Jewelry can be the thing that an almost fabulous outfit is missing. It brings the ensemble together, adding points of interest and the finishing touches to the wearer’s attire. In my opinion, a little bling is mandatory.
Jewelry comes in all different shapes, sizes and styles with endless possibilities. The styles can range from delicate and classic to chunky and in your face, but they all have to start somewhere. Jewelry today, like most fashions, are inspired by past cultures and adapted over time to fit changing trends. Inspirations have been taken from the Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, Victorians, Native Americans and more. There is a lot to be learned from looking to the past. These cultural influences can be incorporated into an outfit through your jewelry.
Name: Baylie Miller
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your style?
Baylie Miller: I just wear things that make me happy. I love anything comfortable as well as lots of jewelry. I go for earthy styles with Native American influences.
CF: What made you decide to go for a more Native American style of jewelry?
BM: Well, it all started out with my love for turquoise. My mom and I found the best shop ever in Bloomington. The guy travels to Arizona and finds jewelry that’s made of real turquoise and I just love it. It’s called Not Just Rugs on 16th and Walnut. He has some really neat stuff.
CF: Are there any other stores in Bloomington that you’ve found to have unique jewelry?
BM: I really like Moonstones on Kirkwood and Vintage Warehouse has a huge collection but they’re a little pricier.
CF: So how are you planning to transform your style to the summer?
BM: My favorite is to just be barefoot! I’ll wear a lot of summer dresses too. I just hate being bundled.
How To: Baylie’s style is cozy and laidback, which allows her jewelry to add a little bang to her outfit. She wears a simple tank with denim shorts. This can be pulled together with a cozy oversized cardigan. Find one with bold shapes to enhance the simplicity of the outfit. To incorporate the Native American style, wear colors that are somewhat natural. Add color through beaded details and of course turquoise jewelry in the form of rings, bracelets and earrings.