Every fashionista knows that the right accessories can make or break any outfit. The problem is having the right items on hand whenever you need them.
Sure, an endless supply of accessories would be great. Unless your last name starts with a “K” and ends with an “ardashian,” that probably isn’t in the budget. Instead, you can have most of what you need with a few key essential pieces of classic jewelry:
A Glitzy, Dainty Bracelet
Can you even attend a special event without some glamour on your wrist? A sparkly tennis bracelet is a perfect way to make your wrist shine.
You want your bracelet to be delicate and thin so it has an understated elegance. At the same time, it needs to have some sparkle to it from diamonds or other gemstones.
If you’re more of a traditional gal, a classic tennis bracelet is your best bet. If that isn’t your speed, there are plenty of beautiful light bracelets with the same qualities but a modern flare.
Rings can add class to any outfit, whether it’s casual or formal. You can’t go wrong with a varied set of stacking rings.
Go for simplistic bands with some variety. One may have a small gemstone, another may have a light braided texture, and so on. For any occasion, you can mix and match as many as you want.
It’s also a good idea to have a few colors of rings. By having a mixture of both gold-colored and silver jewelry for women, you can find the ideal pairing for every outfit.
A Classic Pendant Necklace
You can find necklaces these days in any shape or size, but you need at least one pendant necklace in your wardrobe.
A pendant is a timeless necklace shape that pairs well with almost any neckline. The only question is whether you should get a long pendant necklace or a short one.
If you only have the budget for one necklace, choose one that gives you the best of both worlds. Opt for a long chain you can either double up or clasp at a shorter length to get a shorter pendant.
Simple Diamond Earrings
There’s a reason diamond solitaire studs are such popular earrings. They’re classic glam pieces that go well with any type of formal attire. After all, they’re a staple you’ll find in any socialite’s closet.
Of course, you don’t have to skip a rent payment to splurge on real diamonds. You can get the same effect with cubic zirconia or any other gemstone with a similar look.
A Timepiece for a Dimepiece
We know it’s the tech age and we all use our phones to check the time, not watches. You don’t have to sacrifice your 21st-century ways to embrace the classic look of a beautiful watch.
A watch can add the right look to any type of outfit. Wear it to work to have a more professional style. Pair it with a casual outfit for an attractive hint of glamour.
Women’s watch trends are always shifting, so choose a watch you love, whether it’s big and bold or thin and delicate.
Bold Dangling Earrings
Feeling like your ears and your neck aren’t getting the attention they deserve? Call attention to the with some statement dangling earrings.
Depending on your style, you can go for bright, colorful earrings or earrings with more classic jewelry colors like silver or gold. Either way, the key to making them noticeable is a long, dangling shape.
This is the perfect way to draw eyes upward to highlight your face or your neckline, or to shine a spotlight when you’re having a heck of a great hair day.
Pearls for Clutching
You don’t have to be a full-blown June Cleaver or white picket fence type to appreciate the elegance of a string of pearls.
In earlier years, the style has been to wear strings of uniformly-sized pearls. Today, the trend is moving toward pearl size varieties. Think of a string with larger pearls in the middle with peals that get smaller along the sides.
The great part about pearls or imitation pearls is that you can dress them up or down. They’re beautiful with a casual sweater and jeans, or with a high-class cocktail dress.
Any Waist-Level Necklace
As much as you may love a necklace that lands right around your collarbone or lower in your decolletage, a long necklace is an essential that every woman needs.
Choose a necklace that ends around your natural waist. This serves a few purposes. For one, if you want to accent your hourglass shape, the necklace calls attention to the narrowest part of your body. For two, a long necklace adds enough flair to take any plain top from “blah” to “bam!”
A Feminine Choker
Chokers are the unsung heroes of the jewelry collection. So many women forget to add a choker to their stash and yet, so often when they can’t figure out what their outfit is missing, a choker would the perfect addition. Chokers come in countless styles so you can find the perfect one that fits your fashion sense.
Want some glam? Try a metal choker with flashy gemstones. For more of a subtle feminine look, chose a simple lace choker instead.
A Bold Statement Necklace
In some outfits, your jewelry adds a subtle hint of style. In others, it serves as the accent piece for the whole shebang. To have the power to spice up any look, you need a serious statement necklace at your disposal. Whether it’s the color or the shape that stands out, or both, this necklace will give you a way to top off any outfit with your signature style.
As an added bonus, if you want to look thinner, an attention-grabbing necklace tends to help by drawing the eye upward toward your chest instead of your midsection.
Maybe one day your blog will take off or you’ll have a thriving company and you’ll be able to afford any piece of jewelry you want to buy on a whim. Until then, though, having a stash of well-chosen classic jewelry lets beautify any outfit you put together.
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