| Whether you're a jewelry-gal or not, make sure you secure the essentials first, before building your collection with other trendy fashion jewelry that are difficult to mix & match.
The point I'm making is that the jewelry staples keep you covered on all those inevitable occasions - from weddings to job interviews. They also go with various colors, color combinations and various fashion look.
When you have to look sophisticated
but want a small dash of glam
A versatile jewelry piece serves you when a dress code or occasion requires you to look classy and sophisticated - such as formal work settings, interviews and even for a conservative aunt's birthday bash.
Also - the subtlety of a simple jewelry works as an accent to your outfit and makes room for a stylish or pretty top or dress.
Think plain metals such as gold, silver, titanium and platinum, without any fussy textures and details. Not to mention neutrals like black, white, dark blue and browns. You can also add timeless, seasonal colors such as red, purple/plum and yellow.
Also think universal shapes such as round, oval and square, not star or heart.
Because you'll be wearing them for years to come. Like instead of cheap fashion jewelry
that tends to tarnish after just a few months, opt instead for quality diamond or cubic zirconia stud earrings or a 14k gold bracelet.
Courtesy of Bloomingdales
For example, if you already have a pair of pearl stud earrings - how about buying a pair of dangling pearl earrings? Or if you've already secured a crystal pendant necklace, stretch your style envelope with a clear quartz gemstone long pendant necklace.
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Now let's have a closer look at your jewelry essentials!
The ideal crystal stud size is 0.25ct which is big enough to add that subtle pretty sparkle to your outfit without looking too much. If you want to look like a high-class fashionista you can go bigger with 1 and 2ct and really your message across!
If you have a very tight budget and don't want to splurge on diamonds, then try Cubic Zirconia without sacrificing quality.
Diamond stud earrings from House of Fraser (UK)
Choose simple and versatile pendant shapes such solitaire, marquise or cube.
Again, if you aren't able to buy real diamond jewelry because of a tight budget, try Cubic Zirconia necklace which gives the same sparkle for less.
Diamond pendant necklace from Tacori
Secure your first pair in a size that doesn't extend past your earlobes. Large pearls tend to make a fashion statement - you need stud earrings that are neutral.
Get the pearls in your best light neutrals. So if you have a cool skin tone - go for pure white, rose pink and/or silver. If you have a warm skin tone - opt for ivory, cream, browns and gold. Click here to find out if you're Warm or Cool
Pearl stud earrings from Emitations
Make sure you pick a length that won't choke your neck making it look shorter. It's of course ideal if you have a long neck but it's not that versatile. The ideal pearl necklace length falls between your collarbone and right above your bust.
Low budget? Then I highly recommend faux pearls like Swarovski or Czech Glass Pearls. Plastic pearls don't last that long and tend to look cheap.
Pearl necklace by Kenneth Lane from Pret-a-beaute
The best and most ideal size is between 1 to 2 inches, depending on your facial shape. They're not too small nor big. You might also want to make sure to select a pair that are scaled to your facial features. Thinner and smaller if you have small facial features, and vice versa if you have average to large features.
After buying a pair of versatile hoop earrings - have fun with various shapes, styles and sizes (eg. Big hoop earrings, Huggie earrings). Oval, pear and square shapes are some of your options. If you want to look extra trendy look for bead and crystal details.
Gold hoop earrings from Zales
A pair of chandelier earrings are perfect for this and are suitable for various special occasions. Anytime you want to look and feel glamorous!
Make sure your first pair of chandelier earrings are in either neutral silver or gold - preferably with clear crystal embellishment - diamond or Cubic Zirconia.
After securing the basic - opt for fun chandelier earrings with your favorite styles.
Silver chandelier earrings from 1928
No need to buy them in basic neutrals (black, brown, etc.) - instead try timeless and seasonal colors such as purple, dark blues and greens. Multi-colors and mixed materials are fun too!
Metals are more versatile than wood and bone materials - and work with both casual and dressed up outfits.
Hoop beaded earrings from PacSun
If you want it to work with most occasions - select metal bracelets in a clean and classy design preferably without any fancy details. So make your first chain bracelet a simple one without any trendy beads. One single charm is fine.
After securing a chain bracelet, you might want to look into gold bangle bracelets (or silver bangles) as well.
Gold chain bracelet from Fantasy Jewelry Box
The point with a statement necklace is that it should contrast with a plain top. So select bright colors or a necklace style that is slightly done. I would recommend you to opt for timeless colors (not neutrals) such as purple, turquoise and dark blues. They're bold but never go out of style ;-)
Turquoise necklace by Kendra Scott
I would go for something classy but eye-catching. Think oversized pearl or precious/semi-precious gemstone. But don't go overboard with the size if you have small hands!
Secure it in a neutral such as clear, browns and creams. If your personal style is edgier and dramatic try black and dark, timeless hues such as deep blue and gray.
Pearl cocktail ring from Fantasy Jewelry Box
Your first dress watch should be perfectly scaled to the size of your wrist. So if you have a small wrist opt for smaller and delicate watches, and vice versa if your have an average to wide wrist. This is important to help you maintain a professional and neutral look for office or a formal occasion
After securing a basic dress watch, indulge in the oversized watch and crystal embellished watches that accentuate your personal style
Metal dress watch by Festina from Endless