Jewelry. Lots and lots of jewelry. It’s the perfect accessory solution for every outfit! But how can you choose the right pieces to complement your personal style? Each individual has a unique something about them that makes them feel comfortable, good, classy, elegant, etc. It could be an eclectic mix of vintage pieces, a minimal and pared-back look, luxe opulence, beachy or boho vibes—or a mix, or any of the above depending on the occasion. We refer to this as your personal style.
Consider some of these more popular styles right now and the jewelry that coordinates with them. Are any of these your personal style? Do these resonate with you?
What is YOUR personal style?
Have you got this figured out? Have you ever thought about how you define your style? Maybe you identify with a certain look, whether it be a particular vintage era, beachy, boho, or something in between. Many people like to combine styles into something that is entirely their own unique look. There are some style trends that have stood the test of time, no matter what generation comes along. Then, there are those that come and go. You should experiment with the evolution of your style.
If you’re just not sure of your style, there are some things to consider which will help you get inspired.
Comfort is king
If comfort is your main objective all the time, then think about the fabrics, colors, and shapes that lend themselves to feeling relaxed and peaceful. For example, bohemian and sports luxe are good go-to styles when it comes to comfort. Bohemian looks feature flowy dresses, skirts, and tops in comfy fabrics like linen and cheesecloth. Sports luxe pieces are more practical but with a stylish edge, like well-cut sweaters and workout pants. You could also opt for a minimal look with clean lines and natural fabrics that work with the shape of your body.
Mix it up a bit
It is important to remember that you’re not limited to one style or look. You might enjoy mixing styles or changing your look depending on the occasion and what mood you find yourself in. Having your jewelry collection stocked with a variety of different styles is an excellent idea to be able to quickly mix things up!
Once you are confident with your style, it becomes easier to pick jewelry items to complete your outfit. Whether it’s a necklace, an engagement ring, or something more specific like your favorite pendant or tennis bracelet.
What do you connect with?
Another way to help you identify what styles you align with is to simply look around you. Have a glance at others on the street and browse magazines and Instagram or Pinterest. Naturally, you’ll find looks that you find visually appealing. You may also notice what you find flattering on others, and decide to take the same route yourself. Noticing what works well on other people with a similar body type is another great way to gain some inspiration. We are all different, and finding what is comfortable and flattering for you will enable you to pick items that will help you feel good inside and out.
Coordinating your jewelery with your look
With so many types of jewelry out there, choosing the right pieces to complement your style can feel like an overwhelming task. Here’s a look at just a few styles for inspiration.
If you love the boho look, there is plenty of jewelry to complement your style. Boho embraces a “more is more” approach to jewelry (the more is more look also is a boho trend in interior design) —think lots of layered necklaces, including different lengths and textures, stackable rings, beading, charms, and plenty of dainty bracelets and bangles.
Silver is popular for this look, although gold can be equally as beautiful, especially against warmer skin tones. Gemstones like amethyst and opals are valued for their natural beauty. Inspiration for this trend comes from nature including butterfly and bumblebee necklaces, as well as astrology and cosmic symbols like moon and star pendants. If you love the new-age scene and rag stock type of dress, then this trend is for you.
Jewelry is timeless and one of the rare accessories that can be handed down from generation to generation. Whether it is authentic vintage jewelry or vintage-inspired jewelry, there is a wide variety of items that pair well if you love to rock a vintage style. Some enduring vintage pieces to consider adding to your collection are diamond earrings, pearl necklaces, and bracelets, rich colored gemstones including sapphires and rubies, and ornate metal details like those seen on filigree rings and pendants. Vintage-inspired jewelry is also a perfect idea if you’re looking for a timeless vintage Italian silver necklace.
Minimalist styles lend themselves to finer jewelry pieces, cleaner lines and a “less is more” approach. Super-fine jewelry pieces suit this look—think fine, dainty necklaces, simple metal bands, pearl necklaces, diamond earrings, and dainty pendants on a thin metal necklace. Rings that suit this look are thin with minimal detailing or stones. Some people may think minimalist clothing doesn’t pair well with jewelry, but there are plenty of subtle, “barely there” pieces that can effortlessly enhance the overall look.
Elegant – Luxe
Luxe doesn’t always have to be your go-to style, but when a special occasion arises, a touch of glamour can elevate your look and your mood. Who doesn’t love to look glammed up?! Whether you’re looking for everyday elegance or a long-awaited special occasion, there are plenty of jewelry pieces that will coordinate beautifully. Statement jewelry like a bold pendant necklace, large gold hoop earrings, and oversized cocktail rings will help bring that extra ‘wow’ factor to your finished look.
Elegant-Luxe Jewelry: Get the look
Metals: Yellow gold, white gold
Stones: Emeralds, sapphires, rubies, diamonds
Key Styles: Bold pendant necklaces, large hoop earrings, oversized cocktail rings
Not to be confused with boho, the beachy personal style has a unique, separate aesthetic. The same goes for the jewelry to match. A beachy look is inspired by shells, stones, and other found objects that come from the ocean. Think jewelry that beautifully incorporates colors like sea glass, which can be achieved with gems like blue topaz and aquamarine, and sterling silver. Beachy jewelry is often low-key and fairly simple, which is perfect if you love to spend lazy days lounging by the shore.
Beachy Jewelry: Get the look
Metals: Sterling silver, white gold
Stones: Topaz, pearls, aquamarine
Styles: Thin rings, dainty pendant necklaces, drop earrings
The Secret is Jewelry
Jewelry has the unique power to complement your outfit and even lift your mood. Don’t underestimate the ability of a necklace, a pair of earrings, or a few rings to send your outfit to a different dimension. By curating a jewelry collection of timeless and versatile pieces, you’re bound to find the perfect bit of shimmer and sparkle for every look. Best of all, your jewelry can help your evolving personal style.