2. More is Not Always Better.
You might think that, when you’re heading to a fancy event wearing a formal dress, you should play up your jewelry to match your outfit. On the contrary, the opposite is often true.
Simple, small jewelry pieces work best with long, fancy gowns or other formal outfits. Try shiny delicate jewelry such as stud earrings to add a subtle flair to your outfit without taking the focus off your formal attire.
3. Pay Attention to Necklines.
If you pair jewelry with a clashing neckline, your whole look can be tacky and thrown off. However, if you wear the right necklace that complements your neckline, you can accentuate your outfit for a look that is exquisite and enhanced all around.
If you’re wearing a top tube or strapless dress, pair it with a chunky choker or a necklace that sits tight around your neck. Low-necked shirts or dresses should be worn with shorter chains that match the shape of your neckline.
When wearing a collar or high-necked shirt, pair it with a larger pendant on a thin chain necklace. One-sleeved dresses or off the shoulder shirts are complemented by thick, dangly necklaces with a complex design.
4. Match Bracelets to Sleeve.
A great rule of thumb for choosing bracelets to wear with outfits is that the longer your sleeves are, the less bracelets you should wear and the thinner those bracelets should be, and vice versa of course.
Thin, delicate chain bracelets work better with long-sleeved sweaters. Thick leather cuff bracelets look great when paired with sleeveless dresses. If your sleeves extend past your elbows, keep your bracelet super simple or skip wearing one altogether.
5. The Long Necklace...
Long necklaces can be a great way to balance out a look that might otherwise make you appear boxy or shapeless. Loose clothing can make you appear wider or shorter than you really are, but it looks great when paired with a long necklace.
If you’re wearing a T-shirt dress or any other loose dress, pairing it with a necklace that has a long chain, and one large pendant can help add harmony and to your look.
6. Pair Bold With Basic... Or Not.
You might think that if you’re wearing a bold outfit, you should pair it with basic, simple jewelry to avoid an overwhelming appearance. While this is a good rule to keep in mind, it doesn’t always apply.
Sometimes, experimenting with pairing bold jewelry with a bold outfit can turn out great. Other times, it can be catastrophic. You should be willing to try out different looks; don’t ever be scared or shy to experiment, or you might miss out on something great. If you do choose to pair dangly earrings or a chunky necklace with a boldly printed dress, make sure the shapes and colors of the pieces are complementary to keep your look appearing whimsical and sleek and avoid a disfigured and thrown-together look.