… a word from Amanda

Welcome to the penultimate 2019 issue of Amanda Zips It Up. It’s full-on party season and here’s a heads-up for you.

A chunky gold chain is the “bling” to be seen in this festive month. Yes, if you buy one piece of jewellery this winter, make it a gold chain.

I first noticed the trend during the summer, adorned by the street style set at the Fashion Weeks. Since then, short, chunky gold chains have been trickling onto my feeds and wish lists. They’re set to be the only bling worth having come the new decade – in fact, Net-a-Porter have bet heavily on the trend, ordering 840 units of chain necklaces for spring 2020.

There’s a really appealing gold chain on Mango for £19.99 but, should you have £36,380 to spare, alternatively you could opt for the really rather fabulous 18K Rose Gold Diamond Chunky Chain Necklace from Shay.

The great thing about this jewellery trend is that it spans the full gamut – from high street to high end.

Personally I’ve got my eye on London brand By Alona’s chunky gold plated textured ‘Tiffany’ chain, set to drop next week. At a relatively reasonable £190, this is “statement bling” that treads the perfect balance between pretty and punchy.

Whatever your vibe and husband / boyfriend / other half’s budget, one thing is for sure, a chunky chain brings ample attitude to your look this party season.

Anyway, in this issue of Zips It Up we check out a Licence to Thrill in the men’s fashion stakes, pinpoint some Agent Provocateur copies for Christmas, and since today is officially Christmas Jumper Day – make some suggestions regarding how to look ‘cool’ and not ‘naff’ in a festive sweater.