When it comes to choosing jewelry, the age-old rule was “stick to your skin tone,” - dark skin and yellow undertones are best suited to gold, while cooler complexions with rose undertones should settle on silver. While this general rule is true, it can be broken and everyone should feel free to break from these limitations. The key is knowing how to style silver and gold to make an outfit pop, regardless of skin tone and outdated rules.
If you are dressing in a bohemian, nautical, or vintage outfit, gold is the way to go. Hints of gold work to play up on international, eclectic flavors suggesting a nomadic, free-spirited, traveler's’s lifestyle, which is rich in detail, authentic, warm, and natural.
A good place to start is with a gold layered necklace, gold hoops, a gold cuff, or some gold chandelier earrings - the key is to have them look a little imperfect for a true artisan feel, as if you snapped them up at an open market. If your gold cuff features gemstones, make sure that they are of varying sizes and organic-looking cuts and finishes. Steer clear of flashy, blingy gold and keep it more organic.
Try styling fold with a relaxed hair style – think tousled waves, fishtail braids, or loose top knots, keeping the makeup warm with lots of bronzer and peach tones.
Silver is perfect for evening wear as it has the ability to make diamonds and crystals glimmer like no other metal can. While gold looks great in warm daylight, silver picks up diffused moonbeams or street light, making dramatic earrings, cocktail rings, and sleek cuffs the perfect after-dark go-to.
Silver jewelry is not just for night time, however, and can easily be dressed down, too. White shirts, denim, and black leather pair perfectly with silver – the current minimalist fashion trend lends itself perfectly to subtle silver pieces. Silver can also be featured via many different strands of chains in varying lengths and textures for a rocker vibe.
Style should be in sharp, sleek and architectural styles, with blunt angles, tight low buns, and poker straight looks working best. Don’t be afraid to try a dramatic lip shade too - plum or raisin come alive in contrast to cool silver tones.