Looking to integrate more jewelry into your wardrobe, but not sure how?
MIXING METALS? MAYBE...
While I admit to formally advocating against mixing metals, I now integrate both into my ring stack and you can too! If you’re uncertain which colors tie into both metals, red, black and white pair with everything, for an elegant Parisian look. Or, if you are riding the wave of vibrant colors, try metal mixing with jewel tones: saturated hues including emerald-green, sapphire blue, ruby-red, and amethyst purple, all named for gemstones.
HAVE YOU BEEN OVERLOOKING PEARLS?
The secret key to looking unbelievably luxurious for an event? A strand of pearls. The shades of ivory pair well with any color for simple styling and of course look especially powerful with black. Guaranteed, this will make you look like the chic Laissez-faire woman of Paris.. Once you invest, pearls are for life.
AN ODE TO LAYERING
Pairing necklaces are often more powerful than wearing singular pieces and three is the magic number. I am highly in favor of layering necklaces of varying lengths on top of turtlenecks, particularly in a formal workplace as an addition to an otherwise potentially lackluster uniform.
Rotate, change, experiment.
Stagnancy is the enemy of fashion! If you have avoided changing your second ear-piercing for the past year, now is the time to try something new. Clean out your jewelry box and wear the items you may have forgotten existed. Don’t let anything go to waste; jewelry is meant to be worn.
NINETIES? SEVENTIES? PICK A DECADE, PICK SOME JEWELRY
Playing with decade fashion is daunting to some, but every decade has moments for everyone. The mod look of the sixties for the classy fan of Friday nights at MOMA or the early 2000s babe who prefers a blinged-out look for sipping a vodka soda at the club. Jewelry styles have changed drastically throughout the century, so don’t be afraid to take a trip down memory lane. You just may surprise yourself!
BUSY OUTFIT, TONED DOWN JEWELRY. TONED DOWN OUTFIT, BUSY JEWELRY.
The easiest way to spice up a simple outfit is through costume-like jewelry: large gems, chunky chains, and pops of color. On the other hand, if you’re new to styling and nervous about what your coworkers will think of your new look (admittedly, we’ve all been there) then slightly tone down the jewelry while you build up confidence. Pairing classic pieces such as a plain signet ring, small hoops, a delicate chain with loud silhouettes or colors is the perfect way to ease your way into what feels right for you and your narrative.
And most of all, stop telling yourself “you could never pull that off…” You can! But the only way you’ll know is if you try because styling is best learned through trial and error, self-exploration and experience. These are a few techniques to get you started; the rest is up to you.
Author: Alexandra Gold