing and matching, there’s one thing to keep in mind.
And that is, there’s more than one way to stack rings.
Chanel designers repeatedly style their fine jewelry by harnessing the power of repetition. When identical ring styles are stacked on top of each other, the monotonous result makes a sophisticated statement.
The advantage of using the same ring multiple times is that you can easily add subtle variety by mixing metals in the same style (i.e., yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold). Even choosing a different amount of the same rings to wear on each finger creates that interesting motif without overthinking.
So, next time you’re contemplating what new ring to add to your collection, consider purchasing a few of the exact ones you already own. This time, maybe choose a different color gold in a design you already have. Then, go ahead and pair them together!
OurJuliana 3 Ring Set ($59) makes this style even more effortless. The three-in-one ring design gives a thick band effect but allows you to customize the band’s appearance to your liking.
Tip #4: Understated glamour
As much fun as it is to layer and stack, going the opposite direction can make just as much impact.
Vintage Chanel jewelry might include an elegant brooch or pearl strand with most outfits, but today’s trends are often much simpler.
Chanel designs aren’t always about bulk and weight. They also carry dainty and vintage styles for that perfect accent.
Interestingly, Chanel’s more minimalistic pieces are often styled all on their own. This strategy creates that graceful focal point that sets off the complexion beautifully and draws attention to the simple brilliance of your bare fingers.
Chanel’sCamelia Ring (pictured above) has a charm of its own when worn by itself.
Thankfully, you don’t have to spend $3,350 to achieve that Chanel jewelry designer style! Both rings in ourMidi Knuckle Set ($59) give you that same effortless glam—whether worn together as one or separately.
Next time you find yourself staring at jaw-dropping photos of decked out fashion models stepping onto the runway or in the middle of a decadent photoshoot, there’s only one thing left to do:
Take that inspiration and make it your own!
Once you start looking closely enough, you’ll realize you can adopt some of those editorial tricks used by Chanel jewelry designers. But you don’t have to have a high jewelry collection to create your version of the trend—and that’s where the fun begins!
After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than looking expensive without paying more than you can afford.