Do you start your day with throwing irrational tantrums about not having anything to wear? Well, you are not alone because women all over the world face this predicament every day.
According to a survey by Marks & Spencer, women spend an average of 16 minutes a day (equivalent to 4 days a year) fretting over what to wear. 62% of the women surveyed said that they suffered from wardrobe rage – the stress of “not having anything to wear.”
Rather than buying new clothes all the time, you can make the most of what you have by choosing the right jewelry to style your outfits impeccably. The right bling can transform even the most boring and overdone attire into a chic one!
Here are our top six (and one bonus) jewelry styling tips to help you look your fashionable best.
1. Layers and More Layers
Why wear only one piece of jewelry when you can flaunt them all? Layer necklaces, rings, and bracelets by mixing different shapes, textures and colors. Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin love layering their necklaces.
You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to wear your statement necklace. Layer it with other delicate neckpieces, and you can carry them off all day. Choose wrap bracelets when you want to layer boldly without wearing too much jewelry. When in a doubt about layering your necklaces or bracelets – choose both. Just select the same layering style for both, your arm and neck.
Another way to layer is by wearing stacked rings. Wear rings of different shapes and sizes, while keeping the rest of your look simple to let your hands steal the spotlight.
2. Mind Your Metals
Not long ago, women liked to match all the pieces of their jewelry, going either all-gold or all-silver, just like they matched their shoe color with that of their bag. Mixing different shades of metals was considered a sin by the fashion police. Not anymore. You can confidently pair gunmetal with yellow gold, rose gold and silver, and gold with oxidized silver. Trust us, we have seen people mixing and wearing rhodium and gold and still looking stunning.
Pairing gold and silver has been one of the coolest trends at cocktail parties. Combine silver pendants with gold chains, and mix and match rings in different metals to create an impression of effortless symmetry while looking graceful.
3. Before You Overdo It, Stop
Sometimes one extra accessory can spoil your complete look. We love how Coco Chanel had put it, “Before you leave the house, look into the mirror, and take one thing off.” This phrase holds true for your jewelry. If you are already wearing a statement necklace, you don’t need big tassel earrings and the other way round. Remember, layering your jewelry and over-accessorizing are two entirely different things.
Here’s a small tip: each piece of jewelry should add value to your outfit. If it isn’t, remove it. Just because an accessory looks good or has sentimental value, doesn’t mean you can wear it with everything.
4. It’s All in the Name
Jewelry trends will come and go, but personalized jewelry is here to stay. This style is going strong with celebrities like Bella Hadid, Beyoncé and Kylie Jenner flaunting customized bling on the regular. Right from the minimalistic take on the initialed dog tag to the SATC-inspired nameplate necklace, it has become quite a trend to wear your name proudly around your neck.
What we like about personalized jewelry is that it is sentimental. Whether it is the initials of a loved one or your lucky charm, there is always a deep meaning and an emotion attached to this jewelry that makes it precious. You can buy personalized name necklaces like the ones owned by Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian from GetNameNecklace. They offer unique designs at affordable prices.
5. The Color of Your Jewelry Counts
Accessorizing is mostly about striking the perfect balance between warm and cool colors. Gems like ruby and canary diamonds are fiery colors (and are called warm gemstones), so they look great with outfits in black and white and contrasting colors like blue and purple. Similarly, cool gemstones like alexandrite, aquamarine and emerald pair well with yellow or orange outfits.
Jewelry that color-contrasts your outfit looks fab. You can pair bright jewelry with neutral outfits and dark jewelry with a white outfit. Several stylists refer to the color wheel for inspiration on mixing and matching outfit colors to jewelry.
6. Your Jewelry Should Attract, Not Distract
The rule of thumb to achieving the perfect jewelry-outfit coordination is that each piece you wear should be in the right ratio to your body frame and facial features. Jewelry that is disproportionate to your body or face will distract others. Remember, a piece of jewelry doesn’t have to be oversized to make a statement.
The right earrings, in particular, can frame your face without making it look too big or small. Women with a heart-shaped face can consider drop earrings while women with oval faces can wear diamond studs to highlight their cheekbones. Drop earrings and long danglers look stunning on women with round faces and those with a square face can go for hoops to soften the natural angles of their face.
Bonus: Break the Rules!
Dressing up should be fun and not a dreaded responsibility. How you dress is your personal choice. What you wear and how you wear it is all about who you are and how you want others to see you. Nobody can decide that, other than you. Your signature style may not be in adherence with the current fashion rules, but might be doing an excellent job for you. Stick to it and forget what the fashion police say – the choice is yours.
If you have a crammed jewelry box overflowing with bling that you have not been wearing lately, it is pretty apparent you’ve been wearing those delicate necklace and diamond studs (maybe even in the shower) since forever. Try the jewelry styling tips mentioned above, and we bet you will have a new look to sport every day even with your old wardrobe.