Top Two Ways to Simplify the Accessorizing Process:
1. Go for the Gold....or Silver
Express | Jeans: Express | Necklace: Express | Wristlet: Express (Similar) | Bracelet: Stella & Dot | Shoes: Zara (Option)
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Back before I had a blog, I only wore silver jewelry. I think I committed to silver around the time I got married (1999) and chose a silver-toned metal for my wedding band. I decided I liked silver jewelry best, therefore all of my shoes, bags, and belts needed to have silver hardware as well so that everything would go together. Obviously now (as you can see from the photo above) I am back to wearing gold jewelry again. A few years ago I decided to start incorporating gold again because there are some colors I like to wear that just look best with gold, and with my regular self-tanning habits (see this post) I think gold often looks better against my faux-tanned skin. So now I wear whichever metal suits my mood or outfit best that day. That said, there are plenty of times I miss the simplicity of having everything I own work with everything else. So even though I've moved past the "all one metal" stage of accessorizing, I do think it's a great way to start if you're just getting into accessorizing and building your collection, and probably the best way to go if you're into the capsule wardrobe or minimal wardrobe thing. It definitely makes shopping and outfit styling decisions easier. After you've built up your one-metal collection, then you can decide if you want to expand to another option or if simplicity is working just fine for you.
2. Mix Metals
A great way to get a lot of mileage out of your jewelry collection is to pick up a few mixed metal pieces. One of my favorite tips (and posts) about mixing metals came from JoLynne Shane: "Wear one piece of jewelry that combines silver and gold, and then you're free to wear silver and gold in the rest of your accessories." Little does JoLynne know that I've been testing out this theory since she posted it two year ago and I have to say it works like a charm for me every time. And it's so simple!
For Example: In the outfit below, I have silver zipper detail on my jacket, a silver ring, and gold hardware on my handbag, but the mixed metal necklace brings everything together and makes it work.
Danielle Nicole | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (Most items in this outfit are not longer available. I only linked to exact, currently available options.)
If I were to go back to the time when I was adding gold to my all-silver jewelry collection and re-do things, I would start by adding a handful of mixed metal pieces (necklace, watch, bracelet specifically) to make all of it work together better and get more use out of everything in the process. The only problem for me with mixed metals now is that the options are pretty limited anywhere I shop when compared to gold or silver jewelry. But when I do find a mixed metal piece I like I scoop it up quickly because they end up being twice as useful as anything else.
My Everyday Accessorizing Strategies:
1. Fill in the Blank
Because most of my clothes are solids (more about my personal style here), I like to use jewelry to break up the monotony. In a way, I think of my jewelry as my "print." For necklaces specifically I like them to either or fill in the largest area of bare skin (see photo just above) or break up the largest area of solid space in my clothing (below):
Similar) | Dress: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Aldo (Similar) | Ring: Target
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Long Necklaces are my favorite because they cover a lot of area so it makes me feel like I added a lot to the outfit in just one step. The Kendra Scott Rayne necklace (above in "Magenta") is a particular favorite that I have in a few colors. I hate that they are so pricey but I haven't found a more affordable option that I like quite as much. If I wear them a lot (too much?) it's because I'm trying to get my money's worth out of them!
2. Watches and Bracelets and Rings, Oh My!
Target | Jeans: Express | Watch: Fossil (Current) | Short Necklace: Forever 21 | Long Necklace: Express | Sandals: Vince Camuto (Similar) | Bag: Target | Bracelet: Sage K
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Watches: I've been a watch person since I was five years old and got a Cinderella watch for my birthday. I loved that watch and wore it every day, and ever since then I feel lost without one. I went through a (brief) phase recently of trying to only use my phone to check the time and I just didn't like it, so I just stick to my comfort zone. The only exception is for "date night" type outfits when I think my watches don't go with the type of bracelets I like to wear for date night. If I could only have one watch I would pick my mixed metal watch because it's the most versatile. But since I treat my watch as a bracelet/accessory, I like having a variety. (By the way, you can see how I store my watches, necklaces, bracelets etc. in this post.)
Bracelets: Since I'm committed to my watches, for my everyday (casual) outfits, I generally grab just one small bracelet (like the one above) or an easy stretchy bracelet set (see this post for examples of current favorites). For a date night/night out look, I have a few thicker, chunkier bracelet options (like the one in the first outfit of this post) that work on their own.
Rings: Aside from my wedding ring, I only started wearing rings as accessories in the last two years. ring person. They tend to get in the way, especially during the diaper/pre-school years with little kids. But now that I'm out of that stage, I don't mind wearing one ring on my index finger when I leave the house. (I don't like wearing any rings around the house!)
Earrings: Although it's rare for my blog and Instagram photos to show my earrings, I do wear them every day. I don't worry too much about rules for earrings like, "If your necklace is big, your earrings must be small." I like medium-sized earrings almost always, but I don't like heavy earrings. So if I a pair I like that fit those criteria, I wear them! If my other jewelry of the day is gold, my earrings will be the same. If I'm mixing metals then I just grab anything I'm in the mood to wear.
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