10 Ways You Can Use Jewelry to Enhance Your Outfit

Is there anything more stressful than trying to pick out the perfect outfit? Yes, there is: trying to pick out the right jewelry to go along with that perfect outfit.

Most people would say that having options is a good thing, and yet, too many can turn getting dressed up into a stressful situation. Sound familiar? Well, you’re definitely not alone. Women (and men) all over the world find themselves in this predicament on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Jewelry is typically seen as accessories that tie a look together. For that reason, it’s important that you make informed decisions on how to use jewelry to enhance your look, rather than letting it pull you down.

This guide will outline the top 10 helpful tips on how to coordinate your jewelry with your outfit so that you can look and feel your very best!

Pick Jewelry That Matches the Occasion

When picking out complimentary jewelry, consider where you’ll be showing off that new attire. What you will be doing and how your jewelry will come across to others? If you’re going to be using your hands a good deal, or doing something otherwise active, dangling jewelry on your wrists, ears or neck, might be a hindrance (or even a hazard).

If you’re donating time to a homeless shelter, wearing overly obnoxious high value pieces might be in bad taste. Conversely, if you’re going to a formal ball, that extravagant necklace might be just what you needed to be the envy of the party. There is such a thing as wearing the wrong type of jewelry for a particular occasion, but with some common sense you’ll do just fine.

Mix and Match – Simple Jewelry With Bold Prints And colours

If you’re going for a look that contains bold colors or busy prints, it’s best to keep your jewelry pieces simple. Ornate jewelry with a “busy” print can end up clashing, or worse, crossing over into being gaudy very quickly. Instead, consider solid metal or solid colors for your bracelets, necklaces and earrings rather than loud pieces.

Simple Attire – Bold Accessories

Likewise, if you plan to wear an outfit that is based on a neutral color palette, simple prints or solid colors, you have more room to play with jewelry that is more ornate, showy or colorful. Your outfit and jewelry should work together to balance one another out, rather than compete with one another. If you have a particularly unique piece of jewelry that you really want to play up, downplay your outfit pieces to shift focus to the jewelry.

It might also be prudent to take the fabric that the material is made out of into consideration. Is the fabric thick, heavily detailed or full of interesting stitching or ruffles? If so, pairing it with intricate jewelry can inadvertently come across as tacky.

Statement Earrings – Send the Right Message

As previously mentioned, statement jewelry pieces tend to draw the eye of the beholder. If you want the focus to be on your face, grab a pair of statement earrings. Earrings that are glittery, jeweled or that have tassels, for example, will highlight your eyes and bring attention to all the right places.

To really make your selection pop, take the shape of your face into account. If you have an oval face, triangular earrings will really highlight your cheekbones. If your face is heart-shaped, try a pair of drop earrings, as long as they don’t taper off at the bottom.

Use Jewelry That Compliments Your Skin Tone

 It’s important to note that jewelry shouldn’t just compliment your outfit; it should also highlight your skin tone. Cooler skin tones work well with red, blue and purple gems. Silver or white gold are perfect metals for cooler skin tones.

While warmer skin tones, on the other hand, work nicely with green, yellow and orange gemstones. Gold pairs especially well with darker hair and warmer skin tones.

Mix and Match Warm and Cool Colors

Bold gems such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds make a statement all on their own. These colors are bold, powerful and tend to look well over neutral-colored clothing, such as black and white pieces. What if you were to pair them with their opposite tones? For example, imagine how incredible a canary yellow diamond would look against a bold blue or purple top? How about ruby-colored gems against the backdrop of royal blue? Making unexpected color pairings will be sure to turn heads in the best way possible.

If you’re concerned about knowing which colors will work best together, rest assured that there is a method to working with colors that is fairly scientific. Many stylists and fashion experts use the color wheel for inspiration. You can easily find one online and use it to determine each color’s match and opposite. Each color’s opposite is located directly across from it on the color wheel. This is a wonderful example of the term, “opposites attract”.

Diamonds Are Forever

One of the reasons that diamonds are so popular, in addition to being so beautiful, is that they go with absolutely everything. If you’re unsure of what to pair your outfit with, you can’t go wrong with diamonds or cubic zirconia, for that matter.

But remember, some of the most visually stunning jewelry isn’t necessarily the most expensive. You can look and feel great without breaking the bank on your jewelry selection. Notice how when the light catches these gems, they reflect a prism of colors? The entire color spectrum is there, which is why it’s impossible for it to clash with anything you’re wearing.

Pearls and Sea Tones

Jewelry pieces that incorporate pearls work beautifully with light blue and green tones. This combination occurs in nature, and will likewise give you a very refreshing and natural look. Not to mention that this pairing will give you a bit of a magical mermaid vibe, which always looks stunning.

White, Black and Gold

The classic little, black cocktail dress never fails to impress when paired with bright gold jewelry. This is a very timeless combination. Since the pieces are simple and elegant, they can be worn countless times. In the same way, a simple white dress will nicely showcase black gems and gold jewelry.

Let the Season Be Your Guide

Spring and summer fashion tend to be bright and airy, whereas fall and winter clothing tend to be moody and dark. For summer, try using bright gems against soft or pastel fabrics. In the fall, pair colors such as plum and forest green with bright summer colors such as oranges and yellows.

Closing Thoughts

Choosing the right attire can be stressful, but picking out the right accessories and jewelry to make that new dress or suit “pop” doesn’t have to be. We hope that you found the tips and techniques in this guide helpful. If you have any feedback or want to chat, don’t hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear from you!


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Vivianne Sterling

Editorial Manager at Beautips. I love street style and I'm always in search of bits of inspiration around me. I also believe in home-made solutions for fitness, beauty tricks and healthy cooking.

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