Rule 1- Always Wear Three Pieces When It Counts
When it is important to you to look and feel great, three is the magic number. Wedding, engagement and eternity rings and plain watches do not count. Black shoes and handbags are neutral and do not get included in the formula. All these are background basics.
Rule 2 – Think of Your Accessories as a Family
Imagine your three accessories are a mother, daughter and son or a step-mother, daughter and son. This will remind you to keep the colours or the designs related to each other. The mother or the step-mother relates to the largest or most colourful accessory you are wearing. The son and the daughter are the two smaller pieces. They may be the same size or one larger than the other.
Variation 1 – Mother, Daughter and Son
The mother piece is the stand-out or largest accessory. This can be a necklace, belt, brightly coloured or patterned shoes, scarf, large earrings or a beautiful brooch. The two other pieces you add are the children. Think of the daughter as matching the colour, design and pattern of the mother but smaller. Think of the son as different and smaller but still related to the family.
I will explain it using one of my family sets. I have a matching necklace and earrings in black, white and pale fuchsia pink which represents the mother and the daughter because they are the same colours and style and therefore related to each other. When I wear these together, I add my fuchsia ring which is a completely different style. This represents the son because it is in the same pink family but a deeper colour. It goes with them but does not match them exactly.
A coloured or patterned handbag only counts if you wear it the whole time and you want it to be a mother focus. So, I can pair my fuchsia handbag with a fuchsia ring. Being the same colour makes them a mother and daughter. To this I can add either my olive and purple necklace or my black, white and pale fuchsia pink necklace above. In this variation the son is a larger piece than the daughter ie the ring, but still includes one of the family colours.
You can do this with prints by wearing an animal print belt to represent the mother, a narrow animal print bracelet to represent the daughter and a black bracelet or small to medium gold earrings to represent the son. Two sons are acceptable if they follow the family colour theme.
Variation 2 – Step-Mother, Daughter and Son
In this variation, the two smaller pieces that represent the son and daughter are in the same colour or style family and the step-mother is completely different and a contrast to them. An example of this might be wearing black and white bangles with black and white earrings and a medium to wide red belt or red shoes. If you know which colours complement each other, you can wear two smaller items in one colour and the stand out piece in a complimentary colour. An example of this would be when I wear my olive earrings with my olive Peridot ring and a standout purple necklace or scarf.
If you knows the colours that make you look fabulous, it pays to buy accessories in variations of those colour so that you can wear different family combinations.