‘Tis the season for Christmas parties at work, home and all over town. Many people add Christmas jewelry to their outfits this time of year without knowing the fashion rules.
Generally speaking, when you see a necklace, set of earrings, broach or other type of piece that catches your eye, you buy it without wondering what it will go with. With Christmas themed jewelry, you need to think about your personal style, how it will look with your wardrobe and what kind of occasion you might be wearing it.
Here are some tips around wearing seasonal jewelry and accessories that will help you get into the festive season without compromising style:
1. Understand Your Style
A great place to start is understanding how your jewelry resonates your style. You’ll want to keep reasonably close to your usual style of jewelry in order to feel comfortable, confident and happy wearing seasonal items. For instance, if you normally love flashy jewelry, it wouldn’t look out of place for you to find some exciting Christmas jewelry. On the other hand, if you are normally conservative with your choice of jewelry, you may consider keeping your holiday jewelry simple and classic.
2. Think About the Event
The type of event will impact the jewelry you choose to wear (just as with all jewelry choices and outfits). If the event is a little on the formal side, you will want to tone down the holiday jewelry and keep it classy, chic and simple. Large broaches, dangling earrings with large baubles may not be appropriate for more formal or semi-formal occasion. However, you also would be wise to not wear too dressy or showy, formal jewelry to a very casual event.
3. More Isn’t Always Better
Avoid the temptation to accessorize yourself like a Christmas tree! Although more is often better for decorating your tree, it is certainly not the case with Christmas themed jewelry. Less is more in this situation and you’ll be better off aiming for a few classic pieces that enhance and not detract from your outfit.
4. Capture Attention (The Right Kind of Attention)
Because it is the holidays, you’ll find Christmas jewelry ranging from gorgeous and classic to extravagant and ridiculous. Opt for one main focal point and dress accordingly. For instance, if you are wearing a simple black dress to a cocktail party, a sparkling red necklace or earrings would be stunning. It is possible to have too much attention and create too much busyness by wearing an outfit with a colorful pattern matched with an equally colorful necklace or set of earrings. Take your cue from fashion magazines: if you have a simple single or dual color outfit, pull one of those colors out for your jewelry to match it. Remember, your jewelry should enhance but not compete with one another.
5. Choose a Color
At Christmas time, it’s easy to see that the usual festive colors include red, gold, green and silver. Keeping your color scheme uniform is the best way to accessorize with holiday jewelry. Avoid the scenario of red earrings, a green broach and a gold necklace, for instance, as this would overwhelm the outfit from head to toe. Opt for one main theme to keep things fresh, chic and classy.
Good examples of Christmas jewelry: