Jewelry is the perfect cherry on top of any outfit and makes the best accessory to spice up anything in your wardrobe. It’s an amazing addition because it can bring any outfit to life and enhance your best features.
But there are so many ways to style your jewelry, from layering, mixing metals, and choosing statement pieces. As you probably have noticed by now, I love mixing and matching and layering all types of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in one outfit because that is my style and I love how it looks. But if you prefer a more understated look, that’s okay too! Checkout this fool-proof guide for styling your jewelry.
The main thing to keep in mind when styling any point is picking a starting piece. Whether it be a blouse you love or big chunky necklace you want to wear, pick one item (clothing or jewelry) as the focal point for your outfit. The rest of your ensemble should pair well with your focal point.
Making a Focal Point
For example, if your starting piece is a pink patterned blouse, you’ll want to choose understated pants to not overshadow the blouse and jewelry that compliments. Gold, silver, and rose metals all go with pink, as well as pink tones, white, and some shades of blue. Generally try to avoid wearing green, black, or bright red with pink.
Alternatively, if you are picking a big chunky statement necklace as your outfit’s focal point, let that piece shine. Choose clothing that doesn’t try to compete — for example a non-patterned shirt in a complementary color. Avoid wearing a collared, halter, or detailed shirt as it will compete with your big necklace.
While these are just examples, use your eye to determine what looks good and what doesn’t. Sometimes you might have to try on a few different jewelry items to see what looks good and what doesn’t, but that’s okay! Once you find what works it’ll be easy to find those same pieces again the next time you are getting ready.
You should mix warm jewelry with cool colors and cool jewelry with warm colors. Why? Because you want colors to compliment each other and strike a fine balance between the different shades of the rainbow. Think of “opposites attract” for this one — warm gemstones such as amber and ruby red look best with plain purple or blue. The same works vice versa; cooler jewelry tones such as deep green or blue pair best with orange, yellow, or pink.
I love layering, and it can be a super cute option if you’re looking to wear multiple pieces of jewelry at once. Experiment with different lengths, shapes, and textures in order to figure out what looks good layered and what doesn’t. As a general rule, if you’re choosing multiple necklaces, each one should be a different length, to avoid the chains tangling. You want to show off each piece, not cover it up with something else.
After getting dressed, gather a collection of necklaces and pendants of different lengths and experiment to see what works. It’s important to know when to stop though, because you don’t want your outfit to look to mismatched and crowded. Keep a maximum of 5 necklaces or bracelets to avoid making your body look to crowded.
People often think that mixing metals is a no-no, but I’m here to tell you that’s wrong! Mixing metals is very on trend right now, and I happen to think it looks great. Golds, silvers, rose golds, or other metals really compliment one another.
Know When to Quit
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as overkill, and while you want to look fashionable and cute, you don’t want your jewelry to look overwhelming. Know when too much is just too much. When you have too much going on, nothing stands out and each piece of jewelry just competes for attention. For example, if you decided to layer a bunch of necklaces, keep your earrings or bracelets more understated.
Ultimately, dressing up and wearing jewelry should be fun and personal, reflecting your own style and personality. It’s not something to stress over and worry about being on-trend as much as it’s about being happy and feeling your most confident. I know that the way I style my jewelry is unique and there are so many different ways to style the same things. Do what works for you and just go for it.