Three Rules for Perfectly Paired Accessories

Get Your Pretty On is all about demystifying the process of creating outfits. Yet knowing how to pair up accessories trips up even the most style savvy among us. Can you wear a statement necklace with bold earrings? What pieces do pendant necklaces work best with?

A minimalist mindset with accessorizing is always in style. When in doubt, remember Coco Chanel’s famous quote “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off”.

Following these three rules to perfectly paired accessories also takes out the guesswork. You’ll never have to take one thing off before leaving the house again.

1. Choose ONE Star of the Show

The biggest accessory mistake women make is overdoing statement items. A good rule of thumb is to choose only one statement item per outfit.

[Mirna Earrings]

If you opt for a statement necklace, pair it with studs or smaller earrings.

[Heather Earrings in Ice Blue/Kailani Necklace in Taupe]

Likewise, larger earrings call for a more delicate necklace or you can skip the necklace altogether.

[Natalia Leather Earrings/Grace Druzy Necklace]

A bold bracelet stack is balanced out by pairing it up with simple hoops and a delicate necklace.

[Ingrid Hoops/Grace Druzy Necklace/Courtney Bracelet Set]

2. Long Necklaces Work with Everything

Because a pendant necklace isn’t near your face, you can get away with bolder earrings. You can also opt for hoop or stud earrings with this longer style necklace. If your pendant has a colored stone, pair it with a like metal earring without stones in order to avoid being too matchy-matchy.

[Vivie Earrings in Black/Alexis Pendant Necklace/Julia Cuff Bracelet]

[Lexi Tassel Earrings in Multi/Alexis Pendant Necklace]

3. Delicates Always Play Nicely Together

When in doubt, remember you can’t go wrong by pairing up your favorite delicate pieces with one another. Studs and smaller earrings were made for pairing with short simple necklaces.

[Heather Earrings in Turquoise/Sydney Bar Necklace]

If you’re looking for a little extra outfit oomph, try a bracelet stack with your delicate pieces.

[Brynn Tassel Bracelet/Trinity Beaded Coil]

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It’s Your Turn: What are your own personal rules when it comes to accessorizing?