A thoughtfully chosen piece of jewelry has the ability to alter any outfit, making it appear noticeably more formal or casual. The key to effectively dressing up or down your appearance with jewelry is recognizing what style element it adds. Then, you must comprehend how to strategically incorporate that element into your attire.  

 To further investigate this concept, we will examine the styling potential of four of our beloved classic jewelry designs. Learn how to dress up and tone down your outfit with hoop earrings, stackable rings, dainty necklaces, and classic bracelets by reading on. 



Adding a pair of earrings is one of the simplest methods to transform a look. Because they are so versatile, hoop earrings are our top pick for sprucing up or down a look. The enormous variety of hoop earring styles, the majority of which can be worn in multiple ways, makes the hoop an excellent choice for transformation. 

 Any size hoop can dress up an outfit, but certain design details are more suitable for high-end ensembles. Small hoops set with large diamonds can add an air of sophistication to an ensemble, whereas large hoops set with diamonds can make even the simplest attire appear extravagant and daring. In addition, all types of medium and large hoops, whether they are set with gemstones or crafted from pure gold, will add a decidedly chic and sophisticated air to any ensemble.   

Dressing Up with Hoops

Smaller diamond circles can be the ideal accessory for casual attire. The secret to wearing hoops with more casual, down-to-earth outfits is to avoid excessive size and shimmer. You can wear a set of huggie hoops, a set of hoops with unusual shapes or design details, or multiple sets of hoops simultaneously. As long as they are not excessively large or extravagant, hoops are appropriate for casual and business-casual occasions. 

 Dressing Down with Hoops 

  1. Styling with Stackable Rings

Stackable bracelets are a fashionable way to enhance your appearance. However, regardless of whether you’re using stackable rings to dress up or down, you should limit your other jewelry to avoid appearing excessive. 

Dressing Up with Stackable Rings 

To create more opulent stackable ring appearances, be daring with proportions and favor large diamonds. Even a single substantial diamond ring can add a stunning touch to formal attire, so donning several is certain to attract attention. Complement your larger rings with a few delicate rings in a coordinating metal to create an elevated and elegant appearance. 


Dressing Down with Stackable Rings 

Avoid large diamonds and large-scale pieces in general for a more informal stacked ring appearance. Limit yourself to one or fewer large rings, as wearing multiple large rings will rapidly make you appear glamorous. Instead of wearing massive rings, choose intricate designs. To maintain a visually light and fashionable appearance, leave some skin exposed between your rings. Numerous jewels worn in close proximity may appear too formal or traditional for casual attire. 


For casual stacked styles, mixed metals are an excellent option. To maintain the cohesiveness of a mixed metal ring stack, however, we recommend selecting one predominate metal and accenting it with pieces of the second metal. 


  1. Styling with Necklaces

Necklaces are one of the most popular accessories. The proper necklace can bring an ensemble together, making it appear polished, fashionable, and cohesive. Consider the necklace’s compatibility with your neckline, regardless of the design you’re attempting to achieve. Consider how it will coordinate not only with the necklines of your t-shirt and sundress, but also with those of your blazer and cardigan. Paying close attention to these proportions can make the difference between a stylish and a messy ensemble. 


Dressing up with Necklaces 

When it comes to necklaces, it is generally more upscale to wear fewer components. For instance, a single choker with an array of beautiful diamonds is a statement necklace that will make any outfit appear opulent. Or, if you wish to elevate your outfit in a more sophisticated manner, a single long diamond station necklace or lariat necklace will appear utterly sophisticated no matter what it is paired with. 


Dressing down with necklaces 

A delicate pendant necklace will always complement casual ensembles. Consider necklace layering if you wish to experiment with more intricate or daring casual designs. By layering three to five necklaces of varying lengths, you can create a modern style that is both casual and stylish. Using the layering technique, you can also easily infuse your personality into an otherwise simple ensemble. You could, for instance, keep things delicate and coordinated, go flamboyant with mixed metals and textures, or wear pieces with personal significance. 

We are fond of the Jorge Revilla collection here at Lee Dorn Jewelers that completes the look. Watch Lee on his Facebook Live video as he explains the collection and how it completes your casual, yet sporty and fine look.  

  1. Styling with Bracelets and Bangles

A well-selected bracelet can easily dress up an outfit or add a unique touch of personal style, as can a collection of well-selected bracelets. If you decide to layer your bracelets, keep in mind that the general rule of thumb is to wear no more than three to four bracelets with similar characteristics. Remember that less is often more when accessorizing with bracelets, as they can rapidly appear chaotic. 

Dressing Up with Bracelets 

To add sophistication to a high-end ensemble, choose luxurious bracelets with classic design details. A classic diamond bangle bracelet is the ideal accessory for black tie attire. Additionally, it elevates any appearance. If you’re aiming for a more opulent appearance, bracelets with halo-set diamonds are also a fantastic choice. 


Dressing Down with Bracelets 

Consider selecting uncomplicated or graphic bracelets if you desire a casual appearance. Bracelets, such as white gold bangles or bar bracelets, are an excellent way to complement a casual ensemble without going overboard. Graphic bracelets with charms or motifs can add a great deal of personality and excitement to an outfit. In addition, there’s no need to choose between basic and graphic bracelets, as you can also combine the two. As long as you avoid bracelets with large diamonds and gemstones, your ensemble should be appropriate for casual occasions.