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In the realm of fashion, accessories can easily complement your outfit or define your personal style. Unlike clothing, accessories can look as good as new even if it's the third time you've worn it that week. Jewellery is also one of those things that you don't have to feel guilty splurging on - who wants 5 pairs of sweatshop made designer jeans when you can create 5 diverse outfits with just a peacock feathered choker. Whether you have a taste for earrings, necklaces, brooches/pins or cuffs, Montreal offers it all - from the generic runway styles to one-of-a-kind handmade finds.
Earrings have a way of completing an outfit (I feel naked if I don't have any on). Each time you wear a pair of earrings with a different outfit, you create a little bit of your own characteristic flare. Adorn a pair of red coral hoop earrings with your comfy jeans and a tee or wear it with that amazing dress that you never seem to have an occasion to put it on.
Tips for this season's earrings: the longer the better. Oblong (fancy word for long, skinny rectangle) is in style. Along with the rest of the 80's clothing craze, the earrings have caught on too. Look for stripes, neon and mod plastic pieces. For more exquisite taste, there are the dangling, feathered, and chandeliered styles. You can find these at standard trendy stores…but better to hunt for one-of-a-kind's to avoid being a walking display of mass production. You'll also start seeing more long chain-like earrings - I've seen these decorated with skulls for the goth-chic and with sequins and crystals for the more punk-averse.
Necklaces come in every shape and form. To accentuate them as an accessory and not just your daily necessity, pile on the strands. Multi strands of beads, chains and pearls linked together are in 'la mode'. For a DIY version, wear a couple gold (or silver) chains together for the same effect, or gather beaded and chained necklaces and wear them together. A funky alternative are wrap necklaces. Worn with a plain coloured top or a plunging neckline, the two end strands of the accessory should dangle like icicles of gemstones or long feathers.
Other accessories making its way into the streets are bracelet cuffs and brooches & buttons. The first sighting of these cuffs began in the 80`s in the form of sweatbands paired with full Adidas jumpsuits. Now, they have evolved into the leather studded sort. More recently, the style of these cuffs have been ranging from lace, denim, covered in belt buckles to cuff wrist watches. People are fastening buttons to their blazers, shirt collars, bags, and sweaters. These buttons make a personal statement, such as: a devotion to a band, political cause, sexual orientation (my personal favourite read, "I Like Dudes") or simply serves as a purpose for accessorizing. Tip: there is a guy who sells these around McGill campus and tamtam's for very reasonable prices. Vintage brooches are good finds in any boutique, antique store or any thrift store (try value village). These can add sophistication to your look with a well-chosen cameo, diamond studded piece or unique find. Sexy flower pins also make any background material look striking - fasten one to your bag, purse or coat lapels.
To those of you already titillating your fashion senses with accessories, I say no more. For those who have yet to try glamming up an outfit with just a pair of earrings, venture out to the following suggested locations…you never know, you may feel dressed with nothing but a pair of earrings on.
Lola and Emily
3475 St-Laurent Blvd.
3762 St-Laurent Blvd.
Bleu comme le ciel
More generic stores, but decent buys if you search:
Centre Eaton (St-Catherine)
Centre Eaton (St-Catherine)
Alexis Nihon (Atwater)
Les Promenades de la Cathedrale (St-Catherine)
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