Mix your metals
“Accessorizing has certainly come a long way since matchy-match details reigned supreme,” says Chelsea Jackson, fashion stylist and buyer. Jackson advises that rich, warm-toned jewelry (think an antique brass watch passed through generations or a few dainty gold necklaces) pop when paired with a cool silver statement piece like a cuff or great pair of earrings. Jackson’s best tip to take the guesswork out of overlapping metals is to choose a dominant shade: “Pick your favorite metal, make that your base, and introduce a few contrasting pieces to master mixing in an effortless way.” Read on for fashion upgrades that make your outfit look expensive.
Pick comfy shoes when you can
“When putting your best foot forward, my biggest advice is to make comfort key,” says Jackson. Chunky blocked heels are perfect for long-wear days, because your body weight is evenly distributed throughout the shoe, she says. You can likely get away with a few extra inches when reaching for a pair with a thicker heel. “But if skinny pumps are your thing, sticking to one- to two-inch heights helps maintain balance. If you are walking with caution in three-inch heels, save them for a night at the theater,” says Jackson.
Keep your nails clean
If you’re going to wear a statement cocktail ring, or even multiple thin bands, make sure your fingernails look just as good. “Even if you don’t have time for a full mani, do a quick polish change, or take a file and clean up the shape so all 10 fingers are even and neat,” advises Wendy Lewis of Beautyinthebag.com. If you have no time for color, go with a combination base/top coat to keep nails protected and strong to prevent snags and breakage,” Lewis advises. Short nails are in, so choose from oval or square with round corners to prevent breakage. “A chipped mani or unkempt nails will be the focus of attention, not your oversized ring,” the blogger adds. (Related: Here’s what your nail color reveals about you.)