Life & Beauty Weekly: Hair & Beauty

By Shana Aborn for Life & Beauty Weekly


At last! After a drab and wild winter, it’s time to ditch the heavy coats and step into spring in style. This season’s fashion calls for vibrant colours and bold statements — and that goes for jewellery too. Whether you’re headed to date night or to the grocery store, these statement jewellery trends are simple to pull off and sure to brighten your wardrobe.

Bold Hues
Neon, bold shades and colour-blocking are huge trends for spring, says Jill Dunn, editor in chief of and contributing beauty expert for the Marilyn Denis Show on CTV.  “Play with unexpected contrasting colour combos; pair camel with kelly green or indigo with yellow.” You can also try stacking big, rainbow-hued resin cuffs and bangles or pairing high gloss, vibrant drop earrings to jazz up your basic tee, Dunn says.

The Bigger, the Better
“There’s a 70s influence this season,” says Dunn. “Jewellery is big and exaggerated with lots of gold and cream oversized pieces. In the mix, there’s drop earrings and big floral corsages.”

Freshen your spring look by buying one big statement piece and having fun pairing it with different ensembles. Try a pair of chandelier earrings with a flowing pants ensemble or a chunky necklace with a casual T-shirt.

Layer It On
Don’t have the budget for trendy bib necklaces or knuckle rings? It’s easy to get creative by mixing and matching what you already have. Try stacking a group of thin bracelets to achieve the big-bangle style that looks amazing with dresses and casual clothes alike. Or put three or four rings on the same finger for an up-to-date twist.

You can also raid unused pieces from friends and family members. “Check out your boyfriend or your dad’s jewellery box,” says Dunn. “Men’s styles are still hot for women this season, so layer on a few of your bangles with your dad’s beat-up Timex. You’ll look on trend without spending a dime.”

Go Global
Multicultural influences are cropping up in both clothes and jewellery. “The multicultural/tribal trend is a natural extension of the eco-chic design movement, since more and more designers are taking inspiration from nature and eco-conscious trends,” says Dunn. “There’s a return to basics and a renewed focus on hand-crafting with leather, wood and wool.” Take on this trend by choosing bold, chunky tribal earrings or necklaces to add pizzazz to your favourite jeans.

Complement Yourself
Body types should play a role in selecting what accessories look best. For instance, women with shorter fingers should stay away from huge cocktail rings. “They can make your fingers look stubby,” says Dunn. She also suggests that big-chested women look for necklaces that fall just below the bustline to “create a leaner, longer shape.” And if you’re pear-shaped or more petite on top, Dunn recommends chunkier statement pieces, like choker styles or those that fall around the collarbone. “That helps to draw the eye up and balances out your shape,” she says.


Shana Aborn
is the managing editor of 
Life & Beauty Weekly
. Formerly the deputy editor of
MAMM and a senior editor at
Ladies’ Home Journal, she has also written for
, Parents, Family Circle, Woman’s Day and other publications.

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