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How to accessorize with jewelry

How to accessorize with jewelry

A wedding isn’t just a big day for the bride; it’s a monumental moment in a mother’s life too. As the host, she wants to look and feel her best in front of all the guests, and accessories can play a huge part in that. How much is too much jewelry though? And are there any rules when it comes to shoes?

We sat down with fashion expert Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride, and Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert, author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life, and founder of The Protocol School of Texas, to pick their brains on picking out the perfect mother-of-the-bride accessories. As if saying yes to the dress weren’t stressful enough!

Meet the Expert

  • Julie Sabatino is the founder of The Stylish Bride, a personal styling and wedding day service for brides.
  • Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette expert and shares modern etiquette advice on her blog and through private lessons. She is also the author of "Modern Etiquette for a Better Life" and founder of The Protocol School of Texas.

How to accessorize with jewelry

1. Don't Over Accessorize

It’s the bride’s time to shine, so this isn’t the day to experiment or be outrageous with jewelry, warns Sabatino. “Keep it classic and simple, and don’t overdo it with statement pieces as a general rule.” The exception to that would be if the mother of the bride is wearing a very simple frock, then a fabulous statement necklace would elevate her look.

Overall, the mother of the bride's accessories should be significant enough to signal that she's the host, yet not draw too much attention to themselves, she notes. It's all about finding the right balance. For appropriate jewelry for the mother of the bride, Gottsman advises going for a nice pair of simple studs, a small ring on each hand, and a bracelet. "Then, look at yourself and decide if you need to take one piece off," she says. "If you wonder if it's too much, it probably is."

2. Avoid Noisy or Uncomfortable Jewelry

Steer clear of noisy jewelry in both senses of the word, says Gottsman. "You don’t want anything too loud or over the top, like fluorescent colors. Don’t wear any jewelry that’s noisy or dangling or distracting." Simple bracelets that won't clink together are ideal. And, remove any watches with alarms or alerts that could potentially go off during the wedding. As for rings, Gottsman says to keep any on your right hand on the modest side, since you'll be shaking hands with friends and family. "A big ring will hurt your hand, and it will be a disconnect to the person you’re shaking hands with."

3. Use the Dress Code as a Guide

Is it a more casual outdoor wedding or a fancy black-tie affair? The formality of the event will definitely help dictate your accessories, says Sabatino. Your jewelry should be tasteful and in line with the dress code.

4. Know What the Bride and Bridesmaids Are Wearing

This way, you don't look like you're trying to compete with your daughter or her friends at the wedding (not cool!). To play it safe and nip any worries in the bud, Sabatino suggests running what you're wearing by the bride beforehand. It gives you the opportunity to bond and coordinate with her on your big day look. Basically, it's a win-win for everyone.

You should also communicate your outfit choices with the mother-of-the-groom, as well, to make sure you’re both on the same page (and don’t accidentally show up in the same dress).

5. Bring an Extra Pair of Shoes

And make sure both are as comfortable as possible since you'll be on your feet all day, advises Sabatino. There are no hard and fast rules as far as heel height goes. However, "It's always a great idea to have a change of shoes on hand, such as flats, when the dancing comes." Also, Gottsman advises being mindful of the type of terrain you'll stand on. "If it's grass or gravel, it may harm your heel," she says.

6. Accessorize With a Beautiful Shrug

One major concern Sabatino often sees with moms is how to best cover up the arms, as she's rarely met a mother-of-the-bride that wants to show them off. "An accessory we pay a ton of attention to is what kind of shrug, overlay, bolero or jacket to wear," she explains. Look for something that provides the proper coverage and meets the dress code, and you'll be golden.

7. Stick to a Small Purse

"A nice little purse is a beautiful statement," says Gottsman. "Make it tasteful and small so you can place it on your lap with a napkin over it for dinner." It should be large enough to fit essentials, like lipstick, your ID, cash, and a credit card. Make sure you pick out a style with a thin chain or strap so you'll be hands-free all night and able to properly greet guests.

