How do you choose and style jewellery to compliment yourself and your wardrobe? And how do you make best use of your jewellery collection without being boring? The answers aren’t always obvious. Never fear: we’ve come up with our 15 top jewellery style tips to help you be your fashionable best.
Why not start with something fun? Experiment with contrasting lengths, shapes, textures and colours to make appealing layers with rings, necklaces, bangles and even in some cases earrings.
If you’re layering necklaces then go for different lengths to draw the eye up to your face. Different shapes, colours and textures will often work a treat. To help with this you should read our necklace length & style guide.
For bangles and bracelets you can pretty much create an arm party with different pieces which will flash and jangle as you move. Rings can be mixed, matched and stacked in all sorts of interesting combinations: check out both our stacking rings and cocktail rings for ideas.
You can even experiment with wearing multiple earring styles if you have more than one pair of ear piercings or want to combine ear cuffs with other earrings. Take a look at our dangle & drop earrings, along with our stud earrings.
Layering and stacking is easy: simply gather together a collection of necklaces and pendants of different lengths, textures and designs and try them on in different combinations to see what works. Make a note of the combinations you like so you’ll remember them later.
Rinse and repeat with other jewellery types to up your layering game.
You know how it is: sometimes too much is, well, too much.
If you’re drawing attention to your face and neckline with layered necklaces or a statement necklace, perhaps you don’t really need an armful of bangles to be competing for attention.
Or if you’re wearing a bold pair of statement earrings, then perhaps your necklace could be more subtle or even not there at all (on the other hand, a bold pair of earrings with a matching necklace can sometimes work beautifully).
If you’ve accessorised with multiple pieces then consider taking a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”1.
Or not, as the case may be: do what works for you and the occasion you’re dressing for.
Don’t you find it can be all too easy to forget about your earrings?
However, your earrings are usually in the field of vision for anyone who is talking to you, so they really are important. You should aim to choose earrings to frame your face and complement your hair, eye colour and skin tone.
If you have long hair a great tip is to select a colour or metal finish which is more likely to be visible, depending on your hair colour.
I’m guilty of this myself: if you have pierced ears it can be so easy to wear the same pair of stud earrings for weeks on end. Or maybe you almost never change them.
But remembering to change your earrings is a great way to add interest and style to your look day to day. It’s also the perfect opportunity to give your favourite pair of earrings a good clean!
You can make changes to your look simply by wearing a variety of small stud earrings day to day. Or you can add some sparkle and movement with some dangle earrings, depending on your outfit.
A good place to start is digging through your jewellery collection to find what you haven’t worn in a while. You can also purchase new pairs of earrings which catch your attention and will add some variety and interest to your jewellery collection.
Once it was seen as a fashion sin to mix different colours of metal, which is something I never really understood as I love them all.
But luckily that’s no longer the case, even according to the fashion police: there’s no need to stick to all silver jewellery, all gold jewellery, or all rose gold jewellery2.
So think about necklaces with pendants which contrast with the colour of chain they are attached to, rings that combine different metal colours or layered necklaces or bangles in different metals to add vibrant interest and colour to your outfit.
Mixing metals has been one of my favourite things to do when designing jewellery in recent years, so you’ll find a number of pieces in our online jewellery shop which have mixed metal colours, including silver pendants with gold settings, for example.
This sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? But I know myself that it doesn’t always happen.
Before you start dressing, think about what item you most want to wear to wherever you’re going.
You might decide you really want to wear a specific piece of jewellery to an outing, in which case you should choose your clothing and other accessories to work with it. Otherwise you might pick the outfit first and then match the Smyckestillbehör to it.
Either way works. If you’ve spent some time getting the combination right you should look stylish and well put together.