Jewelry has a fantastic ability to transform an outfit – to take it from something plain and understated to something which makes people say “wow”. It can take a little black dress and make the style unique and interesting, with just the addition of a necklace. It can take plain, unpolished nails and make the outfit classy and intriguing, with just the addition of a diamond cocktail ring. Statement jewelry, when you know how to wear it, is the key to outfit success.
Don’t overdo it
Like with so many things, less really is more. Let a statement piece speak for itself – don’t make it compete for attention. When you overcrowd the look, you could end up looking more like a voodoo medicine woman than a sophisticated fashionista. If you’re going for a statement necklace, don’t go for earrings too – it’ll just look too overdone. That being said, statement earrings and a ring, or a necklace and bracelet, can work really well together – they’re just far enough apart not to make a look crowded, but both to bring something separate to the look.
Keep the outfit simple
When you’re using a statement piece of jewelry, let that do the talking, not your dress. A plain, understated dress is the perfect backdrop for jaw-dropping jewelry. If you go for both an elaborate dress and elaborate jewelry, there are just too many opportunities for it to all go wrong. Plus, if you love the necklace so much, why would you want the dress to compete with it for attention – it should be taking center stage.
Pick your jewelry wisely
When you’re shopping for jewelry, consider the outfit it will go with, not just the look on its own. Don’t be scared to look in men’s sections – a heavy gold chain such as the ones on this website can make an edgy and interesting statement. It’s also worth considering your skin tone. Cooler tones should aim for silver, white gold, and platinum, while warmer tones can get away with yellower metals such as copper and rose gold.
Let them create the outfit
A dress and a statement necklace can’t work alone – you have to let them create the outfit, and work around that. For example, choose your dress and your necklace, or whatever other statement jewelry, and then work around that look. Do hair and makeup that complements the jewelry, not the other way round. Statement pieces are meant to make a statement, so make sure you choose something which works with your desired look – trying to get them to be something they’re not just won’t work.
Don’t overlook your neckline
When choosing jewelry, your outfit’s color and style shouldn’t be the only consideration, but the neckline should too. Different styles of necklace work well with different necklines, and getting it wrong can make the outfit look awkward and unbalanced. Any strappy dress, scooped neckline, or v-necked dresses tend to work well with statement pieces. Halters and high-necked outfits can make the neckline look too crowded.
A statement necklace can take an outfit to the next level, just be sure to follow these rules and you’re sure to turn heads.