Lately statement jewelry is popping up everywhere from the runway to the streets to the modern office. It's certainly not a new trend, but jewelry that makes bold statements is exceptionally popular right now. If you want to get in on the trend, but you're unsure of how to style statement jewelry without overwhelming or crowding your look, we've got your back. Whether you want to dabble in big, bright necklaces, chunky bangles, or eye-catching earrings, here are the best tips for styling statement jewelry!
Statement Jewelry That'll Show Off Your Stunning Style
Don't go overboard.
Listen, we're all for big visual statements, but a big chunky necklace usually looks better styled with minimal accompanying jewelry, or even as the only piece of jewelry in the ensemble. Statement earrings can look very beautiful styled with a matching ring, but you don't want to wear, say, a statement ring, earrings, and necklace together. It adds up to overkill, and starts to look gaudy and cluttered. Choose one or two statement pieces and keep the rest of your jewelry as laid back as possible for maximum statement impact.
If you're going to wear two statement pieces, make sure you space them out so that they're not too close together. For example, a statement necklace and a cocktail ring would pair well together, as would statement earrings and a cuff or bangles. But a bold ring paired with a statement cuff or an eye-catching necklace with prominent chandelier earrings would come across as too busy. It's definitely best to pick your focal point, and stick to it!
It's all in the details.
Pay close attention to your grooming, especially near the area of the piece you’re wearing. For example, if you’re wearing statement earrings, take care to ensure your hair is smooth and styled well to show the earrings off. A low chignon or a carefully executed top knot work wonders to show off earrings. Wearing a statement cuff, bangles or ring? This draws attention to your hands, so make sure you’ve got your mani in check.
A simple french manicure or a neutral color lets the statement jewelry shine, but we’re not against a brightly colored mani to make a double statement, as long as the colors blend well with the jewelry. By the same token, if you’re wearing a statement watch, an attention-grabbing Hermes bangle, or some flashy Cartier cufflinks, eyes will be drawn to the hand area as well. So make sure your nails are on point and your hands are smooth and clean (lotion is your friend - nobody wants to call attention to dry, scaly skin).
Rocking a statement necklace? This is another instance in which having your hair smooth and pulled back allows your statement jewelry to be showcased. Keep your neck and decolletage smooth and supple (invest in a good firming neck cream if you don’t have one). Wearing statement jewelry means calling the surrounding area into sharp focus - so keep it flawless!
Pick a theme.
We don’t want you to feel like you’ve got to keep your style in a box, and we encourage being fashionably defiant to embrace your own unique style, but let’s be real - dangling floral earrings in chunky metals don’t mix very well with a big lucite cuff. And if you’re wearing a chunky, layered chain necklace, probably best to skip the flamingo earrings, you know?
What we’re saying is have fun and play, but be cohesive. Statement jewelry makes, - you guessed it - a statement, so think about the story you want to tell with your statement piece, and style accordingly. Styling statement jewelry is an art in itself, and while it’s incredibly powerful if done well, it can be a spectacular flop it it becomes too much. Conflicting colors, patterns and styles means the eye doesn’t have a clue where to go, and the message of your ensemble will get lost.
For example, a statement gold and diamond bracelet would look beautiful with drop diamond earrings, and a lucite cuff would be perfect with smaller lucite earrings. So choose carefully, and align your statement jewelry with your vibe and your outfit. If you want to wear more a few statement pieces, try to match tones, metals, materials and themes.
Think outside the box.
While we love a cohesive look, it can be a lot of fun to drop a piece of statement jewelry into an otherwise casual outfit. This is one of those times you definitely want to stick to one statement piece, because when you’re contrasting styles, anything more than that will look messy and confusing. Add a sparkly statement necklace to a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with knee-high boots for a glam twist on an everyday outfit.
Wearing a simple, all-black ensemble? Add a splash of style with a bright bib necklace.(Tip- bib necklaces look amazing with high-necks, as they appear to be part of your top). Wearing a button-down blouse with jeans and heels? Throw on an edgy statement cuff or a layer long necklaces to add a playful yet fashion-forward vibe, Statement jewelry is not just for formal occasions! If styled correctly, you can rock a statement piece on the daily.
Only wear statement pieces that truly resonate with you and your wardrobe. If you don’t feel like a boss in your statement piece, you won’t look like one, either. When you wear what you love (and not what you think you should wear, what your best friend’s sister wears, etc.), you appear more confident, and that sells your statement like nothing else can. Don’t be hasty with impulse buys.
Instead, scroll through Pinterest and Instagram with the search term “statement jewelry” and save photos that match your vibe. Carefully select pieces based on your taste and personality, and your statement will come across exactly as you want it to.
What statement will you make with your jewelry? With these tips under your belt, you’re more than ready to find out!
Hermes Horse Head Gold Bangle. Pic source
Cartier Trinity Gold Hoop Earrings. Pic source
Hermes Diamond Gold. Pic source