Jewel Tones, A Woman's Other Best Friend

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but don't forget about all of the colored stones. Speaking of color, this season's jewel tones will make you swoon. Although some designers do pastel for the winter, I like to keep my pastels for the spring. Bold jewel tones, however, go hand in hand with the turn of the season.

Since emeralds are my favorite stone, I want to showcase a sexy yet elegant emerald green dress from Diane von Furstenberg. This sassy pleated skirt dress with stretch sleeves is so versatile. The stretched silk gives this dress an extra shine and a perfect feminine fit. It's versatile because it's not too tight, nor too baggy looking. It has a great flowy skirt bottom with a nice top to balance the whole look out. I would show off this dress with a ruby colored clutch along with ruby colored studs. Enough said.

Diane von Furstenberg Handy Dress - Jewel Toned Dress

→ Buy the Diane von Furstenberg Handy Dress, $375.00, at

If you prefer sapphires, then you will adore this asymmetrical jewel toned dress from BCBG. If you want a quirky dress that hugs all your curves without looking sleazy, then this dress is the one for you. The dress hits above the knee and the unique design is eye catching. Best of all, the draped skirt makes it wear worthy for holiday work parties. Wear simple studs with a sapphire bracelet and you will be the talk of the party.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Christina Asymmetrical Dress - Dress, Jewel Tones

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Christina Asymmetrical Dress, $298.00, at

I hate to showcase two dresses from the same designer, but I couldn't get this ruby colored Diane von Furstenberg dress out of my mind. The problem is that they only have size 0 left, so if you are a tiny gal, then please jump on this opportunity and, while you are buying, please keep in mind how jealous I am.

[Editor's Note: After Kim wrote this post we were able to track down this dress in a range of sizes at Saks Fifth Avenue. Enjoy!]

Diane von Furstenberg Madeline Ruffled Sleeve Dress - Jewel Toned Dress

→ Buy the Diane von Furstenberg Madeline Dress, $345.00, at

Since most of us are not a size 0, I searched and I found a BCBG strapless dress that almost looks like a two-piece. The tiered structure attracted me to this dress, and the refined, simple style offsets its bright red jewel tone color. This dress sets the standard for femininity and surprisingly it doesn't strain the eye. Pair this dress with some emerald colored accessories and you're set.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Hammered Satin Dress - Dresses, Jewel Tones

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Hammered Satin Dress, $133.90 (was $298 -- save 55%!), at; shipping and returns are free.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.