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Sponsored by Ford Edge — We all know someone who never fails to over-accessorize; the one who wears the gargantuan hoop earrings, a flashy necklace, a million and two bangles, and even bolder rings…all at once.

Please ladies, don’t let this be you.

We all love our jewelry and want to show it off whenever we can, but the truth is, it is better to forgo a couple of pieces than look like Miss “Bling Bling Bling.” I know we all have our own personal style, and accessories enable us to show that off. But overdoing it can take your look from hot to hot mess quickly.

Because we have your back, Clutchettes, here are a few useful tips to ensure that all of your jewelry accessories will complement–not fight–one another.

Statement earrings OR statement necklace
Sounds simple enough, right? If not, I’ll break it down for you. If you are going to wear your new peacock feather earrings that stop at your shoulder, please opt out of rocking the chunky beads and feather bib necklace from the same collection. Wearing the two pieces together will be overkill. The earrings stand on their own, and so does the necklace. However, if you do go for the necklace, try pairing it with stud earrings instead. This rule applies to jewelry on other parts of your body as well. If you’re wearing multiple chunky bracelets, keep the amount and size of your rings to a minimum.

Too cheap, too gaudy!
Oh no! This “accessory don’t” is the most bothersome, so I must address it. I’m a firm believer in being an economical shopper; I find some fabulous inexpensive pieces that you wouldn’t believe cost less that $15.00. And it is very possible to wear all Forever 21 jewelry and still look classy and chic. The problem develops when you pile on cheap metals and shiny plastics all at once. Wearing cheap jewelry-–that actually looks cheap-–is a big no-no.

Look at your outfit, please
Ultimately, you need to analyze what you’re wearing before you can finalize your jewelry. Are you rocking a simple outfit with minimum prints? Are you wearing neutral or darker colors? Are you going for a classy, girly, rocker, bohemian, or urban look? All of these questions will assist you in deciding what jewelry is appropriate for your outfit. For instance, if your outfit is busy and you are mixing several prints, stick to less ornate jewelry. When wearing something simple, decorative bold jewelry looks great, and it makes your whole look pop.

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  • I’m guilty of over accessorizing, especially back when i was in college. I’d show up to a 8:30 am class with huge earrings, a chunky necklace and 3 or 4 rings. Yeah, i was THAT girl, lol. I’ve since toned it down for the real world, and am not really a fan of bracelets or necklaces anymore. So now, I’ll wear my statement earrings and 1 bold ring. Sometime’s I’m really tempted to put on my favorite gold cuff, especially since they’re in this season, with a bunch of rings, but take off something before i leave the house.

    I’m learning, lol

  • blue bella

    i actually like how kelis is pairing her items in the picture above..it really depends on the outfit and the personality behind it…cool read

  • Yana

    Great post, and very helpful!