Styling Jewelry: How To Wear Jewelry To Compliment Your Look

While we all have a few go-to pieces of jewelry that can be worn with everything, styling statement necklaces, bracelets and earrings can really accentuate an outfit. If you are at a loss for how to match jewelry with your outfit, we’re here to share a few guidelines that may help.

Everything from the color to the silhouette of your clothing along with the occasion you are getting dressed for can affect jewelry choices. For example, you probably wouldn’t wear a diamond necklace to the beach, would you? (If you would, we salute you.)

We believe wearing jewelry is an art form, so get inspired and enjoy the experience. Here are some simple tips on how to wear jewelry to compliment your look.

1. Choose A Focal Point for Your Outfit

Before selecting your jewelry, decide what you would like the focus of your outfit to be. If your clothing contains a bold pattern or unique silhouette, then it’s best to let that shine and wear minimal jewelry. Alternatively, if you have on a neutral outfit, you can spice it up with bold jewelry that will attract the eye. While there are plenty of ways to wear earrings, a necklace, bracelets, and rings, the easiest option is to choose one as the standout piece and focus on that. For example, if you have large, dangling earrings, a chunky necklace will probably be too much. Most importantly, have fun while styling jewelry.

2. Match Your Necklace to Your Neckline

If you’re struggling with how to accessorize with jewelry, consider the silhouette of your outfit. Choosing a necklace based on your neckline can help you create a clean and beautiful look, rather than one that seems overcomplicated. A necklace is often one of the most noticeable parts of an outfit, so it’s important to select a piece that complements your look rather than detracting from it. The length and style of your necklace should suit the neckline of your top.

3. Consider Daytime Vs. Nighttime

Almost as important as what you are wearing is when (and where) you are wearing it. For example, if you’re going to a job interview or running errands, avoid large pieces that might draw too much attention. Instead, choose minimal jewelry pieces like our Codebreaker bracelets that are sophisticated and unique without being too over-the-top. You can still make a subtle statement by spelling out your name or a word of significance on your Codebreaker. If you’re wondering how to style jewelry at night, keep in mind that you can be a lot more bold with dangling earrings, a big necklace, or a sparkling bracelet stack.

4. Consider Sleeve Length When Choosing Bracelets

Something to keep in mind when wearing jewelry is that long sleeves cover up your bracelets, so when you are wearing a short-sleeved top, it’s the perfect time to wear your bracelets and let them shine. Stack your favorite bracelets by coordinating them with the color of your outfit. Of course, you can still wear earrings, necklaces, and rings with long sleeves. Certain bracelet styles, like bangles, can be worn on top of your sleeves.

5. Match the Tones of Your Clothing and Jewelry

Styling jewelry can also be based around a tonal palette. Cool colors, such as blue and green, coordinate really nicely with cool metals like sterling silver and platinum. Conversely, if you are going for a more neutral look that is mostly warm colors, then try mixing warm metals with your look—gold, rose gold and bronze all work well.

When it comes down to it, knowing how to wear jewelry is all about confidence. Often you’ll need to experiment, just as you do with getting dressed. If you’re not comfortable with how a piece looks, take it off and try something else. The only way to develop your jewelry style is by playing around, so don’t take things too seriously. Have fun and enjoy expressing yourself!


How do you accessorize an outfit with jewelry?

Choose jewelry that compliments the color, pattern, and silhouette of your clothing. Wear bold jewelry with neutral outfits and minimal jewelry with statement clothing.

How do I know what jewelry to wear?

A good rule of thumb is to wear cool-toned metals with cool colors and warm-toned metals with warm colors. Styling jewelry is all about experimenting and seeing what looks best!

How do I make my jewelry look classy?

You can never go wrong with a few minimal pieces of jewelry that are sterling silver or gold.