The right piece of jewellery can add the perfect finishing touch to almost any outfit.

The right piece of jewellery can add the perfect finishing touch to almost any outfit.

by Hennie Steyl

Pairing jewellery to your clothes can add a splash of colour to your look, enhance your best features, or bring interest and focal points to a monochrome outfit. However, finding the right pieces of jewellery that is unique and perfect for you can be difficult. Here are some points for matching jewellery to your outfit and style.

1. Choose a centrepiece

When selecting jewellery to work with your outfit, it is generally a good idea to choose one focal piece of jewellery. Several large and bold pieces of jewellery worn together can create an overwhelming or clashing look. Some examples of a centrepiece include a large ring, a chunky necklace or dramatic earrings. Other pieces of jewellery you choose to wear alongside your focal piece should complement it rather than take attention away from it.

Silver Lively Bow Drop Earrings

Silver Lively Bow Drop Earrings

2. Layer your jewellery

Layering is a great way to wear several of your favourite pieces at once. Layered necklaces and earrings are a chic way to bring attention to your neck or face, and stacking rings is a fun way to mix and match pieces, adding variety and diversity. Necklaces look fun layered long pieces on short ones, and thick bracelets can be paired with thinner and simpler ones.

Silver Star Double Layer Necklace

3. Mixing prints and shapes

If you plan to wear an outfit with a bold print or pattern, it could be fun to play with the shape of your jewellery to contrast with or complement the patterns on your clothing. Fabrics or outfits that have angular or square shapes or patterns can be enhanced with bold, geometric shapes of jewellery, such as hoop earrings or a pendant with a bold geometric shape.

Geometric Buckles Dangle Stud Earrings

4. Consider the neckline

Neckline shape can change the look of the simplest dress or top from severe or formal, to soft and feminine. Different types of necklaces and earrings pair well with different neckline styles. For instance, a boat neck would look gorgeous with a pair of long drop earrings, or a longer necklace. A strapless top can be well matched with a petite and delicate necklace that sits in the nape of the neck, a shorter chunky necklace, a long necklace with a larger pendant, a choker, or a pair long earrings worn without a necklace. A turtleneck pairs well with a medium length pendant necklace or a pair of studs.

 

5. Add some colour

If you are wearing a mostly monochrome outfit, adding coloured gemstone jewellery can add a splash of colour to your look. Similarly, if you are layering gold or silver pieces, adding a coloured gem piece can add interest.

Matching jewellery to an outfit can be a fun process. When chosen well, your jewellery will add elegance, interest or an edge to your outfit and highlight your best features.

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