For some accessorising with jewellery can cause palpitations at thought of getting it right. How to bling? Too much? Too little? Right combination?

For the jewellery-challenged, I have a simple solution to take the stress out of how to wear jewellery.

Jewellery sets – or matching jewellery.

Though mixing and matching styles is still very much de rigueur, thankfully jewellery sets are no longer considered démodé.

Mixing and matching jewellery takes a great eye and a lot of skill to do it well. By choosing a set, you eliminate the worry of getting the style right AND best of all it saves you precious time when you’re racing out the door.  You don’t have to think about what goes with what – it’s already done for you.

If you love the idea of matching, here are some tips to help you find the right set:

Consider the Look

Base jewellery style on the look.  For a boho feel, choose whimsical pieces of natural or semi-precious stones paired with intricate metals.  For a more feminine and refined look wear crystal or pearls, or for a modern and edgier feel, go for bold metallic styles such as a cuff or necklace.

Do and Don’ts of Matching Metals

Don’t:  If accessorising is not your thing, a traditional approach of wearing all gold or all silver is often the best choice. But that’s not to say you have to stick to fine jewellery styles. Take a more modern approach to jewellery styles such as Samantha Wills ‘Here Comes The Sun’ combo shown below.

Do:  If you love a mixed-metal look, an easy way is to separate colours, i.e. if you choose a statement necklace in gold pair with simple silver earrings. Mixed-metal multi-strand bracelets and ring sets are also fabulous options.

Making a Statement

For those that love a bolder look, avoid over-styling.  I suggest a “two combo”, e.g.  a bracelet and earrings, a necklace and earrings, a ring and bracelet – never three of anything.

Stacking or Layering

Iris Apfel is the undisputed queen of layering and stacking but it’s not as easy as it looks. Avoid over-doing it as you don’t want to be buried in bling.  A few strands will do the trick and keep the look tonal in metals, colour and style.

Small Style

Finer styles lend themselves to full sets, small studs are perfectly matched with a delicate necklace, ring and bracelet.


You Don’t Need to Spend Big Bucks

I love costume jewellery, it’s an instant style update. There are fabulous brands and options to choose from but beware of anything that looks too cheap. Also I strongly advise avoiding poor imitations- that is definitely a fashion faux pas.

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