8. Stash a Linen Handkerchief in Your Purse

Because chances are you're going to shed some tears! "This is a great gift to give mom on the wedding date and one of those items that can be passed down to the next generation," says Sabatino. We recommend getting it embroidered for that extra special touch.

Commonly seen as a lighter shade of purple, maroon is a beautiful color to wear throughout the year and in all seasons. While purple tends to be associated with luxury, elegance, and royalty, maroon has a softer, more feminine appeal and no matter what style or shade, can give the wearer a stylish and classy look at any time of the day or night. The color maroon can come in a variety of shades, from the darker hues of dark hues of deep maroon, which lean slightly towards being purple to the lighter shades of maroon, which can have a pinkish hue. Maroon is a color that can be worn by anyone, so simply decide on what shade is best for you according to your skin tone, hair color and eye color and go with it.

How to wear a maroon dress?

Versatile and subtle, maroon can be worn for almost any occasion from the office to special occasions, such as weddings, birthday parties or to a nightclub. Maroon can be worn to the office, but as with any office attire, the style of the dress or outfit needs to be slightly more conservative and accessorized in the correct and appropriate way.

  • Darker shades are better for office wear as they create a more sophisticated and professional look. When it comes to choosing your outfit for the office, select a style that is straightforward and neat, such as an above-the-knee style dress with short sleeves or a sleeveless, V-neck or round neck dress. These dress style can be glammed up for the evening or office functions with a bright scarf or necklace if required, and are perfectly paired with a short, tailored jacket for meetings. A short cardigan can be thrown over the shoulders in slightly cooler weather or for a more casual look.
  • For special occasions, a sexier style can be worn – think a strapless or off-the-shoulder dress for a party or a long, V-neck dress for weddings. Broad shoulders are best shown off in strapless styles while ample cleavage needs a halter neck or V-neck style to compliment the body shape.

What jewelry to match with a maroon dress?

The style of your maroon dress, as well as the occasion to which you are wearing the dress, will dictate the type of jewelry you choose.

  • For informal occasions, you can pretty much choose any kind of jewelry you like, in both light and dark shades. Strapless dresses can get away with a pair of drop or chandelier earrings, chunky bracelets and statement necklaces, while halter neck dresses would look best with smaller drop earrings, bracelets and no necklace – the neckline of the dress is enough on its own.
  • For formal occasions, such as anniversaries or weddings, jewelry should be subtle and soft – not loud and gauche. Choose something that sparkles in the light, such as a simple tennis bracelet and earrings in plain silver or gold – both these colors work well with maroon. Avoid color stones or anything too flashy – if you have to choose colored stones, amethyst will work best with maroon.

Expert tip! A sophisticated dress style needs simple jewelry, and a simple dress style can be paired with detailed or bolder jewelry.

What accessories to pair with a maroon dress?

Bags, shoes, and other accessories depend on the occasion, the time of day and of course, your mood! A maroon dress can be accessorized with any type of bag, from chunky shoppers for a day out with friends to a slim, gorgeous clutch bag for a party or a wedding.

Expert tip! If you are heading out on the town or going to a wedding, you will need to take a small makeup bag for touching up so be sure to choose a bag that fits everything in it – there is nothing worse than a bag that looks stuffed and too small for its contents.

What color shoes to pair with a maroon dress?

Maroon is a warm, solid color and can be paired with a variety of shoes in different styles and colors. Once again, as with accessories, choosing the type and style of shoe for your maroon dress is going to depend on the occasion you are attending and what time of day you are wearing the maroon dress.

How to accessorize with jewelry

Sometimes all you need to complete an outfit is the perfect accessory or two. or three. We know what Coco Chanel said about removing one piece of jewelry before we leave the house, but these days, less isn’t exactly more. When it comes to wearing jewelry, more is often more. Styling your accessories has become just as fun and challenging as putting together an entire ensemble. It’s practically an art. There are so many different elements to consider, from what kind of ring to wear (midi, knuckle, thin, chunky) to what order your wristwear should be (bracelet, watch, bangle). Here are simple tips to help you upgrade your jewelry game to the big leagues.

