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 sure everything you are wearing is complementing not only your overall look, but your skin tone, size and shape as well.
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?
While your personal stance on the matter may have been decided when you were quite young - either through personal preference, or simply due to the fact that all jewelry bought for you was gold and you became set on it, there is potential that the colour you’ve settled isn’t the best choice 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 colour suits you best.
This can be tested by looking at the veins on the underside of your wrist. If they are green in appearance you are 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 the respective colours under your face and seeing which one really makes your eyes pop and your skin look healthy.
If neither of these methods yield a clear result, lucky you, you’re likely part of the neutral family, meaning you can wear both 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.
Yes, these metals can be paired with coloured accessories, but mixing and matching gold and silver jewelry may produce a jarring effect and should therefore be avoided if possible.
Strike a balance
Even if you’re a jewelry fiend, it’s important not to overdo it.
For example, if you are wearing statement earrings, it’s probably best to pair it with a simple, dainty necklace or not wear one at all.
Similarly, if you are wearing big chunky rings, maybe 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 and “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.
In general those who are taller or have a larger bone structure look better in chunky or oversized 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.
The eye will generally be drawn to places adorned with statement pieces or layered jewelry so make sure these are areas you want to highlight. Conversely, for those areas you want to stay out of the spotlight, it’s best to wear little to no jewelry so there is nothing to pull attention and cause the eyes to linger.
Wear what you love!
Yes, the above advice may come in handy at times, but as in all fashion the most important thing is to wear what you love and what makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Fashion rules exist only as a loose guide for your own self expression, so get creative and have fun with your jewelry!