Most people think that
jewelry is used to enhance an outfit. But many people do not know that the
right kind of jewelry can be used to enhance a good feature, minimize a
negative feature or even change the way you look.
For example, earrings can
be used to compliment the shape of one's face. Long straight earrings will
often minimize the appearance of a strong jaw. Shorter, earrings worn close
to the face can be used to offset a long face. Please remember to select
your earrings carefully. They may very well be your most important jewelry
item. They can reflect light and flattering color onto your face.
The longest necklace a
large-chested woman should wear is 22 inches. Any longer and it starts to
puddle in the cleavage. Large pieces, worn close to the neck can compliment
a larger bustline and take the focus away from it. Very long thin chains
will work well with someone who is a bit flat chested. Remember the flappers?
Chokers, especially, can
hide a multitude of sins, when those sins are located in the neck area.
But be careful to make sure that the width of your choker is appropriate
to the length of your neck. A very wide choker will only exaggerate a short
Bracelets emphasize the
hands. If you have good hands, a smaller, thinner bracelet will bring the
eye towards your hands, especially if you are wearing a ring or two. But
a larger bracelet will draw the eye away from the hand. A good camouflage
if you need one.
Did you know that rings
make the arms look longer? But be careful not to wear more than three at
a time. It is much too distracting and too heavy.
Of course, selecting the
right jewelry, that both compliments you and well as your clothes is very
For day, especially for
business, jewelry should be small. It should never overpower the person
wearing it or generate more attention then the person. There is nothing
more distracting then watching a woman wearing lots of noisy bangles make
a business presentation.
For evening, one can be
a lot more daring. The right jewelry can turn a plain dress into something
you can wear to a gala affair. In fact, a simple dress is best complemented
by something a bit more extravagant. Consider a necklace or a fabulous bracelet.
A very fancy dress, especially one with lots of sparkles, probably does
not need anything more than a fabulous pair of earrings. Too much glitz
works against you, too.
Generally, follow this
rule: Earrings and necklace. Or necklace and bracelets. Or bracelets and
earrings. But not all three at once.
Finally, for those who
are lucky enough to become brides, consider the following:
The bride's jewelry, along
with her other accessories, should reflect the formality of the wedding
celebration. A small, informal wedding calls for simple jewelry, while a
large, formal wedding calls for more elaborate jewelry. Certain pieces of
jewelry are considered more traditional than others. Diamond stud earrings
suggest elegance, along with classic pearl necklaces and bracelets. Pearl
jewelry -- a symbol of purity and innocence -- is the most popular choice