Beauty is in the eye of the bejeweler. Accessorizing with jewelry is the perfect way to spruce up any outfit. A boring outfit can be transformed within a matter of seconds with the right bracelet, earrings, or necklace. The key to accessorizing is to find the perfect balance so that you don’t land up looking like a pirate who has just won the treasure chest lottery. These are a few guidelines to follow when accessorizing any outfit with jewelry.
Focus on your foundation
Before selecting any jewelry, use the outfit and occasion as a foundation. Not every piece of jewelry is practical for every occasion. Just think about how uncomfortable it will be to type on a laptop with an arm full of chunky bracelets. Certain occasions also call for different styles of jewelry. If you are attending a fancy dress party, then your costume jewelry is ready to shine. Formal events are usually a bit more sophisticated so be sure to choose jewelry that compliments the outfit such as a gold bracelet or cluster studs. If the outfit has bold prints or sequins, avoid overdoing it with large statement pieces, rather opt for a dainty necklace or a pair of studs.
Make your statement
As a general rule of thumb, it’s always better to wear one statement piece and balance it out with a few subtle pieces. The first thing to consider is where you want the focus to be. Will a large pair of earrings or a statement necklace complement the outfit better? Jewelry should not compete against each other, instead, it should complement the areas you want to draw attention to. If you have decided to wear a statement necklace, complement it with a pair of small studs. If you have opted for chandelier or large hoop earrings, skip the necklace and pair them with a ring or bracelet instead.
The art of layering
Layering jewelry takes a little more than stacking a few different pieces together. Ultimately, layered jewelry should look like it was purposefully chosen rather than haphazardly. The trick to layering jewelry is to consider the design, color, and the size of the pieces you have selected. Layer chains that have different pendants in varying lengths to create the perfect cascading look. For bracelets, mix a few widths and styles for an edgier look. When it comes to rings, stack a few thin bands over thicker ones on the same hand. Don’t be afraid to combine a few different shades of metal to create a unique look.
The science of color
Jewelry comes in so many colors, it can be hard to know what piece will complement your outfit. Like most things in life that involve color, it’s always best to rely on the color wheel. Cooler colors will match perfectly with outfits in warm shades and vice versa. For example, compliment peach, orange, or yellow outfits with navy or emerald green stones. Another way to pair colors together is to draw inspiration from nature. Natural patterns and neutral fabrics always look best with gemstones such as rose quartz, topaz, and turquoise.
Accessorizing outfits with jewelry is an art but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a master at it. With practice, patience, and the help of the color wheel, you’ll be able to create a striking ensemble.