Finding your sense of personal style is a lifelong journey that will inherently evolve as trends come and go, time passes, and you meet new people who inspire you to push your boundaries or model your look after their aesthetic.
In the fashion world, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on clothing style—after all, your clothes are typically the centerpiece of your look, and most people choose accessories and makeup based on what their clothes look like on any given day.
However, finding your signature jewelry look can say just as much about your personality as the clothes you wear. In fact, the people in your life may come to know you more for your jewelry than anything else you wear.
From classic diamond earrings to quirky vintage rings, there are no real limits to the ways you can express yourself and take risks with your jewelry.
Will you stick with a few high-quality classic pieces, or will you mix it up on a daily basis? Will your jewelry transition easily from day to night, or will it completely change with the seasons and situations?
Here are a few tips for finding the signature look that will make you sparkle.
1. Work With What You’ve Got
If you already have an exceptional collection of jewelry from different stores, travels, and eras of your life, there’s no need to give them all away if they don’t fit your current aesthetic. Sometimes, the pieces we’ve held on to the longest can have the most character and attract the most attention.
The key is to select a few pieces you could never part with and think through ways you can work them into your current rotation every once in a while.
For instance, if you’re currently going for an edgier, more thrifted aesthetic, but your jewelry box is filled with your mother’s old diamonds and pearls, there’s no need to start from scratch.
Can you pair your favorite pearl necklace with a few simpler rings and bracelets that will let the pearls be the star of the show without being too plain?
On the other hand, if you love wearing gorgeous diamond pieces but don’t want to stop wearing that amazing chunky ruby ring you found at a boutique while traveling years ago, think carefully about certain outfits that would work well with both.
Can you make the ring your centerpiece and choose daintier earrings or a diamond choker that will complement it well?
Combining the old with the new can be a surefire way to establish a signature jewelry look that makes you feel confident and attracts admirers.
2. Take a Survey of Your Closet
If you’re at a point where you’re ready to go shopping for new jewelry, take a look at your closet before you head out. If you lean towards clothing with bright colors and lots of patterns, you’ll want to keep that in mind so you don’t buy clashing jewelry.
And if basic pieces and neutral tones are more your jam, you have the freedom to decide whether you want to spice up your look with bolder pieces or keep it classic by investing in a few new diamond or gold pieces.
And don’t forget to pay attention to your current selection of accessories as well! There’s something so exciting about realizing your favorite ring also matches the detailing on your favorite clutch.
Once you’re ready to look for pieces outside your closet, start by researching trendy styles. For example, you can check out Gucci’s latest high jewelry releases or see what influencers are wearing on social media.
3. Don’t Forget About Layering
The beautiful thing about having a sense of personal style is the fact that the only limits you truly have are the ones you place on yourself. If wearing one single standalone necklace or one lone ring every day isn’t your style, you absolutely have the freedom to layer.
This is especially true when it comes to necklaces. Layering necklaces can be your opportunity to truly tell a story with your jewelry. For instance, wearing an old family heirloom piece with a modern choker and a custom chain with your name or zodiac sign on it.
Layering jewelry can sometimes be the key to making your look go from “just okay” to “showstopper.”
4. Play With Your Metals
For many of us, the silver vs. gold dilemma is one we’ll either go back and forth with our entire lives or something we’ll never change. But did you know there’s actually science that can help you decide whether silver or gold works best with your skin tone?
If you have a warm skin tone, meaning your veins are green, gold jewelry suits you. If your veins are blue, you probably have a cool skin tone and should opt for silver jewelry.
At the end of the day, the process of finding your signature jewelry look comes down to the same rules we put on ourselves when selecting a clothing style: express yourself, take risks and find what makes you feel most beautiful.