Sure, your outfits are mostly about the clothes, whether you’re wearing a little black dress or a jeans-and-tee ensemble. But for many women, the clothes aren’t the only part of a great outfit: Accessories are pretty important as well. If you think about it, a statement necklace, colorful handbag or braided belt can change the look of an outfit considerably. In that way, accessories are like the cherry on top of the sundae – it isn’t the main ingredient, but it makes the ice cream so much better. Gold accessories are a classic way to add some flair to any look, which means they’re a great place to start when beginning to experiment with accessories. Here’s how to accessorize with gold:
Start small with jewelry
When you first start wearing gold, of course the best place to start is with basic jewelry. Choose necklaces, earrings and bracelets in a style you love – opt for smaller and more subtle styles if you want, but don’t be afraid to branch out into larger necklaces, bangles and any other pieces that make a statement. Ideally, the jewelry you buy should be versatile, so look for pieces you could wear on multiple occasions. For instance, a gold collar necklace would look beautiful with a dress in the evening or a blouse at work.
Incorporate gold into other accessories
Once you’ve experimented with gold jewelry, work the metallic into other accessories as well. Find belts, shoes, hats, scarves and handbags with gold detailing, like chains, buckles, threads and brooches. In fact, you can utilize these accessories to your advantage. Large handbags and long necklaces can be used as body-slimming strategies, creating the illusion of length. When you add gold into the equation, the accessories pop even more, increasing this effect.
Wear gold with complementary colors
There are some colors that work better with silver and others that let gold shine. When wearing your gold accessories, pair them with neutrals, including black, white and warm beiges. If you’re wearing colors, go for ones with warm undertones to match the warmth of the gold. Fall’s biggest color – aubergine – is the perfect complement to your golden accessories – they’ll shine brightly against the deep purple color.
Don’t be afraid to make a statement
Statement accessories are a fun way to jazz up a more simple outfit, and they draw even more attention when they’re a bright, sunny gold. Plus, wearing vivid colors is a great confidence boost! Up the ante in your wardrobe by wearing statement necklaces, handbags and heels with gold details.
On mixing metals
One of the biggest questions people ask when choosing jewelry is, “Can I mix gold and silver?” Traditionally, mixing metals was a big no-no, along with wearing white after Labor Day and pairing black and navy. Luckily, almost all of these rules no longer apply. Mixing metals is perfectly acceptable – it just has to be done purposefully. So, instead of wearing silver studs and a gold necklace, for instance, layer two necklaces – one silver and one gold. The mix will look deliberate and stylish.
Monroe and Main’s Fashion Director Sue, also agrees.
Sue’s Tip to Wardrobe Makeover Winner, Gail:
- Mixing metals is no longer an issue. The turquoise necklace had silver tones and Gail was wearing gold shoes. You can wear silver, gold, and bronze all at once if you want. It’s totally open!