Whenever you choose jewelry for yourself you need to consider your body size and shape and how the piece you are drawn to will look in proportion to these. We talked about face shapes and how the earrings you wear can draw attention to features that you want people to notice and how they can help create an illusion, shortening a jaw or minimizing it. Now, let’s talk about how what you wear can accentuate your best physical features.
Let’s start with some basics.
Petite ladies, we’re talking under 5’2″ and smaller sizes, need to be careful about the size necklace they wear. This and petite gals do not want large pieces. Something like this, for instance, would make you look like you were overburdened with too much jewelry.
I’m not saying don’t go with original styles for gosh sake, you want to be unique, just don’t over do it. Let’s take two sizes of the same basic design. These are my new mermaid garden pieces, small mermaids perched on stones.
This style is NOT for a dainty petite woman.
This one would look much better. It’s still unusual, but it’s smaller scale and more suited to your body type. I have this posted in my new shop.
If you are petite but on the heavier side, wear a piece that is more open, that has dangles that draw the eye up and down to give a slimming illusion.
or this one……see how the dangles draw the eye up and down?
Ladies of medium height, between 5’5″ and 5’7″ have more freedom of choice. Just keep in mind where you want to draw attention to create those illusions. If you have a long torso and shorter legs, you want to draw the eye up to the shoulders and face, giving the illusion of longer legs.
Longer legs with a short torso calls for a longer piece to draw the eye down from the face creating the illusion of longer torso length. This Egyptian style is a great example of that longer length and of a bold piece.
Tall gals really want to wear bold statement pieces, one of a kind beads and other accessories with a lot of substance like loads of bangle bracelets. Dainty chains and smaller pieces can get “lost” on tall gals. So go bold and beautiful!
No matter what you height, keep your SHAPE in the forefront of your mind. Larger women, you want to emphasize your very best features also. Don’t think these choices are just for long lean ladies. You plus size divas are at an advantage here. You can not only wear bold pieces, you can get away with lots of layers! Just be cautious HOW you layer those necklaces!
First, do not start with pieces that are too close to your face and that are chunky type stones. Start with at least 24 inches. Use oval stones or rectangles, not pieces that have a lot of width, drawing the eye from side to side.
Leave an open area around the face so it shines and your smile makes it a focal! Then, use layers to take the eye up and down. A lariat like this one would be great for a woman with large bust and defined waist, drawing attention to the waist. Add some simple chains or a medium length necklace with an oval pendant then a chain on either side of it with the lariat at the last bottom piece.
Women of all sizes and shapes have plenty of choices. Each can be beautiful in her own way.
Any questions? Just ask. Next blog is a metaphysical blog about gemstones and their meanings. Come back!