Debi Mazar in a Stella & Dot necklace
I have a good idea how to pick out a top or skirt that look good on me and will work well with my wardrobe. Shoes? No problem!
But when it comes to jewelry, I always feel stumped. Invariably I wind up buying the same kinds of things over and over. Even when I do buy interesting pieces, I’m not very good at thinking of creative ways to wear them.
To the rescue this week comes my good friend and independent Stella & Dot stylist, Janiré Hopkins, who knows how to rock a statement necklace. This week she’s teaching us how to become a jewelry-wearing diva.
How to choose and buy jewelry
Q: I’d love to branch out more with the kinds of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings I wear but I don’t know where to start. What are your suggestions?
A: Think of jewelry as an extension of yourself. There are many sides to us as women. I recommend choosing jewelry the same way you choose shoes: you have your flirty sandals, chic kitten heels, your very sensible work pumps, drop-dead gorgeous high heel boots, etc. Step outside of your comfort zone when choosing accessories.
Q: Do certain kinds of jewelry look better on different body/face types?
A: Yes and no. Your coloring will play a factor in what looks good on you. But how many times have you been told blue is not your color, only to find yourself looking fabulous in a blue dress? I have olive skin and therefore convinced myself that silver was not for me. Turns out I was wrong.
Q: What key pieces of jewelry should every woman have in her wardrobe?
A: I am firm believer in Tim Gunn’s list of must haves and really encourage women to follow the same principles when creating a jewelry wardrobe. [Editor’s note: Love him!]
Make sure your jewelry wardrobe contains pieces that:
- you can wear every day/every way, no matter your outfit (dress, jeans, sweater)
- are classic and always stylish (think pearls, stud earrings)
- you can wear on the weekend, when you want to be casual but still chic
I also think everyone should have a statement piece in their jewelry wardrobe, the equivalent of that red wrap dress you wear when you want to turn heads.
Q: How should I store my jewelry and take care of it?
A: Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on when getting ready, and the first thing you take off when winding down.
Q: Are there any jewelry wearing mistakes I should avoid?
A: Don’t overspend on trendy pieces. When stepping outside of your style comfort zone, make sure your investment is minimal. That way, if you end up not loving the piece, you haven’t spent a small fortune on it.
Q: What’s your favorite piece of jewelry–and why?
A: I love mixing classic pieces with statement pieces. I’ve been known to pair gold stud earrings with the Amanda Necklace, which features dyed white jade, coffee glass, gold sand glass, brown mother-of-pearl, and resin beads linked by hammered gold rinks.
Janiré Hopkins is an independent stylist with Stella & Dot. She is a budget fashionista who is a little obsessed with fashion, mid-century modern furniture, design & photography. She’d probably be more obsessed if she weren’t busy being the mother of six amazing kids. You can also find her on Twitter at @chicgeekstyle or at her Tumblr blog, Chic Geek Style.
[Photo courtesy Stella & Dot]