Jewelry is such an easy way to add a little sparkle, creativity, and individuality to your outfit. Even a basic gray tee shirt, jean cutoffs, and sandals can look put-together and cool with the right jewelry. While accessorizing with jewelry is fun, it's also way too easy to find yourself in an uninspired jewelry rut. Do you find yourself rotating through the same three pairs of earrings day after day? Have you forgotten to wear bracelets completely? Is your jewelry lying in a tangled mess in a drawer somewhere?
Luckily, it's easy to change up your jewelry-wearing habits and get excited about accessorizing again. Whether you want to buy something new and different, or simply wear your older jewelry in a different way, here are a few fresh jewelry-wearing ideas that might catch your fancy:
1. Layer necklaces and bracelets.
You probably layer your clothes all the time, especially during those times of year when the weather ranges from warm in the sunshine to downright chilly when you're in the shade. So why not layer your jewelry too?
You could try pairing a pendant with a simpler chain or choker, or wear several delicate gold necklaces of different lengths layered together for an on-trend look. If you’re going with a statement necklace though, it’s best to just wear one at a time so that you don’t detract from it or totally overwhelm your outfit.
Bracelets are also fun to layer, and doing so really adds a little something special to your outfits. Layers of gold or silver bangles mixed with thinner bracelets is a great look, especially with a simple sundress in the summer. Mixing woven leather or cloth bracelets with metal ones looks artsy and adds visual, textural interest.
2. Wear a necklace over your shirt.
This is a great technique for looking put-together on those cold winter days where you just want to slink into your turtleneck and never come out! It also works in the summer when you might want to wear a lightweight, long-sleeved button-up with shorts, or a high-necked, dressy tank.
You can easily wear a pendant with a high-necked sweater, tucking the chain around the back and letting it hang in front, almost like a classy, feminine bolo tie. Try wearing a statement necklace that matches the color of your high-necked blouse. If you’re wearing a blue shirt, go with a necklace with stones of a slightly different blue. If you’re wearing a shirt with a collar, you might try wearing a short necklace under the collar, letting it peek out from the front.
3. Don’t match your jewelry.
Usually, when you wear a necklace, you tend to reach for a pair of earrings or a bracelet that came with it so that all your jewelry items match. However, it’s a lot more fun and eye-catching to wear things that aren’t part of a set. For example, if you’re wearing a necklace with red stones in a flowery pattern, you could throw on a pair of simple gold chandelier earrings to go with it. Or you could combine a chain necklace with a geometric bracelet.
This is a technique you can try with your clothes as well, by mixing up the patterns and colors in unique ways. Just try to make sure that there is a theme as well as complementary colors running through your outfit so that the various elements don't clash too much.