How many times have you stood in front of the mirror saying, "This outfit's missing something but I don't know what"? The pieces looked great in your head but they're not popping the way you pictured them.
Sometimes the difference between your vision and your outfit is in the accessories. Finding the perfect jewelry for your clothes can feel like a daily treasure hunt. The reward of stepping out in confidence, though, is well worth the effort.
Still, it's not as easy as it sounds. If you're struggling to find the jewelry soul mates for your clothes, these tips on how to wear jewelry can help.
How to Wear Jewelry With Any Outfit
It's not just about having great jewelry from our B. Tiff stash. It's about knowing when and how to use it. Try these tips...
1. Balance Your Accents
Every outfit should be a balance of attention-grabbing pieces and complementary staples. The key is sticking to one "accent piece" per outfit. Otherwise, you end up looking loud and disorganized.
For example, let's say you have a top with a great print on it. You should pair it with non-patterned bottoms and your jewelry should be simple like our sleek diamond cut necklaces.
On the flip side, perhaps your outfit is all solids and simple pieces. An accent necklace or another piece of fun jewelry like one of our ornate pendants can add just the right amount of spice.
2. Pair Your Necklace with Your Neckline
Different shapes of necklaces work well with different necklines. By finding the right pairing, you can make both pieces more flattering and coordinated. You can do your own experimentation, or you can check out necklace and neckline guides that remove the guesswork.
For example, most of our necklaces range from 16 inches to 26 inches long. Shorter options are perfect for strapless tops while a longer necklace complements a v-neck top.
3. Complete Your Style du Jour
On top of adding detail and creating a flattering neckline, jewelry can help you create the style you want each day. While you might have a signature style, it's also fun to play with different styles for different occasions. One day you might be going for a business look while the next day it's country chic and the next day it's a feminine flair.
Sometimes it's hard to create these styles with your clothing alone. It's also tough to have enough pieces in your wardrobe to get as creative as you want. For instance, a dress that seems casual by itself becomes appropriate for a classier occasion with you add a delicate solitaire pendant.
4. Play With the Eyes
Jewelry is a great way to draw people's eyes to specific areas in your look. For instance, our dangly earrings can bring focus to your face and shoulders. If you want to accentuate the narrowest part of your waist, use a long necklace that reaches that point.
5. Add a Pop of Color
An outfit of all neutrals can create a professional, sophisticated look. Sometimes, though, you need to bring a little life to it. For these outfits, a colorful piece of jewelry like our rose gold pendant can be exactly what you need to compliment a more neutral-colored outfit.
6. Take the Hot and Cold Approach
For a well-balanced outfit, you need to think about warm and cool colors. While it's great to make your choices based on your skin's undertones, you need to blend the colors in your outfit and jewelry as well.
When it comes to metals, most white gold and silver-like tones are cool while gold is warm. Our black jewelry also works well with cool colors.
7. Match Jewelry to Other Accessories
One of the most common mistakes with jewelry is matching the jewelry to your clothing. If you want an easy way to make sure your jewelry coordinates with your outfit, match it to your other accessories instead.
For instance, let's say you're wearing a flannel top with jeans and black boots. For a put-together look, bring in a black choker or black bracelets and bangles. If the boots have gold buckles on them, try our gold bangles as the perfect complement.
8. Mix and Match Styles for a Custom Blend
We already mentioned that your jewelry can help you dive into a particular style on any given day. It can also let you add just a touch of a new style to a different type of outfit.
For example, let's say you're wearing a classic top that has a corporate vibe. That's great for the office, but you want to rock a more girly look before you head out for happy hour. You can accomplish that by adding a feminine pairing of our rose gold wide bangle and rose gold necklace pendant.
9. Complement Any Existing Metals
If you're a fan of metals rather than colors in your jewelry, how do you figure out when metal goes with each outfit? One helpful tip is to see if your outfit has any metal in it already. For example, maybe you're wearing a dress that has a skinny belt with a gold buckle. In that case, gold jewelry is the way to go.
Of course, mixing metals is a popular trend as well. If you do this, make sure there's more than one of any given metal. For instance, don't go with a rose gold bracelet, a stainless steel necklace, and gold earrings. It will make it look unintentional and uncoordinated. Make sure you have a few pieces in each metal.
10. Steer Clear of Matching Too Much
A common problem to avoid is the dreaded "matchy-matchy" look. If you're wearing a pink top, a rose gold necklace, pink bracelet, and rose gold earrings aren't the right accent pieces. They're each great on their own, but not together.
Expanding Your Wardrobe With Jewelry
Finding the right jewelry and clothing pairings can be difficult to master. Once you have a strong understanding of how to wear jewelry, though, you can use it to expand your cache of styles without breaking the bank on clothing pieces.
Of course, having the knowledge is only half of the battle. To create the looks you want, you also need the right jewelry pieces. Get started by shopping for jewelry online in our digital store today.