How do you choose and style jewellery to compliment yourself and your wardrobe? And how do you make the best use of your jewellery collection without being boring? The answers aren’t always obvious. we’ve come up with our 5 top jewellery style tips to help you be your fashionable best.
Why not start with something fun? Experiment with contrasting lengths, shapes, textures and colours to make appealing layers with rings, necklaces, bangles and even in some cases earrings.
If you’re layering necklaces then go to different lengths to draw the eye up to your face. Different shapes, colours and textures will often work a treat.
For bangles and bracelets, you can pretty much create an arm party with different pieces which will flash and jangle as you move. Rings can be mixed, matched and stacked in all sorts of interesting combinations.
You can even experiment with wearing multiple earring styles if you have more than one pair of ear piercings or want to combine ear cuffs with other earrings.
You know how it is: sometimes too much is, well, too much.
If you’re drawing attention to your face and neckline with layered necklaces or a statement necklace, perhaps you don’t really need an armful of bangles to be competing for attention.
Or if you’re wearing a bold pair of statement earrings, then perhaps your necklace could be more subtle or even not there at all (on the other hand, a bold pair of earrings with a matching necklace can sometimes work beautifully).
If you’ve accessorized with multiple pieces then consider taking a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”.
Or not, as the case may be: do what works for you and the occasion you’re dressing for.
Don’t you find that it can be all too easy to forget about your earrings? However, your earrings are usually in the field of vision for anyone who is talking to you, so they really are important. You should aim to choose earrings to frame your face and complement your hair, eye colour and skin tone.
The best advice is to make a decision as to what will work for you and run with it. Your aim should always be to dress like yourself so you feel comfortable and confident.
Here’s a related decision to make while getting dressed: what do you want the focus of your outfit to be?
A simple – even boring – the outfit will almost always look transformed into something special with the right jewellery and accessories. You can choose jewellery that really makes a statement to bring a simple outfit to life or do some mixing and matching of jewellery for a more layered look.
But if you’re wearing bold clothing, then often it’s a good idea to go with smaller, more subtle jewellery pieces as highlights.
If you have long hair a great tip is to select a colour or metal finish that is more likely to be visible, depending on your hair colour.
This is my favourite style tip of all: break the rules as you see fit.
I’m a big fan of people looking like themselves rather than everybody else. Dressing up should be fun and it should be personal to you. Your style is about who you are and how you want to appear to others. It doesn’t have to be all twin sets and pearls, or all free-flowing and boho for that matter.
If what works for you is doing whatever you want, following none of the typical fashion tips and creating a chaotic clash of things you love wearing, then my advice is: go for it.