Don’t follow fashion trends indiscriminately
Your feeling of comfort and harmony with what you wear is always more important than complying with the latest fad. Pick the trends that work for you.
Reflect your personality
Nobody is perfect but everybody can make the best of themselves, expressing the unique person that is within. So, let the jewellery you wear reflect your personality: Bold jewellery on bold women, dainty jewellery on dainty women.
Draw attention to your best features
Chokers (36-38 cm) attract the viewer’s eye to the neck. Avoid these unless you have a slender neck. Longer necklaces and particularly lariats make the bust the focal point while the really long rope-style necklaces draw the attention down the entire torso.
Sparkling or dangling earrings will attract attention to the face and bracelets and rings to the arms and hands. Be particular when purchasing necklaces and earrings. Rather than choosing shapes that repeat the shape of your face, select shapes that contradict it (although not to extremes). If your face is round, try square-shaped earrings and pendants, and experiment with medium-length dangle earrings. Angular faces are best flattered with round jewellery – hoop earrings and chokers. Massive ear-rings may look out of place if you have a small face with fine features or short-cut hair. Hair worn piled up is a great opportunity to wear long drop or dangly earrings.
A well-fitted dangling earring calls attention to your shoulders, which is the last feature to age on most women. But long dangling earrings on a woman with long hair can look disorganized and messy. Tiny earrings on a large woman can give her a “fat-neck”-look while chunky “button” earrings are fabulous on a plump lady with lush hair-style.
Dramatic cocktail rings look very good on big hands with long fingers, but even smaller women can wear these successfully if they limit themselves to one piece at a time. The combination of 2 or 3 discreet rings is OK for smaller women while large women should avoid small rings altogether.
In general, if you are a tiny person, wearing large or many pieces of jewellery can make you look childish, but if you are a larger sized person, tiny jewellery will get lost on you which will make you look even larger. Wear jewellery that is in proportion to your body, it will help unify your look.
Extravagant jewellery – uncluttered clothes
Fancy necklaces go best with simple necklines. Bold, heavy jewellery go wonderfully with power suits and pants, and long necklaces with this season’s sweaters and cardigans. Delicate and feminine jewellery goes with breezy or elegant dresses.
When choosing jewellery, try to find colours that blend harmoniously with the colours of your clothes. Your jewellery should also coordinate with the fabrics in your clothing. Heavy beads don’t work with a thin silk blouse. You would be better off with several thin chains or a strand of pearls. Classic white pearls are not usually shown at their best with heavy denims or tee shirts but a generously long strand of baroque mixed coloured pearls may be just the thing to complement an informal style like this. Along the same lines, the length of the necklace should coordinate with your collar. A choker can be worn with a very deep neckline, but if you wear it with a turtle neck or high neck shirt it will look crowded.
Pair your jewellery items
Purchasing jewellery in sets makes pairing easiest. Necklaces, earrings, and sometimes bracelets and rings designed to be worn together takes the hassle out of deciding what goes best with what. Be aware though, too many matching pieces may be just too cute to wear. Earrings that match a bracelet or a necklace and matching bracelet look good. A necklace is good together with a ring, and earrings are a fabulous match for a bracelet. If everything matches exactly as a set, it may become too predictable and lacking in imagination.
If you wish to pair individual treasures keep in mind the following basic rule. Like styles, patterns, materials, and colours go best together. Additionally, when any one aspect of the jewellery ensemble is extravagant, the other elements are best left understated. This will provide your ensemble with the necessary focal point and prevent individual jewellery pieces competing with each other for attention. Thus, a dramatic necklace looks best with no earrings, or with small stud or button earrings (or matching earrings). Likewise, bold or exceptionally long earrings work better without a necklace, or paired with a delicate necklace made of similar essential elements.
Feel free to combine silver and gold jewellery, but think thoroughly over the combination. For example, bright silver and gold chains worn together can enliven a stylish but unexciting monochrome ensemble. However, try to avoid combining a silver necklace with a gold bracelet and vice versa. As to the metals, it’s up to you what to choose taking your taste, hair and eye-colour as well as the size of your wallet into account. But on the whole silver jewellery is considered to be an every-day thing, not necessarily appropriate for formal occasions.
