Jewelry - How to get it right every time
When it comes to finding the jewelry that will suit you, there are no hard and fast rules. However, there are a few tips you can use to make the most of what you are wearing. Great jewelry should complement your outfit, skin tone, size and shape.
Find the most flattering metal for you
While jewelry comes in all colours and materials no one can overlook the classic metals when choosing accessories. This brings up the perennial question - should I go with silver or gold?
You probably already have a preference. But, it's possible the metal you've settled on isn't the right shade to enhance your natural beauty.
It’s all to do with your skin's undertones. Whether you are warm toned or cool toned will affect which metal suits you best.
You can test this by looking at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they're green in appearance you're cool toned and silver is your friend. If they appear blue, gold’s the go.
You can also conduct this test by holding pieces of jewelry in both metals under your face. The one that makes your eyes pop and your skin look healthy is the one for you.
If neither of these methods yield a clear result, lucky you, you’re likely part of the neutral family. You can wear both metals and they will look great! However, you should still remember to…
Keep metallics consistent
If you are wearing gold, stick to all gold. Same with silver.
Mixing and matching gold and silver jewelry can be jarring and should be avoided if possible.
However, both of these metals can be paired with coloured accessories.
Strike a balance
Even if you’re a jewelry fiend, it’s important not to overdo it.
For example, if you're wearing statement earrings, it’s probably best to pair them with a simple, dainty necklace or not wear one at all.
Similarly, if you're into big chunky rings go light on the bracelets. You don’t want to overwhelm your body or leave the house looking like a heavily adorned Christmas tree.
If you struggle to moderate your use of jewelry, follow Coco Chanel's’ iconic advice. “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
Don’t overwhelm your figure
When it comes to jewelry, scale is important. Therefore, you should always take your size and figure into account when deciding which jewelry to wear.
Those who are taller or have a larger bone structure look better in chunky or over sized accessories. While those who are petite, often suit small or dainty jewelry.
Use jewelry to your advantage
Jewelry can be used strategically to either highlight or draw attention away from certain parts of your body.
Our eyes are drawn to areas adorned with statement pieces or layered jewelry. Make sure these are areas you want to highlight.
Conversely, for those areas you want to stay out of the spotlight, wear little to no jewelry.
Wear what you love!
The above advice may come in handy at times, but as in all fashion the most important thing is to wear what you love!
Fashion rules exist only as a loose guide for your own self expression, so get creative and have fun with your jewelry!