Most little girls want to become princesses. Sometimes, these little girls grow up with the fantasy of having jewel-encrusted crowns and dazzling tiaras on their heads instead of ordinary barrettes and hair-ties. It’s perfectly understandable; after all, sparkling hair accessories can make a girl feel special despite a hectic and frazzled lifestyle.
For casual days
Diamond, crystal, or jewel-studded hair accessories can be pulled off tastefully even for less formal occasions. For a casual affair, the rule is to select an accessory that will not overwhelm your hair and face. Even very colorful beads and jewels can look good as hair clips or bands provided you keep your hairstyle simple, and the accessory’s design is elegant but not dramatic.
Very casual clothing such as T-shirts, jeans, and sneakers are typically not recommended with diamond or jeweled hair accessories. However, simple shift dresses and skirt and blouse ensembles pair well with equally simple jeweled accents for the hair.
Keep the outfit and makeup basic
If the diamond or bejeweled hair accessory you selected has a somewhat ostentatious design, the rule of thumb is to keep your makeup and dress simple and muted; otherwise you might end up looking gaudy and too flashy. A basic black or neutral colored dress for semi-formal occasions, with a classic cut and design, can make a great backdrop for diamond hair pieces such as barrettes and hair bands.
Wearing a dress or outfit with a busy, frilly design or cut will only make your entire appearance look overdone.
For formal events
When it comes to more formal or dressier events, a diamond tiara can be worn, provided it is small, goes well with your outfit, and complements your hair and makeup. For complex hairstyles, a more subdued alternative would be diamond or crystal-studded hair bands, hair sticks topped with a jewel, or hair combs with mother-or-pearl inlays to be inserted in a chic chignon.
Funky and fun hair accessories
Diamond and bejewelled hair accessories can also be quirky and fun. If you are attending a gala event or party, or simply want to make a statement with the added panache of diamonds, crystals, gems, or sparkly beads, why not opt for a fascinator?
These not-quite-hats and not-quite-hair-clips have become head-turning accent pieces for any hairstyle and outfit. Often decorated with lace, netting, feathers, and pieces of jewelry and sequins, the fascinating fascinator has earned the reputation of being flamboyant yet always a welcome sight to any dressy occasion (just look at all those fascinator-topped stylish heads at the recent Royal wedding!).
Sharon Sussman has had extensive experience working win the fashion and jewelry industry as the Director of Products at Brilliance, a jewelry company that specializes in loose diamonds, engagement rings and diamond stud earrings. Make sure to see her latest post on Makeityourringdiamond-engagementrings.com where she discusses the quirks of non-diamond engagement rings.