My Minimal 5 Piece Jewelry Collection

I struggle between two aesthetics.  I love things to uber simple and sophisticated but I’m also a Harajuku ninja and I have the word kawaii imprinted on my soul.   Super simple usually wins.  Don’t feel bad though, my simple style might win externally but I am always and forever a bundle of rainbows internally.

minimal jewelry essential pieces


To keep things flossin and bossin I try to have a streamlined approach to life and that is extended to my jewelry.

I believe my jewelry should elevate my look and not overpower it.

It’s important anything I own adds and not take away.  Following this philosophy, my jewelry collection is limited.  All the jewelry I own can fit comfortably into a tiny accent bowl.  Crazy huh?  But that also works with my lifestyle and as I share more about my style, my views and my vision you’ll come to see how this works for me.

minimal jewelry collection


Fossil Watch

The piece that I wear the most is my Fossil watch.  In the past, before I adopted a somewhat capsule closet mindset, I had a decent Michael Kors collection.   I realized I was simply collecting the watches and not wearing them so I sold them all.  I promised myself my next watch would fall within in a smaller budget and would be something I wore at least once a week.

I wear this watch all the time.

Interesting fact, Fossil and MK watches are owned by the same company and truthfully Fossil’s gold watches have an MK vibe.   Because I purchased this watch at an outlet store during a sale period I got this for a mere $40.  My cheapest MK watch cost me $260.  Math.

This watch works with every outfit and I get compliments on it weekly.  I could honestly get rid of everything else I own and this could carry every outfit.  I love me some Fossil.

minimal jewelry pearl earring



What I love most about these pieces is they look great by themselves and when paired together, even though the pearls don’t match, they still work really well.  They’re also versatile; I can dress these up or down.

I’ve worn each of these pieces with jeans and a tshirt and I’ve worn them with heels and a LBD.  Pearls might seem old-fashioned to some but I feel like it’s unexpected.  The necklace was a gift and the earrings were a 25th bday gift to myself but if you want to add pearls to your collection my advice is to to purchase affordable imitations.  It doesn’t make sense to drop guap on imitation pearls…they’re imitation.


minimal jewelry necklace


Cheap Claire’s Necklace

Inexpensive, simple gold necklaces have become a part of my signature look.  This £6 necklace is the ultimate accessory.   I simply jam this around my neck and viola – I am sophistication.

Since this works with everything I own, I never have to question it and that’s why it makes the cut.


Chipped earrings

I bought these when I was in college (uni) from a thrift store and they were my STAPLE in my twenties.  I’ve kept them all this time but now I hardly wear earrings.

I recently wore these as a blast from the past and I fell in love all over again.  I think they’ll be popping up a lot more.  Some people might hate that they’re tarnished and chipping but I feel it adds to the quirkiness of it and this might be a little of my kawaii girl coming through.  Also, it’s interesting to see where my style was at thirteen years ago (aging myself).

minimal jewelry collection watch earrings


Those are the main highlights from my jewelry collection.  I have one super special piece that I choose not to include in this blog post and two other pieces that I keep in my purse just in case I need to spice up my outfit in an emergency.   So in total, that’s eight pieces of jewelry – and I still think that’s a lot!  But I’m happy with all the items I have and feel like they each serve their purpose.

What about you?  Do you have a big collection or are you comfortable with the necessities?  Share below and let me know how you approach jewelry.

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  • Shayla Anderson
    August 23, 2018

    You had me a harajuku ninja! Great post as always! I’m very similar to you I hate staple pieces to my look and I toooo have a cheap Claire’s necklace from my twenties I swear you’re my best friend we just live on the opposite of the world. Every post, every tweet confirms it 🤷🏾‍♀️ Love your work. It’s so amazing the photos are stunning. The pieces are always so relevant and thought provoking. I just love the way you view the world. That’s why I enjoy your blog so much. It’s like talking to my bestie.. well reading my bestie if that makes sense lol

    • Olli
      August 23, 2018

      Awwww – girl there are LEGIT tears in my eyes!! I am so happy we are connecting. So glad you’re liking the content, the photos and feeling me at harajuku ninja! Whew chile! fanning my eyes!!

  • Natonya
    August 23, 2018

    Hi Olli! I have a large collection of jewelry but I’m learning to minimize a bit more in my life. My favorite type of jewelry to wear are midi rings and random
    graphic studded earrings. O btw, your blog images were stunning!

    Natonya |

    • Olli
      August 23, 2018

      I used to have a ton of jewelry but found I kept reaching for the same pieces over and over, and that action totally defined where I’m at today. I do love midi rings but I always lose them so I only buy them to wear on special occasions.

  • The Ordinary Blogger
    August 25, 2018

    These are so cute! I don’t wear much jewelry but this post is definitely making me rethink that decision!

    • Olli
      August 26, 2018

      I think even having one or two pieces that you know works for you and for every situation counts as a collection!

  • Merrell-Ann
    September 7, 2018

    I enjoyed reading this post. I have a massive jewellery collection and to be fair, I could do with getting rid of most of it. Your post has inspired me to declutter my collection. When I really look at it, I literally wear the same 5 or six pairs of earrings all the time. So why do I have like 20 additional pairs?! It’s the same with necklaces as well 🤦🏾‍♀️

    • Olli
      September 9, 2018

      I’m so happy I could inspire you! I’m actually thinking of getting rid of a few items in my actual closet. Anything I haven’t worn this year is going. If you notice you’re only wearing the same things over and over but you’re notready to commit to getting rid of them, put them out of sight for one month and if you haven’t reached for them or don’t miss them at all – bye.

      I like to donate my clothes or give them to people I know will use it.

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