I had a Facebook fan ask a few questions about jewelry, and I thought I'd take the time to share some important jewelry info with everyone. Her questions were "What are the jewelry rules?" and "How can I update my jewelry collection inexpensively?". I'll cover those questions and more...and if I've missed something you'd like to know, leave a comment and I'll answer it!
Jewelry is so important in a wardrobe. The right accessories take you from dressed to well-dressed, and jewelry is a great way to make your old thing seem new, and try the latest trends. The beautiful (and apparently wise) Heidi Klum says "If you only have $100 dollars to update your wardrobe, spend it on jewelry".
With that said, read on to find out how to flatter your body with jewelry, a few style guidelines, and finally, how to build a great jewelry collection without breaking the bank!
Longer, Leaner and 10 Lbs Thinner
Just like clothes, we can use accessories to highlight our good parts, and take attention away from the parts of our bodies we don't love. The trick is to create focal points where YOU want people to look, and add in vertical lines to keep eyes moving past the parts we don't want attention drawn to. Here's a breakdown on how to do that:
Use bold earrings without a lot of length to draw the eye upwards to the neck and face. Pears usually have nice long necks, and slim faces--use earrings to show off both. Conversely, use long earrings without a lot of width to make your neck look longer. Apple shapes usually have shorter necks-go for big thin, oval hoops, or ear rings with lots of dangle--just don't go too wide.
As with everything, hourglasses, your job is to maintain balance. Wear whatever you'd like, just keep in on the more dainty, delicate side. That doesn't mean your accessories have to be tiny, just keep the boldness in check.
Rectangles, your goal is to add curves and interest. If your neck is long, go for short bold pieces, if your neck is short, try chandeliers or tear-drops--anything to add some curves!
Necklaces have the biggest visual impact, so choose wisely!
If you were blessed with good ol' child birthing hips, draw attention to your lovely face with short necklaces. The bigger your hips are, the bolder your necklace should be!!
If you were blessed with broad shoulders and a tendency toward a tummy, go long, my friend. The longer the better! Lots of women think that wearing a long necklace will draw attention to the midsection, but it's actually the opposite. Long lines make the eye travel up and down, making you look longer, leaner, and yes...10 pounds thinner!
If you were blessed with Marilyn-esque proportions, go long or short...its up to you, but again, keep it on the lighter side. Delicate doesn't have to be boring, just look for pieces that are interesting without being chunky. One caveat--avoid necklaces that sit right on the bust--they can make you look top heavy.
If you were blessed with a runway-straight figure (of any size) look for pieces that add curves and interest. Layers, pendants, and embellishments will all do the trick. If you're a rectangle with pear-tendencies, keep necklaces short. If you're a rectangle with apple-tendencies, go long.
Your wrists are the thinnest part of your body--draw attention to them!
Here's where the advice seems a little backwards, but I promise its true--if you're a small-boned girl, go ahead and go for the wide cuffs and big bracelets. However, if you're of the big-boned variety, keep your bracelets thinner and more simple. Here's why: Wide bracelets will cover up the thinnest part of your body, and make your arms look heavier. Thin bracelets will show more skin in that area, and keep your wrists looking skinny. If you like the big bracelet look, layer lots of bangles and skinny bracelets. You'l get the same overall look, but the pieces won't move as one solid wall of jewelry, and will be more flattering.
In my life as a Jewelry Lady, one thing I hear a lot is "I can't wear rings, my fingers are too stubby" (their word, not mine!). Rings to the rescue! If you want your hands and fingers to look longer and leaner, wear an oval shaped ring on your middle finger. Not only is the look trendy and cool, but your fingers will look miles long! If your fingers are long and thin, go for wrap rings and wide bands that show them off.
The Style Factor
Jewelry is a great way to express yourself and to develop your individual style. To really have style, pick pieces you love and that speak to you rather than following pre-determined rules. However, to look put together and avoid looking like a crazy person, use these guidelines!
How to have it all--without breaking the bank!
Yes, accessories might be inexpensive, but building a collection of them can add up quickly! Here are a few strategies to help you spend wisely!