August 15, 2016

Matching Jewelry and Outfit


The right accessories can make or break an outfit. When done right, they take the outfit to the next level. But when they're done wrong, it can take away from your carefully chosen clothing. How do you know how to do this? That's what we're going to discuss. I'm mostly going to focus on the jewelry aspect, but I may also bring up other things like scarves, belts, and hats. Shall we begin?

Neckline

This is an important aspect to consider when choosing necklaces or scarves. First, what type of neckline is it? Round, scooped, v-neck? There are many options, and if you need help, you can check out this infographic. A note; some types of necklines, like the cowl, don't need any neck accessories because the neckline itself is interesting.

Once you know which neckline you have, it's time to figure out what would look best with it. With necklaces you have two options. You can have the necklace above the neckline, or it can rest below. For many necklines, the only way to have a necklace stay above the top of your shirt or dress is to wear a choker. That's why I often prefer the necklace to hang below.

Make sure that the necklace you choose falls at least an inch below the neckline. If you don't, it will just keep falling inside your shirt all day, and that's annoying. Also keep in mind any decoration on your top that the necklace might obstruct.

The same principle goes for scarves. Do you want your neckline to show or do you want the scarf to cover it? If it's a high collar, will the scarf look all right with it? Infinity scarves are one of my favorite types due to their looks and how they go with almost anything.

Sleeve Length

This one is pretty easy. There are three types of sleeves: long, short, and three-quarter. The latter can fall between your elbow and mid forearm. Almost any type of bracelet will work with short and three-quarter sleeves. It's the long sleeves you have to think about. Will the bracelet slide inside the sleeve or sit on top? They often slide inside, so I don't wear as many bracelets in the winter. I want my jewelry to be seen.

Shoe Type

Anklets and toe rings are popular foot jewelry, but you need the right type of shoe to go with them. Sandals and flip flops are best in my opinion. That way your anklet isn't hidden in a shoe.

Color

This is certainly one of the most important things to consider when choosing your accessories. Their colors need to work with the colors in your outfit. Do you want a contrasting color for some pop? Or are you trying for a monochrome look? What about a certain color palette?

Accessories do not have to match exactly, especially things like earrings. However, you do want your jewelry to add to the outfit, not detract. Try picking a color and making all your accessories that. Or matching the colors in your outfit to the jewelry.

Style

The accessories you choose should also match the style and tone of your outfit. Spikes don't go well with a work outfit. Your pearl necklace may not be the best choice to go with a rugged tee shirt. If you're going for a bohemian look, wear soft or earthy accessories. If you're dressing for an interview, wear things that say professional. Even if you make your own jewelry, do your best to keep the style consistent with what you're wearing.

Attention

Accessories, no matter what type, always draw the eye to themselves (the little attention grabbers). This can be useful whether you want people to look at or away from a certain part of you. If you don't want eyes on your waistline, don't wear a belt. Instead choose a beautiful necklace and long earrings. If you love your elegant fingers, wear rings. It's simple once you know what to do.

Remember, all of these tips are just ideas. You don't need to take my word verbatim. Take what works for you. Don't forget to be daring and try something a little outside your comfort zone once in a while.

How do you figure out what accessories to wear? Do you have one you love? Tell me in the comments, I'd love to know.

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