Recently, I was asked by a dear friend in need of styling advice what my key everyone-needs-to-have-them accessories were. My mind starting flooding with visions of structured satchels, nude leather heels, pendant necklaces, and statement jewelry. But before I could start spitting out an unending list of must-haves, I decided to really think about the question, as to not overwhelm my less-than-style-savvy amiga. Thus began what I will now be calling “Accessorista Must-Haves.”
What does every stylish girl need in her accessories arsenal? Pieces would have to encompass all aspect of the accessoristas life – from office wear, to weekend wear, to going-out garbs. The proper collection of accessories would cover all of these arenas! And instantly, I thought of one of my absolutely favorite baubles – the cocktail ring.
The cocktail ring instantly dresses up the simplest of outfits. Sometimes, all you need to add some pizzazz to an LBD is a hunk of ring on your finger. They are eye-catching, show stopping and very personal. A cocktail ring can be edgy, girly, posh, luxe, or boho, so depending on your style, there’s always something for you!
After I dispelled to my friend the fact that she absolutely needed to work some cocktail rings into her closet, she asked a question I had no answer to. “Why on earth is it called a cocktail ring?”
Aww. And thanks to my excellent googling skills (ha!), I can fill your beautiful brains with a little 411 on the origin of the cocktail ring. I’ll make it brief, as not to bore you.
Back in the 1930s, in the Prohibition Era, the rich and fab who just couldn’t be without their alcohol would meet in speakeasys – kind of like underground secret clubs. Ladies and gents would come dressed to the nines, and said nine-dressed ladies would wear the biggest, gaudiest rings they could find to flaunt their money. While they were taking sips of their bourbon cocktails, everyone could eye up their hands, dressed in jewels. Hence – the cocktail ring.
Aww, I can feel my brain growing with knowledge.
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