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The Dos and Don'ts of Accessorizing Your Outfit with Jewelry

Jewelry is the perfect way to accessorize an outfit and add a touch of personality. However, not all jewelry looks good with every outfit. There are a few simple do's and don'ts of jewelry that will help you choose the right pieces to complement your wardrobe and hairstyle.

The Do's

1. Do pick jewelry that compliments your hair and eye color.

For example, brown-eyed girls with medium to dark brown hair should choose gold jewelry to go with their eyes and hair. Blue-eyed girls with red or blonde hair should choose silver jewelry to complement their eye color.

2. Do select complimentary or accent jewelry.

Complimentary jewelry adds a highlight to the entire look. Meaning if you want to emphasize a specific feature of yours, such as your earrings, necklace length, or structured rings, wearing choice pieces that are in line with that particular feature will draw attention to it while enhancing the overall appearance of your outfit.

3. Do check for damage before you travel with your jewelry.

If you're taking to the skies, don't forget to give your jewelry a once-over! Ensure all the pieces are securely fastened and won't fall apart during your travels. And if you've got any valuable stones set in your jewelry, double-check that they're tightly secured. You wouldn't want them to go flying off somewhere!

4. Do use jewelry to visually elevate your megawatt smile.

If you have a beautiful smile, don't keep it hidden. Choose a dazzling pair of earrings or a sparkling necklace to enhance your gorgeous grin. You'll be sure to turn heads!

5. Do use studs for work.

While drop earrings are a fantastic layering piece for your necklace collection, studs are the best choice for work because they're safe and unobtrusive. They also won't clank when you're carrying on a business conversation.

The Don'ts

1. Don't overdo it with the sparkle.

While holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day are filled with glitz and glamour, day-to-day etiquette should be less extravagant. Due to today's minimalist lifestyle, flashy jewelry is often avoided. That being said, there is such a thing as too much glitz. Implementing simple gold earrings and a small necklace is more than adequate for the office environment.

2. Don’t mismatch metals.

Mismatching metals is a standard error many women make (and men, too!). Metals, specifically gold and silver, work together to create a chic and modern look. So if you have a gold ring, necklace, and earrings, for example, you don't need to wear silver pieces to match it. Instead, pair it with other gold pieces for a balanced look.

3. Don't wear noisy jewelry.

While necklaces and earrings are excellent choices for day-to-day wear, bangles can often be a bit too loud for the office. So if you're wearing bangles, make sure they're not too rattly. Too-heavy chandelier earrings can have a similar effect, so only wear those on special occasions.

4. Don't overload your neck.

One necklace or one unique piece is all you need. Too many chains make your look messy. When grouping your jewelry by type, start with one necklace and add one additional piece of another kind, such as a pair of drop earrings, a ring, or a choker.

5. Don't wear your weight in your ear lobes.

One drop or chandelier earring will look elegant. Too many earrings in your ears make you look too avant-garde.

Final Takeaways

Electing the appropriate jewelry to complement your outfit is an art. Certain pieces can bring harmony to your ensemble. At the same time, other accessories may drastically detract from the overall look you're going for. In either case, knowing how to integrate jewelry into your look can enhance your ensemble in many ways.

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