If you have ever wondered what jewelry would compliment your body type the best, this post is for you!
What type of jewelry should I wear
for my body type?
Just like the clothes we wear and the haircut we have, there are certain styles of jewelry that can either highlight our favorite features, or distract from our least favorite.
But let me start out by saying this, I am a firm believer that if you love it, wear it! Even if it goes against some of these guidelines, you should choose what to wear because you love it, not because some blog said that it isn't "best" for your frame. Anything I write is simply a suggestion or proposal, not a set in stone rule. Keep these tips in mind as you select the jewelry you wear, or as you shop for new items. The goal is to give you guidance towards feeling beautiful and confident when you look in the mirror after getting dresses.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if a style you love isn't mentioned here as complimentary for you, it doesn't mean that it won't work. Try it out and see how you feel.
Complimenting Your Body Shape
Jewelry can bring attention to or take attention away from certain parts of your body. For features you want to highlight, you can wear bold pieces, layer up, or wear jewelry that falls in or around that area. On the other end of the spectrum, for features you would like to distract from, keep the jewelry around those areas light and sparse.
If you want to bring attention to your décolletage, a chunky, bold, or short layered necklaces will do the trick. Also wear these items if you want to distract from your hips.
Long and Lean
If you feel that you have a rounder shape, choosing long pieces of jewelry (earrings and necklaces) will create a slimming effect. Also layering up on long necklaces is a great trick! Think: Long & Lean.
If you want to lengthen your torso and appear taller, "V" or "Y" shape necklaces will do the trick (this includes lariats and bolo styles).
Did you say pimple?!
If you wake up with a pimple, distract from your face by wearing simple stud earrings and a long eye-catching necklace and/or a large pendant, or you could layer up with bracelets and rings.
If you aren't fond of your hands, believe it or not, a chunky bracelet will draw the eye away from your hands and to the wrist. Wearing heavy, bold bracelets are a good pairing for smaller hands, whereas if you feel that your hands are on the larger side, opt for lots of small bracelets and a watch.
If you have a larger bust and want to guide attention elsewhere, steer away from necklaces that fall right on your chest and pendants that get lost in your cleavage. Eye-catching earrings are a great option, as are chokers and very short necklaces.
If you are petite, try avoiding very chunky, short necklaces as can swallow you up. Instead, opt for necklace lengths that fall between the chest and the waist to make you look taller.
To learn more about how to accessorize, read my post on What Jewelry To Wear For Your Face Shape.
If you have further questions or comments, feel free to comment below or send me an email!
How to seamlessly transition your Summer Wardrobe into the fall months with the Seven Must Have items, plus tips and Outfit Inspiration.
How To Transition Your Wardrobe
From Summer to Fall
Whether we like it or not, fall is upon us. While I do love fall fashion and the shopping bug starts to nag at the first sight of cable-knit sweaters, I’m not quite ready to give up on some of my favorite summer pieces.
Being between seasons can be either fun, or frustrating, when it comes to what to wear. Mornings and evenings are crisp, while the afternoons can be wonderfully warm. Here are The Seven Must Have Items for seamlessly transitioning your Summer Wardrobe into the cooler Fall and Winter months.
(Be sure to read to the end for extra tips and Outfit Inspirations!)
Booties, shoeties…whatever you call them, they are the perfect item that can worn year round. Their versatility allows you to wear them with a flowy maxi dress, skinny jeans, pencil skirt, short dress, etc. If you haven’t warmed up to this style of boot (or shoe), I strongly suggest you give it a go. You won’t be disappointed by its power to take you through summer to fall, and beyond!
Save Your Hide
Whether you go for a moto-style leather jacket or a more classic, streamlined style, a leather jacket is a great option to wear throughout the colder months. In the fall, wear it with your summer floral printed maxi skirts or dresses, and in the winter, layer a cardigan (or two) underneath to give you added warmth.
