With seemingly countless elements to consider, piecing together the perfect outfit can be challenging– and sometimes frustrating– task. In addition to all of the obvious physical elements which must be determined (top, pants, shoes, accessories, etc.), one must also consider surrounding circumstances such as the setting, time of day, time of year and many other aspects. But even with the very difficulties involved, most smart, stylish women are able to successfully concoct the right blend every day.
However, one area even experienced fashionistas can struggle with is in the realm of jewelry. It is one of the more fickle aspects of outfitting, with countless types, styles, metals and combinations, not to mention the fast-moving pace of modern fashion. Although Coco Chanel’s policy of removing one piece of jewelry before leaving the house has been a common and important guideline for decades, times have changed to the point in which the opposite may be true.
While you obviously want to stay within the boundaries of tastefulness and avoid blatantly overdoing it, less is not always more, as it once was. In fact, in the modern era of style, more is clearly more, and combining your accessories can be one of the more fun and important aspects of putting together an outfit. But this can still be a challenge, and most women could use a bit of advice when styling the perfect jewelry with the perfect outfit. With that being said, here are some simple tips to help you take your jewelry game to the next level.
Starting from scratch and trying to select the perfect jewelry combination out of many individual elements can be daunting. If you have ever opened your jewelry cabinet and found that you have no idea where to even begin, you are more than familiar with this feeling. Whether you are starting completely from scratch or you already have a solid direction in mind, the best way to begin is often by choosing one centerpiece to base the rest of the ensemble around.
The centerpiece can be any number of things from a bold watch to a statement ring to a chunky bracelet. With the line between technology and fashion becoming increasingly blurred it could also be a smartwatch or even your smartphone. While it can take some additional expertise, those with the latest Galaxy S8 or iPhone X can plan a somewhat futuristic style around these elements. You will likely have your phone out much of the time anyway, so you should begin to think of it as an additional element of your outfit.
The point is to select something around which the rest of your jewelry look can be based. Once you have nailed down the perfect centerpiece, combine it with stacking bracelets, layered rings and any other complementary pieces.
The time of strictly matching jewelry is no more. Although it may seem completely counterintuitive to many women, you can (and should) mix and match your metals and your colors when creating the perfect modern combination. White gold, copper, rose gold and silver could all go together in the same ensemble, and they will help your accessories to pop in a way that old-fashioned matching cannot.
You also should not be afraid to throw in a dash of color along with your gold and silver. This is especially true with bracelets, as mixing in colorful additions can perfectly top off your outfit and make your wrists more noticeable.
Layering bracelets is one of the key elements of stepping up your jewelry game, but this may not be appropriate for every setting or every woman. While you can make a fashionable and unique statement with properly layered and mixed bracelets, it can sometimes feel as though your wrists are being weighed down. Other times, it just doesn’t feel right.
If this is the case, you could move a little further along your hand for the right stacking appendage. Stacking rings has become a big-time trend as of late, and it can add a new kind of flare to your style. You can wear single rings on each digit or wear two or three on one finger for a stylish and youthful look. Especially with major retailers carrying huge selections of affordable, cute rings, there is no end to the combinations you can create.