Jewelry is a key accessory to complete any outfit, helping your ensemble to be more cohesive and polished. But statement jewelry takes things a little further by drawing attention to it because of its size, color, or texture. Making these bold fashion choices can be scary, and it gets even scarier the older we get. To make sure you can wear exactly what you love and still look stylish, I consulted the experts for advice on wearing jewelry when you’re 65 and older.
“What statement you want to make is entirely up to you.” Amy SalingerSays the fashion stylist and owner of Style Method NYC. The best life. “The bigger the jewelry, the bigger the statement!”
That being said, there are some things you may want to consider to help you choose the right jewelry for you. Read on for five tips to consider when dealing with these attention-grabbing pieces after 65.
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Go for pieces that complement you.
Just like clothing, statement jewelry should accentuate your features. Certain colors and metals work better on different people, so you should consider your skin, hair and eyes when choosing a piece of jewelry.
“Depending on your skin and hair color, use cool-toned gems like blue zircon or aquamarine if you have lighter skin, or warm-toned stones like fire opal, citrine or imperial zircon for darker skin tones.” Jeff MoriartyOwner of Moriarty Game Art, suggests. “Jewelry makes a big difference in how you look and how others see you.”
Jordan CullenThe founder and director of Cullen Jewelery in Melbourne, Australia, says silver and white gold work well with fair hair and skin, while rose and yellow gold complement darker hair and skin tones. However, you can try different pieces to determine what works best for you.
“Don’t be afraid to try!” Cullen says. “While you typically shy away from bold colors and patterns, try incorporating a statement piece of jewelry into your outfit to add a pop of personality.”
Consider the weight.
At any age, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of heavy earrings pulling on your earrings or a bracelet constantly shifting around your wrist. However, Salinger says this is especially important to remember when you’re over 65.
“When choosing earrings, keep weight in mind,” she says. “As one gets older, it becomes difficult to wear heavy earrings because of sweat. Choose something a little heavier – it can still be too much!”
If you’re wearing a statement necklace, you should consider the material and weight of the shirt you choose, as thick fabrics can affect the look. “I suggest wearing a high-necked shirt with a necklace over the shirt,” says Salinger. “The shirt can’t be a heavier material because it needs to lie flat to do this.”
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Combine your clothes.
It may go without saying, but your statement jewelry speaks to what you wear and your personal style.
“If you want to dress conservatively, look for understated items that add a sense of personality without being overwhelming,” advises Cullen, adding a note of caution if you want to go for something loud.
“Statement jewelry should complement your outfit, not overwhelm it,” he explains. “Choose pieces that add interest to your look without being too overpowering.”
It is good when it is reduced.
When going for more subtle jewelry, it’s easy to layer multiple pieces and maintain a cohesive look. But with statement jewelry, experts say you don’t need to add much.
“My advice is to pick one item to make a statement.” Alyssa Dineenauthor The art of online dating And the founder of Style My Profile says: “Choose earrings or a necklace or rings, but not all three.”
Ronnie TaubenfeldOwner of Ronnie Taubenfeld Jewelry, agrees that you don’t want to overdo it. “Remember that less is more when it comes to statement jewelry. For example, if your earrings are bold, forget about the necklace,” she says.
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Invest in statement pieces that will stand the test of time.
Experts recommend skipping the jewelry of the moment – remember when those chunky bubble necklaces were all the rage? Think of it as an investment in what could become an inheritance later.
“When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with classic, timeless pieces,” says Dineen. These may include large pearls, colored diamond earrings, or a large watch.
However, personal style is unique, and stylists stress that there is no wrong choice when it comes to jewelry. “Whether it’s a gold necklace with a bold pendant, a delicate silver bracelet, or earrings of different shapes and sizes, the key is to choose jewelry that makes you feel confident,” says Cullen.