How to Match Jewelry to Your Outfit

How to Match Jewelry to Your Outfit

The right jewelry can really bring together an entire outfit and make you look and feel great. But the wrong jewelry can make you look clumsy, unpolished, and even unprofessional, depending on what you have paired together.

Some jewelry you’ll wear all the time, like your engagement ring. Solitaires and cushion cut engagement rings look great with everything. However, uniquely designed engagement rings could detract from your fashion. You should consider making your wishes known for ring style before the big event, or you should consider upgrading when you have the chance.


It might not seem like choosing the right jewelry would be that difficult, but it can be. Here are a few tips for helping you choose the right jewelry for every outfit:

Choose the Right Scale

Scale may be the most important consideration when choosing your jewelry. If the jewelry is too small for the outfit, it will be washed out. If it is too large, it will look clunky and sloppy.

Small, simple jewelry is best for outfits that have busy patterns, ruffles, sequins, or embroidery. A simple pair of stud earrings and a string of pearls would look lovely with these outfits.

However, if you are wearing simple prints and cuts, such as a form-fitting white top with black jeans, you can wear chunky jewelry like bib necklaces and thick bangle bracelets. You can also wear simple jewelry with some simple outfits if you are trying to create a conservative or formal look.

Consider the Color

Gold and silver typically match with any outfit, including doppelgangers white gold and platinum.  However, if you are considering more colorful jewelry or stones, you need to make sure that they don’t clash with your outfit.

The color wheel is your friend here. In general, you will want to wear jewelry that is in the same color family as your outfit or that is on the opposite side of the color wheel. For example, if you are wearing a green top, you can wear a necklace that is yellow (in the same color family) or purple (on the opposite side of the wheel).

Be careful not to mix more than three colors in your outfit and your accessories unless you want to look like a parrot or a walking clown.

Define Your Style

Your personal style will have a big impact on the “rules” for accessorizing. The style of the outfit and the occasion will also play a big role.

For example, if you want to create a professional look for the office, you should stick with delicate necklaces and stud earrings. If you want to create a look of classic elegance for a wedding, you should stick with a pearl necklace or diamond earrings.

However, if you want to create an edgy look, you should wear oversized accessories in multiple layers. If you want to create a glamorous look, wear chandelier earrings and bib necklaces.

You may need to experiment for awhile to find the look that works best for you with your accessories and your outfit. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready each day so that you can try out several combinations of accessories with your outfit to find the perfect match. Over time, you will develop a sense for what will work and what won’t based on the types of outfits you like to wear and the style that you cultivate.

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