How to Pick Jewelry to Match your Outfit

Worthy Staff

By Worthy Staff | Jul 13th, 2017

Your mom or grandma may have shown you how to accessorize jewelry with your outfit. Even so, it can be difficult to decide what to wear, when to wear it, and how to choose styles that complement different looks. While this is by no means an exhaustive guide, we hope that you’ll be able to put these fashion jewelry tips to use right away. We’ll be covering everyday looks, what jewelry to wear with a wedding dress, and evening gown jewelry in hopes of answering some of the most common questions about how to match accessories with clothes. Let’s get started!

Casual Style 101: How to Wear Jewelry with Clothes, Every Day of the Week

The first thing to consider is your existing wardrobe. Is it classic, edgy, or a bit bohemian? Are you dressing for a business setting, or do you just want to add a bit more color to your everyday life? Whatever the case, there are a few options that are sure to offer appeal.

Personalized Jewelry

Personalized jewelry styles including rings, necklaces, and bracelets offer incredible versatility, and they’re a bit sentimental in nature so you’ll enjoy wearing them. Pick a style such as a name or initial necklace and make it the foundation of your look. You can dress this up by layering longer necklaces, stacking bangle bracelets, or adding right-hand rings that complement or contrast with your outfit.

Personalized jewelry adds a glowing touch to your everyday look, and it’s something you don’t have to think about. A single, high-quality piece makes a fantastic investment in your jewelry wardrobe.

Diamond Initial Charms by Alexis Kletjian
Diamond Initial Charms by Alexis Kletjian

Gemstones and Semi-Precious Stones

Birthstone jewelry adds color to your everyday look while keeping things personal. Your own birthstone, your child’s birthstone, or birthstones that symbolize various members of your family make interesting additions to your look, and they’re just as versatile as styles with names, initials, and monograms.

You can also choose chunky statement necklaces to glam up everything from jeans and a crisp white blouse to a plain, sheath-style dress. Kick things up a notch with a bracelet or two if you dare!

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When building your jewelry wardrobe with stones, look at photos to see what appeals to you and consider which colors you tend to wear the most. Whether you’re considering how to match jewelry with a dress or something simpler, keep the neckline and sleeves in mind. High necklines typically call for longer necklaces to add interest, while lower ones look nice with varying lengths. Avoid anything that will fall down your neckline and get lost! Adjustable clasps can help you get your look just right.

Whatever you’re wearing, you might like things that match, or you may prefer things that contrast. What you want to avoid is clashing or wearing things that look terribly flashy or cheap. If in doubt, consider a diamond solitaire necklace, simple diamond earrings, or even a nice set of pearls. These offer classic, timeless appeal, and they go with just about everything in your wardrobe.

Dressing Up: How to Choose Evening Gown Jewelry

When it comes to choosing jewelry to wear with an evening gown, you’ll never go wrong with something elegant and classy, such as strand of pearls. Of course, you can add extra glam with a diamond cuff or a gorgeous, stand-out necklace a la Elizabeth Taylor!

Colored Gemstones are Ideal

Emeralds, sapphires, rubies, and colored diamonds are fantastic for pairing with evening gowns, as are pearls and diamonds. You can match your jewelry color to your dress color, or you can keep it simple with neutral tones. Be sure that visible metal complements the color of the dress; for example, you probably want to avoid wearing yellow gold jewelry with a silver dress unless you add other gold accessories such as a handbag and a sheer, gold scarf. This way, your look remains pulled together and intentional.

Frederic Sage Pink Topaz Stud Earrings. Source: Neiman Marcus
Frederic Sage Pink Topaz Stud Earrings. Source: Neiman Marcus

Wear Just the Right Amount

At a minimum, wear a necklace with your evening gown. This is the perfect time to show off your favorite cocktail ring, too. Add a bracelet for extra sparkle if you like, but don’t go overboard! As for earrings, keep them simple if your necklace is flashy, or choose something truly spectacular if you’re opting for a simple choker. Evening gown jewelry doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, and it gives you the opportunity to have a lot of fun while looking your very best.

Your Special Day: How to Choose Wedding Dress Jewelry

What jewelry to wear with a wedding dress – the question has plagued brides for centuries! In most cases, you’ll want to keep the look simple. You don’t want your accessories to upstage you. Make “less is more” your rule, and choose a few key pieces.

Color Counts

First, make sure that the jewelry’s metal complements your gown. Pure white wedding dresses look best with silver, white gold, and platinum, and creamier shades look loveliest with yellow or rose gold.

Use Jewelry to Frame your Face

Next, consider the gown’s neckline. It, along with your jewelry, will frame your face. A strapless or sweetheart neckline looks best with a choker or no necklace at all, while a V-neck looks lovely with a pendant or choker. Halters and reverse halters tend to look best with no necklace.


You’re the Star!

If you’re wearing a necklace, choose simple earrings such as diamond or pearl studs, in solitaire or halo styles. If you’re going without a necklace, then you can feel free to go glam with some chandelier earrings, again with pearls and/or diamonds to complement your dress and keep your look crisp and clean. If you want to break away from standard style “rules,” consider wearing colored gemstone jewelry to add a pop of color to your dress, but be careful not to overdo it, especially if you’re wearing a veil.

Whatever the occasion, be sure that you absolutely love each piece of jewelry that you wear. Try on different styles and don’t be afraid to try new things. Jewelry – whether simple or blingy, can bring out your features and help you feel more confident every day – and confidence is an accessory that goes with everything!

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