For years now I have been asked repeatedly by clients and good friends alike to help them match a piece of jewelry with their body shape, in the most flattering way possible. That’s why I’m so excited to be hosting the talented Michal Cohen, a personal stylist extraordinaire, that will lay here the ground rules (and break a few).
So Michal – the stage is all yours.
My unquestionable love for accessories, including but not limited to shoes, bags and of course jewelry, first appeared long before I was ever a stylist, yet there’s no doubt my hoarding tendencies grew significantly ever since they got a professional justification 🙂
I really love big jewelry, with lots of presence and bright colors.
But this love of mine doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with the rules of styling. Me being as short as I am, It seems I should go for small, delicate items that won’t make me appear even shorter.
|Why Delilah does it right with our Jungle necklace|
Lately, I’ve found myself thinking that I’m probably not the only one contemplating whether to listen to the rules or simply wear whatever feels right. So, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to map out the rules of wearing jewelry according to different body types and let you know how I follow (or sometimes unfollow) them.
But before we start, I want to share my personal approach to following or breaking styling rules: generally speaking, I respect the rules but tend to treat them as mere recommendations. What I mean by that is that I only use them when it feels right and completely ignore them if something feels righter. After all, accessories, mainly jewelry, add so much color and a sense of joy to your look and overall mood, so there’s no reason to give them up.
So now we’ve got that covered, shall we?
|Colorful Kim necklaces by @jerusalembazar|
Wide or small frames – rule of thumb:
For women with wide frames, it is not recommended to wear small pieces of jewelry, since they will create disproportion and make them look bigger than they actually are. The same goes for short women with small frames – it isn’t recommended to wear large, eye catching items, since they might create a sense of clutter, disrupt the look’s balance and make them look even smaller.
This might all be well and true, however it’s important to evaluate the overall look and give preference to the way we feel in it – if we happen to love small items, or if we just adore a cluttered look and we know how to carry it and keep it all in balance, I say go for it!
|Trendy Curvy working a long necklace and our suggestion for her|
“Cherry” body shape – rule of thumb:
The cherry types, meaning girls with a large chest and wide hips, should not wear short necklaces that sit too tight around the neck, so they won’t shorten their upper torso.
This rings true but… it’s important to not only consider the length of the necklace but also its width and proportion, since this might not apply at all to cherry types with long necks for example. Again, the best thing to do it to check yourself out generally and decide whether the necklace does it for you in terms of color or shape. If the answer is “yes”, feel free to forget the rules entirely.
אגב, לעיתים קרובות ניתן להתאים אורך שרשרת במיוחד לבקשת הלקוחה ולשנות בכך את כל המראה, מבלי להתפשר על הלוק שאהבנו.
By the way, most shops will allow you to modify the length of their necklaces and effectively change up your entire look, without compromising on it at all.
|The glorious Gabby Fresh and our Canoe and Star Dust necklaces|
“Pear” body shape – rule of thumb:
Women with a pear silhouette including narrow upper torsos and wider hips, shouldn’t wear long necklaces that might draw unnecessary attention to their hip area. Also, it is recommended to wear multiple necklaces at the same time in order to balance their upper half with the hips.
You can defiantly create a more top heavy look with multiple necklaces to balance the hips, but make sure you don’t over clutter your most delicate area. And, of course, if you fall in love with a certain necklace, whatever length or width it is, feel free to ignore the rule entirely.
The last rule is well worth dwelling on, because it’s actually true for all body shapes – jewelry functions like a magnet, they catch our attention and enhance whatever body part they are on. Sounds stressful? No need to panic, we have full control! After all, we are the ones who decide what item to wear and where we want to draw attention to.
|Kim Kardashian putting in some extra spice|
As most of us know – there is nothing like a piece of jewelry to add a personal touch, a sense of freshness and create interest in any look. That’s why many women treat them like spices, adding “flavor” to thier outfit. The thing is though that just like actual spices – taste is personal – whereas one might prefer dominant flavors, another might prefer something more refined.
My take is choose whatever flavor to add according to your own taste buds and most importantly – remember that tastes can change! You might prefer a cluttered look, full of different style jewelry at one point and a more subtle look with just a single necklace at another.
Sometimes you will wake up in the morning in a particularly sweet mood and opt for pastel pieces.
|mamaayann@ with our Seagull bracelet|
And sometimes you’d prefer a more dramatic, “spicy” look and go for a truly unique statement piece on a strictly white or black background.
|tralalune@ wearing the Dream Catcher necklace|
Follow the rules that suit you best at a point in time, but make sure you don’t follow all of them all the time.
|?A bit much or just right|
Jewelry creates a diverse look and takes a simple look to a whole other level. They are a source of joy and a mean of personal expression, so enjoy them and what they allow, play around with them and don’t forget, just like spices – diversify, experiment and don’t stay forever faithful to one particular look.
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