WORK AROUND ONE CENTERPIECE

The easiest way to accessorize your jewelry is by picking one piece to work around. That piece can be a statement ring, a bold watch or a chunky bracelet. Work around it by adding pieces that are smaller in size and not as flashy. For example, in this photo from blogger Sincerely Jules, our focus is kept on her gold watch. She compliments it with thin bracelets and matching gold tones.

LAYER BIG WITH LITTLE

If there is no statement piece to work around and all of your jewelry pieces are equal standouts, try to mix them by thickness and size. Layer your bracelets by varying types. In this photo of blogger Chiara Ferragni’s enviable arm swag, she layers her bracelets and keeps the smallest one in the middle.

MIX METALS

Silver, rose gold, copper, white gold. It no longer has to match! In fact, it’s encouraged to mix all kinds of metals when it comes to your jewelry. With just a few different metal pieces, your arm looks instantly dressier.

ADD COLOR

Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color in a sea of gold and silver colored bracelets. Mixing in colorful woven or beaded bracelets is a fantastic way to take on the high-low trend and to make your jewelry game less boring and more unique.

STACK RINGS

If layering too many bracelets feels like it weighs you down or just isn’t your cup of tea, direct your accessorizing to your digits. Stacking rings has become a huge trend as of late and has never been easier with giant retailers like H&M and ASOS carrying super cute and affordable stackable rings. There are no limits when it comes to stacking — you can wear two or three rings on one finger or wear single rings on each. Stack ’em up to your heart’s content!

Images: RachelZoe/Instagram, SincerelyJules/Instagram, ChiaraFerragni/Instagram, VintageFunk/Instagram, evachen212/Instagram, SongofStyle/Instagram

The type of jewelry you wear can often make or break your outfit, depending on the neckline and style of the dress. The right necklace can work wonders to accentuate the neckline and style of the dress, draw attention to your neck and décolletage, and round off the look of the dress perfectly. The same can be said for earrings, which, if chosen correctly will have the same effect of drawing attention to your neckline and face, as well as complementing your outfit beautifully. It is important to remember not to ‘match’ your neckline and necklace though and to know when not to wear a necklace at all. Here, we take a look at choosing the right jewelry to complement a V-neck style dress.

1. What necklace to choose with V-neck dress

The type of necklace to choose for a V-neck dress would be one that draws focus and attention to the point of the V, from above or below, therefore the length of the necklace would depend on the length of the V on the dress. Choose something like a princess necklace with a hanging pendant, or lovely beads that fall just below the V of the neckline – this way the pendant or the beads attract attention to the tip of the V as suggested.

Expert tip! Avoid going for a round necklace as this will not work well with the slimming V-neck style.

Tips for Matching a Necklace to the Neckline of Your Dress

  • Accessorise chunky necklaces with thick fabrics and delicate necklaces with delicate fabrics.
  • Add the finishing touches to a sparkly dress with something that shines, like a diamond solitaire pendant or crystal necklace.
  • Match the colour of the necklace to other accessories, such as shoes or a belt or use the necklace to accentuate a particular colour in the dress.
  • Complement elaborately patterned or busy fabrics with a simple necklace and go for a detailed necklace if you are wearing a plain or monotone dress.

2. What type of earrings to pair with V-neck dress

Choosing the right style of earrings to go with your outfit is actually more about your face shape than the style of the dress. Certain styles of earrings suit certain face types and shapes and no matter what type of dress or neckline you wear, this rule will generally work for any outfit.

  • Stud Earrings

Face Shape: Stud earrings are best suited to oval, long and diamond-shaped faces. Square and heart-shaped faces should avoid wearing studs as this can make your face look chubbier around the cheeks.

Outfits: Stud earrings work with every type of outfit and neckline.

