I was at a function the other evening and noticed a woman wearing rings on almost every finger, a multitude of bracelets and necklaces that clanged loudly, and big dangly earrings over a busy floral-print dress.
While no one likes her bling more than me, there are still rules of thumb when accessorizing your outfit.
One is to limit jewelry that makes too much noise. You want attention drawn to you, not the sound of beads or metals clacking together. You also don’t need anything competing with your own voice. I found this out the hard way when I wore a pair of dangling earrings on the set of my TV show. I’m pretty animated during an interview, and was terribly distracted every time I heard the clang of the swaying hoops and hinges!
Another helpful tip is this: the more adornments on your outfit, the less jewelry you need to add. Say, for instance, you’re wearing a sequined dress or an embellished blouse. Adding additional bling could be overkill. I always like Coco Chanel’s advice: “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” This will stop you from overdoing it.
In the end, you want your audience focused on you, nothing else.
To paraphrase Chanel:
Overdress,and they remember the dress. Dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.
Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan