Do you like me face an eternal conundrum when choosing accessories; discreet or flashy?! I was carefully brought up, to appreciate real stones and how elegance was linked to being discreet, ladylike and definitely not over the top. My own style has evolved from my Paris years into jewelry which can make a statement and reflect my eclectic, vintage taste.
However there is one caveat on costume jewelry, it should be as well made as real jewelry. So go for the best in each category.Taking a flower adornment, if you wear a real flower, it will fade after several hours, so wearing a beautiful 'real' silk one can enhance a spring outfit. Especially if you take care, to coordinate your perfume with your look (another time I will explore that topic!)