Top Tips For Matching Jewelry To Your Outfit
Jewelry can really make an outfit, but wearing the wrong pieces can ruin one. That is why it is so important to think about how to match jewelry to suit your outfit and your personal style. Take a look at our top tips to help ensure that your jewelry and wardrobe choices achieve their full potential and don’t result in a date for the fashion police.
Consider the occasion
In addition to thinking about what you are wearing, you also need to think about where you are wearing it. While fashion conventions aren’t anywhere near as strict as they once were, you will still need to think about the suitability of your jewelry choices. An arm full of bangles may look great with your work dress, but how are they going to feel when you’re typing, and more importantly, how are your colleagues going to feel when all they can hear is your jangling wrists? It might be best to go for subtle work jewelry like a Sodajo bracelet for work and save the bangle sets for a night on the town, for example.
You also need to think about the way jewelry can draw in the eye and whether this is suitable for a particular occasion. Something like our Heart-Shaped Pendant, for example, may beautifully draw attention to your well formed decolletage, but this may not be the best idea at a funeral.
Match your skin tone to your outfit and jewelry
The right jewelry will match your skin tone and your outfit. If you have a cool tone, blue, purple and red gemstones such as topaz, amethyst and sapphire will look great. These will perfectly combine with white metals such as platinum, white gold and silver.
If you have a warmer tone, go for shades of green, orange and tallow. Stones such as emeralds, moonstone, and citrine will look great teamed with yellow metals such as gold or copper.
Think about color
The color of your clothes should influence your outfit choice - or vice versa. You can experiment with what suits you best, but as a general rule, try not to combine more than three completely different colors in one outfit. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, but the idea is to ensure that your ensemble doesn’t end up looking confused. To help keep things simple, there are some basic rules that can prevent you from making any fashion mistakes:
You have a free choice of colored accessories if you are wearing a neutral outfit, such as a monochrome ensemble.
The color of your jewelry can contrast with your outfit rather than matching it for an eye-catching effect. Choose primary or secondary colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel for the most dramatic effect. Just be sure to check that your color choices don’t have any existing connotations. Red and blue teamed with a white dress, for example, may be mistaken for a holiday or patriotic outfit.
Keep to scale
Another thing that you need to think about when pairing accessories with an outfit is size and scale. Take a look at the features of the rest of your outfit and choose your jewelry accordingly. If your clothes have lots of features such as frills, ruffles and sequins, for example, or are made up of a myriad of different colors, you probably need fairly minimalistic and understated accessories, such as this Necklace and Earring Set, to avoid creating a fashion mess.
Go for the personal touch
If you like the idea of versatile jewelry that still feels like it shows off the real you, personalized pieces could be the choice for you. This may be simple name pendants or lettered bracelets, or you could go for birthstone jewelry to add a personalized touch to any outfit.
Don’t be scared of colors
If you are accessorizing evening wear, it can be tempting to go for clear stones and simple, shiny metals. Don’t forget the appeal of colored gemstones, however, especially if you are looking for ways to add some pizzazz to a little black dress or classic pant suit. Rubies, colored diamonds and sapphires are great choices, but make sure that the metal you choose matches the color of your outfit. Be careful of teaming gold jewelry with a silver dress, for example, although this can work if you have other gold accessories. Just make sure that your overall look seems planned rather than haphazardly put together.