Jewellery is the ideal addition to any outfit, for any occasion. You can use it to elevate your personal style, express yourself through jewellery to create a signature style, or match your jewellery to your outfit or the occasion. Jewellery has the power to make a statement, dress up your outfit, or even dress it down. The possibilities with jewellery are endless.
With a variety of jewellery on the market and how quickly trends evolve, it can be overwhelming trying to style your outfits with the right jewellery. The truth is, everyone is unique, and different jewellery will look good on different people. This is partly down to personal style, but there are also other factors that will influence that, for example, the colours and patterns on the clothing you wear, your skin tone and hair colour, and how comfortable you feel wearing jewellery. The key to finding the right jewellery to augment your own personal style is a fine balance between the factors mentioned above, and experimentation. You will never truly know what you like until you try different looks and see for yourself. To help you get started, here are some top tips on how to use jewellery to complement your own individual style.
Match your skin tone
If you are struggling with finding jewellery to complement your own style, a good place to start is with matching jewellery to your skin tone. This is a great way to find something that will look good on you and that you can feel comfortable in. You will first need to identify what skin tone you have. You have to do this by simply looking at your skin and the colour of your veins. If your veins are blue and you have pale skin, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are green and you have brown-toned skin, then you have a warm skin tone. If your skin is none of the mentioned shades, then you likely have a neutral skin tone. Cool skin tones tend to look best with purple, blue and red stones and white metals. Warm skin tones are best suited to green, orange and yellow stones and yellow metals. Neutral skin tones go best with any jewellery. It’s not a rule remember, just a tip to get you started with jewellery. Everyone can wear any colour of jewellery.
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Define your personal style
Have a think about what your current personal style is. Do you always wear a certain item of clothing or attempt a certain look when you put your outfits together? Is there a style that expresses your personality and defines who you are? Or perhaps you like to dress according to a certain trend or era, for example, minimalist, boho, vintage or elegant. Once you know what your personal style is, you can purchase some pieces of jewellery that accentuate this style. For example, if you have a classic elegant style, pearls are perfecting for enhancing this look.
Some of the most popular jewellery looks matched to different styles are:
- Minimalist style – gold, silver and rose gold jewellery that is plain and small
- Boho style – brushed gold and silver jewellery with turquoise stones and layered pieces
- Vintage style – platinum, white gold or gold jewellery with rubies, sapphires and strings of pearls.
- Elegant style – white gold or yellow gold jewellery with emeralds, rubies or pearls.
If you feel like you don’t have a personal or preferred style yet, that’s okay, experiment with different outfits until you feel confident. Defining your own personal style is the first important step to finding your groove with jewellery.
Coordinate with your outfit
If you’re not sure how to define your personal style, one of the easiest ways to use jewellery is to coordinate it with your outfit instead. This is a great place to start, especially if you are new to using jewellery or your style of outfits change regularly. First, you should consider the colours and patterns used in the outfit, so you can choose the right jewellery to match, for example, if your outfit is minimalist, you should start with adding small and simple pieces of jewellery. You can play around with different types of jewellery until you find something you are comfortable with. If your outfit has tiny accents of green in its pattern, adding some emerald pieces of jewellery will make this stand out.Coordinate with the occasion
You don’t always have to match your jewellery to the style of your outfit. Instead, you can use jewellery to dress an outfit up or down. For example, if you have a minimalist outfit, you can opt for jewellery that is bold and colourful to make your outfit seem more ‘party appropriate’ – a great thing with you are going from desk to drinks after work. Or, if you have to wear a dress for a special occasion, but you are more of a jeans and a hoodie girl, adding some chunky silver jewellery such as chunky chains and masculine-style rings, it will ‘dress down’ your dress and speak more to your personal style. Experiment with using different types of jewellery to change how an outfit looks.
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Make a statement
You can choose to use jewellery to express yourself and make a statement. This is a great way to create your own look and not worry about the latest trends or about sticking to a certain era. The entire fashion industry is becoming more intuitive and individual, so you are more likely going to see very flamboyant styles out on the streets. This trend has stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, where there has been more time for individuals to consider what they truly like and dislike. The post-pandemic era is seeing jewellery and fashion as a form of self-care and self-expression, as individuals worry less about social approval and more about dressing intuitively.
You can make a statement with any type of jewellery that you desire. You can opt for big and bold pieces or even layer pieces of jewellery. Stacking jewellery is huge! Jewellery has become a major industry, and there are beautiful pieces that you can get to wear all over your body to help you make a statement. Start thinking about jewellery as the main item in your outfit and try to express yourself via your jewellery instead of your clothing. This will help you to make a statement with it. Not only should you consider necklaces, rings and bracelets, but you should also consider body jewellery for any piercings that you have. This is a great way to express yourself and add to your personal look. From a helix piercing to a belly bar, body jewellery can be a great way to add a unique finishing touch to your outfits.
Jewellery is a powerful accessory to any outfit. It is a great way to create your own style or complement your style, as long as you know how to pair it with your outfits.
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