Fashion Accessories: Bug jewellery

Bug_jewellery

Bugs. They can be creepy, but they can also be cute, and it’s the latter type that have been cropping up on everything from earrings to pendants and brooches this season. Unsurprisingly, butterflies are the favourite jewel-bugs, but dragonflies, ladybugs and even flies have been spotted on fingers, necks and clothes lately, which made us wonder what you think of them. Would you wear a bug as an accessory? If it looked like some of the ones above, we think the answer would be "yes", for us at least…

Butterfly ring, £10, ASOS; jewel fly brooch, £11, Dorothy Perkins; Lottie butterfly ring, £8, Accessorize; dragonfly brooch, £65, Swarovski; gold ladybird brooch, £19, Amazon

10 Comments

  • December 18, 2008

    Hannah

    I love dragonflies – I have a necklace and a brooch.

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  • December 18, 2008

    Mousy

    I love the gold ladybird brooch and the Dorothy Perkins jewel fly brooch but both appear to be out of stock. Damn the Christmas rush! 🙁

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  • December 18, 2008

    Rachel

    Oh! These are cute! I wasn’t aware that insect jewelery was in style (maybe it hasn’t hit Australian shores yet?), but if it is, this is one trend I’m definetely going to be investing my fashion budget in. I love the ladybird and fly brooches (who knew flies could be so pretty?), and would love to see similiar styles available as earrings, bracelets, etc.

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  • December 18, 2008

    Am

    I love these, bugs get a thumbs up from me (well only the jewel encrusted varieties…) Beautiful. This is my absolute favourite piece of bug jewellery – if only I could buy it! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vt_related_1&listing_id=18007194

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  • December 18, 2008

    edith

    I actually have the same ladybird brooch but in a turquoise colour. I bought it in a market (in London) and haven’t seen it anywhere else. I like it a lot and wear it on my hat or on my cashmere sweater.

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  • December 18, 2008

    Sarah

    I love the gold ladybug pin. So adorable!

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  • December 19, 2008

    chocoholic

    I’m not really a fan. I particularly hate anything with butterflies. I don’t quite know why.
    Some of them are cute, but not for me.

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  • December 19, 2008

    Helen

    It reminds me way to much of the butterfly fad that was popular when I was in junior high. Perhaps if they branched out to more interesting bugs??

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  • December 19, 2008

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m with Helen on this one. Beetles and bugs (as in Hemiptera) would be a good place to start. I also find butterflies too much of a cliche – what about moths?

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  • December 29, 2008

    lucy

    i much prefer the whole jewelled leoprds and snakes thing

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Fashion Accessories: Olsen-style corsage head wraps from Urban Outfitters

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Can’t you just imagine Mary-Kate Olsen wearing one of these? We can – and we can actually imagine ourselves wearing them too, which makes a pleasant change. Alice bands have been big this year, and we probably have Blair Waldorf to thank for that, but if you’re tired of the little-girl look, these area little bit bohemian, a little bit 40s-flapper-girl, and a good way to deal with a bad hair day.

The pink band is £10, and also available in black and white, while the silver one is £8 and also available in black and purple. Both are from Urban Outfitters

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  • July 31, 2008

    Zoe

    Eek! Sorry, no. These are a good way to CREATE a bad hair day – and that’s never a good thing.

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  • July 31, 2008

    peachfish

    In theory, sort of cute (at least the one on the left is). In practice, looks borderline silly even on a model and will look way terrible on the vast majority of people. No thank you!

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  • July 31, 2008

    Natasha

    I really like the pink one, but I think one needs to be exceptionally pretty and have great hair to be able to pull it off. Basically, I think that anyone who’s not a model would look kinda ridiculous wearing these (yes, Mary-Kate, you too, so don’t even think about it!)

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  • July 31, 2008

    angela

    I was feeling rather good about these, imagining myself wandering around the streets of merseyside with a nice corsage on my head.
    That is until your readers comments brought me crashing back to reality. =(. Yes, I would look silly wouldnt I? sadly =(

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  • August 1, 2008

    Am

    Yeah, Angela, me too (though not Mersyside – Norwich) This is a look I totally dig, but makes me look, well, silly. I’ve tried it on and off over the years… when I was at the end of high school I had a thing about 1920’s flapper girls – don’t ask me why, but you know, I tried all this sort of thing – fortunately, I never left the security of my bedroom wearing this kind of headgear or I’d probably have been beaten up (which I was once by a particularly nasty group of girls because I was wearing something they didn’t like!)… Anyway, not for me, and I guess not for the backwaters that is Norfolk…

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  • August 1, 2008

    gokarm

    Certain colorful personality types can pull it off…you know, like betsey johnson, for instance; people like her who have a reputation for a playful look. But the average teenager (who would most likely sport this look) would probably look like she’s trying to hard. I’d wear it too, but it doesn’t fit my current style and I’m not in the mood to adjust it.

