How to Accessorize Outfits with Jewelry

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Accessorize Outfits with Jewelry
Accessorize Outfits with Jewelry (Image: seiyastock at morguefile.com and Ali at fussypants.typepad.com)

Which necklace goes with these pants? Am I wearing too much bling? How do you learn to use jewelry as an accessory? There are just so many options. Gather up all of your bracelets, necklaces, earrings and sparkly stuff for a primer on accessorizing with jewelry. Learn which jewels to wear and how to wear them.

Things You'll Need

  • bracelets
  • necklaces
  • earrings
  • anklets

Make sure that when you pair different pieces of jewelry together you are mindful of the materials they are made of. You wouldn't want to mix a glass beaded necklace with a stretchy rubber bracelet and wooden beaded earrings.

Choose jewelry that compliments your outfit. The colors don't need to be the same, but complimentary, like any other accessory.

A little can go a long way. If you have one focal piece (usually a necklace) the rest of your jewelry should be more discreet so as not to distract from the necklace. The goal is for someone to say "Oh you look nice" and not "Oh, wow. You have pretty jewelry." Be the Diva, not the jewelry store girl.

You can purchase personalized necklaces that showcase a picture of a loved one or favorite place.

Custom Photo Jewelry is Popular
Custom Photo Jewelry is Popular

Make sure your necklace doesn't cross the neckline of your shirt. The only time this is acceptable is when you're wearing one of those super-long beaded necklaces. Usually you'll be wearing a shorter piece and the centerpiece will be at the collarbone.

Be sure to "test drive" your neck wear before your big event. Sometimes beads and clasps can pull at your hair or scratch your skin. You wouldn't want to have to remove your accessories during the dance, wedding or formal event.

Try pairing a more formal piece, like Swarovski Crystals and pearls with a more casual outfit. Throw on a pair of sexy heels and your Jeans and Tshirt will look hotter than ever.

When your bracelets are small and skinny, you can wear several of them together.

If your bracelet is beaded or hinged it can stand alone as an accessory to any outfit, and should only be paired with a smaller, chain bracelet or similar bracelets.

Glass beads are Stylish
Glass beads are Stylish

Solid formed bangle bracelets are fun to wear and still a surprisingly popular accessory, even though they haven't changed much since the 1980's.

Be sure your earrings compliment your hair style. Wearing gigantic complicated earrings with a shorter hairdo will surely make you guilty of over-accessorizing, no matter what the outfit looks like.

Likewise, if you have a lot of hair, you can get away with a bulkier earring.

Since the earrings and the necklace are both visible together it is very important to make sure they go together. Similar bead work, metal embellishments (if any) and complimentary color schemes are a few things to look for in matching jewelry.

White Pearls and Crystal Earrings are a Must-Have Accessory
White Pearls and Crystal Earrings are a Must-Have Accessory

Tips & Warnings

  • Store Jewelry hanging or in individual boxes, so they don't tangle.
  • Be sure to check you full length mirror for a head-to-toe each day. Accessories matter.

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