  • Hoop earrings

Face Shape: Hoop earrings look beautiful on heart-shaped, diamond and oval face shapes as they tend to enhance the jawline. Oval hoops are a better choice for people with round and square face shapes as they create a slightly more petite appearance.

Outfits: Hoop earrings go well with strapless, off-the-shoulder and boat neckline, but do not look great with V-neck dresses or collared outfits.

  • Chandelier Earrings

Face shapes: Oval, heart-shaped or diamond shaped faces should choose wider chandelier earrings, while people with a square or a round face should go for longer and narrower chandelier earrings as these will add length to your face.

Outfits: Chandelier earrings work best with strapless dresses, as well as V-neck. Just remember to keep your earrings simple if your dress or outfit is busy or patterned and go for something with a sparkle or details if your outfit is simple.

  • Drop Earrings

Face shapes: Drop earrings compliments all face shapes and add a glamorous touch to any outfit.

Outfits: Drop earrings work well with dresses as opposed to jeans and pants, and are a perfect accompaniment to a V-neck dress. Drop earrings are great for grabbing attention, so make sure your hair is pulled up into a pony tail or a ballet bun to enhance your neckline.

Finding the dress that suits all of your girls is quite accomplishment, but your work is not yet done. (Sorry!) Create a polished, pulled-together look by picking the right accessories (shoes, purse, jewels) that will accentuate the dresses you’ve selected.

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V-Neckline

J. Crew Blakely Dress

The dipped v-neck elongates the torso making it a universally flattering choice.

To buy: jcrew.com.

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How to Accessorize a V-Neckline

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Strapless Neckline

Shoshanna Vosges Lace Matina Dress

The ever-so-popular strapless dress showcases the décolletage and lengthens the neck, making it a popular choice for full-chested women.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com for similar styles.

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How to Accessorize a Strapless Neckline

More Than Something Sweet Necklace

When it comes to a strapless dress, almost anything goes. Here’s your cue to mix things up: Choose a multi-strand necklace for a bolder look or keep it simple with a single strand.
To buy: friedandnellie.com for similar styles.

Vince Camuto Gold Tone Pyramid Stud Earrings

The key with the strapless style is drawing attention to the neck and collarbone. Stick with studs or small danglies for the lobes.
To buy: macys.com for similar styles.

Badgley Mischka Gisella Feather Pumps

Complete the look (and show off freshly polished toes) with a dainty pair of peep toe pumps in a neutral hue.
To buy: shopbop.com.

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Halter Neckline

J.Crew Sinclair Dress in Silk Chiffon

The structured wraparound straps of a halter neck suit many shapes, but are particularly flattering for women with broad shoulders.
To buy: jcrew.com.

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How to Accessorize a Halter

Alexis Bitter Rose Gold Earrings

This style is the perfect excuse for an up-do. Pulled back hair paired with simple statement earrings will showcase the unusual, yet attention grabbing lines.
To buy: alexisbittar.com for similar styles.

Lulu Frost Glass Stone Cuff

  • Standout earrings are begging for arm candy that makes a similar bold statement. Rather than thin bangles, opt for a thicker cuff.
  • To buy:lulufrost.com for similar styles.

  • Ann Taylor Viva Ballet Glitter Flats

Flats are not just for breaking out at the after party. Take an unexpected approach: Not just everyday ballet flats, this pair comes with double ankle straps and lots of sparkle.
To buy: anntaylor.com for similar styles.

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Sweetheart Neckline

Ann Taylor Silk Butterfly Whispers Print Strapless Dress

An ultra-feminine choice with a more romantic twist. This neckline is particularly flattering for bustier women.

To buy: anntaylor.com for similar styles.

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How to Accessorize a Sweetheart Neckline

Ann Taylor Vibrant Vines Necklace

For a polished look, choose a collar necklace that mirrors–doesn’t compete with–the lines of the dress.

To buy: anntaylor.com for similar styles.

