Adding some unique jewelry pieces to your wardrobe can help update your style and transform a simple outfit into something exciting. The right bangle, necklace or pair of earrings is all you need to turn a tired outfit into something daring or classically sophisticated.
You don’t have to break the bank while trying to build your jewelry collection, nor do you have to stick with your local jewelry store. Shopping for fun pieces at local thrift shops and flea markets can not only be fun but it’s also affordable. Most vintage stores and flea markets are treasure troves for inexpensive retro pieces. What can be better than finding an affordable Art Deco set of bangles to add to your favorite pair of jeans and t-shirt?
Online stores are another easy way to shop for jewelry for less. Several online retailers sell overstock items for a fraction of the cost. Many of them carry one-of-a-kind pieces along with the latest trends. Auction sites are also home to a bevy of bargain-priced unique jewelry pieces as well as vintage items that you may not be able to find elsewhere. Who wouldn't be happy getting a steal of a deal on a vintage necklace from Tiffany’s?
However, the buyer must beware when shopping online. Sellers can put any image they like of an item online, so be skeptical, and keep in mind that the colors and sizes you see on the screen might not be exactly the same as what comes out of the box. If a site offers photos that zoom in on the item you’re considering, be sure to look closely at those. Also check the site’s return policy, and, if you are going with an online auction, make sure you are buying from a reputable and highly rated seller.
Once you start shopping, you’ll quickly realize that your jewelry options are endless. Classic pieces like diamond stud earrings and pearl necklaces are jewelry staples that never go out of style and are definitely worth the splurge. Delicate gold and silver necklaces are another perfect example of timeless jewelry that looks fantastic with any outfit and for any occasion. These pieces can go with any and everything.
After you’ve stocked up on the classics, start looking for some funky and fun pieces. Try experimenting with retro pieces as well as with some boldly colored and textured items, such as tourmaline bangles and handmade beaded earrings from local artisans. You can wear your classic pieces to work and then throw on one of your wilder pieces to liven up your work clothes for a cocktail hour.
Matching Jewelry to Outfits
By layering a few necklaces together, you can turn your business suit blouse into a sexy new top, and big hoop earrings can dress up a pair of cargo pants and a tank top for a night on the town. When you layer, you can also mix silver, gold or any other metal, unless you are striving for a uniform effect. Also consider how the shapes of the necklaces work with the neckline of your outfit. A pendant may be beautiful, but no one will see it if it keeps slipping underneath a crewneck.
With brighter, bolder pieces, choose what part of your body or outfit you want to accentuate. If you have a cute v-neck top you want to wear along with some classic trousers, you can either go classic and add a string of pearls or, for more pizzazz, throw on a chunky necklace in red, yellow or green. With the pearls, you can add some small pearl or diamond studs, but with the chunky necklace you may want to leave the rest of your jewelry on the vanity. One bold piece is all you need, or you might end up overshadowing your outfit.
Bold jewelry also requires a little advance planning when it comes to your outfit. The more dominant the jewelry, such as a necklace with several different layers, the more subtle your top needs to be.
In general, don't go overboard while accessorizing. While you can layer beaded necklaces and plastic bangles, you probably don't want to layer them all at the same time. Remember, as with most other accessories, less is definitely more.
Keeping up with the latest fashion trends may not always be realistic, but a few strategically chosen pieces of jewelry pieces can ensure that you always look in style and fabulous. Set your own trends by accessorizing with fun necklaces, earrings and bracelets, and transform your simplest outfits into something fresh and new.
Each type of gemstone calls for a different method of jewelry cleaning. Inspecting your jewelry, understanding the different gemstones and separating your jewelry before getting started will help you make your jewelry shine.
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