Maybe you have heard of Iris Apfel? Unbelievably, I had not until today. She is a renowned interior designer and textile manufacturer, is a long standing fashion icon with an eclectic style, and in my own opinion the queen of accessorizing with grand jewelry…some of which is by her own hand. Oh, and she also wears these enormous glasses that seem only right on her.
In her younger years Iris didn’t wear such bold jewelry but she has always been a fashion maven with her own style. She has warehouses where she keeps her clothing from years past and has been the subject of more than one museum collection with mannequins displaying her eclectic outfits. It’s really her attitude towards life and her perspective that leads to her great style, in my opinion. I’d love to have the opportunity to meet her, not to see or discuss her clothing and jewelry, but to get to know her. Here is a photo of her from the late 1960’s in Tunisia:
Iris credits her mother with the idea of styling with accessories:
“My mother worshiped at the alter of accessories and I got the bug. She always said, if you have a good, little, simple black dress and you have different accessories, you can have 27 different outfits”
And isn’t her mother right, after all? Let’s say five of us are wearing the same outfit…it’s the things we choose to add to that outfit that truly express who we are and what our style is. Most of us cannot afford to have a one of a kind outfit created for us. Yet, most of us can afford to accessorize with a one of a kind piece of jewelry. It may not be diamonds or precious gems but it can certainly tell the world something about us. And more importantly, make us feel like our own person, special unto ourselves and full of value. Which each of us undoubtedly is!
As for myself, I’m going to take a page from Iris’ style book and thoughtfully wear more than one necklace or bracelet at a time. I’m not quite as bold as she is, but I am more bold and creative than what I usually put forth with my style.
If you would like to browse some affordable one of a kind pieces of jewelry please visit etsy.com where some amazing artisans create all kinds of unique jewelry. My own shop can be found here the Creative Soul and some of my favorite artisans are:
Designs by June Bug (a new favorite)
Retreaux Girl (another new fav)
Mollie Carey (another new fav)
Okay, I’ve given you tons of goodies to look at…but I could have gone on and on. Their are other jewelry artists that I adore, but they they offer the same designs more than once. And there are more that I adore but are of a very similar style to those I’ve mentioned and I didn’t want to do too much of that unless they were one of my top favorites. And, these are only the jewelry artists that are on etsy because there are many more I love that have their own websites…perhaps I’ll post again sometimes with some of these other artists.
More Iris Apfel to enjoy: