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The How-To Lounge: The Skinny on Jewelry

I've heard your questions about how to properly accessorize, and I'm here to offer a few basic suggestions. When it comes to getting ready for a night out on the town, a first date, or a day at work, women pretty much ask the same question: Does this go together? Let's start by answering that question for your jewelry, ladies.

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  • I'm a big believer in the less-is-more principle. Layering together too much jewelry tends to look cheap and tacky
  • Keep jewelry simple and classic if you work in a conservative office, when attending a business dinner or a funeral. Too much embellishment draws unwanted attention
  • If you wear an elaborate necklace, keep your earrings simple; choose small, classic hoops or stay elegant with a pair of demure studs
  • Dangle earrings remain fashionable, but be sure they don't overpower your face and frame
  • Rings on every finger is so seventh grade. Stacking is okay, but limit yourself to 1 or 2 jeweled-fingers per hand
  • Go ahead and mix your metals! Sugar office consensus: it's fashionable and chic
  • Long necklaces are very trendy right now, but remember to wear simple tops if you're going heavy on the necklaces. As a rule of thumb, never wear more than 3 strands
  • Bracelets spice up a t-shirt or tank top. Following the less-is-more rule, opt for one big chunky piece or a set of bangles, never both

If you're in front of the mirror and doubting your accessories, take one thing off; that's the right thing to do 98% of the time. Besides, as long as your most visible accessory is your confidence, I know you'll look stunning!


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