The first thing you must consider is your wardrobe and the kind of jewellery that you prefer to wear – what style does it represent, what kind of image do you carry and what kind of lifestyle do you lead. Here are some options, find the one that matches you:
Sentimental - - Are you the kind of person that has that one single piece that you wear every day and never take off? It makes it difficult when you are emotionally attached to one item for you to take it off and swap it for something else. It can also be difficult to match anything else with it. I think the key here is to find pieces that you can layer with your sentimental piece to complement it. For example if you wear a gold locket on a long chain you can add pieces around it such as a bar necklace on a shorter chain, which will balance out the look.
Elegant - Do you dress up everyday? Is your style the kind where your day outfit is the ‘casual’ person's evening outfit? I’m thinking diamonds and pearls, heels and handbags, fancy clothes, hair styled and make-up fixed. Basically, you don’t do casual but you do tone it down for the day. If your fallback is usually heavy bling then try to soften the look by adding a simple bracelet or cuff.
Preppy - You always seem well put together with a geeky sort of schoolgirl look about you. The preppy look is all about being well groomed and adorably chic. Monograms and heart necklaces are a great addition to your cute outfit.
Statement - People who wear statement pieces should be wearing plain, simple clothing and not overly exciting patterns or colours. What you are trying to do is allow your jewellery to stand out and give your outfit the wow factor - Your statement piece can be either a necklace, earrings and in some cases the bangle or bracelet. You can even match the bracelet to the necklace - but remember never to overdo it. Make sure to stock up on statement pieces so you have enough to swap each day and can match to each of your basic daytime outfits.
A statement necklace should be bold and big in size - The greatest beauty of it is that you don’t need to think what to put with it, you just need that one gorgeous, stand out piece. The necklace should fit with the neckline of your top or dress and can be matched with a pair of earrings or a bangle. Do not choose opposite types of statement pieces or they will clash, they should be of the same style / design otherwise you will overdo it.
You must make sure you are comfortable. When you wear for the day it can be a long time so you wouldn’t want to be too heavy, have sharp edges and you must love it - don’t wear something that really is not you or you will feel uncomfortable.
Consider how much you are able and willing to spend - then choose stores that meet that budget. If your budget is high you can be smart with your money and invest in real gold that will last for ever. If you are on a smaller budget you can buy high street jewellery and get lots of different pieces, including gold plated and sterling silver items. You can build your jewellery box over time, so don’t worry if you are on a low budget, you can treat yourself every paycheck with a new piece or two. This is a great technique for everyone since new styles are coming out you should always be adding to your collection. Eventually you will have plenty to choose from.
How many pieces is enough?
There is no maximum amount of jewellery – the more pieces you have the better. I see a jewellery box as an ‘accessories kit’ that always needs building and updating, it should always be equipped to save the day.
There are different types of jewellery for each Jewellery category. The main categories are: Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings and Rings.
You can always buy different types of jewellery together, for example, a necklace and earrings could match and you may just have to buy them together. On the other hand you also don’t need to, you can buy separately and go solo, especially with statement pieces. You should be sure to mix the same categories of jewellery and not make a complete mis-match. For example, gems go with gems - you shouldn’t wear big, shiny gems on a necklace with monogram earrings, it just doesn’t go.
So there is a fine line of making or breaking it when it comes to mixing up your jewellery categories and types, you just need to recognize the signs of piecing the right things with each other and feel comfortable wearing them.
Keep up with the latest trends
Make sure to read magazines and the most recent articles online about what is in fashion and which new designs are coming to the market soon. Magazines such as Vogue and InStyle are probably the most influential and the first to get the latest fashion news. If you do this you will be the first to know, so you can get to the stores and purchase the latest trend of jewellery to go with your casual outfit.