It’s been said that “shoes make the man,” but it could be equally as true that accessories make the woman! Even a simple, classy black-on-black outfit can be elevated by pairing it with the right accessories. But with so many color and style options to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to start — so we’ve assembled a few handy rules of thumb to help you accessorize every outfit with the perfect jewelry combinations.


  1. Keep the focus where it should be.

    Any jewelry you choose should enhance your outfit and overall look, but you don’t want it to be the star of the show! Choose pieces that are proportional to your body frame and facial features. You want to control where the “eye” goes. Your jewelry should never overpower you, it should complement your look. For instance, if you have an important business meeting, don’t choose your super sparkly studs. Opt for a statement bracelet that won’t detract from your face — you want to keep the focus squarely on you.


  3. Keep your skin in mind.

    We often aim to choose clothing pieces that complement our skin tone, but did you know it’s important with jewelry too? You can virtually illuminate your skin tone by choosing jewelry that puts your natural coloring on display. For instance, warm skin tones look great with gemstones like Citrine, Garnet, Ruby or Peridot. Cool skin tones love Emerald, Opal, Aquamarine and Amethyst. The most versatile gemstones are (of course) diamonds, and rose gold looks great on a variety of skin tones.


  5. Dress for the occasion.

    Over the years, style rules have gotten much more lenient on what jewelry pieces are appropriate for formal and everyday wear. Today, simply use your best judgment and err on the side of conservatism when you’re not sure. Going to work? Conservative choices are best. Out for a formal event? Choose from fine jewelry and sparkly gemstones that really up the wow factor. Casual Friday evening with friends? Here you have plenty of room to be playful, fun or more daring with your choices.


  7. Flip the script.

    Consider your outfit. If the pattern is loud or busy, choose jewelry that is more subdued and classic. If you’re wearing something plain or simple, choosing something creative and unique can totally transform your whole look.


  9. Explore your options.

    Jewelry is so much more than necklaces and earrings. If you tend to gravitate toward certain styles, try something new — Watches! Bracelets! Rings! Stack them for an even more eye-catching look. And remember you can always accessorize beyond jewelry too. Scarves, belts and special hosiery can really elevate your look.


  11. Add value.

    Whatever accessories you choose, be sure you’re always adding value to your overall look. Just because a piece is sentimental or pretty doesn’t mean it should be worn everyday. Remember to feature your best features with the right length necklaces for your neckline, the right shape rings for your hands and the best color, shapes and style for your particular outfit.