Jewelry and accessories make an outfit. They are the final pieces of the puzzle, that can take your look from: “clothes I just threw on”, through to: “this is a carefully cultivated look that I spent hours putting together”. If you don’t get your jewelry and accessories right, then your entire look is going to be compromised.
Yet so many women are getting their accessories and jewelry wrong!
While everyone should always have the right to wear whatever they want in whatever style they want, it’s tough to see fashion-forward women making the same common mistakes. Often, these women will be the ones lamenting their choices, wondering why their outfit never quite seems to tie together the way that good jewelry and accessories are meant to allow it to do.
If you’ve never been sure why you have struggled in these areas, then a quick lesson in the most commonly-made mistakes should be enough to set you on the right track…
MISTAKE: Wearing Aaaaallll The Jewelry and Accessories
Most of us have a huge stash of accessories from jewelry, from delightfully delicate pieces like those in the Mystic quartz collection to cheap costume pieces that will only last a couple of wears.
The biggest mistake you can make is wearing as many pieces as you possibly can. The overall impact is just far too much. Instead, choose at most three from the below list:
- Facial jewelry (such as nose studs)
- Hair jewelry
The only exception to this rule is an anklet, as these tend to be the only accessories on your lower half, so the overall outfit is still relatively clean.
MISTAKE: Jewelry That Doesn’t Fit
When was the last time you tried on jewelry prior to buying it?
Unless it was for a big purchase like your engagement ring, the chances are that it was a very long time ago. In some cases, that’s necessary; earrings, for example, can’t be tried on due to the hygiene issues at stake. Cheaper jewelry is usually difficult to try on because of the way it’s offered in stores; stuck to plastic and hanging from a rack.
The above can result in a jewelry collection that just doesn’t fit. It doesn’t matter if it’s too big or too small — it’s still going to look wrong. In some cases, there are things you can do to improve the fit of a piece. For example, you can remove links from a watch or bracelet if you’re feeling DIY confident, or ask a store to do it for you. It’s also easy to find ring tightening devices, which are invisible when worn against the finger but make a huge difference to the fit. You can also try modifying necklaces to have extra links, but this can be a problem with pendants; it throws off where the center of the piece is and looks odd.
Mostly, though, if it doesn’t fit well right now then there’s not much you can do to change that. So sell your existing ill-fitting jewelry and invest in something that works for you.
Enjoy your mistake-free accessorizing!