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Fashion Maven: Jewelry can be a girl’s best friend

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By Alexandra Hehlen

Have you ever had one of those mornings where you had an outfit all planned out in your head before you went to bed that night, but when you put it on the next morning, it didn’t turn out as fabulous as you thought?
Maybe planning outfits the day before I wear them is just my fashion nerdiness getting to me, but surely you know what I mean. How can you spice up an outfit when it’s bland, you’re in a time crunch, or you just feel lost? The answer, ladies, is jewelry.
It is true that jewelry can make or break an outfit, so it should be added in small, yet significant doses. When many women think of jewelry, they think of necklaces, which are essential to an outfit.
You can wear a long necklace, featuring a large vintage pendant with a balloony, fun blouse or a stylish black turtleneck. If you are wearing a V-Neck, choose a necklace that will accentuate that cut. You could even wear a stylish little choker with a patterned scoop-neck blouse.
Earrings vary, according to taste. I adore ones that sparkle, are vintage, have feathers (which are super “in” right now), or are completely unique. The key to wearing earrings is to balance them with the necklace. You do not want to wear huge earrings and a huge necklace, so pick one or the other.
If you are wearing a large necklace, choose small earrings, like sparkly studs, or none at all. Very colorful earrings can be tacky, so avoid anything that looks like plastic, costumey or cheap.
Bracelets are another versatile accessory that some tend to forget about. I love wearing bangles for two reasons. First, because they make a lovely noise; and second because you can wear them even if you are already wearing a necklace or earrings. I like to pair a couple golden bangles with a sparkly bracelet for glitzy glamour. If you feel like going a bit simpler, you can opt for just one bangle or one simple bracelet.
If you have a bracelet that is one-and-a-half to two inches wide, I would suggest wearing that by itself. Adding more bangles can get a bit too gaudy.
Rings make beautiful accessories. They can be dainty and golden, have some sparkle or be a fun color that makes an outfit pop. Whatever you do, make sure not to wear too many rings.
If you have a big ring, counter its size with a couple smaller rings on the other hand. Make sure not to wear a lot of rings and bracelets simultaneously, especially on the right hand. Too much of a good thing can be bad.
Glam it up a bit for dances and formal events. If your hair is up, wear a pair of long earrings to elongate your neck, or try a sparkly ring to attract attention to your nail polish.
Jewelry is an outfit-saver, so when in doubt, grab a couple of your favorite items and spice up your outfit. As the saying goes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend!