How Much is Too Much?

How Much is Too Much?

We all know that jewelry is a lovely addition to an outfit. It can enhance our beauty, provide subtle flashes of glamour, and draw the right kind of attention. But it's possible to have too much of a good thing. With so many different types of jewelry available, how do you determine how much is too much? This article will walk you through how you might be overdoing it with your accessories - from wearing them all at once to having a safe full of jewels - and give tips on curbing your habits for healthier shopping habits and budgeting skills.

As the article title promises, this article is focused on jewelry. There are other articles on various other accessories, and some that focus on styling when you shop for accessories (i.e., how to wear accessories), so please read them before hopping into this one!

I'll also be discussing budgeting skills which I believe will lend themselves well to setting boundaries with jewelry for better shopping habits. Last but not least is a section on wearing too much jewelry with all its potential dangers, including how to fix it if it's already broken and how to prevent breakage in the first place.

The Basics:

Choosing jewelry is an entirely different ballgame from clothes. Because jewelry is not worn as frequently as our clothing, we can afford to buy more excellent quality pieces that we enjoy and will last longer rather than opting for cheaper, more disposable clothes. But this isn't to say that the more expensive a piece of clothing is, the better it is - the same goes for jewelry. We want to invest in pieces that suit our tastes without breaking the bank. Finding a balance between quality and quantity will help us shop in less risky and more sensible ways.

An excellent place to start is knowing the difference between a statement piece and something merely decorative. The most prevalent types of jewelry worn today are earrings, necklaces, bracelets, belts, and rings. Statements can be anything from a sparkly neon color to huge pendants or chandeliers. Decorative pieces are anything that doesn't go with your outfit and detracts from it. This could include a watch that adds bulk to your wrist or a colorful but hideous necklace that would clash with everything you're wearing.

Jewelry is also a very personal thing. Because of this, it's essential to be selective when shopping, especially with jewelry. If you're keeping a safe full of rings or necklaces, beware of the danger of overdoing it! When you buy too many items or have an excessive amount of jewelry, the chances are that things will break - not just because they are breaking but also because you're wearing too much and therefore wearing the pieces unevenly.

As we discussed before, a budget can help us decide how much to spend on each piece and help us curb our purchases. A budget is not a vanity license to buy as much jewelry as we like and wear it without regard to cost - it's a set of limits for us to work within.

How to address the problem:

Let's start with the most obvious culprits when overdoing the jewelry. I see so many girls who wear their jewelry and their clothes at the same time. They don't notice that they are wearing two different items and choose one or the other when they should consider both. When you're wearing jewelry with your outfit, it can be very distracting as it draws attention away from your outfit - as if you'd deliberately want to draw attention to yourself with a piece of jewelry. You might also be making yourself look a little frantic and unkempt by wearing too much at once because your accessories are distracting from your outfit instead of complementing it.

Other bracelets are easier to manage because they are worn on the upper arm (i.e., the bangle) or the wrist (i.e., bangles). Earrings can be a little trickier, as they need to be balanced and light with your hair, clothing, and body shape - especially with multiple piercings - but as long as you have at least one matching earring per hole pierced and didn't hang them all on one ear, then you're doing fine.

Now that we've got the basics down, let's move on to more subtle issues. I'll be discussing wearing one piece at a time and wearing more than one piece at a time.

By wearing one piece at a time, I mean that you choose only one item of jewelry to wear with an outfit. You can use more than one accent color of jewelry if you like - this goes with the suggestion of having multiple accessories in various colors - but make sure they complement each other and don't clash.

Many girls will have a safe full of jewelry they can wear for as long as they like. They might even own jewelry in various metals because they don't know any better, and some people don't realize that they might risk injury if they wear so many rings, necklaces, or bracelets at once. Of course, a safe is excellent for keeping valuables safe, but it can be dangerous, depending on how you store it. I strongly recommend not keeping your jewelry in your safe when you're not using it - keep your safe locked up safely away from children so that there's no risk of them accidentally picking up something and putting it in their mouths. You should always keep most of your jewelry on you so that they're not just sitting in a box collecting dust.

On the other hand, if you have an excessive amount of jewelry and are wearing it regularly, you run the risk of wearing your pieces unevenly over time. Often frustration with a broken piece will lead us to wear more jewelry as compensation - it's simply an easy way to solve the problem. Unfortunately, this can be a slippery slope into an even more significant risk or injury if you wear too many accessories or they are too heavy for you to support. If you have more than one type of jewelry, it's best to choose just one or two pieces and wear them together to balance them out.

We've been talking about jewelry before and during our fashion beat-down, but now I'd like to discuss the topic from a more practical perspective. Before we discuss specific looks and how to incorporate jewelry into them, let's first talk about the need for jewelry - or any clothing style, for that matter.

While it's easy to think we should wear more jewelry than we do, this is a bad sign. If too much jewelry is on you, your outfit will be weighed down and appear messy. On the flip side of this idea, if you're wearing too little jewelry, you might look like your outfit is less - literally. So, how do you tell whether you're overdoing or under-dressing with pieces?

Start by looking at your wrists. You might be overdressing without realizing it when you're wearing a watch but don't have any other bracelets and rings on your wrists - and no other wrist accessories. Next, look at your neck. When you're wearing a necklace or two, and that's it, you might be overdressing. Finally, look at your ears. I know how scary this can be - we've all been there, and we know it hurts when you take off multiple earrings simultaneously - but do it anyway. You might also be overdressing when you're wearing just one or two earrings per hole pierced and not any other ear accessories.

Now that we've covered the basics of correct jewelry usage let's talk about the different separates available for women - and men too! Some of these ideas are more feminine than others, but these ideas are flexible enough for anyone to use.

For a fashion beat-down, you will apply this to a couple of different outfits. If you have pieces, you'd like to wear but aren't sure how to dress them up, this information will be just as useful!

In conclusion, if you want to take your looks to the next level, buying a whole new wardrobe is not necessary - just a few well-chosen pieces of jewelry can go a long way.

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