Every woman should have a good selection of real or costume jewelry. A big bangle or a statement necklace can immediately add drama to a simple white tee or a little black dress. And, if you know the jewelry trends, you can update your favorite classic look to look very ‘in’ and ‘hot.’
But how do you mix and match jewelry? Should you wear another ring? Layer on another necklace? What’s the fine line between looking stylish and looking like a Christmas tree? Read these tips.
What’s your ‘focal point’?
Focal point means that one big piece that acts as the ‘star’ of the outfit. In some cases, it’s the dress: it’s got a complicated pattern, or very intricate details like lace. If that’s the case, keep your jewelry simple. A heavily beaded top against a chunky necklace and chandelier earrings can just be way over the top. If you stand in front of the mirror and no single item takes a ‘leading role’ then you know you’ve overdone things.
Keep a sense of balance
Layer on pieces that aren’t too close to each other. For example, match long earrings with a statement cuff, instead of an intricate chain of necklaces. That’s because earrings and a necklace make you look top heavy—there’s just way too many things going on in the face and shoulder area. However, a cuff won’t compete with the earrings simply because it’s too far away.
Don’t stick to sets
Your earrings, necklace and ring don’ have to come from the same set. However, do try to stick to a theme or mood. Is it ethnic? Elegant? Bohemian?
Contrast vs. coordination
For a very sleek look you can match the color of the accessories to the outfit. For example, a white and silver necklace would look great against a white dress, to create this unbroken, seamless line which is both chic and figure-flattering.
Or, on the other hand, you can choose a contrasting color to make a dramatic impact. For example, a bright red pendant against a black dress can add energy and funkiness to the outfit.
Also bear in mind the concept of ‘warms’ and ‘cools.’ Light blues, grays, and pale pastels other cool colors look beautiful with silver jewelry. Gold looks great on a red or blue top.