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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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curleyjo84 curleyjo84 10 years
i wear three rings per finger, is that still middle schoolish? haha, my style is funky and ecletic, so it usually goes...
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Im so annoyed when women wear chandelier earrings and a necklace. Its just too much I have a tip about necklace length and the neckline of your shirt. Your necklace should either be above or go past the neckline of your shirt. When the necklace and neckline are the same length they compete too much with each other
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
ahhh i remmeber in middle school wearing rings on all my fingers too funny!
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
May I also add this suggestion - please clean your jewelry! I see a lot of women with nice jewelry, but it needs to be cleaned, and they end up looking like they as a person are not so clean with crusty jewelry :)
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