earring and necklaceFor those who are new to accessorizing, it can seem like an overwhelming task. How do you pick the right jewelry? How much is too much? What goes with which outfit? Luckily, there are a few simple tips that will help you get started and on the path to becoming an accessory master.


The first thing to keep in mind is overall feel that you want to create with your outfit.  Elegant? Classy? Grunge? Punk Rocker? Each of these personalities will require different types of jewelry in order to complement your style.


Once you have an idea of your style for the day, take into consideration the different materials that your jewelry is made of. Make sure that you are mixing similar or complementary material styles in order to create a cohesive look. Another factor to keep in mind is color. The color of your jewelry should complement (though not necessarily match) the color of your clothing.


For beginners, it is best to choose one focal point for your accessories, such as your necklace or earrings. A focal point allows that piece to make a clean and clear statement. Multiple focal points can be distracting and pull from the overall look of your ensemble.

The general rule of thumb is that the necklace should not cross the neckline of your shirt. This allows your collarbone to be the true centerpiece of your accessories. This, of course, does not apply for the super-long beads or chains, which have a different focus.

You have the option of wearing several skinny bracelets together or a single large bracelet. If it is beaded or hinged, then it can stand-alone.

Take into consideration your haircut or hairstyle for the day. In general, the more hair you have, the bulkier of an earring you can wear.  If you choose to wear both earrings and a necklace, make sure they complement each other.  While they do not need to be a matched pair, take style, bead or metal work, and color into consideration.


The more your work with accessories, the more you can develop your individual style and even try some more current trends.  However, these basic accessorizing ideas will help make sure that you always look put together.