How to wear jewels

Are diamonds a girl’s best friend?

Could be but before I turn blond, I’ll stick with less expensive jewels in general to shine. After all, Coco Chanel herself wore fake.

1. Choose your jewels according to your outfit

a. With a complicated outfit stay simple

If you have a dress/ top/ jacket that stands out (pattern, details, cut), my advice is simply to skip the necklace.

You could also add a necklace with a shape and color that match the dress… but that is much harder to and not necessary because we refer to an item that is already stylish.

To complete such an outfit, you can add earrings, bangles and bracelets

– Pattern dress with simple jewel enhancements

Jewels with pattern dress
Jewels with pattern dress by dresslikeaparisian

– Draped embellished top with simple jewel enhancements

With such a top do not add a necklace, choose simple earrings and add a statement bracelet if you feel like it.

Jewels match with embellished draped top
Jewels match with embellished draped top by dresslikeaparisian

– Big necklace + lace + complicated cut = too much

Necklace too complicated

– Jacket with eye-catching details + obvious necklace = too much

b. With a simple outfit dare wearing eccentric jewels

Statement necklace grey T-shirt

Reine Rosalie necklace

Layered chunky bracelets

Chunky stacked bracelets

spike necklace

Simple and thin jewels are also a good option of course

2. Choose jewels that fit your frame

a. If you have thin joints super tiny jewellery looks very delicate

Thin necklaces

Pearl bracelet

Briguys on Etsy

Thin jewels get lost on a wider frame.

Bigger jewels will suit you too if you feel like it.

b. If you have thick joints statement jewellery will make you stand out

nadia aboulhosn chunky jewels

Nadia Aboulhosn

(The bun is not mandatory).

Gabi fresh statement necklace

Gabi Fresh wears a statement necklace

3. Do not jewel overdose

You are not Tiffany’s window display 🙂

So here are some fashion equations

a. Pendant earrings = no necklace (or go for a small one)

Here is why you should not.

b. Statement necklace = stud earrings or no earrings

For the same reason as above

c. Bangle and rings moderation is always stylish

To make no mistake: put a bangle  on one wrist and a ring on the opposite hand

d. Bangle and rings layering can be stylish only if properly worn

Avoid the bling effet (strass+ gold + chunky…). You are not a rich lady displaying her wealth on her hands.

bling bracelet layering

Prefer delicate layering:  very thin bangles with precious materials for instance.

thin bangle layering

Or a more bohemian layering: stacked bracelet in different fabrics and colors

Always stay measured or…you’ll overdose

I am more of a jewel moderate person. I think those bangle mixes are most of the times too much. I barely found any pretty ones on pinterest. Note that they are flattering only on tiny wrists and fingers.

4. Conclusion

Remember that what I write unbreakable rules but advices to be easily stylish.

Some can be proven wrong: I just come back from the Dries Van Noten exhibition at Le Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris and on lots of the outfits he adds a colorful chunky necklace on a complicated dress… which looks amazing! Because because he chooses colors of the same hue, contrasted colors and fabrics, because the necklace has been designed especially for the dress… for many reasons, that reminds us why he is such a talented designer.

However, on a everyday basis when you are your own stylist, it is easier to follow simple tricks such as those I just gave 🙂

I’ll come back with more specific advices on jewelry in further posts.

Stay tuned!

Bises de Paris

Cover collage:  Monsieur Paris bracelet, reine Rosalie necklace, Eddie Borgo bracelet, Venessa Arizaga bracelet, Anton Heunis earrings

8 Responses to “How to wear jewels”
  1. Jess Andrews says:

    Des conseils vraiment riches.Nous pouvons également utiliser des sites Web qui proposent des ensembles de bijoux sélectionnés par des professionnels du domaine, car ils créent des bouquets de bijoux pour que les femmes choisissent le meilleur

  2. Chariklia says:

    Hi Aloïs

    My grandmother gave me a beautiful pair of gold earrings. I generally only wear silver so much so that all my rings are silver. I cannot leave the house without my rings (I know ridiculous but what can you do for ones neuroses!)

    What do you think of mixing gold and silver jewelry?

    Thanks so much 🙂

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Ahah, I have 3 jewels I wear every day so I get the feeling (a gold gold ring my grandgrandma gave me when I was 7yo and that I now wear on the little finger, a silver bangle that my used to be my mom’s and one of my sister’s shares the other one of the set and a gold necklace with a starfish that I got on my 25th Bday).
      So it answers your other question at the same time: yes I mix silver and gold as my gold ring is next to my silver bracelet.

  3. V says:


    Le collier à pics est vraiment original du coup Petite question pour une référence : où trouver ce collier ? Etsy peut-être ?
    Bonne journée

  4. Pauline from Phillip Island says:

    What a wonderful blog…..inspiring and practical too. I look forward to many more interesting articles.

  5. Marina says:

    Great advices!! Please teach us how to mix patterns

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