Jewelry Wardrobing: Begin with the Classics

Pearl earrings and bracelets
Pearl earrings and bracelets

Jewelry wardrobing – the art of choosing what jewelry to wear, what jewelry to buy, and what order to buy it in – doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Whether you’re building your jewelry wardrobe for daytime, evening, casual or workday looks, it helps to start with the classics.

Stylists and fashion/accessories editors agree: Every jewelry wardrobe should include some gold jewelry, some sterling silver, and a few out-of-the-box bijoux – those sparkly or eclectic pieces that add unexpected pop to any outfit.

And pearls! They’re like the LBD (Little Black Dress) of your jewelry wardrobe. Some people can’t leave home without ‘em.

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a classic cuff bracelet
Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a classic cuff bracelet

When assembling your personal jewelry wardrobe, try starting with these classic must-haves, and then add and layer as your taste and budget dictate.

Pearls. Not your mother’s choker (necessarily), today’s pearls come in all sizes, shapes, lengths and colors. Simple pearl stud earrings always brighten your face and say “look at me” in a subtle way.

Hoops. This season they’re bigger than ever, so go big or go home! Buy one pair in sterling and one in gold…your go-to earrings for every occasion.

Bangles and Cuffs. Invest in simple bangle bracelets in gold and silver. Then consider adding a wider cuff or two for a more dramatic statement. The wrist is such an important focal point (think of all those bejeweled wrists clutching designer evening bags on the Red Carpet).

Diamond Studs. Drop a hint or start saving for them now. These classic earrings will never go out of style.

Chains. It’s all about the neckline. Chunky chain-like chokers in silver or gold look terrific with a man-tailored shirt or a collarless dress. Longer, more delicate chains are easy to layer on sweaters or V-neck blouses.

Colorful Jewels. Even if you think you’re not the gemstone type, add something dazzling and jewel-tone to your jewelry wardrobe. Look for faux finds and good costume pieces at thrift shops, flea markets and online resources. A great piece from the ‘60s or ‘70s is a classic look you’ll learn to love.

Pearl jewelry images courtesy of Dorfman Jewelers

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