Working Jewelry into Personal Style (Video)

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena

by Rena Klingenberg.

How do you wear jewelry as part of your personal style? Here are some things I consider when deciding what jewelry to wear:

Transcript of This Video:

I’m fascinated with all the various ways we can combine the jewelry we wear into our personal style.

And this is also something that a lot of jewelry customers would appreciate your help with – helping them figure out great ways to incorporate jewelry as the finishing touch to their overall look.

Today I’m going to share a little about how I work jewelry into my personal style.

My style is basically an uncluttered, simple look with a bit of drama.

I often I wear clothes that are more plain and simple so they make a good backdrop for my jewelry.

Then my top becomes a blank canvas for the necklace art that will be worn with it.

And my earrings get more attention if the top I’m wearing is plain and simple.

But when I wear something a little more detailed like this sweater with the big cowl neckline, I feel like that’s enough going on around my neck, and wearing a necklace with it would be too much for my style.

So I’m not wearing a necklace, but instead I’ll choose a simple pair of earrings that are either large or colorful (I chose colorful), that create a good visual balance against that neckline.

And because I’m just not comfortable wearing heavy jewelry, part of my personal style is that if I’m going to wear earrings, they need to be lightweight.

So for me large earrings might have a lot of openwork or open areas in them to keep them lightweight, or they could be made from lightweight materials like acrylic.

Since the sweater looks pretty busy already, I chose to wear these simple, medium-size, lightweight, colorful acrylic bead earrings.

I chose colorful earrings because the sweater is all neutral colors and I felt that a bright pop of color was what this outfit needed.

So for me, working jewelry into my personal style involves a lot of small choices that when put together make a difference in my overall look.

And of course, your style and how you wear jewelry is not written in stone. You can always change and evolve as you go.

I would love to hear how you wear jewelry as part of your personal style!

Thanks so much for stopping in today! I’ll see you soon.

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

Working Jewelry into Personal Style (video).  Red acrylic and 14k gf earrings by Rena Klingenberg

Earrings: Red acrylic beads with 14k gf earwires and findings, by Rena Klingenberg.

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  • Tamara says:

    I love those earrings, Rena! So pretty! Sometimes my tops are plain, so I can wear my more detailed jewellery, but I also find that I’m drawn to detail in my tops as well, so in those cases I find that I’ll wear maybe a strand of pearls, either freshwater or vintage, or a simple crystal heart on a chain. Or a pair of lace earrings with little detail on them. I can’t have my detail everywhere. And if the look of the outfit I’m wearing is bohemian, which I love, I like to balance that with an elegance to my jewellery, so I don’t look “hippyish”. 🙂 On the other hand, if my outfit feels a little too boring or conservative to me, I can add a piece of statement or bohemian-inspired jewellery to get the look I want.

  • Mary Wong says:

    Rena, Your strategy of dressing as a canvas for your jewelry is exactly mine too. I especially like white tops with a scoop neckline as the white reflects light best for my crystal and color components to accent/compliment color(s) of my layered shirt or sweater. I also like black tops as a canvas.
    PS Love your new haircut.

  • zoraida says:

    First let me say that your short hair looks lovely and adorable. It frames your slim face and large eyes perfectly.
    I tend to wear only one bold piece, like a pendant with nothing else, or a few smaller pieces at once. Never too much at one time. Usually I opt for earrings (not heavy but not dainty either). Sometimes I go all out with bracelets and rings and omit the necklace but without earrings I feel naked. Most of the time I wear rustic jewelry and very casual clothing.

  • Carol Burton says:

    I like that you used acrylic beads to make the earrings light, and yet, colorful. Often I feel that I should be wearing semi-precious stones to keep an image of an artist who makes upscale jewelry. Thank you for helping making it O.K. to wear acrylic. I do make and wear acrylic flower and leaf jewelry, though. The way I personally wear my jewelry, is to make sure I pick up a color in the blouse I am wearing, and to make it match the season or the event I am going to.

  • Thank you for your lovely comments!

    Tamara, very interesting how you balance the bohemian / elegant styles between your clothing and jewelry, adding enough of each style to keep either of them from taking over!

    Mary, thank you for your lovely compliment! I like your method of wearing black or white tops as a canvas for jewelry! I’m working toward getting more tops in neutral colors. I’m always drawn to solid-color tops in coral, pink, lime, turquoise, periwinkle – which can work as a “canvas” (depending on the necklace) – but I think I would find neutrals to be more versatile for that.

    Thank you, Zoraida! And you’re right – rustic jewelry + casual clothing = awesome outfit! I also feel naked without earrings. Even if I wear just a tiny pair of hoops with a statement necklace, I feel much more “finished” than if I wore the necklace alone.

    Carol, I used to stick to precious metals and semiprecious stones for my jewelry creations. But I began to feel limited and bored with my materials. And I found that – at least with my customers – the people who purchased my jewelry were much more interested in the color and design of the jewelry than how precious the materials were. Also that many ladies were delighted to find lightweight earrings to wear.

    I’m sure your flower and leaf pieces are lovely, and comfortable to wear because they’re not too heavy. 🙂

    I have a post about how I used to be a “bead snob” but eventually came to accept acrylic beads (which I now appreciate and wear quite often!):
    Designing Jewelry with Acrylic Beads.

  • nidhi says:

    Really nice outlook Rena, those earrings look fab on you . As for my personal style is concerned , I like to wear solid colours which give me ample opportunity to accessorise well . if it had embilishments on the neck I prefer to go only with earrings and bracelet and if its plain I compliment with a statement neck piece. I don’t wear a necklace and earrings together unless the occasion calls for it .

  • lou mcnierney says:

    I usually find myself picking the jewelry I want to wear and then trying to find clothing that goes with the jewelry, instead of the other way around. its usually something new i just finished I want to try it out.

  • Riki Nutting says:

    Hi Rena! I LOVE your videos. You share so much information which I really appreciate. I’ve been making jewelry for about 8 years now. One day I’ll test the waters on Etsy & EBay. You inspire me and thank you for sharing your knowledge and talent ????

  • Riki, thanks so much for your kind comment! That’s lovely to hear. 🙂

  • Alice says:

    First, I agree, your new “do” is fresh and lovely on you. Second, what a great cowl sweater, I want one in periwinkle and sage. I tend to wear clothes that suit my jewelry, mostly necklaces and bracelets. Also mix ‘n match colors of metals and beads that go well with many colors of clothing.
    I’m very casual/rustic, and love some drama in the mix.
    This is a fun topic, made me think about it more too.

  • Alice, thank you so much for your lovely compliment, and I enjoyed hearing about your personal style! That cowl sweater came form Kohls a couple of years ago. I’d love to have it in periwinkle and sage too! 🙂

  • Michele C. says:

    Hi Rena! I can’t tolerate heavy jewelry either. I love the funky necklaces with many strands of odd beads, but I can stand it on my neck for about 5 minutes and then it bothers me. I hate anything that touches the hollow of my throat, Ditto for bracelets. I stick to single strand elastic stretch bracelets. I love cuff bracelets but I take them off almost immediately because they annoy me when I use my hands. I have French and Jewish heritage so I talk with my hands going all the time! I try to make interesting, unusual pieces that can be strung on a 24 inch 2mm leather cord in a good color. Using the leather rather than wire or chain makes the necklace lighter and easy to wear.

  • I agree, Michele! I love the look of cuff bracelets and other hard bracelets, but I don’t like anything that clacks on my wrists. 🙂 And yes! I usually wear leather cord necklaces because they’re smooth and lightweight.

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