Even if diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the sparkly stones don’t have to be your only accessory option. More affordable pieces abound in the form of pearls, gemstone pendants, crystal solitaire rings, tennis bracelets, and beyond—and they’re versatile enough to work with almost any outfit. But knowing how to wear jewelry isn’t always intuitive. Learn more about the different types of baubles at your disposal and how you can combine them to match any occasion.
Types of Jewelry
Also known as costume jewelry, fashion jewelry makes a bold statement, and it’s generally the most affordable option. There’s no easier way to add personality to an outfit than with a whimsical trinket or a piece of novelty jewelry.
Fine Metal Jewelry
Fine metal pieces are ideal for tying together an outfit when you want to look sharp. The key words here are “subtle” and “sophisticated.” These are the hallmarks of jewelry staples that go from day to night to weekend, and you’ll be able to wear them for years.
Gemstone and Pearl Jewelry
When you need to add a pop of color to an outfit, or when you feel like you’re missing that certain je ne sais quoi, seek out gemstones and pearls. Like diamonds, these pieces dazzle, but they’re primarily accent pieces that can be mixed and matched with other jewelry.
Brunch | Weekends | Outdoor Activities
Some jewelry you’ll wear only once or twice a year; some you’ll find yourself wearing almost every day. To up your style game on those days when you have to dash out the door, keep a number of easy-to-wear, not-too-flashy pieces on hand.
The Office | Lunch Dates | Job Interviews
When you need to look polished, choose subtle, complementary pieces that don’t distract you or others. You don’t want to sit through an office meeting fidgeting with a jangly bracelet; likewise, showy pieces aren’t generally considered appropriate for buttoned-up settings.
Cocktail Parties | Dinner Parties
This is when you can dig out that fashion jewelry. Chunky statement pieces add pizzazz to cocktail dresses and LBDs that would look too sparse without some flashy objects to jazz them up. However, be sure to stick to just one or two pieces at a time to avoid looking over-the-top, unless that’s what you’re going for.
Weddings | Galas
A few timeless pieces—the classics—are essential for those occasions where you need to look your best. Channel Hollywood glamour icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who knew how to add the perfect finishing touches to formal looks and wear them with confidence.