Accessorizing one’s self goes back to the beginning of time, back when we painted our bodies and put feathers in our hair. It shows that we are aware of our bodies, and we want to show it off. We put on whatever is shiny and what we think is attractive, which is where our love affair with jewelry began.
There are rules though when wearing jewelry, we have to find a balance between good taste and vulgarity. Women, most especially, fall in this kind of trap.
We want to look nice, and we want to show off that we can afford all these jewelry we wear, or at least show off that we have a rich, indulgent husband. Jewelry is not only beautiful it is a status symbol as well. This is why some women cannot resist but pile it on.
How Much Is Too Much?
The most common mistake in wearing jewelry is wearing too much of it. Our jewelry should only accentuate your whole look and not be the center of attention. Well, being the center of attention is not bad when it is in a good way, like when you pair a statement necklace with a little black dress.
The trick here is to learn how to balance. You do not pile on everything all at once just because it is shiny. When you wear long, dangling earrings, do not wear a multi- tiered necklace and a bunch of bangles with about 3-5 rings on your fingers to go with it.
You do not want your jewelry to arrive in the room before you do. A good rule of thumb is to decide which part of your body you want to accentuate, which also depends on what you are wearing. When you are wearing a low cut neckline, either wear dangling earrings to show off your long elegant neck or a statement necklace to draw attention to your décolletage.
Another rule of thumb, if you think you are wearing too much, before you get out the door, removes another piece of jewelry. Now there is a lot of jewelry that come in sets, it does not mean that you have to wear them all at once.
You also have to be conscious not just of the number of jewelry pieces you are wearing but the size as well. You do not wear too many statement pieces all at once or else the only statement you will be making is that you got into your mom’s jewelry box and are playing dress up.
So remember the key to good taste is balance and a conscious effort to look understated yet classy and not like a walking Christmas tree.