How to Wear Statement Jewelry: Your Guide to Bold Fashion

How to Wear Statement Jewelry: Your Guide to Bold Fashion


It’s fun to wear eye-catching statement jewelry, but styling bold pieces can be a bit intimidating at first. However, once you understand a few basic guidelines, it’s easy to strike the perfect balance and make sure your look is fabulous without being overdone. 

If you’re new to wearing statement jewelry, we’re here to provide the styling tips you need to create jewelry looks you love. Here are six things you need to know when styling statement necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. 


  1. Use Statement Jewelry to Dress Up


Statement jewelry always dresses up an outfit. If you pair it with an upscale look, statement jewelry will complete your ensemble and ensure you look polished from head to toe. If you pair statement jewelry with more casual clothing, it will transform your outfit, helping you look more dressed up. So, there are essentially two ways to style with statement jewelry: you can use it to complement a special occasion outfit or to dress up a casual outfit. Keep this in mind when you accessorize so you end up with the effect you want. 


  1. Less is More

Generally speaking, less is more when it comes to statement jewelry. A single piece of statement jewelry acts as a focal point for your outfit, which is pleasing to the eye. If you wear multiple pieces of statement jewelry, they’ll compete for attention, which can make your outfit look messy or cluttered. So, usually, it looks better to wear a single statement piece.  

In a similar vein, statement jewelry tends to look best with simple outfits. For example, a statement necklace will usually look better with a little black dress than it will with a patterned dress featuring many bright colors. When you wear a statement necklace with a simple dress in a solid color, the necklace is the focal point. When you wear a statement necklace with an eye-catching dress, the necklace and the dress will compete for attention. 


  1. Wear Statement Necklaces With Complementary Necklines

When you style a statement necklace, keep your neckline in mind. A bold statement necklace will look more cohesive when paired with a complementary neckline. Here’s a cheat sheet that can help you find the right necklace for your neckline: 

  • Choker Necklace: Pair with boat, scoop, square, asymmetric, and off-shoulder necklines.
  • Bib Necklace: Pair with a strapless, scoop, high neck, and collared necklines.
  • Standard Length Necklace: Pair with a strapless, scoop, and square necklines.
  • Pendant Necklace: Pair with v-neck and sweetheart necklines.
  • Long Necklace: Pair with a high neck or plunging necklines.


  1. Statement Earrings Need Space

Statement earrings need space to look their best. Usually, a necklace will look crowded alongside statement earrings, so you may want to forgo wearing a necklace entirely when styling them. Pair statement earrings with subtle bracelets or rings instead. 

Statement earrings look particularly good with hairstyles that pull the hair away from the ears. This includes updos and half up half down styles. Statement earrings can also look gorgeous when your hair is down, but be mindful of how this type of hairstyle will fall throughout the day or night. If your hair becomes intertwined with your statement hoops or chandelier earrings during wear, it will look messy and feel unpleasant. 


  1. Mix and Match With Statement Rings

When wearing a statement ring, keep the rest of your jewelry simple. You may want to skip wearing a bracelet and opt for a necklace and earrings instead. For a bolder ring look, you can wear additional rings alongside your statement ring. When stacking rings, make sure your statement ring remains the focal point. Complement your statement ring with more delicate accent rings and keep your manicure simple. 


  1. Stacking Bold Bracelets

The key to styling a bold bracelet is avoiding visual heaviness. When you wear a bold bracelet, it should be the largest piece you wear, so keep other jewelry understated. You can stack other bracelets alongside a statement bracelet, but remember to prioritize balance in your combo. Choose daintier bracelets as your accents. For example, you can wear bangles alongside a bold cuff bracelet to add detail without adding visual bulk. 


Final Thoughts on Wearing Bold Jewelry 


We hope these tips on styling statement jewelry have helped you feel more confident about wearing bold pieces. By following these statement jewelry guidelines, you should be able to start creating outfits you love in a snap. Once you get a basic feel for styling bold jewelry, don’t be afraid to start playing around with more styling possibilities. Fashion is about expressing yourself and having fun, so enjoy trying new things and seeing what speaks to you.

Looking to pick up a few new statement pieces to jump-start your styling journey? Click the link below to shop for eye-catching jewelry that will take your look from basic to boldly beautiful. 


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