When it comes to personal style and substance, Jane Aldridge is a pioneer. She was one of the first to independently document her love of fashion and shoes online at Sea Of Shoes, and recently broadened into food at Thyme & Temp. Jane is our go-to expert on all things vintage and costume jewelry, and her passion for 80s adornment in particular knows no boundaries. Every time she acquires a new piece, we seek it out. In a special exclusive for The Stone Set, Jane went behind the lens to capture her expansive and colorful collection at home in Dallas with her stylish mother Judy and sister Carol.
“I wear a lot of basics, like t-shirts, cashmere sweaters, and blazers. Jewelry elevates any look. I love 80s animal inspired jewelry, like Christopher Ross belts and old Laloon pieces from the 80s, and also dainty jewelry with pretty gemstone colors. Bangles and cuffs have always been a staple in my jewelry wardrobe and I like to mix different types of bracelets and bangles together. I’ve always loved stacks of 40s carved Bakelite bracelets and any vintage pieces with an Art Deco influence! But I am also into bold statement pieces too. One of my all-time favorite jewelry designers is Hanna Bernhard from France. It’s always a special treat to visit her apartment while I’m in Paris.
I’m definitely drawn to vintage jewelry. I feel like I’m a little bit young for a lot of fine jewelry. I tend to hit flea markets and vintage shops, but eBay and Etsy are great sources too. I do love to shop for jewelry when I travel. Seeing all of the vintage jewelry in little boutiques in Paris is one of my favorite things to do. I’m always on the lookout for big statement 80s jewelry, but if I’m at a flea market or vintage store, I’m always looking for something unusual. Once while shopping in Tulsa, I absentmindedly grabbed a pile of 20s faceted flapper beads, and they’ve turned out to be one of the most versatile things I own!
I love Lanvin and Dolce & Gabbana. Lanvin has a tangible deep decadence that is just so appealing. Dolce & Gabbana because it’s just so fun. It’s feminine but still over the top. I also love the tiny pieces by Jennie Kwon, and I would absolutely die for a piece of Munnu jewelry.
Right now, I’m so into my vintage 80s jewelry. I wear large statement necklaces with vintage jackets and loads of bangles. I found a bone choker at a vintage show in Austin from one of my favorite vintage dealers from Oklahoma City. It has been my go-to piece for years—I feel especially strong when I wear it. My dad bought a Lanvin necklace and earrings for me in Paris, and those are very special to me. I have a dainty crystal and gold bracelet by Marida that I wear a lot. Honestly, it’s so tiny and dainty, I can’t get it off!
I would love to raid Loulou de la Falaise’s jewelry box. I remember seeing an editorial spread of her home once, and hanging in her bathroom were all of her necklaces. It was just the most interesting collection you could imagine!” -Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes and Thyme & Temp
Photography by Jane Aldridge for The Stone Set.