Rebekah Price Crystal Earrings

Just because you’ve selected a bolder necklace style, don’t feel like you need to stick with studs. You can keep it simple by selecting small-to medium-sized drop earrings in a neutral hue.
To buy: rebekahprice.com for similar styles.

Bettye Muller Brocade Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are low and comfortable, which not only makes bridal duties easier, but also completes the vintage style.

To buy: bhldn.com.

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Jewel Neckline

Chloe & Reese Silk Faille Dress

Also called the t-shirt neckline, this high-necked dress is particularly flattering for petite women because it accentuates the chest.
To buy: chloeandreese.com for similar styles.

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How to Accessorize a Jewel Neckline

Kate Spade Caledonia Twisted Necklace

Use this elegant neckline as a guide for picking your necklace. Big colorful baubles look stunning overlapping a high neckline.
To buy: katespade.com for similar styles.

Swarovski Crystallized Paradise Earclips

All eyes will be on the neckline so simply brighten up the lobes (and offset the elaborate necklace) with button earrings.
To buy: swarovski-elements.com for similar styles.

Ann Taylor Strappy Metallic Sandals

Rather than choosing a heel that will weigh down the look, keep it light with high, open toe, strappy stilettos in a metallic hue.
To buy: anntaylor.com for similar styles.

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One-Shoulder Neckline

Amsale Silk Crinkle Chiffon Dress

A flirty asymmetrical neckline showcases the femininity of the collarbone and gives a classic dress an updated look.

How to accessorize with jewelry

Today I feel like I’m letting you guys all in on a secret I’ve been keeping for years. Here is goes – I hate wearing jewelry.

As someone that enjoys fashion as much as I do, I feel like it’s almost blasphemous to say this but in all honesty ( year of truths for me) over the course of these past few years I’ve found myself wearing less and less jewelry. When a friend of mine pointed out that I seem to not wear any jewelry at all, not even earrings, I realized that I just don’t find jewelry comfortable.

It all started with an allergic reaction to cheap earrings I had in college that infected my ears, which then led to me giving up bracelets when I start out in the corporate world because they would clank on my desk when I typed, to me just never reaching toward my jewelry ever again. The thing is, I’m certain that there has to be other women out there in the world that like me, don’t find jewelry all that comfortable.

So how have I found a way to accessorize and make my outfits pop without traditional jewelry? It’s actually a lot simpler than you think! Embellished collared sweaters, like the one I’m wearing, are a great way to get that necklace look without the heavy chains involved. A ton of designer and department store brands are hopping on the embellished collar bandwagon these days.

If you are looking to stand out in other ways, embrace bold prints. I’ve never felt very comfortable in pants and prefer to wear skirts & dresses. Over the past year, I’ve really started to embrace prints (like this outfit, and this outfit) as a way to make a bold statement with my outfits.

Third, never underestimate the power of a great handbag. I tend to favor satchel styles in a variety of deep jewel tone colors. I’m a bit of a pack rat so I’m always carrying a world of things in my bags to get me through the day. I’ve recently embraced the backpack life and have been alternating between this higher end model for more professional days and this larger backpack from amazon that’s equally amazing.

For 2020, I challenge all of you to embrace what makes you comfortable and what brings you joy. Fashion is a personal choice, one that deserves to embrace everyone’s choice.

You’ve picked your dress—now find the perfect accessories.

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After months of searching, you’ve finally found your wedding dress. Now that one of the hardest parts of the big-day preparation is over, it’s time to start considering how to accessorize your bridal look with jewelry and other accessories. So, where should you start? Much like your bridal hairstyle, bridal jewelry has a lot to do with the neckline of your gown. Whether you opted for a demure boat neck, classic sweetheart, or unexpected one-shoulder neckline, there are plenty of accessory options out there to elevate each specific look.

To help you find out what works best for your dress, we tapped a few of our favorite bridal stylists for their expert advice; they’ll help find which necklaces, earrings, and bracelets you should consider based on the neckline you’ve seleted. One thing these experts stress? Make sure your complete look feels cohesive. That means keeping your hairstyle, veil, shoes, and other accessories—in addition to your wedding dress—in mind when picking out jewelry.

