Lifestyle | Style | Fashion: Ring the Alarm

Posted: 10/18/2007 12:40 PM EDT

Posted Oct. 18, 2007 -- Just like a great pair of earrings, an interesting cocktail ring can really add spice and interest to an everyday outfit. Often referred to as costume rings, these bold hand ornaments are certainly not for Halloween, nor are they just for cocktail dinners as the old Hollywood movies may suggest.

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The great thing about cocktail rings is that they don’t have to be real. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on one with real bling. Your funds are better spent buying several inexpensive rings that can be interchanged with different looks. Just as you have a selection of earrings, try to vary your ring collection the same way. You can do this by making sure that you have gold, silver, and perhaps a brass ring to match the other accessories in your jewelry box. Or you may want to purchase some that are appropriate for work and some perfect for grabbing attention when you’re out on the scene.

You can pick up a cocktail ring that will make a fashion statement from practically anywhere. The department stores have a great selection, but don’t overlook the trendy clothing stores with small jewelry sections. Often times they have the hottest pieces.

The main thing is to be creative with this accessory and don’t take it too seriously. Cocktail rings are supposed to be whimsical and dramatic. Slide on one with an oversized stone for an over-the-top glamorous look or a bright turquoise ring to liven up a dull fit. You can even buy the faux (ok …fake) bling to pull off a J Lo look. No one will be the wiser as long as you look the part and work it!

Hot Tips: Stick to one bold ring per outfit, and for my crafty shoppers in search of something unique, raid the thrift store or grandmas closet for a vintage cocktail ring.



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