Do you love adding some sparkle and shine to your favorite outfits? Jewelry is for people of all genders, and we think that it makes any ensemble pop.
If you aren’t used to wearing jewelry, it’s normal to feel a bit uncomfortable when you’re trying to add a new piece. It can feel gaudy or overdone when you haven’t worn it in the past.
There’s no real secret to how to wear jewelry the right way. Everyone has their own personal aesthetic, and jewelry should reflect that. With that in mind, if you want to learn basic tips for styling jewelry and some jewelry etiquette, we’re here to help.
Keep reading to learn a few tips for wearing jewelry.
Dress for the Occasion
When you’re picking out jewelry for your day, make sure that it’s appropriate for what you’re going to be doing.
There are no real rules when it comes to jewelry, and it’s fine to wear something that doesn’t suit your situation, but when you’re already uncomfortable, it’s helpful to stick to things that you know will blend in.
For example, if you’re in casual wear, it might look unusual to wear something very flashy (like a statement necklace) because it will stand out too much. If you’re at work, people might find it in poor taste to wear very expensive jewelry (aside from something like an engagement ring).
Save your fanciest pieces for nicer occasions, so you fit in, and you don’t risk breaking or losing them.
Have a Statement Piece
Do you want to make a statement with your jewelry? Why not get a statement piece?
A statement piece is something that stands out. Statement pieces are often necklaces, but they don’t have to be. They become the focal point of your outfit.
Not everyone likes statement pieces. For some people, they seem too loud or gaudy for day-to-day wear. If you pick one that suits your style, though, they’ll blend right in.
It’s more than okay to wear several statement pieces at once, but keep in mind that this is a more controversial look. If you’re going to do this, consider having one statement piece per area. This means that you have one statement necklace, one statement ring, and so on.
Your statement piece doesn’t have to match everything else that you’re wearing.
Coordinate with Outfits
Not all pieces of jewelry blend well with all outfits. Again, it’s fine to wear something that doesn’t match, but this is a good thing to keep in mind.
If you’re wearing an outfit that’s already loud, wearing muted jewelry is a better idea. It allows the clothes to shine, and the jewelry will add to the outfit rather than distract from it.
On the other hand, if you’re wearing something muted, the right jewelry can add the perfect amount of pizzaz to the outfit. For example, wearing all black with gold accents is a sophisticated and elegant look.
Similarly, make sure that your jewelry works with the shape of your outfit.
If you wear something with a deep v down the chest, wearing a necklace that hangs low may make your look more cohesive. Conversely, if you wear long jeans, a flashy ankle bracelets won’t make sense because no one will see them.
Metal: To Mix or Not to Mix?
Mixing metals is controversial. It used to be considered a serious fashion faux-pas, but it’s coming into style as more and more people decide that they shouldn’t feel limited when they’re choosing their jewelry.
Mixing metals means that you’re combining the basic metal tones (although they come in different materials). Rose gold, yellow gold, and silver are the ones that usually come to mind.
Mixing metals provides an interesting look, but it isn’t one that everyone is into.
If you don’t like the idea of mixing metals, find the right metal for you. You can choose metal based on your skin, but for most people, it doesn’t make much of a difference.
Instead, choose it based on what you like. We love an all rose-gold look, but there’s something cool and fancy about choosing jewelry that’s all silver and white gold.
Layer and Combine Your Jewelry
Don’t be afraid to overdo it when it comes to your jewelry. Once you have a small collection of pieces, why not start combining them?
Necklaces are the first area in which people start layering. It looks great when you have several lengths of necklaces to group together. Chokers and long necklaces draw the eye when they’re used together.
You can also combine rings. Some people think that this is a gaudy look, but if you do it the right way, it looks cool and modern.
Combine rings that go on different parts of the finger, and try to change up the thickness and style of the rings. For example, simple bands above the second knuckles paired with a statement ring make for a unique look. As long as you have a consistent color scheme, it won’t look excessive.
Many businesses buy rings wholesale from sites like WholesaleSparkle to sell for affordable prices. Start with affordable rings when you’re mixing and matching.
Respect Your Personal Style
While these tips might seem helpful, styling jewelry is all about you and what you like. You don’t have to adhere to any fashion rules.
Pick up a bunch of types of jewelry to try out and wear what makes you feel cool and confident. If you hold yourself with confidence, people will think that you look great.
That’s How to Wear Jewelry the “Right Way”
Learning how to wear jewelry is all about feeling out your personal preferences and finding things that make you feel happy. There are no secrets to styling jewelry, but these tips might help you get started.
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Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.