The Rules Of Wearing Jewellery

The Rules Of Wearing Jewellery

Jewellery can really make or break an outfit. Wear too much and an outfit will look overdone. Wear too little and it might feel underdressed. So how do you choose jewellery for an outfit? And how many pieces of jewellery should you wear?

While there are no real rules to wearing jewellery, there are a few guidelines to make it easier. These are the do's and don'ts of jewellery wearing, along with tips and tricks for styling accessories.

Follow these simple jewellery rules to help pick the perfect jewellery every time.


Less Really Is More

When in doubt, keep things simple. This easy to follow jewellery rule will avoid any pieces from clashing and won’t overwhelm your appearance with too many accessories.

Jewellery is meant to add the finishing touch to an outfit. Wearing too much or pairing the wrong pieces together will create a busy appearance that distracts from the overall finished look.

Unless you're into maximalist style, in which case—pile on the jewellery however you want! For most everyday outfits, keeping jewellery simple is the way to go for foolproof jewellery styling.

To make jewellery look and feel intentionally chosen (not just piled on), focus on one of two specific areas of interest. If you're stacking rings, keep bracelets to a minimum; if you're wearing several sets of earrings, opt for delicate chains; and if you're layering necklaces, wear only one statement piece.


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The Rules Of Wearing Jewellery

It’s All About Proportions

Think about proportions. This jewellery rule ensures every accessory looks good next to each other to complement the outfit.

Layered necklaces, stacked rings, and multiple earrings can add interest to an outfit—so long as close attention has been paid to how each piece looks when worn together.

Wearing too much of the same style or design can make the jewellery blend into the outfit so much it 'disappears' altogether and is unnoticeable. To make your jewellery choice standout, pay attention to proportions

Layer a statement necklace with simple chains; choose stacking rings with different styles and designs; mix the size and shape of earrings - this will create a point of interest that draws the eye.


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The Rules Of Wearing Jewellery

The Occasion Matters

This rule is all about picking the right jewellery for the right occasion. Choosing the wrong accessories or wearing too many of them can make an outfit look out of place.

Just like the outfit, jewellery should be chosen depending on what you're doing and where you're going. Whatever the reason for the celebration, get-together, or event; pick your jewellery to complement the occasion.

Minimal jewellery is perfect for everyday wear and office-appropriate style. While statement jewellery is made for big celebrations, like weddings and birthdays. Formal events require sophisticated jewellery choices, while causal events allow for more fun accessories.

While most jewellery can suit a variety of occasions, there are some to avoid if you don't want to make a faux pas. This jewellery rule is one to always follow!


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The Rules Of Wearing Jewellery

Don’t Be Scared to Mix and Match

Experiment with jewellery and try new combinations. Whether it's mixing metals or playing with textures and designs.

Gone are the days where the traditional rule of not mixing metals should be followed at all costs. You're free to wear any combination of metals you like. If you don't know whether you suit gold or silver; why pick when you can wear both?

Another way to experiment with jewellery is to layer minimal necklaces with statement pendants; stack texture rings with simple bands; or wear mismatched earrings, using studs or hoods mixed with dangly earrings.

Above all else, jewellery should be fun and exciting to wear. Let your personality shine and wear whatever makes you happy!


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Written by Sophie Davies

Sophie is a freelance writer and full-time jeweller. She has been writing about simple living and sustainability for over ten years; exploring simple living, sustainable style, and slow travel. She writes for a variety of brands and publications as well as her personal blog, A Considered Life.

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