While matching your jewellery to your hair may not be as important on a day-to-day basis, when it’s time to attend a formal dress event, every aspect of your ensemble must be on point—including your jewellery. Since finding jewellery you love is easy, the problem many people encounter is figuring out which jewellery to pair with your hair. If you want a simple way to figure out how to match your jewellery to your hair, read on for the best tips and tricks.
Match Your Colour
When picking out jewellery to wear, you may have already considered the colours that work best with your skin tone, but have you also looked at which colours go best with your hair? With four basic hair colours—blond, brunette, redhead, and black—there are several options for each.
If you have blond hair, your hair colour isn’t overwhelming, which allows you to play with two extremes: light and bright. You can wear any metal you choose, but when it comes to stones, you’ll look best in blue, green, and orange. Light blue stones—like aquamarine and topaz—will complement your hair, while dark blue ones—like lapis lazuli and sapphire—stand out from your light hue. You can also wear varying shades of jade, emerald, coral, and black.
For red hair, you’ll want to stick to natural, earth colour tones for metal. Pair yellow or rose gold with purple, green, and red stones. Choose bright colours that won’t blend into your hair with gems like amethyst, chrysocolla, carnelian, and turquoise.
Brunette hair goes best with jewel tones that stand out against the subtle shades of brown. Choose garnet, peridot, amethyst, and azurite and pair them with silver or gold metals.
Black hair also allows for a number of jewel tone options. Because your hair is so dark, light colours—like white gold and pearls—will be as visible as bright combinations of citrine, fire opals, turquoise, and labradorite.Match Your Texture
The shape of your hair has just as much to with choosing your jewellery as your hair colour does. For example, curly hair would make curvy jewellery, like hoops, completely disappear. Avoid jewellery that matches the shape of your hair and stick with forms that are entirely contrasting.
Curly hair looks best with jewellery that has straight lines and smooth surfaces, while straight hair works well with elaborate dangles and chandeliers. Straight hair also benefits from exciting textures, like milgraining, which add interesting features to your face and neck.
Match Your Style
There are very specific hairstyles that best show off the jewellery you’ve chosen—even jewellery manufacturers consider various hair styles and designs when deciding how to market their pieces to an audience. A bun, a ponytail, a braid, or side swept hair make sure your earrings are visible and your necklace takes centre stage.
Create a large bun or a small bun, one that’s looped tightly or one that’s loose and messy, and a centred bun at the back your head or a 20s-inspired bun over to the side. You can recreate the ponytail and braid in the same way, altering the size, sleekness, and location however you wish.
With the side-swept hair you don’t have as many options. The only requirement for this hair-do is that all of your hair be pulled to one side and over one shoulder. Leave the other side of your face, neck, and shoulder completely hair free.
Guidelines, Not Rules
While these tips are great guidelines to get you started, don’t restrain yourself to these ideas. Choose the jewellery and hairstyles you love and you’ll look great.