Choosing Jewelry When Creating Your Look: How To Choose Pieces For Best Coordination

Ensuring your jewelry doesn't clash with the look you've decided to put together today is easy if you know how to do it. Not everyone knows the ins and outs of jewelry style and color coordination, but it doesn't take long to figure out what would be best to wear on any given day. If you're new to coordinating jewelry with your look for the day, all you have to do is ask yourself a few questions.

Attitude and Preferences

First, before you do that,  be aware that your personal preference is key. If you have a piece of jewelry that you love wearing, that takes precedence over whether it might clash a bit with your clothes. Attitude is everything, so if a piece makes you feel confident and calm, you're going to radiate that -- and that's what people will notice, not whether the piece matches your outfit.

Clothing Color

Matching jewelry to clothing color involves looking at the season and then at the clothing color itself. Blues and greens are very spring- and summer-like colors and go well with lighter colored clothing; earth tones like brown and orange work well in fall and winter. Deeper jewel tones are good for winter when pastel clothing isn't as common. If you're wearing colors not usually associated with the season, like light green in winter, try for a deeper tone in the jewelry. For example, in spring you might wear a piece that's light yellow along with that pale green outfit, but in winter, a darker yellow might be better.

Skin Tone

This is the land of the infamous winter/spring/summer/autumn skin tone. This actually doesn't work for everyone; for example, light hair, light eyes, and cool-tone skin is supposed to be a summer tone, which technically means you should stick to pastels; however, pastels don't always age well -- as you get older, you find that they can become rather blah. Still, there's merit in at least considering the season to which your skin tone belongs.

Metal Colors

It's become more acceptable lately to match metal colors like gold and silver in the same outfit, but you still want some rhyme and reason to your choices. Look at the size of the jewelry; mixing metal colors is a lot easier if the individual pieces are small so that no one color overwhelms any other. Also, try to keep the metal colors fairly muted. Compare light yellow gold and bright, rich yellow gold; that brighter one is going to draw more attention. What you want is for the metal colors to simply sit next to each other, not have a battle for attention on your skin.

Stone Colors

If you're wearing multiple pieces that have stones, try to use basic color matching to ensure the stones don't clash. Blue and orange stones, for example, can be a bit odd, but orange and yellow can work quite nicely together. Red and green, while Christmassy, do go together, while green and blue requires caution (it can work in some cases).

Of course, the more choices you have, the better. Look for affordable jewelry lines such as House of Harlow to find a diverse selection of pieces that ensures you always have some jewelry to wear.