Jewelry and accessories are the finishing touches that complete your look. They can be subtle and understated, bold and daring, or somewhere in-between. Jewelry is a vital element of your wardrobe and should not be overlooked. As well as dressing up or down an outfit it can transform the overall style, and even change your body shape by focusing the eye.
One way of selecting jewelry for your outfit is through color. There are no rules, and ultimate decisions will be down to personal choice. As a rule of thumb, if you’re wearing black or neutral colors, you can get away with adding colorful jewelry without worrying about clashing. Unless, of course, this is your aim. Black outfits lend themselves to numerous choices from paired back, understated pieces, to daring combinations. Black makes most colors work well, enhancing the sparkle of silver and gold and making the most of brighter tones.
If your outfit contains bold, repeated patterns, then adding jewelry that is over-fussy may ruin the look. Your clothing and jewelry will vie for attention, and the effect will be overbearing and possibly even a little tacky. If your clothing is detailed or includes embellishments such as sequins, embroidery, etc. then keep jewelry to a minimum.
Formal And Informal
We all have those items in our wardrobe that take us from day to night, or that can be used for a variety of different occasions. Often, it’s the jewelry choices that determine whether they are formal or informal, elegant or bold, etc. For example, a simple black shift can be made to look expensive with a simple gold necklace and matching earrings. The same dress can be worn for informal events by mixing with a leather bracelet and costume jewelry. Similarly, if your outfit needs to be worn for work and later at a party, changing a few key elements is all that’s needed. For work, simple stud earrings and a charm bracelet should be sufficient. While swapping these with a bold necklace and chandelier earrings later in the day will transform the same outfit into a party dress.
We all have areas of our body that we would prefer not to draw attention to. And other areas that we feel are our strong points. Jewelry choices can help with this by focusing attention in the right places. For example, if you wanted to draw attention away from your waistline, layered necklaces will do the trick.
And finally, jewelry is something that enhances and embellishes. By its nature, it is often shiny and glamorous. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try unexpected combinations. For example, rather than a traditional solitaire, opt for striking Argyle pink diamonds, that will dazzle and turn heads. Shake things up by trying different combinations. Mix and match choices across outfits and layer necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Your jewelry choices will make or break your outfit. Get it wrong, and you will destroy the whole look. But get it right, and you have the ability to transform your look, focus attention, and draw admiring glances.