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Since I attend events and runway shows quite often, I’m constantly thinking through what I should wear. Whenever I get ready for an event or help someone else prepare for one, I always return to this quote by Oscar Wilde, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” That being said, I am naturally the sort of person that prefers to show up over-done instead of under-dressed. But when it comes to jewelry and accessories, I’ve found the opposite to be true, especially if you are attending a cocktail or evening event! The more minimal your accessories and the more refined your jewelry, the better — especially if you put a lot of effort into your outfit.

If you look at photos of celebrities or other attendees at large runway shows and events, you are likely to find that, more often than not, they let their outfits do the talking and the accessories…well, the accessorizing. While looking through such pictures, you might also notice that when they do accessorize  — especially in the jewelry realm — they have a lovely combination of fine and costume pieces. This definitely doesn’t only apply to the rich and famous; I’ve noticed that it’s one of the most common ways for the majority of attendees to accessorize. I’ve even adopted it myself!

So, whether you go all out on your outfit or stay fairly reserved when you go out, my number one suggestion is keep the accessories classic and minimal!

 

evening or event

Since this dress has a vibrant and expansive color palette, the easiest way to keep it looking clean and cohesive is to make sure every accessory is in a color pulled from the dress instead of bringing in outsider colors. I also chose to keep most of the accessories in the blue realm so that no item would feel like it was a lone pop of color and detract from the dress. Featuring The Shots Ring Set and the Kiss Me Twice Earrings.

 

evening or event

This is the perfect example of how to combine fine jewelry with costume to create outfit continuity. This is also great for those of you who love to have a classic silhouette with touches of personal style. Featuring the Intasa Liberty Ring (My favorite), The Cain Ring, and the Life on the Edge Necklace.

 

evening or event

This outfit is a great example of how to make sure your outfit is the one that is talking! Here you will find that each accessory mimics another! The gold and white Sicilia Necklace matches the chains on the boot and purse, while the black Adria Bangle mirrors black boots and black purse!


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