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  • August 2, 2008

    Amanda

    I couldn’t pull these off. Curly hair + flattening band = balding clown.

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Fashion Accessories: Sex and the City style corsages

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They’re one of Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite accessories, and with the Sex and the City movie premiering in just a few days, we can expect to see whole lot more of the corsage brooch. Not that we’re complaining, mind you: corsages are cute and feminine, and add a dash of drama to dull old jackets and dresses, so we’re welcoming them back with open arms. If you don’t want to feel like you’re on your way to a wedding, try some of the smaller felt or enamel brooches shown above.

1. Rose leaf corsage, £6, Topshop; 2. Oversized Origami Corsage Brooch, £8, Accessorize; 3. Felt flower brooch, £10, Hannah Zakari; 4. Blue double lily brooch, $5.50, Pugster; 5. BKE tonal flower brooch, $4.01, Buckle; 6. bright orange enamel brooch, £12, Stardust

5 Comments

  • May 23, 2008

    SUSAN

    NUMBERS 3, 5 AND 6 A LITTLE BIT “TODDLER STYLE” I THINK…
    LOVELY NO. 1 THOUGH.

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  • May 23, 2008

    amelia

    I don’t think any of them are ‘toddler style’ They are all lovely – I want them all…

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  • May 23, 2008

    Stacy

    Susan, you know toddlers who wear brooches?!

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  • February 5, 2009

    janel

    help i need fashion police i have to model but be formal what should i wear

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  • November 3, 2010

    flower corsage

    Hi,

    I love no 1 & 2…. is it too glamour to wear to office if I pin it on my jacket?

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Fashion Accessories: Cuff ’em!

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Cuffs: we love ’em. (And no, we’re not talking about the type that we snap on the wrists of Fashion Criminals, but the ones we’d happily wear on our own wrists…). They’re so much more satisfying than a bracelet, and they give a bit of an edge to things like floral dresses and other floaty fabrics. They’re our favourite fashion accessory of the moment, but are they yours, we wonder? What are your feelings on cuffs?

Arcade multi gem cuff, Erickson Beamon; Mercer cuff bracelet, Hayden-Harnett; Brushed silver cuff, Vivre; Mega black enamel cuff, Mikey; pink crystal logo cuff, Christian Lacroix; Leather cuff, Marty Flint

3 Comments

  • March 11, 2008

    Steph

    I love them, but not on me. I have ridiculously fragile wrists, so the cuffs just end up sliding up and down my forearm in a manner that quickly becomes infuriating…

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  • March 11, 2008

    Heidi

    I love bangles/cuffs!! Especially wooden ones and ones that are hand painted. wooo..love no.3 and 6.

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  • March 12, 2008

    natasha

    absolutely love them! i NEED numbers 2, 4 and 5!

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Fashion Accessories for Spring: Flower Rings

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Floral fashion accessories for Spring? Who’da thunk it? OK, so flower rings aren’t exactly the most original idea for the coming season, but they are pretty, and they make an inexpensive way to "do" florals, if you don’t want to go the whole hog, with a floral tea dress or two. All of the pieces on this page are £10 or less, and in stores now…

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1. Coloured flower ring, Topshop; 2. Silver Tone flower ring, Dorothy Perkins ; 3. cream metal rose ring, River Island; 4. pink flower ring, Miss Selfridge; Amalfi flower ring, Accessorize

4 Comments

  • February 5, 2008

    BBJ Bangkok

    Yes a great thought for a fashion accessory. We might be seeing more of these in the coming months. With the high gold prices showing no sign of abating, wholesale jewelry providers might soon come up with more of such innovative ideas.

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  • February 3, 2009

    wholesale apple bottoms

    Wow! This is quite a collection. i love it! very colorful!! and i like the design there!! looks cool!! huh! nice post!
    -altheya-

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  • February 12, 2009

    wholesale apple bottoms

    wow!such a nice collection! the design is cool and fashionable! i love it! nice site!!
    -altheya-

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  • May 22, 2009

    krissik

    Sassy Toe is a company that likes to spam people’s blog – I really don’t recommend ever using them, they’re so unprofessional!

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Fashion Accessories: “Fashion Can Be Bought” bangle by Jessica Kagan Cushman

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"Fashion can be bought. Style, one must possess," is the motto on this bangle by Jessica Kagan Cushman, and we couldn’t agree more! The bangle is $125 at Ravin Style, and if you ever find yourself doubting the wisdom of those words, you only have to take a look at our gallery of fashion criminals to see the light.

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