Nothing completes an outfit better than jewelry. Regardless of whether you’re in work wear, street clothes, or in an elegant dress, jewelry will help you take your ensemble to the next level. In recent times, we’ve seen a trend from moving away from traditional, precious metals and stones to funkier, edgier imitation pieces. This means that we have a lot more choice in the trinkets that we wear. However, with all this choice, it can get confusing what to wear, how to wear it, and where it’s acceptable to wear them. So, here are some simple tips to let your jewelry shine through.
Determine Your Style
Are you down-to-earth, glamorous, artsy, rocker-chic, or a little bit of everything? The first step to choosing the right accessories is to establish your fashion style. You don’t have to fit yourself into just one category but figuring out a few of your governing trends will help you pick out the matching jewelry. If your clothing choices tend to be more feminine, pair gentle studs or small hoops with delicate necklaces and charm bracelets. If glamour is your game, you can’t go wrong with a pair of diamond (or cubic zirconium for the less extravagant) studs and a power necklace. If you are a more creative soul, the sky is the limit for you so go nuts and mix and match as you please.
Pick a Focus
Pick whether you want to make a statement with your bracelets, necklaces, or earrings. Wearing too much jewelry makes you look overcrowded. It also means that some of your favourite pieces get lost in the struggle for attention. So if you are going to go with loud earrings, maybe skip the necklace and add a simple bracelet instead. Similarly, if you are wearing a heavy necklace, tone it down with the earrings or nix them altogether.
Match Jewelry to the Occasion
While you should always let your true style shine through, you also have to take your environment into account. So, if your workplace is a little more demure or you are attending an elegant function, your jewelry choices must reflect the surroundings. However, you can compromise! For work, you can wear a funky cuff that won’t draw too much attention and for black-tie events you can let your creative side show with unusual chandelier earrings.
Complement Your Neckline
Your necklaces should be determined by the neckline of your dress or shirt. For higher necklines like turtlenecks, choose longer pieces to avoid making your neck look too busy. If your shirt has a collar, wear a shorter chain with a smaller pendant, drawing attention to the base of your throat. For low-cut tops, wear chunky chains with a lot of volume so that the neckline looks less plunging.
Put a Ring on It
Nowadays, there are so many varieties of rings to choose from that it is ultra-easy to find one to make a splash. If you like more delicate pieces, get a thin band with a pearl or some other small setting. If you are a little bolder with your digit adornments, go for a chunky ring with big stones. There are also in-between options with intricate, twisting style and midi rings.