Jewelry is an easy way to add a little creativity, individuality, and bling to your outfit. Even a basic white tee and jeans can look put together with the right jewelry. You feel spectacular once you have the right jewelry on. But you may be in an uninspired jewelry rut right now. Are you rotating through the same three pairs of earrings every day? Have you forgotten to wear bracelets altogether? Is your jewelry lying in a tangled mess in a drawer somewhere?
Luckily, it’s easy to change up your jewelry-wearing habits and get excited about accessorizing again. Whether you want to buy something new and different, or simply wear your older jewelry in a different way, here are a few jewelry styling ideas that might catch your fancy:
1. Layer necklaces and bracelets.
You probably layer your clothes all the time, especially here in Colorado where the weather changes from warm to downright chilly, and back again, all in one day. So why not layer your jewelry too?
You could try pairing a pendant with a simpler chain or choker. Or wear several delicate gold necklaces of different lengths layered together for an on-trend look. And experiment with different layers. It will bring the eyes up to your gorgeous face. If you’re going with a statement necklace, it’s best to just wear one at a time so that you don’t detract from it or totally overwhelm your outfit.
Bracelets are fun to layer. You can create an arm party! Layers of gold and silver bangles, or my Friendship Bracelets, mixed with thinner bracelets is a great look, especially with a simple sundress in the Spring. As with necklaces, statement or polymer cuff bracelets should be worn alone. Mixing woven leather or cloth bracelets with metal ones looks artsy and adds visual interest.
You can even try wearing multiple earring styles if you have more than one pair of ear piercings or want to combine ear cuffs with other earrings.
2. Stack rings.
The old nursery rhyme says wearing rings on your fingers (and bells on your toes, I guess) means you’ll have music wherever you go.
Well, I don’t know about music, but stacking rings can add a lot of flexibility to your wardrobe as you can mix and match them as you please to create a slightly different look each day. You can even choose to wear just one or two simple rings for a more minimalist look on some days.
3. Wear a necklace over your sweater.
This is a great technique for looking put-together on those cold winter days where you just want to slink into your turtleneck and never come out! It also works in the summer when you might want to wear a lightweight, long-sleeved button-up with shorts, or a high-necked, dressy tank.
You can easily wear a pendant necklace with a high-necked sweater, giving a feminine, classy look. Also, try wearing a statement necklace that matches the color of a high-necked blouse. If you’re wearing a blue shirt, go with a necklace with stones of a slightly different blue. If you’re wearing a shirt with a collar, you might try wearing a short necklace under the collar, letting it peek out from the front.
4. Decide what the focus is going to be.
Decide what is going to take priority, your jewelry accessory or your clothing. Sounds simple, but if you have a gorgeous new necklace you want to show off and you pick your favorite dress, the neckline may not suit the necklace. For instance, if you have a low V-necked outfit, then a pendant sitting in the V above your cleavage will work wonders. A long necklace will look great over higher necked and crew necked clothing. A rounded necklace is good with a scooped or other rounded necklines.
If you’re wearing jewelry that you want to catch people’s eye, then you don’t want to wear a busy print either. Nothing to distract from the jewelry. Also, if you are featuring a statement bracelet, wear more subtle rings and earrings, or none at all.
5. Don’t always match your sets.
Usually, when you wear a necklace, you tend to reach for a pair of earrings or a bracelet that came with it so that all your jewelry items match. However, it can be fun and eye-catching to wear things that aren’t part of a set. For example, if you’re wearing a necklace with red stones in a flowery pattern, you could throw on a pair of simple gold chandelier earrings to go with it. Or you could combine a chain necklace with a geometric bracelet.
This is a technique you can try with your clothes as well, by mixing up the patterns and colors in unique ways. Just try to make sure that there is a theme as well as complementary colors running through your outfit so that the various elements don’t clash too much.
6. Go without a necklace. Gasp!
If you’re wearing a bold pair of earrings or a statement cuff bracelet, then not having a necklace to detract from your look can be a good way to go, depending on your outfit. Also if you’re wearing a very low cut or high necked outfit, not wearing a necklace will often work really well.
7. Don’t forget to change your earrings.
It can be so easy to wear the same pair of earrings for days or weeks on end. Or maybe you almost never change them.
Remembering to change up your earrings is a great way to add interest and style to your look day to day. It’s also a great opportunity to clean your favorite earrings!
You can make changes to your earrings subtly and simply by wearing a variety of small stud earring. Or you can add some sparkle and movement with some dangle earrings, depending on your outfit.
A good place to start is to dig through your jewelry collection and find what you haven’t worn in a while.
8. Mix metals.
It used to be a fashion sin to mix different colors of metal. But luckily that’s no longer the case, even according to the fashion police: there’s no need to stick to all silver jewelry or all gold jewelry. I’m still getting comfortable myself with this one. Gold goes with gold, silver with silver, and so on. But I’m learning. So mix up those metals! Wear gold and silver rings on your hands; gold and silver chains around your neck; and gold and silver bracelets. It’s allowed now!
9. Extend your wardrobe. Experiment.
Grab all your jewelry, hair accessories, shawls, watches, etc., a few outfits, and start experimenting. Try some casual outfits with statement pieces. Try casual jewelry with night on the town outfits. Throw a shawl over that dress. Try that jeweled hair tie with that necklace. Combine everything! You’ll be amazed at the combinations you have hidden in your home.
10. Don’t be a slave to trends.
We’ve all known someone who is far too much of a fashion slave.
Trends influence what all of us wear to some extent, which is fine. But it’s never a good idea to slavishly (is that a word?) follow fashion at the expense of your own taste and personality. You’ll end up losing yourself. Oh! And it’s really expensive!
Instead, try to figure out your own style which suits you and makes you feel confident. That might turn out to be unfashionable right now, but if you own it then you’ll be fine.
When choosing jewelry to wear, always think about what works with your coloring, frame and your general sense of style. Take all of these things into account when you accessorize.
And don’t forget your personality. We’re all different, and your personality should be allowed to shine through in terms of the jewelry you choose to wear and how you present yourself in general.