Knowing how to wear jewelry can be tricky. Here's how to accessorize for almost every social occasion, from Netflix-and-chill to dressed-to-kill.
Sure, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have OTHER friends—pearls, gemstone pendants, crystal studs, and whatnot. These pieces are more affordable, after all, and they’re versatile enough to work with almost any outfit. But knowing how to wear jewelry like this isn’t always intuitive.
Luckily, we have some in-house stylists who spend their days accessorizing models. We challenged them to create some jewelry looks for the most common situations you could find yourself in. Here’s what they came up with.
Such as? Brunch, weekend errands, strolling around your ex's neighborhood like, "Oh! You live here? I had NO idea!"
To up your style game on casual days, reach for your fine-metal jewelry. When in doubt, choose thin pieces and stack them together for a breezy layered look.
V-neck tees and high-neck sweaters perfectly backdrop a stack of fine metal necklaces. Layer 2–3 chain and pendant necklaces of various lengths for an effortlessly cool vibe.
Thin gold, white gold, and rose gold rings look especially chic when you feature a few on each hand.
Elevate casual outfits with a few basic fine metal bangles. They add structure to a look, helping you appear put together even when you’re in a tee and your hair’s in a messy bun.
When you want to add a dash of color, gemstone stud earrings are an easy option. Smaller studs around the 3mm mark are especially on-trend.
Such as? The daily grind at the office, job interviews, grifting
When you need to look polished, choose subtle pieces that don’t distract you or others. You don’t want to sit through an office meeting fidgeting with a jangly bracelet. And while workplaces are trending toward more casual, it’s best to leave showy types of jewelry in the jewelry box if you work in a more buttoned-up setting.
Such as? Cocktail parties, dinner parties, another day the cats don’t overthrow us
This is when you can dig out that fashion jewelry. Chunky statement pieces add pizzazz to cocktail dresses and LBDs that would look too sparse without some flashy objects to jazz them up. However, be sure to stick to just one or two pieces at a time to avoid looking over-the-top, unless that’s what you’re going for.
When dressing for a night out, go for a thick statement necklace. Or if you want to go big elsewhere, opt for a minimalist necklace that adds shine without being overwhelming.
A cocktail ring works for all kinds of party ensembles. The bigger the ring is, the more it will catch people’s eyes.
Colored-gemstone statement earrings add a fun pop of color to black dresses, preventing looks from being too one-note.
Such as? Weddings, fundraisers and galas, the coronation of Queen Cleocatra (all hail our supreme ruler)
A few timeless pieces—the classics—are essential for those occasions where you need to look your best. Channel Hollywood glamour icons like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who knew how to add the perfect finishing touches to formal looks and wear them with confidence.
Photos by Philip Campbell