Ahead, we’ve assembled several jewelry options to suit each neckline. From high-neck and off-the-shoulder to strapless and V-neck, there’s accessory inspiration for every bride here. Beyond the neckline, it’s also important to keep your gown’s fabrication and adornments in mind when shopping for jewelry. “Remember to pay attention to the fabric and embellishments of your wedding dress,” say Heidi and Violet Johnson of The Wedding DeTailor. “Keep it simple if your gown has a lot of detail.” Most of all, the pros say to enjoy yourself when trying out options: “Don’t forget to have fun with the process of selection. Look for something you feel wonderful in, because we all look our best when we feel beautiful.”

How to accessorize with jewelry

When paired with the right clothing, you’ve probably realized that some pieces of jewelry can really level up an outfit. You may have a pair of go-to earrings for your favorite LBD, or a necklace you always wear to work.

But, are there any unwritten rules to what jewelry pairs best with what outfits?

Not officially, but there is an art to pairing jewelry with your clothing.

Below, we share our best tips for pairing jewelry with outfits. Or watch our videoo to get even more recommendations! Keep in mind: these are just fun guidelines that we’ve seen work really well. As always, be you and do what you want!

How to accessorize with jewelry

How to pair necklaces with your outfit

Here are the not-so-official rules of pairing necklaces with an outfit:

  • Solid shirts and plain tops can always use a necklace to add definition and create interest.
  • High necklines (like a turtleneck, collared shirt, or mock neck) benefit from statement or layered necklaces. Layered necklaces can be better for more professional settings, while a large statement piece is fabulous for going out.
  • If you’re wearing a flowy or loose shirt , use a necklace to give your body definition, and prevent the shirt from overwhelming your body. It’s a smart idea for these necklaces to have a heavier texture so they can really stand out against the fabric.
  • Minimal necklaces and fine silver or gold chains can pair with most shirts. Wear these with a t-shirt , or a v-cut if you want to show off your clavicle. Throw in some fun with a trendy pendant.

Which earrings should you wear?

This earring or that earring? Read on to help you decide.

  • Studs are perfect for everyday outfits, and more professional settings. They pair with almost anything.
  • Bold earrings make an outfit luxe. They instantly bring attention to your face, so they’re perfect for date outfits . We always recommend a bold earring if you’re dressing up or going out. For maximum effect, pick earring colors that contrast with your hair color for the earring to show.
  • If you’re wearing a high neckline , go with earrings to bring attention to your beautiful face.

Matching bracelets or watches with your outfit

Show off those wrists, baby. Here’s what to wear with a bracelet so your outfit really pops.

  • Short sleeves and tank tops work well for bracelets. They show off your arms and add more color to your overall look. Go with bangles, minimal chains, or layered… whatever your heart desires.
  • Cuffed shirts are also a good choice for bracelets.
  • Avoid wearing bracelets with long-sleeved shirts , though, unless you plan on rolling up your sleeves. You want your bracelets to be free to move around.

How to accessorize with a ring

Here’s the great thing about rings: they literally go with every outfit. That’s why we have wedding rings and not wedding. watches, for instance! Okay, there may be another reason why we have wedding rings, but you catch our drift.

Here are a few pro tips to take your ring game to the next level:

  • Unlike bracelets, rings look super cute with long-sleeve shirts . That little bit of sparkle draws the eye towards your fingers and hands, especially since you’re mostly covered up otherwise.
  • The only time rings don’t work is when you’re wearing mittens or long-sleeved shirts with thumb holes. Your hands will be covered up, so what’s the point?

Get more inspiration from our Ring Outfits Pinterest Board :

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Knowing how to wear jewelry can be tricky. Here’s how to accessorize for almost every social occasion, from Netflix-and-chill to dressed-to-kill.

