Wearing jewellery is like adding the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. Whether it’s a pair of sparkly earrings, a few bangles stacked on your arm or a statement necklace, accessories can help dress up a drab outfit and give you a bit of a confidence boost.
“I think clothing and jewelry can be a great way to express yourself and your creativity,” says US fashion influencer Olivia Culpo. “For that reason, I think taking time to select accessories to pair with your outfit can make you really feel your best and most confident stepping out the door looking the part.”
We totally agree! In fact, the model and former Miss Universe 2012 recently designed a range of sophisticated, minimalist and unisex pieces for APM Monaco’s October collection, dubbed “Boyfriend”, featuring stylish statement earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces with clean geometric lines and bold colours.
So if you’re unsure about how to rock jewellery (whether for work or weekend), or simply want to up your bling game, we asked Olivia for her best styling tips to help inspire you:
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I don’t usually overdo it with jewellery but I like to find a cool statement piece to complement my look.”
The right way to layer jewellery is…
“This is a tough one, as it takes a little practice and playing with the pieces to get it just right. I typically start with the shorter necklaces and then layer as they get longer. Or on the wrist I will start with a watch and then build around that.
Honestly, just have fun with it! I personally don’t like to mix metals, but some people do it right and it looks amazing.”
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What are your must-have jewellery items for the following occasions?
For work events where you have to look professional: “Keep it simple. Maybe a bangle bracelet and some stud earrings.”
For a fun weekend brunch: “Necklaces – layer them over a flowy dress.”
For travel: “I like to wear a cool pair of earrings to dress up my travel look, but then you can easily take them off when you get on the plane and sleep.”
For date night: “I like delicate pieces for a romantic evening – a pair of drop earrings and a few layered rings.”
How do you use jewellery to go from a day to night look?
“During the day I will wear a few smaller pieces and then add some chunky rings and a statement earring as I head into night, but that could all change depending on the outfit!”
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Is there such a thing as too much bling?
“I think everyone is individual on this one and it depends on what you feel good wearing. For me, less is more, but I see some people wear tons of necklaces and rings and it looks so good on them. Try different things and then see what feels the best.”
What’s your favourite item from the APM collection and why?
“Ahhh that is so hard to say but I really love the customisable jewelry. I have drop earrings that have my area code from my childhood neighborhood and I love them. They also have some really special ear cuffs that are fun to wear especially when my hair is up.”
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