The little things matter most when you’re putting together a stylish ensemble, and jewelry is a crucial finishing touch to all your looks. And no matter what anyone says, there’s a right way and a wrong way to adorn an outfit with jewelry. You can’t get away with anything.
Simply tossing a necklace on with a basic outfit doesn’t always do your look justice. Also, buying a lot of jewelry won’t help you style each piece and look good. Therefore, you must understand the art of style to bring out the best in your jewelry.
No matter what occasion you are dressing for, we hope these jewelry styling recommendations will help you look your best.
Basics of Jewelry Styling Tips
Before you shop for the latest jewelry collection from your favorite designer, you need to know how to style it. Many people find jewelry styling complex, even when it’s an essential item like a pair of gold earrings. There are various elements and style guides that can transform or change your appearance. Even with statement pieces like a herringbone necklace, there are plenty of ways to accessorize this piece with your outfit and not overwhelm it. You want to draw attention to your clothes, shoes, bags, and jewelry. One thing should not overwhelm your gaze; you want harmony between all your accessories so that your look stands out.
When wearing patterned clothing, always choose minimal jewelry; no, it doesn’t have to be boring. For example, you can pair a simple gold chain with cute bee earrings to add a personal touch without damaging your outfit too much.
Do not Exaggerate
Jewelry should complement and enhance your outfit, not overshadow it. It might be a good idea to pair a pair of gold necklaces with your favorite pair of chunky gold bracelets. But add some gold bracelets or rings and you can start to look like a walking gold jewelry store. The key to accessorizing is adding enough pieces to look presentable without going overboard. Wearing too many accessories looks messy without one piece of jewelry standing out.
Know what pieces you have and what outfits would complement them well. If you plan to wear a specific piece of jewelry, such as a ring or headpiece, plan an outfit to match. Or you can put your outfit together and then mix and match the jewelry that goes with it. Wearing heavy jewelry and overdoing it draws attention away from your face and clothes and onto your accessories. On a side note, if you plan on flaunting a flashy makeup look, you may want to keep your accessories and jewelry low-key.
Layer your Rings, Bracelets, and Necklaces
Layering is the best way to style jewelry. Mixing and matching your necklaces, bracelets, and rings can help you achieve a modern look. Work with different lengths, colors, shapes, and textures to experiment with layering. For example, you can combine a small pearl necklace with a thick gold chain to add class and elegance to your look. Work with various lengths to cause you to notice your face while layering neckbands. You can also combine hoop earrings and pearl earrings in your ears.
Experiment with different metals
Mixing and matching different metals might have been a style sin, but now it’s no big deal. You can combine a gold pendant on a silver chain or wear gold and silver rings on one hand. Jewelry design is more about finding what works best for you than following a trend or set of rules. Of course, you still need to think about which metals would contrast well and which elements would work well together. Not all silver chains go well with a gold or rose gold pendant. Experimenting with different metals and colors will add vibrancy to your overall look.
Find harmony between gems patterns and individual style
It is useful to look for inspiration to find your style in clothing or jewelry. Fashion magazines and style ideas from your favorite stars are good inspirations. But don’t change your tastes or style to fit in with a trend or imitate someone you admire. Your style depends on your complexion, body type, and way of life. It is unique to you, so there is no point in chasing trends.
In some cases, following a trend may require you to spend more on jewelry than you can afford, which is not a good idea. Instead, learn to balance your personal choices with trends. For example, TikTok’s recent trend of becoming “the girl” has added to the hype surrounding gold and pearl jewelry. While there are plenty of affordable jewelry brands out there, it’s tempting to follow in the footsteps of your favorite influencer and promote a high-quality jewelry brand.
Enhance your look with statement pieces
Statement pieces can enhance your overall appearance without much effort. Some famous red carpet looks are notorious for their statement pieces, like Blake Lively’s bold earrings from her Met Gala 2022 look. Or get inspired by Bella Hadid’s gold lung necklace she wore at the Cannes Film Festival. We’re not suggesting you spend this month’s salary on fancy jewelry, but you can add a few pieces to your jewelry collection. Earrings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, and headpieces can be great statement pieces to brighten up your look and complement a plain or simple outfit.
Fashion trends, be it jewelry or clothing, tend to change every season. It’s okay to let trends guide your jewelry styling, but don’t depend on them. You can always go for classic jewelry like pearl studs or gold filigree chains and bracelets. The key is to focus on how you want it to look. Don’t waste money on statement pieces that you can’t mix and match with multiple looks. Instead, mix and match the items you already own and invest in quality pieces when needed.