I love a little bling as much as the next girl, but I also like balance, especially with everyday dressing. Most Parisians take a fairly minimalist approach to accessorizing or even dressing in general (with the occasional pop of color), but I find that including jewelry into my wardrobe basics always seems to polish the look into something perfectly put-together, yet effortless in that je ne sais quoi kind of way.
It’s important to invest in pieces that are wearable on an everyday basis, just as you would with the rest of your wardrobe. For this, I prefer a pair of studs such as these from Mini Charm or something classic like these pearl earrings from Éliou (pictured). A bracelet like this one from Daisy is also great for day-to-day. A couple of lightweight necklaces can be layered for a curated look. These ones from Mermaid’s Treasure and Sézane are perfect for pairing together.
But when it comes to dressing up for a wedding, an event, or dinner out with friends, it’s nice to have options that will elevate your accessorizing game. Opt for a chunkier bangle or cuff such as this or this from & Other Stories. I like statement earrings such as these from Marla black, which will team well with this necklace from Daisy.
Despite the fact that I dress like I’m headed to a funeral on most days (call me French already because I love a chic, all-black look), Friends’ Phoebe Buffay is an accessorizing icon for me - she would unapologetically rock 10 rings at once and several large beaded necklace to a coffee date. She lives up to the mantra - go big or go home when it comes to jewelry. While I don’t necessarily go that flashy for a grocery run or to deposit a check at the bank, I certainly admire her ability to accessorize like no other. But since we can’t all be Ms. Buffay, here’s a few thoughts on how to get away with wearing that oversized jade pendant you found at a flea market years ago and have yet to wear...
JEWELRY STYLING TIPS:
Try going for one statement piece, especially for big events, and then accessorize a bit more subtly around that. Add a bracelet like this one from Poppy Finch or this ring from Zoe Chicco. Dangly earrings such as these from Wouters & Hendrix would look best with a high neckline. On that note...
Don’t feel the need to wear a necklace at all times. When in doubt, rely on your neckline. If you’re wearing a plunging neckline on a night out, a necklace such as this from Melissa Joy Manning would compliment your outfit. But as mentioned above, with a high neckline it’s best to focus more on earrings like these from Lito. Or you could layer over a choker/ short necklace over your top.
When wearing multiple pieces, don’t be afraid to mix metals and stones, just make sure they don’t over power one another. Opt for a few thin-banded rings in gold, rose gold, and silver. Stack a couple of dainty necklaces like this silver pendant chain and this beaded gold one from Gigi Clozeau.
How is your hair styled? I like wearing a thin hoop, like these droplet shaped ones, that can peek out between the tousled strands of my hair when it’s down. Sporting an up-do (or in my case a messy bun, or an on-the-go ponytail)? Dress-up your date night style with these lovely green stone earrings. A stacking ring like this or this are a wonderful compliment to that.
And in the words of the incomparable Coco Chanel, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Timeless advice.
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Words by Savannah Rowe.