The phrase “warm and cozy” is heard a lot in our house. (Who doesn’t love to be warm and cozy?!) When you layer a chunky knit cardigan to a summer tank dress, you give yourself the warmth you need when it’s cold, but the ability to take it off if you get too hot. In the colder months, the chunky cardi can be casual-cool when paired with any style of jeans and a scarf, or perfect for the office if you add a belt over it when worn with an LBD, or try it with a collared shirt and trouser. The best part is that you can find one at any price point (I just got one from Gap at one of their regular 40% off sales!), so why not try this staple piece to help you transition your summer wardrobe into fall.
Tie One On
This season we are seeing scarves in all shapes and sizes. From a small silky neck tie, to the massive my-scarf-is-big-enough-to-cover-a-king-size-bed type scarves, you can essentially find anything you want. Wrap it, tie it, loop it- adding a scarf to your summer dress/leather jacket combo is great, or with your chunky cardi/skinny jean outfit, any way works!
(Not sure how to tie a scarf, or tired of your same-old method? Click here for some scarf-spiration)
Stacks and stacks
…of jewelry, that is! In the hot, hot heat when you’re dewy (no, not sweaty!) and jewelry tends to stick to your skin, colder temps are the perfect time to layer up and stack out. Layer and stack rings, bracelets and necklaces to give your outfit added weight and interest.
Shae Marie from Peace Love Shea, says that she loves to wear lots of metal bangles and cuffs together in the colder months. This is a fantastic way to give your lighter, flowy summer outfits a bit of bulk and make them feel fall-ready.
You've Never Felt Something Like This
Felt hats are everywhere. From wide-brimmed floppy hats, to fedoras, I don’t think I’ve gone in to a clothing store that doesn’t have their own version. And why not?! They’re chic, fun and significantly better than a beanie (yes, even the cute ones with an oversized pompom on top). Plus, what's worse than spending time on your hair only for it to be ruined by falling rain or snow?! Protect your 'do with a stylish, functional brimmed hat! When fall is coming, a hat works great with a summer dress and cardigan. In the winter, it is perfect with your winter coat and scarf. You will look instantly put together and confident when you add one of these hats to essentially any outfit.
See my vest, see my vest…
Denim, canvas, faux fur... You name it! Vests, or Waistcoats as they’re being called (not sure what’s wrong with just “vest”?!), are an instantly cool addition to your wardrobe. Get one and wear it with everything. A vest can be your cover in early fall, and then layer it up in the winter to give you added warmth. Get creative and try layering your vest over a sweater (or two), or layer it on top of your jacket for an unexpected (but effective!) twist! A vest is an essential, and easy item to help you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall.
As you read through these Top Seven Must Have Items, I hope you have been inspired to try something new. I encourage you to try one, or try them all. These items will give you the ability to transition your favorite summer pieces into the fall and winter months with ease, and you don't have to spend a lot (or nothing at all) to try them out. I am certain you have something in your closet (a scarf, jewelry you can pile on, some style of vest, etc) that you can bring out and give new life with some of the tricks you learned here.
More Tips, Tricks and Inspirations!
I learned an interesting, and useful, fact from WhoWhatWear.com and what they call the “third-piece rule”: Employees at major retail stores like Nordstrom, Banana Republic, and Madewell, are reportedly encouraged to wear three-piece outfits, not including their shoes. So, pants and tops are the first and second pieces, and the third piece could be a vest, scarf, hat, blazer or jacket. They say that the third piece “adds nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit, making you look put together, polished, more interesting, and like you put a little effort into your look.”
- Kat Tanita from With Love From Kat, loves to wear turquoise jewelry year round for a pop of colour. I, too, am in love with this idea. Often the rich dark hues that come with fall and winter get tiresome, so adding a turquoise ring, earring or necklace can refresh and otherwise dark outfit.
- Infuse rich, jewel tones into your make-up and polish. A deeper lipstick, richer eyeshadow, or rich-hued polish.
- Wear dark, bold, heavy jewelry, and don't be afraid to layer them on and stack them up. Don't have heavy jewelry? Pile on multiple lightweight items to add bulk.
- Nobody likes to be cold. No matter where you live and what the temperature may drop to, so fight back by layering up your accessories. Doing this gives you the ability to take off or put on the items to accommodate you throughout the day. A hat, scarf, vest or jacket are perfect for those days with fluctuating temps!
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