How to Wear Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

Padma Lakshmi JewelryGot a dresser full of great jewelry but you’re still bored of your accessories? I know that feeling but remember making your own style is all about pushing the boundaries of fashion and knowing what looks good on you. So stop playing it safe and trying to wear your jewelry the way you saw it on the shop mannequin. And if you’re no good at thinkingout of the box, then you’ve made the right pit stop.

I am a thorough junk jewelry person; I have weird rings, crazy neck pieces, eye popping earrings and bracelets, anklets, bangles and brooches, not just this I always have a whole lotta collection of elegant and delicate jewelry. The problem I face most of the times, is putting them up in the right way, and not just me but lots of my friends always keep wondering how to wear jewelry the right way. So here’s a post for all the confused souls like me.

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To start off with, let me talk of the pendants. Single pendants is like the good old fashion now, you can be different here. Pile up two or more pendants together. Keep the chains delicate but. Huge pendants should be worn single, you can pile up the small ones and the medium sized ones. When I say huge pendants, I strictly mean that the larger pendants must be picked with a lot of thought you possibly shouldn’t pick anything which looks meaningless. Remember, jewelry project your personal taste and characteristics, so be wise when picking them.

Always wear an oversized pendant in a long long chain. An oversized pendant swaying in a long chain is always always sassy and classy, both. But the same pendant in a shorter chain is a total fashion disaster. Do not use too delicate chains for the oversized pendants. Whilst wearing a huge pendant simmer down all your other accessories. Please. Remember, Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, string a finger ring in your chain.


Wear an assortment of necklaces of different lengths that go together or tie it up in a knot to give it the hippy chic look. You can double the necklaces for your bracelets, especially the chunky and pearly ones. You can wear them with your belts too. Of recent, the vintage Bohemian jewelry is very “in” since these can be worn on both the formal and casuals attires. The bold neckpiece can easily create an impression and give your look a whole new confidence and valiance.

An open necked wide top or a strapless one if teamed with a versatile neckpiece can give your look an elegant and chick look. Whereas the bib style, collared neck piece gives a dramatic touch to your look. The thumb rule here again is to skim down the other jewelry if you are opting for chunky necklaces. For your formal office wear, pick simple neckpieces like simple beads, pearls and simple pendants. To pep up your formal look, wear multi stranded necklaces with colorful gemstones and layers. For turtleneck tops and sweaters opt for short necklaces. Cowl necks need no necklaces. A lariat with tunic tops or a long chained oversized pendants.

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Stop matching them to your outfits perfectly, instead try and wear contrasting colors to make your outfit stand out more. E.g. wear your most colorful bangles (even if they’re not the same shape and size, remember the chucky ones you picked from the flea market or handicraft exhibition?) with a black outfit. Or if they’re open clasp bracelets wear them around your ankles or upper arm instead of around your wrists to give yourself more edge. Use a satin ribbon for a bracelet. Bracelets can be used accessorizing your braid, or pony too.


Hang your rings on a charm bracelet or wear them as a pendant. Your safer option is to reverse the way you wear rings. If you wear one on all your fingers, tone it down and wear one to make it mare noticeable or if you wear only one try wearing more than one on each finger or one on each finger, it’s not a compulsion to wear only one ring in one finger, stack’em. Or forget your fingers altogether and wear toe rings instead! If you’re (to be) married though beware of trying to spice your engagement ring up, men are very touchy about it and the cool guy you married may turn out to be not so cool after you try that stunt.


Stick them into anything you can, except your ears. Wear them as rings, charm bracelets, brooches or pins. The list is endless. My favorite though is turning them into elegant hair accessories when you tie your hair up. Nothing looks better than a touch of sparkle to a neatly tied updo. Or put it on a sweater or may be the back pocket of your jeans.

The Brooch, the Watch and the Belt

Gone are the days where you had a specific place on the dress to fix in a brooch. Relocate your brooch to your belt or the cuff or may be at the collar. And why just one brooch? You can have many together. The watch can be made fun too. Wear a nice bracelet with it. Wear it at your belt loop. The belt, well there’s lots you can do with it. Lots mean lots. So go crazy this season and wear the belt as you please.

So there you have it ladies. You can drop your wallets now and save yourself another shopping trip. And remember the first and last rule of accessorizing is not to play it safe. If you’ve got that covered, it’ll be a long while before you get bored of your jewelry collection.

Also Read:

Jewelry: Indian Designer Jewellery
How to Clean Gold and Silver Jewelry at Home
How To Wear Gold Jewellery
All About Gold & My Personal Gold Jewellery Collection

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31 thoughts on “How to Wear Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

  1. I love accessories and i love you Zeeba.. So i loved this totally..

    I love Brooches and they look awessome with sarees, to pin up pallu or even attach them strategically to a backless blouse… Also to pin up chunnis on salwar suits!!!

  2. Got a dresser full of great jewelry but you’re still bored of your accessories? !!!!! OMG you have captured my “mind voice” …
    its like water water everywhere not a drop to drink – samuel taylor coleridge…

    btw nice article Zeeba 🙂

  3. awwwwwww.. i luv u too Mrun……….. :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :handshake2: :handshake2: :handshake2: :-* :-* :-* :X-P: :X-P: :X-P: :X-P: :X-P: :X-P: :hugleft: :hugleft: :hugleft: :hugleft:

  4. very nice as usual Zeeba 🙂 i have a lot of junk jewelery 2 and as u said i was kinda bored of them…will make use of them now …thanx 🙂

    1. Thanks Shanaiia……we all seriously hve junks of jewellry bt then we hardly use it..its such a pain…………so nw we all shall use it…. :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: :meeting: :meeting:

  5. this was definitely an interesting take on jewellery … but call me old fashioned … I like my rings on my fingers, my earrings in my ears and my necklaces around my neck :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

    I have drawers full of jewellery, half of it is junk the other half in antique style silver …so I totally get you need to mix it around a lil bit 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉

    I love your creative streak :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

    1. hahahhahaha…J dooo… 🙂

      It’s sumtyms good to be old fashioned and elegant.. 😉

      Antique silver jewelry hs its own beauty and charm….and amalgamating it wid sum junk cn give the old stylized jewelry a whole new look 🙂

      Glad u liked the post.. :handshake: :handshake: :handshake: :handshake:

  6. OMG zeeeba .. whatever uv written i follow all this to the T already… 😉 🙂 we have the same fashion sense then 😉 :yelo: :yelo: :yahoo:
    i have crrazzyy jewelry and wear them even in crazier ways! like very bohemian…

    1. oooooooooooooooooo….teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezz..

      (very Hannah Montana style).


      I luv doin weird thngs wid my jewelry…. 🙂 :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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