Statement jewellery elevates your look by adding some extra colour and sparkle.
So when you’re planning a special outfit, don’t let your jewellery be an afterthought!
Choose your focal point
This is a good place to start if you are feeling unsure. Choose one piece as the focal point of your accessories. An interesting necklace or a stack of bracelets? Chandelier earrings or a cocktail ring?
If you’ve got a jewellery item in mind you can coordinate colour, sleeve lengths and necklines (more about this later) accordingly. In fact if you choose well, your jewellery can become the focal point of your whole look.
Remember that wherever you place your statement jewellery is where the eye will be drawn to. So if you’re in between manicures, probably best to avoid the cocktail ring! If you’ve just had your hair done, go for statement earrings.
Consider your outfit style
A sleeveless outfit works beautifully with stacking bracelets. Scooped necklines, off-the-shoulder, v-neck or strapless work best for an interesting necklace such as choker or a bib necklace.
However, you can lay a bib necklace over a crew neck, particularly if you’re wearing a neutral or block colour on your top half. You can also wear a cuff over a long sleeve. If your arms are bare, then why not consider a cocktail ring?
Ideas for necklaces
Let’s talk about statement necklaces. The bib necklace- usually large, brightly coloured necklaces that sit across the chest like a bib- can be a beautiful and interesting focal point.
But this is one to avoid if you are on the shorter side, as they can create an overwhelming look that weighs you down.
Instead you could opt for layering a couple of pendant necklaces together, or for a really on trend look, you could layer a flat snake chain or figaro chain with a longer pendant. We have a whole article on how to layer necklaces if you need a few pointers here.
The great thing about pendant necklaces or layered necklaces is that they’ll never look top heavy but will draw attention.
There are so many options for dressing bare arms.
Mix together a stack of interesting bracelets. Aim to keep the metals in similar tones: silver works best on its own, while yellow and rose gold look lovely together.
Add in a couple of charm bracelets with some bangle bracelets for a really interesting boho look. (Our Sentiment Bracelets are a good base for this look). There are also some really lovely cuffs (like our Athena Cuff Bracelet) which work beautifully as one statement piece on it's own.
Keep arm jewellery bold and interesting, and it will still make a statement which cannot be missed.
Are you wearing your hair up or down? Straight or curly?These are some great guidelines if you’re considering chandelier earrings.
Larger earrings are the first thing people notice when they approach you. So if earrings are your statement then why not consider keeping your hairstyle quite simple? Aim for either poker straight or soft simple waves.
Alternatively an up-do will draw all the attention to your face and subsequently those ear lobes. If you're not in the mood for something oversized, why not go for some understated glam, in the form of ear climbers?
Rings, nails, and colours
Samantha Jones in Sex and the City was never without a cocktail ring (and why not?!) Statement rings and rings on multiple fingers is coming back in trend in a big way.
Do remember to get a manicure or even just tidy up your nails if you’re short for time. While a neutral coloured polish would undoubtedly work the best with a colourful cocktail ring, there’s no reason why brightly coloured nails wouldn’t also look great- just make sure not to clash colours.
Less is always more
You’ll never fail with this rule as your statement piece will be able to shine.
However, if you are feeling confident you could pair a bib necklace with a cuff, or chandelier earrings with a cocktail ring. When bold pieces are not close in proximity to each other, they can work together. Just be careful to coordinate metals and colours.
So go create some drama with your statement piece. And enjoy your night out!