It was recently announced that Tokyo would be hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. When I heard this on the news the other night I regarded it as my personal invitation to bypass the bronze and the silver and to go for the gold.
Gold is back. I’ve actually been saying this for a while (ask my niece — I’ve been telling her on a daily basis), but no one seemed to want to take me seriously. Now every catalogue, magazine and fashion story is showing gold. There was a time when yellow gold was the metal of choice, considered to be the look of “real” jewelry. Even men were wearing a lot of gold. The chains, the bracelets, the rings until it became a parody of itself and nobody would go near it. Then, with the nineties, white gold, platinum and silver seemed to take over with no letting go. More restraint seemed appropriate and the showy, not-so-mellow yellow was out.
But big ol’ King Midas, Golden-Goose-gold is back and I’m amazed at how it’s giving a new oomph to some outfits I’ve had around for a while. That’s not to say I’ve given up my silvery obsessions but I’m wearing both, sometimes at the same time! Gold bangles, gold links, gold hardware on handbags, gold shoes; it’s the Gilded Age, for god sake. While I usually feature one metal at a time, I also like to mix it up depending on what I’m wearing. The simpler the ensemble the more opportunity for accessorizing. And no being skimpy. If I’m going for the gold I’m going to give it an Olympic effort. Big, chunky gold is very retro-chic with black, or better yet, black and animal print, which is also big for fall. I recently bought a gold link bracelet with black leather trim and I’ve been wearing it constantly. As a side note, leather is showing up a lot in little double wrapped belt-like bracelets and as trim on garments like dresses, sweaters and pants.
As temperatures drop and the weather gets cooler, gold seems to provide a little warmth. And for those of us past the midpoint of middle age, gold can bring a glow to the face that just can’t be achieved with silver. Another big trend this fall is “rose gold” which is even better for us in the older crowd. It’s to jewelry what a pink bulb is to a lamp. In other words, an instant facelift. I found a great little rose gold bracelet on line at Target that is such a bargain I won’t care if it’s a one-season statement.
So RUN right upstairs and dig out those old ball earrings, charm bracelets and bangles that have been languishing in your drawer with the expired gym membership card and the few leftover pesos from that trip to Mexico. You’ve just started training for the gold!