By Katie Pierce

So many jewellery pieces to choose from, so many questions on how to match them with your clothes! Jewellery is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. After all, an outfit just wouldn’t look complete without the twinkle and shine of a few pairs of earrings, necklaces, and what-have-yous. 

The thing about these elegant yet often tiny accessories is that they don’t always match your ensemble, especially if you’re just throwing things on yourself haphazardly! It’s going to make your entire appearance look clumsy and unpolished.

That’s why we’ve come up with this guide so that you can learn how to match your beloved jewelry pieces with your outfits properly. Read on below! 

Match The Occasion 

Does the event call for a diamond ring? Or is it more of a basic, thin-band ring type of situation? Think of choosing your jewellery like you’re choosing your outfit. You are dressing for the occasion, so it’s important to remember that some pieces are too casual for formal events, while others are just too extravagant for daily use. 

Going to a cocktail party, a wedding, or a date night? Opt for pieces that are elegant and formal. Bold earrings will instantly add flair to your whole ensemble! 

Having a casual date with one of your friends? Or maybe you’re just going out for a walk? The less fancy, the better! Experiment with various fashion trends and styles. 

A casual ensemble of jeans and a cute tee can accommodate more fun jewellery types and designs! Try pairing your short sleeves or tank tops with bangles or minimal chains. As for earrings, studs pair well with almost anything! 

Match Your Skin-tone 

Jewellery should complement not only your attire but also your skin tone! Most people with natural tones would opt for silver as it complements their skin. On the other hand, gold looks great on matte skin and darker hair. Gemstones in the colours of red, purple, and blue complement cooler skin tones. 

White gold is a fantastic metal choice for people with cooler skin tones. As for those with warmer skin tones, you can go for yellow metals as well as yellow, orange, and green gemstones.

Complement Your Neckline 

Necklaces can be intimidating! But what you want to pay attention to is the style of your neckline on dresses and tops. These two should play off each other without overshadowing the other. 

If the wrong necklace clashes with your neckline, trust us, it’ll just throw off your entire look. Generally speaking, the best way to go about this is to let jewellery follow the shape of the neckline.

Your necklace should also end a few inches above where your neckline starts. That’s not to say longer necklaces aren’t good! You can opt for them when wearing necklines that aren’t too complicated. 

As for high necklines, such as turtlenecks and collared shirts, layer! Layered necklaces look their best with more professional outfits. 

Have A Colour Scheme In Mind 

Colours can be tricky! That’s why one of the easiest ways to match your jewellery with your clothing is through colour schemes. 

Find interesting pairs using the colour wheel that might inspire you to think outside the box. Then, apply what you know about color theory to your entire look, and with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create a harmonious outfit! 

You can even consider hue and saturation as things you should match as well. For example, for outfits with muted tones, jewellery with the same hue and saturation would be the perfect match. 

Create Layers!

A huge part of accessorizing is knowing how to layer all these elements to create a cohesive and unforgettable outfit. Play around with contrasting textures, colors, shapes, and lengths to make eye-catching layers with bracelets, necklaces, and rings. 

Layering and stacking these pieces together can be pretty straightforward. All you have to do is gather a collection of pendants and necklaces with various textures, designs, and lengths and try them on to see what looks best. The same goes for bangles and bracelets, as well as your many rings! 

Just make sure to note the combinations you like so that you can refer to them later! 

Less Is More (Sometimes) 

Knowing how to layer is excellent, but understanding when to keep things simple is even better. Sometimes you’ll only need a few simple pieces to complete your ensemble because over-accessorizing is just not a good look. 

So learn not to go overboard with the quantity of the pieces you’ll wear! Usually, a simple necklace and earring combo will do for a day trip to the mall or hanging out with friends. 

Figure Out Your Own Style 

Trends aren’t the be-all and end-all of fashion! They can be great jumping-off points, but they shouldn’t shackle you. After all, why follow trends when you can make them? 

There’s no better time than now to develop your personal style that suits you and gives you confidence. It might turn out to be passé for other people, but what’s important is that you’ve expressed yourself in the way you know how. 

Always consider what complements your colouring, frame, and general sense of style while choosing the jewellery you’ll wear. Don’t forget to consider your personality as well. We’re all unique! Let who you are shine through with your jewellery choices and how you present yourself in general.

The Secret Is Balance 

Jewellery is meant to be a complimentary piece that highlights your style and beauty. Remember that you are the focal point, your clothes are your canvas, and your jewellery pieces are your finishing touches. What’s important is to balance them all out to create an ensemble that you’ll be proud of! 
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