Growing up in the suburbs of Long Island, a trip to the mall was my weekend retreat not just as a teenager, but also as a very fashionable first grader with a discerning eye for color unique combinations, a love for comfortable materials (although I confess to crying for a pleather skirt) and a hunger for accessories.
Stories about dragging my mom and grandma through the racks of Swezey’s department stores for a “Monday outfit” and scouring The Children’s Place for slouch socks to wear over my leggings are retold in my family like folklore, but the real highlight of my mall escapades were the accessories stores such as Claire’s. What little girl with panache for glitter, hearts and purple wouldn’t fall in love with the store’s wall of baubles?
Many, many years later, I’ve come to the realization that as snazzy as those accoutrements were back in the day, they are likely sitting not so pretty in a landfill in New Jersey tarnished and broken.
Today’s parents and kids are savvy about investing in items even those as small as a girls’ bracelet. And children’s accessories brands are more conscious about offering items that will stand the test of time with quality materials.
Here are few of my favorite jewelry collections ready to jazz up your girls’ wardrobe.
Best known for its selection of women’s colorful bib necklaces and Boho chic beaded wrap bracelets, Stella & Dot applies that knack for statement pieces to girls’ necklaces, bracelets and earrings creating a sweet and stylish mommy and me look. Chunky clear stones on a hot pink ribbon are as cool as ice. Girls can channel their inner Audrey Hepburn with strands of pearls accented with a pop of faux diamonds, while flower children can sport enamel daisy charms.
Timeless, elegant and sentimental, Sarah Chloe’s collection of personalized jewelry is a perfect gift for special occasions. The line spans silver-plated and gold charms that can be engraved with initials to adjustable bangle bracelets in gold, silver and my personal favorite, rose gold. A classic signet ring offers a regal alternative to little princesses looking for something less bling-y than a tiara.
Silver and gold necklaces by 100%Gumdrop have a hip downtown vibe that will appeal to big sisters. The U.S. made nameplate-inspired collection features words like ‘awesome’ and ‘peanut’ on dainty chains. Other styles feature number charms to commerate birthdays and girls’ soccer jersey number.