Long recognized as a leader in apparel design, Catherine Andreozzi's collections have been exhibited all over the world. She also heads the Apparel Design Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. "For me, jewelry is a way to express one's individuality," she explains. "It's fun to mix and match pieces in new, unexpected ways."
Find out just how easy it is to look polished and put-together without spending a fortune. Andreozzi offers her jewelry styling tips.
Break the rules by layering unusual necklaces together. "There is something so cool about pairing a traditional pearl necklace with a modern a leather one," explains Catherine. Her personal style tip: layer two or three different types of necklaces on top of each other. According to Catherine, "you can mix and match just about anything." Consider this unusual combo: a chunky baroque pearl necklace, a vibrant turquoise bead necklace and a leather collar. She also suggests knotting two pearl necklaces together. "The look is really amazing." Add a pair of long turquoise teardrop earrings to tie it all together.
Long strands of pearls and big bold earrings work with a simple white shirt and jeans or a beautiful summer dress. Catherine's personal style tips: layer pearl necklaces of different lengths, colors and textures; finish off with one (or two) big pearl rings. For a distinctive look, wrap a baroque pearl necklace around the wrist and wear as a bracelet. It's an easy way incorporate individual style.
"Mix a variety of single-strand pearls together." Modern elegance is all about mixing a variety of single-strand pearls together. What works: gray pearls, floral accents and swingy pearl tassels. Catherine's personal style tip: "Twist, braid and mix gold and silver with different colored pearl jewelry," advises Catherine. "You can easily replicate a "Chanel-like" look by layering opalescent pearls with lariat chains and colored pearls. As Catherine points out, "A little bit of Chanel is fun for everybody." Stylish options include gray pearl necklaces and lariat necklaces with tassels.
Mesh is one of the most versatile materials in jewelry today. These standout pieces are incredibly light yet look quite substantial. Catherine's personal style tips: wear a mesh necklace as a headband, it's fresh and unexpected. Try an Italian sterling silver mesh necklace with a fluid drape that stretches easily and is soft to the touch. Finish off the look with CZ or diamond hoop earrings and a stack of sterling silver or white gold bangles.
Gemstone necklaces go effortlessly from day-to-night. Catherine's personal style tip: layer necklaces in different lengths. Remember to "mix and match, tangle and cluster." When in doubt, Catherine suggests keeping it simple. Pair a green agate necklace with an amethyst bead station necklace and add an amethyst cocktail ring just for fun. The vibrant green and purple hues make any outfit "pop."
Catherine concludes, "Accessorizing with jewelry is a great way to express your individuality. Sometimes you may want to make a dramatic statement; other times you may decide to keep it simple. The key is to experiment and have fun."