So, you have seen many inspirational jewelry posts on social media and Pinterest, and you are ready to dive into the world of jewelry, and you want to do it right.
But even with all the information and inspo out there, you’re still confused and a bit overwhelmed by the options you’ve come across.
You don’t have to be overwhelmed, though, and to ensure that you get started in the right way and have the basics of jewelry coveted, here are some of the important tips that will get you started in the right direction.
They are all simple steps that are easy to follow and execute, leaving you looking like the most seasoned fashionista.
So, let’s get right into it.
How to start wearing jewelry
First, are your ears pierced? If you have pierced ears, you’d want to start with some simple earrings such as studs because they are less assuming compared to dangling earrings.
Also, the simplicity of the stud earrings means that you hardly feel that there is something foreign on your ears.
The dangling earrings may feel a little off in the beginning, but the studs are much more comfortable and easy on the ears.
Opt for the small stud earrings because these are subtle and a great place to start your journey into wearing jewelry.
For some people, the chain earrings are comfortable and a great place to start, especially if the posts, hooks, and hoops don’t feel comfortable for you.
The chain earrings may also work great for you because they are quite feminine and always look great.
You can’t go wrong with a simple chain necklace, even a pendant necklace. Necklaces are simple and elegant and will instantly elevate your appearance, regardless of your style.
For most people, necklaces are a great start because they are also some of the most comfortable and also easiest jewelry pieces that you can wear.
It would help if you also opted for the simpler and cleaner necklace designs because these feel more comfortable on the neck/ chest, and you forget that the necklace is even there after a very short time.
Avoid the choker-tight necklace or the extra long necklaces that sway free, all over, even getting caught up in your clothes and hair.
We recommend the small pendant necklace hanging on or maybe right below the dip of your collarbone. The necklace should not get in the way but be close to your face.
However, it would help if you avoided necklaces that make you feel confined or more like something is wrapping tight against your neck.
In most cases, rings will be the last type of accessory you can add to your look because they can feel too much and out there.
But if you have a ring or two that carries an important meaning, then you should start small.
The best rings for anyone starting to wear jewelry is a thumb ring or maybe a ring on the ring finger = these work because the ring will not get in the way, and they will feel comfortable all around.
The ring finger, like the thumb ring, is interference-free and will not get in the way. And after one or two days, the rings will go unnoticed.
4. Start small
If you feel a little apprehensive about wearing jewelry, mainly because you may be trying to avoid the overdressed look, we recommend that you always start small by wearing just one piece of jewelry at a time.
So, one pair of earrings, then a necklace, and then a bracelet or two when you’re feeling up for it. It takes practice to get used to wearing jewelry, especially multiple pieces but starting small means you will grow into the jewelry.
After some time, you will be more comfortable wearing more jewelry pieces at a time.
Growing into it also allows you to understand yourself better, and you will know what kinds of jewelry you like, and the options that don’t match your style or you just don’t like.
5. Always find the pieces of jewelry that you like/ love
At the end of the day, the key to finding and starting to wear elegant jewelry more comfortably daily is to find and wear the pieces of jewelry that you actually love.
Anyone who loves wearing jewelry but didn’t always like the journey into wearing jewelry started out by hating jewelry, but that changed when they learned their style and what they love, turning it into their own style. Now they rock the jewelry world and look like they were born wearing jewelry.
What this means is that contrary to popular beliefs, you should not buy trendy jewelry just because it is trendy. Avoid buying pieces. Take time to buy what you love, even if your favorite pieces are not necessarily trendy.
The kind of jewelry you want at first might look too classic and cringe to others, but as long as it makes you happy, that is all that matters.
Ultimately, you need to be attentive to the jewelry types you love because it will make more sense and make it much easier for you to shop for jewelry.
Other than stud earrings and a simple chain necklace, you may also like long chain necklaces and chain bangles if they feel right to you.
You should also get more classic sets because these will match everything you wear, regardless of the event you’re dressing up for. Not sure what to incorporate in your classic starter set?
How about a pair of stud diamond earrings, a silver (coin or heart) pendant necklace, and maybe a silver plus blue watch.
These classic pieces are small enough not to draw attention, but they also make it easy for you to pull off an elegant look without looking like you’re trying too hard.
6. Choosing the right bracelets
When starting out, you want to choose the bracelets that fit on your wrist comfortably without getting in the way.
So, if you write or type a lot, you should wear the bracelets on your non-dominant arm because you don’t want them getting in the way, and you also need to make sure that they are not causing undue pressure or being a distraction.
A simple watch is important for anyone getting into the jewelry and accessories space.
A simple watch with a metal or leather band is a classic piece that works on just about anyone without looking or feeling tacky.
The best part is that you get used to the feel of a watch on your wrist very easily.
8. Body piercing and other feminine accessories
For jewelry pieces like eyebrow rings, navel, and multiple ear piercings, you’d also want to start small and settle on the accessories that look and feel subtle and more like you.
Avoid over-the-top pieces if you are new to wearing multiple jewelry options, especially if you don’t feel much like yourself with the pieces.
Also, choose small and comfortable accessories, and make sure that the materials used to make the jewelry are safe and non-allergenic.
Cheap nose rings may look good, but they are too risky and will result in allergies with unwanted consequences.
9. Only buy high-quality, hypoallergenic jewelry options
Regardless of your style and budget, the most important thing you need to remember is that you must always find and buy high-quality jewelry, whether you are going for classic pieces or statement jewelry.
The most important thing to remember when buying your first jewelry is that at the end of the day, you need to find pieces that will not irritate your skin.
You don’t want to look all glammed up, only for you to start scratching your ears and for them to turn red, or worse, risk an infection.
When stacking and layering bangles and necklaces, as you become more accustomed to wearing jewelry, you may want to stick to the simple rule of wearing jewelry pieces in odd numbers.
This applies to necklaces and bracelets – wearing 3 or 5 pieces always looks and feels better than having 2 or 4 pieces of jewelry at the same time. This is just one of those things that work.
11. Wear jewelry consistently
Even when starting small, the only way for you to feel comfortable wearing simpler and bolder jewelry pieces is by wearing your beloved jewelry consistently.
Making it a habit to wear jewelry daily and more consistently will make it less cumbersome, and they will feel more like a part of you after a short period of time.
Some pieces you love will annoy you when they get in the way, but that is how you learn to enjoy and style your jewelry more and select the pieces that always feel like home to you.
Even when you start small, it will take a bit of time for your body to adjust to the newly introduced pieces, so keep trying and don’t give up too soon. But this doesn’t mean you should wear uncomfortable pieces that hurt you.
It will take time to get used to the right kind of jewelry that works for you, but you must be willing to take the first step, often with smaller pieces.
You can add layers and introduce new elements gradually. But most importantly, you need to make sure that the pieces of jewelry you settle on and the accessories all feel comfortable and more your style.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.