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How to Style Jewellery with Different Outfits

I love to look good, whether it’s a day trip shopping or an evening out. I love my accessories; I believe no outfit is ever complete without accessories. And when I say accessories, of course I mean jewellery. I’m not one to splurge extravagantly and tend to stick to a few high-quality pieces of designer jewellery as an investment. I then take these and style them in the best way to complement what I’m wearing.

 

Jewellery Picture

 

High class jewellery can elevate any outfit to the next level. No matter what gender you are, jewellery can add the perfect finishing touch to what you’re wearing. Here are a few ideas on how best to style your jewellery –

Complementing Not Competing

Even if you don’t tend to wear too much jewellery, a pendant or a necklace is a good choice as you can dress it up or down to match your personal style. However, it’s important to have a selection of different types of necklace as one size definitely doesn’t fit all.

If you’re wearing a V-neck top or dress, a slightly longer necklace can work really well – but make sure it’s not so long that it vanishes down your cleavage! A box, sweetheart or deep U-shaped neckline will need a much shorter necklace. If you want to show off a statement necklace or one of the modern layered necklaces, a roll neck or crew neck in a block colour will provide the perfect base.

Halter necks are the one exception: they don’t work well with necklaces. With all the emphasis on the neckline, there’s just too much going on for a necklace to be anything but a distraction. I see ladies break this rule everything and it looks horrible.

Consider Other Accessories

When you’re putting your outfit together, thinking about the colour and style of your clothing is common sense, but don’t forget about the rest of your accessories too.

Bags are a big feature point for most women and if you’ve chosen a large and chunky style, then delicate and understated jewellery will just be overpowered. You should also make sure that hair accessories such as bands and clips, plus belts, bags and shoes sync in style with your jewellery, and that the colours look good together as well.

 

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Keep an Arm Free

There’s something very powerful about a man wearing jewellery when it’s done without any sense of overt showiness, and carried off with an almost casual air.

Designer jewellery for men has come full circle and it’s once again in vogue, but now there’s a far greater variety of materials and styles to choose from. There are precious metals such as gold and silver, as well as very contemporary designs including leather, beads and braids. Most of the rules have gone out of the window: forget about not mixing beads and leather with a smart suit. You can now find luxury men’s bracelets in a wide range of styles and materials, so you can rock that suit jacket with a braided cord if that’s what you like.

The one rule that still applies is that you should try to keep it to just one wrist. If you usually wear a watch, you’ll need to pick a bracelet which works well next to it. Wearing accessories on both wrists is still a fashion faux pas that no man should make.

Classy and Contemporary

I like to think that no matter what kind of jewellery I choose to wear, I get my styling on point. Taking a few moments to think about your outfit in its entirety can make a big difference and help you to get the most out of the accessories you’re rocking.

 

How do you style your jewellery?

 

*Collaborative post.

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Shopping for the Right Strapless Bra

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I wrote a post some weeks ago on fashion faux pas to avoid and I mentioned how annoying visible bra straps are. Many readers left comments explaining how frustrating it is to find the right strapless bra so I thought I should share a few tips that have helped me.

Strapless bras are a necessity for many of us because apart from supporting our breasts, they help compliment outfits that need it. For example, ordinary bras will show through your tube-tops, tank-tops or sleeveless dresses and tops. Strapless bras show the beauty of such pieces without the strap getting in the way or ruining the look.

As handy as strapless bras can be, many women make serious shopping blunders when it comes to choosing the right strapless bras for themselves. When you make such mistakes, you’ll find yourself being self-conscious as your blunders will always (I mean, always) show.

To guide you on what to look out for when it comes to shopping for strapless bras, here are a couple of pointers that shouldn’t pass you by. You will be thanking me for this post.

  1. A secure band ideal for you

Without the straps, strapless bras rely heavily on the band to hold your breasts in place. This means that you need to find a strapless bra with a band that is firm enough to support your breasts, but not too firm, that you feel uncomfortable.

A good rule of thumb is to look for a strapless bra that is a band size smaller than your usual bra size. The band should not allow space for anything less than 2 fingers.

Another thing to watch out for is when the band is too tight it can cause the fat in your back to bulge out making it look obvious behind your top or dress, which is very uncomfortable and doesn’t look good.  To combat this, choose a bra that has a wider band to hide the bulge.

  1. Choose the right cup size

The ideal cup size is one that will separate your breasts at the cleavage. Small cups will make your breasts spill over at the top making an unattractive bulge in the front. Large cups will start showing the lines in your clothing.

What you need to do is to aim for a middle ground with cup sizes by picking a half-size more or less depending on if the bra is too small or too big.

  1. Look out for the rubber strips

Rubber helps to prevent your strapless bra from sliding down or even moving from side to side. This will save you the embarrassment of constantly adjusting your bra every now and then.

To keep your strapless bra in place, look for rubber strips that are placed along the top of each cup. Rubber prevents friction and that is what stops your bra from slipping.

  1. Double check the material

There are some people who develop rashes or scars from their bras. This is usually caused by the bra’s material. If you know that you’re allergic to silicone (which is the main cause of those rashes or scars), then go for bras that are silicone free. Check the label on the bra to see what its material contains. Better safe than sorry.

 

Do you struggle to find the right strapless bras?

 

4 Fashion Faux Pas to Avoid

I see many ‘fashionistas’ walking around in outfits they have no business wearing and I find it quite funny sometimes. It makes me wonder if they took a good look at themselves in a mirror before leaving the house. Some fashion mistakes truly make me cringe and I usually have to stop myself from letting the shock of the outfit show on my face. It can be quite hard on some days.

Here are the top 4 Fashion Faux Pas to avoid:

 

Animal Print Overload

Wearing Animal Print pieces from head to toe is a common fashion faux pas, and I wonder why. It is one fashion mistake you should avoid making except you are Cookie.

I love wearing Animal Prints. I think they are edgy and stylish, and I find them so easy to style. The best way to style animal print pieces is to wear 1/2 animal print pieces and pacify them with plain pieces like I have done below.

Leopard Print Outfit Picture

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Visible Bra Steps

Visible bra steps are a no-no for me except they are deliberately visible. I see so many women walking around with visible straps, and some wear pieces that cling so bad, I cam actually see the outline of the bra. Some do not wear bras altogether, and they walk around with visible nipples. This is a fashion no-no. It looks horribly wrong, it makes me wonder why? A great outfit can be ruined by visible underwear.

I am not a fan of this trend, but there are many ways to stylishly show off your bras, if that is your intention.

There should be no reason to show off your nipples.

Go for bras in different designs, so you have the right bras for various outfits.

 

Too-Tight Clothing

Clothes that look too tight a Fashion Faux Pas. Get measured and go for the clothes that fit correctly. Tight clothes look so wrong.

 

Creased-up Mess

Clothes do not look good wrinkled so make use of a good steam iron. If you are like me and you hate ironing or you are not good at it, go for pieces made from fabrics that do not crease as much.

 

What do you think of these 4 Fashion Faux Pas? Are you guilty of any one?

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