I have a love-love relationship with jewellery. But from time to time, it turns into love-hate, purely because I find myself getting bored of the piece I have.
Some months I adore statement, stand out pieces. Then other months, I feel they are too much, and revert back to those dainty, pretty little pieces.
However, I know that the right jewellery can take a cute outfit to the next level. Although I just need to learn how to get in the habit of wearing pieces I can fall in love with all over again,
When I feel like I’m getting into a jewellery rut, I tend to feel uninspired about my outfits, and that indifferent attitude often spills over into my day-to-day life.
So if you’re also feeling a little bit ‘meh’ about your jewellery and accessorising lately, here are a few tips on how to break out of your jewellery slump. It’s time to get excited about accessories again!
Buy one amazing statement piece
Many people (myself included) play it safe when it comes to jewelry. It’s easier to make a simple pendant necklace work with your outfit than it is to incorporate a big, flashy statement necklace with your look. However, playing it safe is a surefire way to feel uninspired.
Challenge yourself to find one amazing statement piece, whether it’s an awesome necklace, a bold bracelet, or some wild earrings. Personally, I’m currently obsessed with the bold chain necklaces from Frankly My Dear. Whatever you buy, though, make sure it’s something you really love, otherwise you might chicken out when it comes to actually wearing it. Try to incorporate the piece into one outfit a week—you’ll be amazed at how stepping out of your comfort zone can renew your inspiration.
One of the most ‘wow’ looks you can take from the accessory world is the personalisation. There is just something so cutesy and unique about wearing your name on a necklace, or having a sentimental name or meaning worn as part of your daily jewellery.
I always wanted a my name necklace, just a little delicate chain with ‘Emma’ to wear on a daily basis for work or events. Ideally a little silver one which comes in a readable font. I feel that a customized name necklace also makes a really thoughtful gift for a friend or relative too, as it’s super personal to them.
Layer your existing pieces.
On a tight budget and don’t have the funds to buy new jewellery? You can still get out of a rut, but you might have to get a little creative. And if you’re like me, you probably pair the same pieces together out of habit—this necklace goes well with these earrings, etc.
Break this mindset by switching things up! Layer more jewellery than you normally would. Wear two necklaces or several rings at once. Put on a watch and some bangles. Play around with all the different pieces you already have to find a fun new look.
My favourite accessory to layer up is dainty chains, layering up with shorter chains and then longer ones. I’m currently trying to style up layering a personalised name necklace like this Sienna Style Name Necklace with longer pendant chains.
Find inspiration from middle school
Another way to change up your jewelry, while still saving money, is to bring back a middle school staple: friendship bracelets. You can make your own with craft-store string or purchase pre-made bracelets (from brands like Pura Vida). You can layer a bunch for a unique boho look, and you’re sure to get compliments on your nostalgic jewelry vibe.
Mix materials and colours
Whoever said jewelry has to be silver or gold metal? Adding new colors or materials into your jewelry collection might be just what it takes to inject a bit of excitement into your exsisting jewelry routine.
Look for rose gold pieces or buy jewelry with brightly colored gemstones. Alternatively, you can skip the metal all together and opt for jewelry made of suede, feathers, wood, string, fabric, or something completely out of the box. You’ll be amazed at how big a difference switching up materials can make!
Find a new aesthetic
You can also try changing up your jewelry aesthetic—the same way you might change your overall style. If you tend to opt for a minimalistic jewelry vibe, try some over-the-top pieces. If you usually go for a polished look, go wild with bohemian pieces.
Even simply switching from silver jewelry to gold can help you break out of the habits that have been holding you down. Force yourself out of your comfort zone, and you’ll surely feel better about your jewelry choices and overall style.