Pulling off a fabulous look doesn’t involve clothes and shoes only as I’m sure you know. Even the best outfit can look rather average if not accessorized properly, while glam, sparkly, expensive dresses look extremely cheap when you decide to dazzle everybody by adding more glitz than the outfit needs. I love the line said by Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukasis) in Steel Magnolias – “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” – but we also should know how to accessorize properly. Here are some tips on how to combine your jewelry for a stylish look
1 Mix Metals
Silver, yellow gold, and red gold all go together so don’t be afraid to experiment and mix your metals until you find the combination you like. You can wear all your bangles at once or mix stackable rings in ways you’ve never tried out before. The rule that says silver can be worn with silver only is definitely out so check out your jewelry stash to see which of your long-forgotten pieces can be reused in a completely new, trendy way!
2 Layer Your Necklaces
When it comes to ways to layer necklaces, more is definitely good. This means you can wear more than one necklace and they don’t even have to be the same length or color. In fact, the more layers you manage to create, the more interesting the look will be. Layer your pearls for a vintage look, combine metals, leather, and natural stones for a boho feel or combine chains with charm pendants and lockets for a more modern touch.
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3 Add Some Color and Texture
Think pearls, gems or natural stones and use them together! There’s only one thing you need to keep in mind and that is to never match cheap, obvious bijoux with real pieces. Real stones, in the other hand look great with both gold and silver elements and the only thing you need to worry about are the color and style of your outfit.
4 Don’t Mix Big Rings
A huge ring is an eye-catching piece of jewelry, so you don’t really need more than one. You can put one on each hand and still get away with it but, in that case, you must make sure the style and the stones match. Overdoing it won’t give you any style points and you may even expose yourself to the risk of looking cheap, regardless of how expensive your rings really are.
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5 Your Clothes Matter a Lot
Heavily beaded or sequined outfits don’t require any jewelry at all. You can get away with a neutral piece but, unless you’re planning to show up with a banner that says, “The Sun is on vacation, I’m going to shine for you today”, anything more than that is just tacky. Feel free to layer your necklaces if you’re going to be wearing a plunging V neck top or a turtleneck but opt for bangles in case you’re about to go Rihanna-style and wear a dress with embellished shoulder pads.
Yes, they are a girl’s best friend, but you should definitely leave them at home during the day. Diamond jewelry is very elegant and, as such, doesn’t tolerate a lot of experimenting. Do wear your engagement ring at all times but save the diamond earrings, bracelets, and necklaces for special, black tie events, important celebrations, and all those times when you are sure you’ll be totally dressed up.
7 Be Creative
If you have a gorgeous ring you don’t wear because it’s too heavy/small/big, you can always put it on a chain and turn it into a totally wearable pendant. A long necklace can also be worn in many different ways! You can knot it, double it or even wear it as a bracelet. Interesting, lightweight charm pendants can be attached to hoop earrings, for example.
Above all have fun. Do what you like and if you like it, who else should care?
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