Cheap, easy bling for troupes or any dancer

Rarely do mainstream stores stock affordable, large or even slightly exotic pieces of costume jewellery suitable for belly dance. So imagine my shock when I found these items in K-mart of all places! Now there are many, much fancier options available for dancers. I have even custom made necklaces and jewellery for specific costumes. However these are easily available, cheap and available in bulk making them really great for students on a budget and troupes.  So scan below and head into to k-mart to fill in any gaps in your accessories. There were several other variations in different colours too (Pics were taken in haste using my phone but you get the idea). I already have a very extensive necklace collection (some would call it an obsession!), so I only bought some of the flowers but just realised that I should have gotten some of the gold rings too as most of mine are silver.

Cheap and easy to match with costumes.

Cheap and easy to match with costumes.

You could use this as a necklace or some serious appliqué for a belt.

You could use this as a necklace or some serious appliqué for a belt.

Gold toned, large rings - bargain.

Gold toned, large rings – bargain.

From memory this was only $4. It kind of has an almost pharonic feel I think , or could work for some tribal fusion outfits.

From memory this was only $4. It kind of has an almost pharonic feel I think , or could work for some tribal fusion outfits.

$6 for 3 rings, I only like 2 of them but hey at this price I am not concerned.

$6 for 3 rings, I only like 2 of them but hey at this price I am not concerned.

$2 AUD (or $3 NZ) for 3 pairs of hoops! These can work for most styles of bellydance.

$2 AUD (or $3 NZ) for 3 pairs of hoops! These can work for most styles of bellydance.

Will go with any silver accented oriental costume. $8 AUD

Will go with any silver accented oriental costume. $8 AUD

These flower clips were only $2! Perfect for old school tribal.

These flower clips were only $2! Perfect for old school tribal.

Jade Belly Dance is in no way associated with k-mart, this is an independent opinion.
What’s your favourite bargain priced costume piece? Please feel free to comment below.

When to ignore Coco Chanel

She may have been the queen bee of fashion in her time but her famous quote,

“When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” – Coco Chanel

really doesn’t hold well as advice for belly dancers.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

 

In fact, I would go as far to recommend most dancers that are starting out in performance to do the exact opposite!!

“When accessorizing for performance, always add at least one more item of fabulousness” – Jade

The reason I say this is because the majority of dancers I see at student Haflas and amateur performance evenings are somewhat underdone.

I certainly was when I started out, I was so clueless that I turned up to my first performance in exactly the outfit the teacher said – without any make- up, jewellery or accessories!

When I started looking at photos of myself performing I began to notice the difference between what I looked like and what the pros look like and accessories were a big part of what was missing.

We are accustom to seeing ourselves in our every day street wear and stage make-up and jewellery can look so over the top. There is a tendency to put something on, then think you look silly, and do Coco Chanel and take it back off again. I think the biggest classic is to do nothing with your hair and make it look like the costuming ends at the neck. This is easily fixed with a little flower, scarf or some of the endless hair accessories cheaply available on eBay. For tribal I would say add 2 extra accessories! For oriental – if you have a pro costume you will need less but earrings, a ring or 2 and a necklace and bracelet are pretty standard. You don’t want to look like you just chucked your outfit on and ran out of the door.

Rachel brice dvd cover

Rachel Brice – Let’s count the accessories ….

My favourite accessory is almost always a necklace, bold necklaces are my signature look, I am pretty partial to upper arm accessories too and they have the added bonus as being perceived as being exotic.

Yes, there is often 1 or 2 women at an event that have poured half a bottle of eyeliner on their face and worn every item of jewellery in their possession but I find they are the exception not the rule and honestly at least they gave being bold and commanding a try.

 

What’s your favourite accessory?

Do you agree with Coco?

Please comment below?

SALE!! Applique and Trim for dance costumes!

OK – regular readers know I love to tell you where the belly dance related sales are. Online store Aleemah’s Applique and Trim is having a long weekend sale with 30% off everything – even the stuff already reduced! Wish I knew this last week when I ordered LOL! Stuff for belly dance costumes

Why buy appliqué for Belly dance?

It saves a lot of time from beading – time you could be dancing. So if you have a fantastical creation that you have been dreaming of making or just need to alter existing clothing to fit, now is the time to order some supplies. Its not just appliqué, its beads and sequins too. I bought several varieties of paillettes, sequins and beads I just couldn’t find in any local shops or on ebay, to alter a top of a new costume. Wish I looked at Aleemah’s site first, it would have saved me a lot of time. I found the website easy enough to use and delivery prompt.

But you only have until Monday the 11th at 10pm AEST to put in your order.

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