How to wear your jewellery – men
All man jewellery should be of excellent quality. A good watch is a man’s most evident choice for a fashion accessory. In extremely conservative situations a watch and a wedding band may be the limits of good taste. The main rule in such situations is to wear a watch that coordinates with your clothes and is appropriate for the occasion. An exceptional watch will go well with anything, but don’t wear trendy or sporty watches with formal attire or in conservative social settings.
Every man needs at least one necklace in his fashion accessory collection. A gold or silver chain displays a classy and powerful image. It should conform to the neckline of the chosen shirt. If the necklace is longer it should fall modestly underneath the shirt rather than drape visibly over it. In fact, all men’s jewellery like watches, bracelets, necklaces, and the occasional earring are best worn in such a way that they peek out ever so subtly and enticingly from beneath clothing.
Men’s necklaces should be bold and simple, never cluttered, clumsy, or overweight. As for women, take the size of your body into consideration. If the chain is too thin relative to your body size it will make you look effeminate, if it is too thick you will look like you make an excellent living from your very own racketeering business.
In addition to silver and gold chains you may opt for something trendy like a leather or rubber necklace with wooden or metal beads. These types of necklaces are best worn with t-shirts or plain long-sleeved shirts. It is a great way to upgrade and polish your look for dress-down Fridays, important dates, or even before hitting a trendy nightspot. Many celebrities have been seen wearing them, the most known being Latin lover-boy Enrique Iglesias and the actor Brad Pitt. These necklaces can add a little touch of sex appeal to your personal style when worn with the proper informal attire.
A ring doesn’t need to be limited only to a wedding band. Wearing a simple ring can be very elegant and stylish indeed. As for chains, the scale of the ring should be in keeping with your body size. If the ring seems disproportionate with your fingers it will come across as flashy. Don’t wear metals or stones that will clash with other jewellery or clothing.
Besides the good old ring finger on your left hand, you can wear a ring on your pinky finger, your middle finger, or for you more daring guys, your thumb. These days nobody really cares about which finger you wear a ring on, as long as the ring looks good and fits the rest of your outfit. Keep it simple and don’t embellish every finger with a ring.
A bracelet is right for both formal and casual wear. For formal wear choose a sleek, classic style that goes with any other jewellery that will be worn, such as a watch or ring. A man’s bracelet should fit close to his wrist, and not slide up and down his arm nor dangle onto his hand. While metal chains are appropriate for most occasions, beaded and woven bracelets are more sporty and trendy and should be reserved for casual wear.
Cuff links can add a sense of attention to detail in a formal setting. You should choose cuff links that accent your clothing and other accessories. Avoid wearing a bracelet with cuff links since this can look fussy and the pieces may catch on each other.
Tie clips, bars or tacks are all options for keeping your tie from wandering into the soup. Your choice depends to some extent on fashion trends. If comfort and practicality are the main issue for you, choose a simple design that coordinates well with most of your wardrobe.
Women, teenagers and rock stars wear earrings. If you are not among these fortunate ones you should carefully consider the image this type of jewellery will project. Many women find earrings on men quite unattractive and out of place. However, if you do feel you can pull it off wear one small simple silver hoop earring or a diamond stud in one of your ears. A kind piece of advice: Men wearing matching pairs of earrings is very effeminate. It will make all women above the age of 15 laugh their heads off every time.
While this jewellery may be highly fashionable, keep the social situation and culture in mind. Pierced lips, tongues, eyebrows, or nipples will project a rebellious and unprofessional image that will be inappropriate in many social settings.
Keep your jewellery clean
In order to get the best out of your pieces you must keep your jewellery clean and in good shape. In addition be aware that silver and gold are both soft metals that will become scratched and dulled with time. Therefore it is a good idea to give your jewellery to your goldsmith to have it professionally re-polished, re-plated and cleaned from time to time. The goldsmith will also check that the settings for stones are still secure. Once yearly is suitable for pieces that you wear often.
Remember: Clean and well-kept jewellery can be a wonderful accessory to your look while tattered and torn pieces will do nothing but detract from the style you have worked so hard to achieve.
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