The Perfect Fit: How To Wear the Most Flattering Jewelry

In case you didn’t know, the beginning of September marked the start of Fashion Week. Considering the monumental event moves from country to country over the span of several weeks, we feel it would be more accurate to call it Fashion Month. But nobody asked us, so there you go.

Fashion Week is most (in)famous for showcasing the latest in haute couture, which we like to think is just a fancy way of saying “overpriced Halloween costumes.”

What? YOU don't wear this to work every day? Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com

What? YOU don’t wear this to work every day?
Photo courtesy of nydailynews.com

All kidding aside, Fashion Week is a huge deal for a lot of people, and even though 99% of the garments featured during Fashion Week are A) too outlandish for us, B) way out of our price range, or C) both A & B, it is fun to see the upcoming seasons’ color combinations, inspiring textures, and funky accessories. We may not be into mesh dresses and 6-inch heels, but we like to think we know a thing or two about accessories, namely jewelry.

Funky, chunky jewelry styles have dominated 2013, but a few modifications can make these designs more wearable for a wider range of people. Photo courtesy of sadeesays.com

Funky, chunky jewelry styles have dominated 2013, but a few modifications — such as fewer strands in the multi-strand necklace, or using a smaller core for the wrapped bangle — can make these designs more wearable for a wider range of jewelry enthusiasts. Photo courtesy of sadeesays.com

The type of jewelry trends we’ve been seeing recently, although very cool, may be a bit intimidating for some people. A lot of Blue Door Beads’ customers have been coming into the shop with photos of jewelry styles they really like, hoping to make something similar, while also expressing some concern that they may not be able to “pull off” certain looks. To that we say: if you have a better understanding of what styles of jewelry best suit your face shape and body type, you can modify almost any design to create the perfect piece of custom jewelry. The pieces you choose and/or design should always draw attention to your best features, and even possibly camouflage less desirable areas. Keep in mind: fashion rules were made to be broken. When it doubt, go with your gut, and if a certain piece of jewelry makes you feel fabulous, wear it!

CHOOSING BRACELETS AND RINGS

Those with longer or larger fingers could wear all 10 of these rings, but someone with smaller fingers could still look stunning in 3 or 4. Photo courtesy of themagentablog.com

Those with longer or larger fingers can wear all 10 of these rings, but someone with smaller fingers could still look stunning in 3 or 4. Photo courtesy of themagentablog.com

Are you animated with your hands when talking? If so, be sure to accentuate them with beautiful baubles! Take as much care in choosing the jewelry pieces you wear on your hands and wrists as you do with the items that you wear near your face.

If you are of average build or are tall and/or full-figured, you can get away with wide cuff bracelets and larger rings, or stacking both rings and bracelets in fun combinations. If you are petite, smaller and more delicate pieces are less likely to overwhelm your smaller frame.

When selecting rings specifically, make sure that the setting doesn’t cover your knuckle; not only can this make fingers appear short, but awkward rings can also interfere with  movement and comfort. Shorter fingers benefit from oval settings, while longer fingers look best with wide bands or simple, round settings.

CHOOSING EARRINGS

The always-adorable Kate Hudson downplays her round face with long, elegant dangly earrings. We would probably go for a lighter-weight pair, since we're not big fans of the stretched-lobes-look, but hey -- real diamonds and pearls are heavy! Photo courtesy of blog.charmandchain.com

The always-adorable Kate Hudson downplays her round face with long, elegant dangly earrings. Photo courtesy of blog.charmandchain.com

You face shape should be a key factor when you are designing or shopping for earrings. Face shapes are generally categorized as oval, rectangle, round, heart, or square. A good guideline is to select styles that are contrasts to your face shape. For example, large hoop earrings have a tendency to emphasize a round face; a better choice would be long styles, or even slightly squarish designs. Heart-shaped faces are complimented with triangular shapes, preferably those with a wide base that balance out a narrow chin. Individuals with an oval face shape really luck out, as they can wear pretty much any style.

This twisted multi-strand necklace is lovely on a medium-sized frame, but could also look equally gorgeous on a larger or smaller frame. A very versatile piece! Photo courtesy of 31bits.com

This twisted multi-strand necklace is lovely on a medium-sized frame, but could also look equally gorgeous on a larger or smaller frame. A very versatile piece! Photo courtesy of 31bits.com

CHOOSING A NECKLACE

Your choice of necklace can either significantly minimize or emphasize your features. If you want to create the illusion of being taller, wear Y-shaped, V-shaped, and longer necklaces. A necklace that falls past the bustline (but above the waistline) will have an elongating effect, while a choker style or shorter U-shaped necklace resting on the breast bone will give the illusion of a shorter stature.

Be sure to also consider the scale of your necklace: those with fuller figures can compliment their proportions with larger, chunkier pieces that would overwhelm an individual with a smaller frame.

CHOOSING WHAT YOU LOVE

While these guidelines may influence the type of jewelry you select, the number of jewelry choices out there is immeasurable. As we said before, what is most important is that you enjoy wearing your jewelry. Jewelry should always make you feel fearless and fabulous! If you have trouble finding jewelry that compliments your shape & size, we here at Blue Door Beads would love to work with you to create something (or several things!) you will love to wear for years to come. Hope to see you soon!

Jewelry styling tips courtesy of streetdirectory.com

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