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Jewelry Tips: Accessorizing for Everything from the Office to First Dates

Jewelry Tips: Accessorizing for Everything from the Office to First Dates


Need some help making your jewelry work for you? We’ve got you covered. Read on for some jewelry tips for every occasion.

The global fashion industry is worth 3 trillion dollars but all the money in the world can’t guarantee a five-star look. Accessorizing with jewelry is a skill like any other: hard-earned and well-practiced. But with so many jewelry tips online, how do you know which ones to pay attention to? We have you covered.

Here’s a complete guide to styling your jewelry for every occasion.

Styling for the Occasion

Different occasions will call for different jewelry. Whether you’re rocking a statement necklace or looking to accessorize with something more demure, your destination will play a part in what piece you choose.


Some pieces of jewelry are brilliant all-rounders – pieces that can be worn anytime.

For married folks, this might include your engagement and wedding bands. For those time-sensitive people, a wristwatch is also acceptable fare most of the time. Keepsake necklaces or bracelets are another perfectly acceptable option.


When choosing jewelry for work, you should select pieces that aren’t noisy or distracting. You can still showcase your individual tastes, but don’t opt for anything that might offend the clients or higher-ups.

If your office is particularly conservative, opt for stud earrings that match or complement your outfit. Any necklaces should be simple and glitter-free. When in doubt, opt for less is more in conservative spaces.

In a less conservative space, you should be able to get away with stud earrings or small hoops so long as they don’t blind anyone or make noise when you move. Your necklaces can get a bit bolder but, again, avoid rhinestones or other flashy elements.

A more creative environment is the space for larger, statement pieces so long as they don’t turn up the volume as you move. You don’t want to be that annoying coworker who jangles her way down the hall!

Jangly bracelets should be avoided in all office spaces. There’s nothing worse than the loud clanging that will go along with your typing all day every day.

Formal Event

A formal event is a perfect opportunity to break out your finest jewelry. Sparking from head to toe is an acceptible option however we’d recommend you choose one jewelry piece to emphasize your best feature.

A good example of this is statement earrings. If you’re wearing an updo, they’re a great way to show off your cheekbones and neckline. A glittery necklace is also an ideal way to draw eyes to your face.

Formal events are great places to break out your matching jewelry sets but don’t go too hard and fast with this rule: the matchy-matchy look is a trend on the out right now.

Always remember that jewelry is there to accessorize your outfit. Going overboard with your jewelry can distract from your overall look so aim for one statement piece and downplay the rest of your accessorizing.

Party Jewelry

A Friday night out with friends or that much-anticipated first date is the perfect time to break out your favorite pieces, no matter how glittery or loud. If you enjoy clanging bracelets and bling, this is your time to shine.

Just remember that you can have too much of a good thing! Don’t go so overboard with your accessorizing that it swamps your outfit itself.

Styling for the Outfit

Your outfit should determine the type of jewelry you wear. That said, if you’re more serious about your jewelry choices, the opposite can also be true!


Your jewelry should contrast or complement your outfit choice. This might mean sticking to warmer tones throughout your outfit and accessorizing. It can also mean contrasting the stone color of your pieces with the color of your dress.


A punk rock outfit isn’t going to work with some dainty pearl jewelry. You should be mindful of the style you’re going for when you’re choosing your accessories. If you’re rocking a formal gown, opt for more formal jewelry pieces. Hitting the streets in a more casual look? Opt for chunkier, on-trend pieces that match your look.


If your dress is a statement unto itself, opt for jewelry that supports it from side-stage. Conversely, if your outfit is classically sleek and un-adorned, try jazzing it up with a statement necklace or earrings.


Hardware is the metal accouterments that come standard on a lot of clothing. Zippers, buttons, eyelets, and more will dictate what jewelry you should accessorize with. Just remember not to get to same-samey – 2019 is all about mixing your metals (within reason).

Styling for Your Features

Certain jewelry will suit certain features. When choosing your accessories, you should take your own features into account. Specifically:

Your Face Shape

Similar jewelry can create a very different look depending on your facial structure. For instance, if you have a round face, stud or pendant earrings will suit you to a tee. For those with oval-shaped faces, opting for collar or matinee neckpieces is a great plan.

Your face shape will also dictate what length necklaces you ought to wear. There are more details on this here.

Your Wrist Width

When choosing watches or bracelets, the width of your wrists plays a very big role. If you have delicate wrists, then a large, dialed watch likely isn’t the right choice for you. Instead, you should opt for sleek bangles or multi-strand bracelets.

Those with larger wrists have a wider range of pieces to choose from as most pieces will suit wider wrists.

Your Hand Size

What rings you wear, and in what configuration, will depend heavily on the size of your hands. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the hand, the bigger the statement you can make with your rings. If you have daintier hands, you should stick to smaller, more demure rings so as not to swamp your hand.

Take These Jewelry Tips to Heart

Your jewelry choices can make or break an outfit. Luckily, you now have these jewelry tips up your sleeve. Now you’ll be able to accessorize like a pro, no matter the occasion.

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