How do you choose and style jewellery to complement yourself and your wardrobe? And how do you make best use of your jewellery collection without being boring? The answers aren’t always obvious. Never fear: we’ve come up with our 15 top jewellery style tips to help you be your fashionable best.
Does this sound familiar:
You’ve got an overflowing jewellery collection filled with pieces you love (or have forgotten you love), but you’re really not making the most of it and you’re not sure where to start. Or maybe you’re just not confident about which pieces to shop for to work with each other and for you.
We’ve all been there.
The good news is that we’ve assembled a bunch of handy jewellery style and fashion tips and tricks to help you wear fine, fashion and costume jewellery that complements your sense of style, personality and wardrobe.
Let’s dive in …
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1. CREATE LAYERS WITH RINGS, NECKLACES OR BANGLES
Why not start with something fun? Experiment with contrasting lengths, shapes, textures and colours to make appealing layers with rings, necklaces, bangles and even in some cases earrings.
If you’re layering necklaces then go for different lengths to draw the eye up to your face. Different shapes, colours and textures will often work a treat. To help with this you should read our necklace length & style guide.
For bangles and bracelets you can pretty much create an arm party with different pieces which will flash and jangle as you move. Rings can be mixed, matched and stacked in all sorts of interesting combinations: check out both our stacking rings and cocktail rings for ideas.
You can even experiment with wearing multiple earring styles if you have more than one pair of ear piercings or want to combine ear cuffs with other earrings. Take a look at our dangle & drop earrings, along with our stud earrings.
MORE JEWELLERY STYLE TIPS
Learn more about styling jewellery with our handy articles.
- How to mix and match your jewellery
- Should you wear gold or silver jewellery?
- How to wear statement jewellery
- Top 10 trends for jewellery in Australia
Layering and stacking is easy: simply gather together a collection of necklaces and pendants of different lengths, textures and designs and try them on in different combinations to see what works. Make a note of the combinations you like so you’ll remember them later.
Rinse and repeat with with other jewellery types to up your layering game.
2. KNOW WHEN TO STOP
You know how it is: sometimes too much is, well, too much.
If you’re drawing attention to your face and neckline with layered necklaces or a statement necklace, perhaps you don’t really need an armful of bangles to be competing for attention.
Or if you’re wearing a bold pair of statement earrings, then perhaps your necklace could be more subtle or even not there at all (on the other hand, a bold pair of earrings with a matching necklace can sometimes work beautifully).
If you’ve accessorised with multiple pieces then consider taking a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”1.
Or not, as the case may be: do what works for you and the occasion you’re dressing for.
3. CONSIDER YOUR EARRINGS
However, your earrings are usually in the field of vision for anyone who is talking to you, so they really are important. You should aim to choose earrings to frame your face and complement your hair, eye colour and skin tone.
If you have long hair a great tip is to select a colour or metal finish which is more likely to be visible, depending on your hair colour.
4. DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR EARRINGS
I’m guilty of this myself: if you have pierced ears it can be so easy to wear the same pair of stud earrings for weeks on end. Or maybe you almost never change them.
But remembering to change your earrings is a great way to add interest and style to your look day to day. It’s also the perfect opportunity to give your favourite pair of earrings a good clean!
A good place to start is digging through your jewellery collection to find what you haven’t worn in a while. You can also purchase new pairs of earrings which catch your attention and will add some variety and interest to your jewellery collection.
5. EXPERIMENT WITH MIXING METALS
Once it was seen as a fashion sin to mix different colours of metal, which is something I never really understood as I love them all.Necklaces with pendants
So think about necklaces with pendants which contrast with the colour of chain they are attached to, rings that combine different metal colours or layered necklaces or bangles in different metals to add vibrant interest and colour to your outfit.
Mixing metals has been one of my favourite things to do when designing jewellery in recent years, so you’ll find a number of pieces in our online jewellery shop which have mixed metal colours, including silver pendants with gold settings, for example.
6. ACCESSORISE TO COMPLEMENT YOUR CLOTHING
This sounds straight forward enough, doesn’t it? But I know myself that it doesn’t always happen.
Before you start dressing have a think about what …