Imagine a brand which sells jewellery beautiful enough to feel special – and yet sufficiently affordable that you don’t have to wait for someone to ask you to marry them in order to treat yourself. Clever, right? That’s exactly what Carrie Elizabeth’s eponymous jewellery brand does: bridge the gap between high street and high end, with gorgeous, “proper” jewellery that doesn’t cost the earth. It’s fabulous – and stylish, rather like the woman herself…
What was the inspiration for Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery?
I have worked as a fashion and jewellery buyer for the last 8 years for some of the top UK high street etailers. I spent years travelling to New York, Asia and India, looking at the world’s most beautiful jewellery – and I soon began to realize that even as a young woman on a generous salary, I couldn’t afford to treat myself to any of it! It made me want to create a beautiful, aspirational brand that was affordable, collectable and giftable, for the woman who doesn’t want high street imitation jewellery, but cannot stretch to spending thousands on each piece.
Shop the collection online and follow her in Instagram @carrie_elizabeth_jewellery
Just as we all have our wardrobe essentials – what would you say are the jewellery essentials?
I think every woman should own beautiful, timeless pieces that will never go out of style, and that can be stacked up and layered with trend pieces as they come and go. For example, for me, my classic engraved locket is the perfect timeless piece, and I wear it every day. It has my initial on the front, and a secret diamond set on the back that hangs just by your heart (in case you want to keep pictures of your loved ones inside). This, plus delicate diamond rings that look stunning on their own, or can be layered with more contemporary or vintage pieces. The key is to invest in pieces that you know you will still be wearing in 5 years time!
Engraved initial locket, £140, Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
Shooting star locket, £180, Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
What are the hottest trends in jewellery right now?
Jewellery trends have been very minimal, contemporary and delicate for a while now. It’s all about layering and stacking- whether on the fingers, around the neck, or little earrings up the ears. The key is to make your look personal to you- so don’t be afraid to mix it up style-wise.
Diamond Pave Eternity band, £120; Hexagon Moonstone and Diamond ring, £160, both Carrie’s own line
What clothes do you find yourself veering towards every day?
My style has changed a little now I don’t work in a large corporate office. I used to be dressed up every day in heels (which I loved!) but now I run my own business my daily ‘uniform’ has changed a little depending on what I have on for that day.
If I am working from home or hot-desking somewhere in London, I’ll wear something comfortable such as ripped skinny jeans from Madewell, with an oversized boyfriend shirt from Cos with some Nikes on my feet- with layers of delicate jewellery of course to finish the look.
But if I’m in meetings, I’ll have big wavy hair and a floaty dress or maxi skirt. I love feeling feminine and classy when I dress up- no matter whether im going to a business meeting or on a date. Classic, beautiful style is more important to me than following each seasons newest trend.
My favourite go-to brands are Cos, & Other Stories, Whistles, Sandro, Maje. I’ve always gravitated towards fine fabrics such as silk, jersey or cashmere in neutral colours. I’m a huge lover of greys, soft pinks, creams and metallics.
My current favourite jeans are from Madewell that I bought on my last trip to New York. They fit fabulously, hold their shape and have more of a ‘real’ jean feel than a lot of the skinny jeans on the UK high street. I have three pairs of the same shape, but in different washes: black, rinse and lighter stone wash with rips on the knees.
High-rise skinny jeans, £102.54, Madewell
I am a real lover of dresses. They are my favourite item in my wardrobe. For some women it’s bags or shoes, but for me a new dress is the ultimate splurge. I love silk and cotton dresses from Cos for everyday wear, but if I want a wow factor I tend to try and seek out new up and coming brands so that not everyone will have them. For example, last season I invested in a lace Self Portrait dress (before they exploded in the press), which I adored. I also love Reformation in America for their feminine but stunning dresses with thigh-high splits!
Addilyn dress, $248, Reformation
I am really into the Bardot top at the moment. Despite not being a real trend-follower, I’ve really bought into this look as I think a bare shoulder is super sexy and it’s a very versatile day-to-night look.
My favourite jacket at the moment is a long grey duster coat that I bought last season from Cos. It’s made from a really soft pale grey marl cotton, so it’s light, comfortable, goes with everything and looks great day or night.
If I’m in flats, they will either be little suede pumps or Nike trainers- depending on whether the look I’m going for is super feminine or more casual. And I have a weakness for silver metallic heels…
I’ve never been a real bag girl, plus I’m very forgetful, so I like to invest in one bag that will last me all year and I never have to change it. For the last few years I have been using a Bottega Venetta woven leather shoulder bag in nude – which I use every single day and every single night. If you go for nude, plain and unbranded- it goes with everything!
What are the last 3 things you bought? And what do you have your eye on for summer?
The last 3 things that I bought are monochrome black and white Nike Roshe trainers, a floaty pleated nude jacket from Zara and a beautiful maxi dress from Reformation for a friend’s wedding: it is low cut, has a thigh high split, but still manages to look classy.
For summer I am on the look out for some amazing new swimwear. The rise of beautiful Australian bikini accounts on Instagram such as @abikiniaday and @mondayswimwear has made me want a whole new beachwear wardrobe (to be layered up with delicate jewellery of course).