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What's Your Jewellery Style
Sometimes it can be a difficult decision to choose a piece of jewellery, either for ourselves or for a gift for someone we know.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous to know just what ‘style’ of jewellery to go for?
Because there are styles of jewellery in much the same way that there are styles of clothes and, knowing what style we inherently fall into, really helps to zone in on the correct jewellery that suits our personality and style.
It really simplifies the process on deciding on a piece of jewellery to buy when we can eliminate a whole selection of choices from the process.
There is actually an art to finding the right ‘style’ for you.
What Style Are You?
Knowing What Suits Us
We have found that the styles outlined and perfected in the Colour Analysis Classes that The House of Colour offer to be very detailed and accurate. Myself and my daughter have both had a full Colour and Style Analysis done which we found hugely beneficial in finding what suits us best and it’s something I became fascinated with.
As a result, the styles I have outlined below, are based on The House of Colour’s Style classification and other guides I’ve read about over the years, although The House of Colour have more styles than the five I’ve listed below. I have condensed them to what I feel are most important in choosing and buying jewellery.
If you want to take it further, do have a style analysis (there is a link at the bottom of this blog – I don’t receive anything from recommending them but I really do rate it highly). It is has helped me immensely in shopping for clothes and my now 20-year-old daughter found the same – we know exactly what to go for when buying clothes or makeup and even in choosing accessories like jewellery and belts.
Cool or Warm Tones?
As a starting point, just knowing if your skin tone is a warm or a cool shade helps enormously. Warm shades are more suited to gold or rose gold (this can be gold vermeil to keep costs down); cool skin tones suit silver and white gold, platinum or palladium.
Also consider choosing warm coloured stones if you have warm-toned skin (browns, cream, warm greens) and cooler colours if you have cool-toned skin (pink, white, cool blues and greens).
What type of person are you?
Even with no Style Class to go to you can still fare well in working out which style you are.
There are plenty of online quizzes and this book by David Zyla is very helpful (although you may be surprised to find that there is no colour in it!). Check out his Pinterest out for examples of the colours.
Consider the styles that you have been wearing when people have complimented you even if they are not specifically mentioning the clothes or jewellery that you are wearing. (Note, that this may not be what you wear the most or what you repeatedly reach for. We often ‘hide’ behind clothes and colours which is why so many of us wear black even although it doesn’t actually suit or bring out the best in most of us – black only compliments a minority of people).
Indeed, when I had my Colour Analysis done I remember thinking “I can’t wear that!” when I was shown the best colours for me as I felt too conspicuous, like I would be showing off! And I am a ‘deep Autumn’ so not exactly bright and flashy!
Knowing What Suits You
When you have got it right, someone may mention that you look healthy, brighter or they may ask if you’ve had something different done to your hair. They won’t know it’s simply you dressing in your natural style and colours that brings out the best in you.
Because of this, do remember to take note of what you are wearing when you receive these compliments as you may find that, without actually realising it, you have already veered towards a similar style to your best, most natural, style with the outfit you are wearing.
I found that, after I had my Colour analysis done and, again, after the Style Analysis, when I got home and went through my wardrobe, the outfits in the colours and styles I had been recommended in the class, ie the season and style that suited my personality, were ALL outfits that, over the years, people had complimented me when I had worn them. Amazing!
The styles are:
It is important to remember that we rarely fall into just one style. We are often a mixture of two but there will be one which predominates.
The Romantic Style
Someone who falls into a Romantic style is sexy, glamourous and grown-up.
Think Marilyn Monroe or Liz Taylor. It can be exaggeratedly like a Disney Princess or in an understated way like Audrey Hepburn.
There is a sexy elegance about them.
It is also a ‘less is more’ look with a simple diamond or cubic zirconia pendant or more extravagant with big, sparkling jewels. But sparkly all the same.
This style is glamorous.
The lines and look are soft, rounded and smooth, no hard or sharp lines.
Pearls are a great choice for the ‘Romantic’ lady. From the more traditional stud or drop pearl earrings to a single, freshwater pearl pendant.
‘Romantic’ Can Be Very Sparkly
Diamonds or cubic zirconia for a little added sparkle are also perfect for this style.
A Romantic’s look can also be sparkly – both dainty little sparkles to big chunky necklaces with large dazzling stones (remember some of those pieces that Elizabeth Taylor wore?).
Or these matching graduated cubic zirconia drop earrings will create sparkle around your face.
The Classic Style
A description of the Classic style is timeless, smart, slightly more formal – although on this type it looks just right for any occasion.
Think Kate Middleton. She could wear a smart dress or a pencil skirt with a shirt for even fairly casual occasions and it would look just right which, on another type (like a Natural) would look too formal and forced.
Simple jewellery suits this type. You wouldn’t layer necklaces as you would with a Natural or an Ingenue. Less is more.A
This style is very girly and youthful. When we say youthful we don’t mean young, necessarily. I am an Ingenue style and I am 50 years old! But there is something dainty, innocent (!), and sweet, almost shy about these types. They are dainty-looking and elegant.
Like the Romantic style, they can have a ‘Disney Princess’ look about them too. They suit clothes with fitted, nipped-in waist – think fit and flare style dresses – with little, fitted cardigans.
Suitable jewellery for an Ingenue are fine chains and necklaces, often layering jewellery looks great on this type.
In the same way, patterns should be small (no great big, bold prints but dainty small prints, like little flower patterns). Dainty flowers and nature-themes suit them. Little hair pieces. Delicate, small pieces like our Hot Diamonds range suit this type well.
They suit natural hair, or soft curls. Nothing too coiffured. Or the elfin looks good.
Consequently, an Ingenue’s jewellery is often suited to flowery styles, little patterns, thin chains and layers. Stacking rings are perfect for this type.
For a really special occasion where you really want to up the style factor you can but keep it small and dainty.
The Natural Style
A person who has a Natural style is quite relaxed, bohemian, quirky and alternative. Think Elle MacPherson. It can even be someone who is sporty.
It’s somebody who feels quite comfortable in their own skin and dresses in a relaxed, casual look.
Long, flowing lines, textured clothing, patterned clothes, loose touselled hair, bare feet even. Nature prints, like leaves, flowers, insects and shells.
Hoop earrings, dangly earrings and ankle chains are perfect for this type.
A ‘Natural’s’ jewellery is likely to be slightly funky, maybe semi-precious stones and gems.
Again it may be with patterns of leaves and flowers.
Hair ornaments easily fall into this type but will be in a relaxed, slightly haphazard style.
The Dramatic Style
The person whose main style is Dramatic will feel and act their best in bold, bright blocks or sections of colours and black and white. They suit angular and sharp styles of fashion. Bold and striking.
This style is about statement dressing. Think Victoria Beckham. Or UK Prime Minister Teresa May (and the chunky necklaces she wears).
For instance chunky bangles and torques, unusual necklaces with strong lines and shapes. The lines are not soft, but strong and bold.
We hope this has given you food for thought and we’d love to hear your feedback or experiences with wearing jewellery to suit your style.
Or try some things out and let us know.
We will endeavour to. keep adding pieces to this page to give our customers plenty of inspiration.
House of Colour for Colour Analysis or Style Classes.
Another great source of information for Colour Analysis and Style is by David Zyla. His book is particularly good (although, be warned, it doesn’t show one colour in the book you can follow him here on Pinterest and if you’ve had a colour analysis it will make sense. http://www.davidzyla.com/the-color-of-style/