Guest Blog by Leona J. Celis
The Best Jewelry and Outfit Pairings
As Coco Chanel famously said about accessories, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Chanel understood just how easy, and common, it is to clutter an outfit with too many accessories.
Not that we haven’t all been there—with the endless options of stones, colors, chains, and metals, the options can quickly multiply. But resisting the urge to over accessorize opens the door to new possibilities, like pairing statement pieces with the right outfit.
To reach outfit nirvana, it’s essential to find a timeless piece of jewelry that stands out with any outfit. Don’t worry, making a conscious effort to invest in beautiful jewelry doesn’t have to cost you much. Whether your ideal piece is at Tiffany’s or underneath a vintage thrift store counter, we can help it work for you. In this article, we’ll discuss the best pieces of jewelry to elevate an outfit for any occasion.
When dressing for an everyday occasion, ostentatious jewelry can seem mismatched and distracting from your otherwise pristine sense of style. For example, wearing a pearl necklace with a t-shirt to go to the grocery store is a huge no. To keep your outfit flowing, opt for classic jewelry pieces with a clean design—like rings.
A good ring tells a story. Perhaps you bought the ring at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, or perhaps it is a timeless vintage piece handed down from your great aunt. Either way, a good ring makes a great statement piece that can be worn with a simple t-shirt and jeans, or even a maxi dress for a slightly exotic element. To add an air of intrigue and mystique to any casual outfit, slip on a few chic vintage rings.
When you choose simple rings with few details, you can wear them in a cluster and won’t have to worry about choosing just one, as per Coco Chanel’s advice. Rather, consider rings to be the most sensible way to add a carefree, yet intriguing element to your outfit. To achieve a rocker-chic look with a cluster of rings, layer your outfit with a nice leather jacket. To soften this edgy look, simply hang the jacket over your shoulder rather than slipping your arms into the sleeves. When you place your hand on its collar to rearrange it, your rings will take center stage.
So, the time has come for you to dress for the weekend. Whether it’s hanging out with friends, a family gathering, or even a fancy dinner, choosing the right accessory is crucial. If you’re thinking pearls are the go-to selection, you’re most certainly not alone. While pearl necklaces are classic and every woman’s jewelry box should have one, think outside the box.
The watch is a fabulous accessory that stands out in today’s technology obsessed culture. While many women tend to shy away from watches because they seem too masculine, timepieces may actually enhance femininity, rather than take away from it. Pair them with a jumpsuit, a cocktail dress, or just a casual jeans and t-shirt combo.
The contrast of a large-faced watch on a woman’s slender wrist, adds a chic element to any dress or suit. For a brunch date or more formal occasion, a thinner watch in a solid gold, silver, or other metal is an instant attention-grabber. The best part, is that watches can be accessorized to some degree. Of course, if you choose a rather ornate, diamond-clad watch you should skip the cocktail ring. But if you go for a simple leather strap, then a cute necklace will look great. Whatever the occasion, wearing a watch will add a nostalgic yet elegant vibe to your look.
When you get invited to a black-tie event, it’s natural to want an outfit that wows. In order to reach that status, you should top off any dress or suit with the perfect piece of statement jewelry.
Whatever you choose to wear, it’s important to wear a piece that reflects the same style of your clothes. For example, a dress with metallic designs should be matched with earrings that enhance that style. Depending on how decorated the outfit may be on its own, your jewelry should be simple for an embellished gown, or more ornate to showcase on a plainer canvas.
If you’re wearing a solid color dress, a colorful stone or metal can look super fabulous. For example, if you’re wearing a red dress, gold is a beautiful outstanding color. If you really want to make your jewelry shine, a white or black stone design will create a gorgeous color combination.
However, if you’re wearing a dark blue dress, then white stones and silver are the best for you. Keep in mind that accents on your dress may change what color naturally flows in your outfit.
Putting together the perfect outfit and then pairing it with jewelry requires creativity more than anything else. Vintage rings, men’s watches, and statement earrings are important additions to any wardrobe and will make you prepared for any occasion.
Leona J. Celis is a fashion stylist and a freelance writer from Santa Monica, California. With over 10 years of experience in the fashion and jewelry industry, she has worked with many celebrity clients and has offered her expertise on style. When she is not busy working, she likes to publish informative articles on prestigious media outlets.