Having a vintage Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery piece can easily become the most iconic treasure in your jewellery wardrobe – but sometimes, balancing a classic piece with a modern outfit can be quite tricky, especially if you’d like to bring out the vintage feel of your jewellery. To help you emphasise the luxury heritage of our pre-loved jewellery collection, we gathered our favourite styling tips, inspired by classic fashion collections and modern street style.
Before you begin
Similarly to new trends and collection launches, each year every design house showcases a story with each collection. Learning more about the origin and era of your pre-loved, vintage jewellery will definitely help you sense the right styling direction and whether to go with a simple look or something that matches the history of the necklace or bracelet. Besides aiding with styling, this will also give you more details on the craftsmanship and real worth of your jewellery, including a detailed explanation about the design and stones used.
Whether it’s a one-toned gold necklace or a sapphire and diamond ring, neutral tones will fit any piece beautifully, without being too loud. Besides timeless black, white and grey shades, we also love soft pastels such as dusty pink, baby blue or beige. Alongside showcasing and highlighting the varying tones of the jewellery, these colours are also versatile and practical for any occasion. They can be easily matched with more daring silhouettes such as a deep V neck or an asymmetric neckline.
Styling Idea: A beige midi dress or silk blouse
To truly make your necklace, ring or bracelet the focus point of the outfit, go back to iconic fashion trends such as a turtle-neck top, a Chanel vintage flap bag or a sharp Thierry Mugler blazer. If vintage classics are far from your personal style but you’d still like to experiment with the idea, only add a small element of vintage to your look, and keep the rest simple yet modern. These subtle details, such as a feminine midi skirt or a vintage Hermes scarf will go especially well with smaller pieces such as rings, bangles and stud earrings.
Styling idea: a black turtle neck top and Dior new look skirt
Georg Jensen 18K Yellow Gold Vintage Dolphin Brooch (1950’s/60’s)
Styling idea: a white pantsuit or jumpsuit and a midi ring
Keeping it Simple
Besides neutral shades and soft pastels, another elegant way to style your pre-loved jewellery to is to choose clean lines and lightly structured outfits such as a turtleneck midi dress, high-waisted trousers or a strappy backed top. These silhouettes will keep your outfit minimalistic and will keep the spotlight on your statement pieces such as necklaces and brooches.
Styling idea: a straight line black or white gown
Styling idea: an all-white outfit with a long sleeve top and high waisted trousers
Getting the neckline right for a luxury vintage necklace or a pair of earrings is essential, and although traditional necklines could be an obvious choice, more modern shapes can work amazingly well with pre-loved jewellery as well. For statement necklaces, we recommend sweetheart, off shoulder and boat neck dresses, while high neck, asymmetric and straight neckline dresses or tops are a perfect match for earrings. For brooches, our absolute favourites are V-neck dresses and blazers, but you can also experiment with a pussy-bow blouse or collared shirt for a more formal look.
Styling idea: a sweetheart neck or deep burgundy velvet dress
Styling idea: a ribbed turtleneck top with a pencil skirt