Sure, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have OTHER friends— pearls , gemstone pendants , crystal studs , and whatnot. These pieces are more affordable, after all, and they’re versatile enough to work with almost any outfit. But knowing how to wear jewelry like this isn’t always intuitive.

Luckily, we have some in-house stylists who spend their days accessorizing models. We challenged them to create some jewelry looks for the most common situations you could find yourself in. Here’s what they came up with.

Casual Occasions

Such as? Brunch, weekend errands, strolling around your ex’s neighborhood like, “Oh! You live here? I had NO idea!”

To up your style game on casual days, reach for your fine-metal jewelry . When in doubt, choose thin pieces and stack them together for a breezy layered look.

Styling Ideas

Necklaces

V-neck tees and high-neck sweaters perfectly backdrop a stack of fine metal necklaces . Layer 2–3 chain and pendant necklaces of various lengths for an effortlessly cool vibe.

Rings

Thin gold, white gold, and rose gold rings look especially chic when you feature a few on each hand.

Bracelets

Elevate casual outfits with a few basic fine metal bangles . They add structure to a look, helping you appear put together even when you’re in a tee and your hair’s in a messy bun.

Earrings

When you want to add a dash of color, gemstone stud earrings are an easy option. Smaller studs around the 3mm mark are especially on-trend.

Professional Occasions

Such as? The daily grind at the office, job interviews, grifting

When you need to look polished, choose subtle pieces that don’t distract you or others. You don’t want to sit through an office meeting fidgeting with a jangly bracelet. And while workplaces are trending toward more casual, it’s best to leave showy types of jewelry in the jewelry box if you work in a more buttoned-up setting.

Styling Ideas

Necklace

Few things look better with a blouse and blazer than a gemstone pendant . Choose one in a color that matches a number of pieces in your wardrobe so you can wear it often.

Ring

This is where a simple fine metal band comes in handy. It adds a little something without demanding too much attention.

Bracelet

Sleek metal bracelets look professional with blouses and office dresses, as long as they don’t get in the way of working with your hands. Choose something flexible to avoid clinking and clanking while you type.

Earrings

Highly versatile fine metal stud earrings look right when you need to make a good impression by adding just a hint of subtle shine.

Party Occasions

Such as? Cocktail parties, dinner parties, another day the cats don’t overthrow us

This is when you can dig out that fashion jewelry . Chunky statement pieces add pizzazz to cocktail dresses and LBDs that would look too sparse without some flashy objects to jazz them up. However, be sure to stick to just one or two pieces at a time to avoid looking over-the-top, unless that’s what you’re going for.

Styling Ideas

Necklace

When dressing for a night out, go for a thick statement necklace . Or if you want to go big elsewhere, opt for a minimalist necklace that adds shine without being overwhelming.

Ring

A cocktail ring works for all kinds of party ensembles. The bigger the ring is, the more it will catch people’s eyes.

Bracelet

A chunky bangle or big cuff makes you feel like you stepped off the set of a soap opera—in a good way. Pair a design-heavy cuff with a simpler ring in the same color scheme for balance.

Earrings

Colored-gemstone statement earrings add a fun pop of color to black dresses, preventing looks from being too one-note.

Formal Occasions

Such as? Weddings, fundraisers and galas, the coronation of Queen Cleocatra (all hail our supreme ruler)

A few timeless pieces—the classics—are essential for those occasions where you need to look your best. Channel Hollywood glamour icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who knew how to add the perfect finishing touches to formal looks and wear them with confidence.

Styling Ideas

Necklace

A long pendant with a solitaire diamond is the definition of timeless elegance, and it goes with everything.

Ring

Fashion girls mix high- and low- pieces all the time. Take inspiration from them and pair a crystal solitaire ring with real diamond jewelry for a cohesive look that won’t bankrupt you.

Bracelet

Similar to a crystal ring, a tennis bracelet can be made with crystals and still give off that luxe vibe.

Earrings

Earrings will complete your formal look, especially if you’re rocking an updo. Crystal earring jackets or ear climbers add just enough edge to keep a formal look from being too stuffy.