16 Budget-Friendly Jewels That Look Expensive AF for Under $60
With editors, It girls and celebs serving as your primary source of outfit inspo, it’s easy to get caught up in that idea that haute style requires a serious amount of cash. But nothing could be further from the truth. Impeccable style can’t be bought or sold, and a little sartorial savviness can go a long way. You may not be able to fill your fall capsule wardrobe with an arsenal of this season’s hottest must-haves (velvet shoes, metallic trousers and leopard print everything included), but what you can do is enlist the help of a few trend-right accessories to breathe new life into your tried-and-true duds. That said, you need to know where to look, and — surprise, surprise — the low end of the price pool isn’t a bad place to start. Luckily, your favorite shops are bringing their A game in the accessories department this season with a seemingly endless supply of budget baubles that look expensive AF. We’ve curated a list of our faves, serving up 16 game-changing pieces that will do your wallet and your style sensibilities proud.
1. Zara Pearl Choker Necklace ($36): This cascading choker can only be described as iconic. A far cry from your granny’s pearls, the show-stopping piece blends RN appeal with old-world elegance to instantly elevate everything from LBDs to plain white tees.
2. Mango Metal Earrings ($10): Runway-ready style for a mere $10? Sign us up! An It-girl take on the classic hoop, these abstract accoutrements boast serious on- and off-duty potential. The only rule? Keep locks tucked behind your ears or up in a lazy-girl bun to put these stunners front row center.
3. Topshop Swirl Double Cuff ($6): Double up the double taps by throwing these eye-catching cuffs into the mix. Slip them on over a fitted bell-sleeve turtleneck or a classic button-down for a look that is straight-up street style bait.
4. Rivet & Thread Open Ring ($24): We love us some stacking rings, but there’s something to be said for paring down your style, especially when you have a sleek piece like this on standby. The open, sculptural design and bright raw brass add just the right amount of polish to any day-to-night ensemble. The best part? The metal will take on a unique patina over time, lending a touch of one-of-a-kind flair to your look.
5. BaubleBar Cosmic Drops ($38): Head out the door without a few jaw-dropping baubles in tow? You wouldn’t dream of it. Perfect for dominating the dance floor, these glitzy cosmic drops are the only thing you need to give a boring old LBD an out-of-this-world edge.
6. Mango Pearl Squared Bracelet ($20): Pearls shed their prim-and-proper façade with the help of a bold streamlined silhouette. Take this bold cuff along to your next big meeting and let its contemporary yet classic aesthetic infuse your girlboss threads with down-to-business edge.
7. COS Marble and Wood Bead Necklace ($59): Statement baubles are a workweek savior, with an amazing ability to swoop in and add instant polish to even the most basic of pieces — essential when you have five minutes to pull yourself together. Layer it over a sophisticated turtleneck or a simple silk blouse, then proceed to flash your style from nine-to-five and beyond.
8. Mango Mixed Pendant Earrings ($20): Be it a night of barhopping with your besties or a candlelit dinner with bae, these modern sparklers are a must. Beyond being the perfect partner to your signature hair flip, they look downright DDG with shoulder-baring tops and sleek slip dresses.
9. H&M Bangle Bracelet ($5): With its ultra modern styling and sleek gold finish, this scene-stealing bangle is bang on for happy hour or weekend chillin’. Have a slew of fall weddings on the agenda? Slip this gilded number on over your bicep and proceed to pair with a floral maxi dress and block heels for a getup that screams style goddess.
10. Whistles Inset Stone Ring ($38): Take a back-to-basics approach to accessorizing with this inverted ring that can be worn with a stack or rocked solo. Pair it with mismatched prints or a bright bag for a bold yet balanced look.
11. COS Clip-On Earrings ($35): No piercings? No problem! These abstract frosted drops feature clip-on fastenings, so piercing-free femmes can still jazz up their duds with an endless supply of contemporary cool.
12. Shashi Whitney Ring ($60): Get the stacked look without all the hassle with this two-tiered show-stopper that makes the case for embracing the whole less-is-more thing.
13. Zara Flower and Crystal Earcuff Earring ($20): Found it: the OMG-worthy ear cuff that’s about to become your new after-hours signature. While the shimmery gemstones were practically made with swanky soirees in mind (just add a sleek metallic sheath and strappy block heels), the ornate, cascading style is what your tired tee-and-jeans routine has been waiting for.
14. Free People Wild Love Delicate Bolo ($28): Keep those festival vibes alive straight through ’til spring with this layered bolo necklace. Style it with a ditsy floral dress and suede ankle boots for a casual harvest party or craft fair.
15. Finery Knott Triple Twig & Hex Rings ($29): These twig-like bands are a triple threat with their mismatched aesthetic and artsy appeal. Say sayonara to dainty doo-dads with classic flair and hello to these modern bands that channel a runway-ready look all day erryday.
16. Nasty Gal So Gifted Bow Choker ($18): If free-wheelin’ and fabulous is the name of your style game, then this no-frills choker will be right up your alley. Don’t let the minimalist façade fool you — when teamed with a flowy floral frock or velvet blazer, this feminine piece is guaranteed to turn heads.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)