Accessories can make any outfit look great. They can dress up an otherwise drab outfit, or colloquialize a more formal piece. There’s absolutely no reason not to spice up your wardrobe with some fantastic jewelry. Have fun with your jewelry and let it make a statement about your style.
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Part 1: Choosing Jewelry Based on Fashion/Style Concerns
1. Accessorize for the occasion
Your jewelry should be appropriate for where you are going. Are you wearing jewelry to work? This is time to be more conservative with your accessorizing. Are you at a formal event? If so, consider wearing more fine jewelry and gemstones. Are you hanging out with friends or going to a party? Then be playful, fun and more daring with your look.
Small, dainty jewelry is best for work. Stud earrings instead of dangling earrings are acceptable. Your jewelry at work should never be distracting. If you are unsure what is appropriate, see what the other women at the office wear and follow suit.
2. Know all of your options
You have so many options when it comes to jewelry. Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, watches, and rings are all available. All jewelry comes in different shapes, lengths, materials and widths. Whatever you choose should compliment your outfit and personal style. If you are new to accessorizing, start with a pair of stud earrings. Studs are appropriate for every occasion and can be worn with other jewelry as well
3. Take your outfit into consideration
If you are wearing a busy outfit with a loud print, your jewelry should be more subdued. If you are wearing a plain, simple outfit, you can wear more creative jewelry to transform your outfit. Remember your jewelry is an addition to your outfit and should never compete with what you are wearing.
- If your outfit is already embellished with jewels, skip the necklace and wear some simple earrings.
- Your jewelry can also be used to bring your outfit together. For example, if you are wearing a black dress with red shoes, you could wear some red jewelry to pull the outfit together.
- For example, you would not wear a huge, statement necklace with a leopard print top. However, you could be much more adventurous with a plain white tee or blouse.
4. Mix and match
It used to be taboo to wear gold, silver, copper, rose gold, etc. However, this is no longer the case. Feel free to mix up different metals. Another way to mix and match is by playing with size, width, and texture. Wear bracelets of different widths or necklaces of different lengths.
- You can also stack rings on your fingers as well. Try doubling up or wearing a regular ring and a midi ring on the same finger.
- Necklaces and wrist wear (e.g. bracelets, bangles, cuffs, and watches) can be stacked as well.
5. Think about your neckline
A necklace should compliment the neckline of your clothing. You want the necklace to be visible, yet not compete with your outfit. The right necklace can emphasize and enhance your outfit. On the other hand, the wrong can be a distraction and take away from what you are wearing.
- Try a long pendant necklace if you are wearing a deep V neckline. The necklace should hit right above your cleavage.
- A short, statement necklace looks great with a sweetheart neckline.
- Layered necklaces and statements necklaces look nice with crew neck cut clothing.
6. Choose a centerpiece
An easy way to begin accessorizing is to build around one piece of jewelry such as a statement necklace, ring, or bracelet. This piece would be the focus of your outfit, and then all the other pieces would be minimal. For example, if your earrings are the focal point, you may wear a simple band on your finger and a dainty necklace.
- If your necklace is the centerpiece, wear stud earrings and minimal rings or bracelets.
- Your watch and bracelet could also be the focus of your accessorizing. If this is the case, do not wear earrings or necklaces that would compete with your wrist jewelry.
7. Avoid being matchy-matchy.
The color of your jewelry does not have to be the exact same color as your outfit or the other jewelry that you are wearing. You can wear multiple complimentary colors or wear a pop of color if your outfit is all neutral colors.If you are unsure what colors will look best with your clothing, take a look at a color wheel. Find whatever color you are wearing on the wheel and then look across the wheel to determine which colors are complimentary.
- Wearing metal jewelry is always a safe bet if you are not sure about what colors to wear.
- Diamonds and diamond-looking jewelry are also safe no matter what colors you are wearing.
- If your outfit is a neutral color (e.g. black, white, gray, etc.), you can wear some bright colored jewelry to add some color and personality to your look.