The fashion industry is slowly opening itself up to be more inclusive, welcoming designers and models from all walks of life and different shapes and sizes. This was a particularly welcome boon to plus-size women who have often felt alienated by the lack of representation in the industry.
How should a plus-size woman wear necklaces? Does chunky jewelry make one look bigger? Will thin bracelets look too dainty? While the ideal answer is that there are no rules when it comes to accessories (you do you!), it is true that some of us might be at a loss where to start.
Here are some basic plus-size jewelry tips to help guide you.
- Be bold
Statement pieces should be a staple in every woman’s jewelry collection. Unsure what a statement piece is? Think bold colors, over-the-top designs, or mixed materials. When it comes to necklaces, for example, look for one that uses chunky pieces of stone or one that weaves together a massive collection of beads. Strong, bold necklaces are also a good starting point for when you’re unsure of what to wear because you can plan your outfit and makeup around the piece of jewelry, not the other way around.
- Wear the ideal necklace length
Some of us might be fans of choker necklaces, but it might be difficult to pull off as a plus-size woman. That’s not to say that you can’t, of course! As always, there are exceptions to the rules and if you’re truly a big fan of the 90s trend and you find one that’s comfortable for you to wear, you should certainly do.
If you don’t want to draw attention to your neck, however, go for longer pieces that will draw someone’s eye up and down. There are typically two types you can try:
- Matinee – These necklaces are usually 20- to 24-inches long, and they should hit you just below the bust line and pair perfectly with turtlenecks and sweaters.
- Opera – Called by this name because of its dramatic length of 26- to 36-inches. These are perfect for tall and plus-size women since they hit you almost at your waistline. Dress up your silk tops and jumpsuits with this impressive piece.
- Think delicate when it comes to bracelets
Plus-size women often want to make their wrists look smaller and the trick is to go chunky or dramatic with your necklace but go thin and delicate with your bracelets. You don’t want to add more bulk to your wrist so a simple tennis bracelet or gold chain should serve you well. Perhaps the only exception to this rule is if you have prayer and spiritual bracelets like mala beads. Its spiritual importance takes precedence over your aesthetic.
- Spring for adjustable pieces
More designers and creators are thinking inclusively by offering jewelry that you can adjust. Even rings nowadays can be molded to your size, so one piece can be worn on any finger you choose. Love a bracelet or necklace design but it’s not adjustable? That shouldn’t be a problem when you have a jewelry extender. You can either purchase one or make it yourself.
- When in doubt, wear less jewelry
Sometimes the best advice you can get about accessorizing is, “don’t overthink it.” Old-school rules such as your jewelry should match is outdated thinking. A bold necklace that makes your dress pop could be the only piece you need, for example. Going for a night out? Try large, gold hoop earrings and messy hair with an all-black jumpsuit. Be creative and the possibilities are indeed endless.