4 Jewelry Essentials

I typically tend toward dainty jewelry. I have a petite frame and small stature, so I usually find myself feeling swallowed whole by bulky jewelry. Then, it seemed like chunky jewelry was beginning to take over – the bigger and bolder the better! Then, layering lots of delicate jewelry seemed to be on trend: stack rings, knuckle rings, charm necklaces, any and every light weight bauble in the jewelry box! Once the layering trend caught on, ladies started packing and stacking on multiple pieces of chunky jewelry – bangles piled elbow high! How’s a girl to know what to do with her collection of chunky and dainty jewelry? I realized the key is finding a balance.

The take away here is that tracking trends can become overwhelming and can ultimately confuse your sense of style. Jewelry is one of the easiest areas to play around in your wardrobe. You can mix metals, weights, and styles of jewelry, and despite the trend that happens to be the flavor of the week, you really can’t go wrong. However, I still believe in having some staple pieces of jewelry in your collection.

I’m a gold jewelry girl, and mixing metals is a style I’m still working on. So, my 4 jewelry essentials are featured in gold but would be great in rose gold, silver, or gunmetal too!


THE ESSENTIAL NECKLACE

Dannijo Necklace

Dannijo Necklace

Layering dainty necklaces is my go-to everyday look. However, my ESSENTIAL NECKLACE is a chunky statement necklace. Having this necklace in your collection gives you an instant outfit. Do the math!

Basic Black Dress + Statement Necklace = Instant Outfit

Simple Solid Tee + Statement Necklace = Complete Look

Crisp White Blouse + Statement Necklace = Done!

Shop a similar necklace by Dream Collective on Of a Kind here


THE ESSENTIAL BRACELET

Dannijo Bangle

Dannijo Bangle

I probably rely on my gold bangle too much. This is my ESSENTIAL BRACELET. With my small frame comes teeny, tiny wrists that almost never accommodate your average bangle, so once I find one that fits, I basically never take it off. I’m typically very active and expressive with my hands, so I only layer bracelets under special circumstances to avoid unnecessary banging and clanking. Work at a computer all day like me and sworn off bracelets? Bangles are easy to take on/off at the desk and are too big to lose. Fashion vs. Function dilemma solved!

Shop a similar bangle by Dannijo here


THE ESSENTIAL EARRING

Borrowed Earring (thanks to my co-stylist, Kitty Kat!)

Borrowed Earring (thanks to my co-stylist, Kitty Kat!)

You thought I was gonna say hoop or stud, right? Let’s rethink the essential earring. Sure, I hope you have a great hoop and a go-to stud in your jewelry collection, by my ESSENTIAL EARRING is the drop earring. Some necklines compete with a necklace, and you need an earring to be your anchor. A dainty drop earring is the perfect feminine focal point in such outfit occasions!

Shop a similar earring by Stella & Dot with my stylist Caroline Kirkman here


THE ESSENTIAL RINGS 

Gorjana Knuckle Ring Band and Dara Ettinger Statement Ring

Gorjana Knuckle Ring Band and Dara Ettinger Statement Ring

Two rings (or three rings, or four rings) are better than one. Let’s be honest, the only ring that stands alone is an engagement ring. When it comes to any other rings, the more the merrier, but pairing them well is key. So, my ESSENTIAL RINGS include a balance of basic bands and easy to pair statement rings. Don’t forget the latest fashion: knuckle rings!

Shop similar bands and knuckle rings by Gorjana here

Shop similar statement rings by Dara Ettinger here


Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography

P.S. Angie has a giveaway going on now through Sunday, June 1 for a 90-minute session – enter here!

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