Jewelry is a great way to accessorize and give your outfits a more finished look. Whether you’re getting ready for school, work, or just an evening out with friends, the right jewelry can help bring your outfit together and complement your natural style.
You might think that wearing too much jewelry just makes it harder to figure out what to wear each day, but this isn’t true. If you know which colors and styles of accessories best suit your personality and personal style preferences, finding the perfect pieces for you is often as simple as looking in the mirror! However, if you still struggle to find the right pieces, there are some simple steps you can follow that will help guide you toward the accessories best suited for your wardrobe and lifestyle needs.
Determine Your Personal Style
One of the first things most women do when they think about building their accessory wardrobe is figured out which styles best fit their tastes and personalities. If you’re already fairly familiar with fashion trends, this may be a fairly easy step for you. For those who want to get started but aren’t sure where to begin, there are two possible approaches for starting point: behavior-based or trend-based.
The behavior-based approach is based on the idea that certain types of accessories, such as belts and shoes, are most commonly used for emphasizing or showcasing a particular item of clothing. By identifying which items you prefer to highlight with your sartorial choices – skirts, blouses, sweaters, etc. – you can narrow down the styles of jewelry that best match your preferences.
The trend-Based Approach is based on the assumption that accessories tend to be accentuated by current fashion trends and therefore following those trends will provide a more accurate picture of what looks best on you. To use this approach correctly it’s important to realize that women sometimes follow trends not because they like them but because it’s simply what everyone else is doing at the moment. But keep in mind – the most stylish women are generally not the ones who follow trends but instead set them.
Determine Your Accessory Color Palette
After you’ve found some jewelry that matches your style, it’s time to determine what color palette will best compliment your wardrobe and/or lifestyle needs. Though this may seem like a straightforward step, it can be one of the trickiest for many women. The problem is that most women aren’t very familiar with certain color terms and how each term relates to a particular color or group of colors. This makes it difficult to know which colors go well together and which ones clash.
If you feel like it is too much for you that’s ok. It is good to have a simple rule in mind for a start – warm and sunny colored jewelry such as gold chains go with cool colors like blues, purples, and greens while cooler colors like silver chains fit best with warm colors like oranges, golds, and reds. Of course, there is an exception to every rule, especially when it comes to fashion. So, don’t feel like you have to strictly follow these guidelines. Instead, make them your starting point and go from there as you experiment with different looks and colors.
Select Your Accessory Pieces
Now that you’ve determined your style and what colors to wear, all that’s left is to find the perfect pieces for your accessory wardrobe. This can be as simple as going through your closet and seeing what styles you already own and then branching out from there. Of course, if you don’t have much jewelry or want some new accessories, now is a good time to start shopping around as well.
The single most important rule when buying new accessories is to only buy items that you love and truly believe suit your personality. Never purchase something you might never wear just because it’s what everyone else is wearing at the moment or because you need a particular item for a particular outfit. If, in doubt, don’t buy it. You can always come back later once you know exactly what wares best suit your needs.
Accentuate Your Features
Another important element of determining your accessory wardrobe is to keep in mind how your face shape and skin tone can be enhanced by certain pieces, making you look healthy and vibrant. Many women forget that some jewelry styles are designed for optimal facial proportion and therefore some may look best on you while others may simply be unattractive or even unflattering wearing the same thing.
On the other hand, it’s worth noting that sometimes very prominent accessories can act as camouflage (overly large earrings can distract from an otherwise strong jawline while a necklace with too many charms may draw attention away from dark circles under your eyes). So, determine which accessories suit you best then use them to enhance your natural beauty!
Never wear too much jewelry at once
Try not to pile on necklaces and bracelets. Instead, choose one statement piece like a big pendant or chunky charm bracelet and allow it to do all the talking. Also, long necklaces can be worn during the day but make sure they are not too long and show off some skin. This will make it seem less formal.
If you need an accessory for evening wear but hate wearing necklaces because they make you feel uncomfortable, try adding a pretty ring instead. There’s also plenty of other options that don’t include necklaces: earrings, brooches, belts, anklets (with or without stockings), hat pins (for hat wearers only), headbands/hair combs for those who like vintage styles.
When it comes to expensive jewelry such as diamond rings and expensive watches it is that you don’t wear them daily. Just because you have the money to purchase them doesn’t mean that it must be shown. They are meant to be special pieces, so make sure to show them off in the best light possible.
Jewelry is a great way to accessorize and give your outfits a little something extra. But the trick to wearing jewelry well is knowing how to use it properly, what types of pieces to look for, and how to match them with your other accessories. If you follow the steps above, you’ll find it’s not as difficult as you’d expected and before you know it, your style will be reflecting the same sense of charm and sophistication that jewelry does!