By Ann Marie Proudfoot
Pictured left to right: French Connection pearl necklace, All Saints choker, Topshop earrings.
This summer, it is all about layering and stacking up the jewels. Without emulating the complete Mr T look, you can still afford to go a little over the top!
Double necklaces, layered bracelets and stacked rings are all a great look. You just need to know when enough is enough. This doesn’t mean being conservative – you can still have a dramatic look; it’s just about getting the balance right.
Although jewellery choices are mainly based on your own taste, I am going to give you some guidelines to follow that will help you choose the best pieces for your skin tone, face shape and summer look.
When it comes to what metal works best for you, it can very much depend on what you like and the overall look you are trying to achieve. Although you shouldn’t always just be limited by the rules, the right colour can really make you glow.
Cool skin tones – Skin tones with rosy or blue undertones work well with silvers, white gold and platinum.
Warm skin tones – Skin tones with a peach or yellow undertones work well with gold, rose gold, brass and copper.
Neutral tones – If you have olive or dark undertones you can wear both gold and silver.
Like your haircut, there are certain styles of earrings and necklaces that will complement and enhance your face shape. If you feel you have a cross between a few, just follow the more prominent shape of your face.
Sweetheart shaped face
For the sweetheart shaped face, choose earrings that are wider at the bottom as this will help to add balance to the narrowest point on your face. Opt for a pair of teardrop earrings, chandelier or triangular shapes, like these from Topshop.
A choker style necklace is a good style for you as it will soften the shape around your chin. If you prefer a longer style necklace choose a long wrap style that will circle around twice, keeping one part closer to the neck.
Long shaped face
With a long shaped face, go for short or round earrings. Chokers work well on you because they draw the eye up and widthways giving the appearance of a shorter face. Check out this great style from All Saints, it comes in 2 colour ways.
Round shaped face
Long lean earrings will help elongate a round shaped face. A long necklace, like these from All Saints, will also work really well on you to draw the eye downwards.
Oval shaped face
An oval shaped face is suited to both long and short earrings. You can experiment with some fun shapes, long spiralled earrings, hoops, cute studs and teardrops will all look great on you. You can equally have fun with necklaces as most shapes will suit you. Love this sculpted neckpiece by Malene Birger at Net a Porter; even better, it’s on sale!
Square shaped face
For a square shaped face, earrings with a round edge will look good on you because it help soften the angles of your jaw line. Go for a great pair of hoop earrings. You can also choose long styles just make sure they are not square or have sharp angles.
You also need to choose necklaces that will add softness; pearls can help soften up the angles. There are lots of ways to wear pearls you don’t have to take the traditional root of just one string, you can layer them up with another necklace or wear chunky pearls. Love these from French Connection.
Bracelets and cocktail rings
If you are not an earrings or necklace kinda gal, then go for a bracelet or a cocktail ring. This alone can really jazz up an outfit. I am also a fan of brooches, they can be used as a clasp on a fur shrug, liven up a scarf or work well to nip in a dress at the side waist if it’s a little big.
Here are couple of my favourites:
House of Harlow, Nicole Ritchie’s jewellery range
Earrings and necklace together?
If you would like to go all out and wear statement earrings and a necklace, then opt for a necklace at chest level or below. Don’t team earrings up with a choker as there will just be a little too much going on around your face.
So go ahead, be a little adventurous. Jewellery can really transform an outfit. From the words of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe “Jewellery is a conversation piece. So get talking.”Tweet