6 Tips for Wearing Holiday Jewelry

Kate Miller-Wilson
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Whether you want to add a little extra festive cheer to your everyday outfit or need to accessorize a cocktail dress for a big Christmas party, you'll enjoy these 6 tips for wearing holiday jewelry. These guidelines will take the guesswork out of choosing seasonal accessories.

6 Tips for Wearing Holiday Jewelry and Accessories

In most situations, choosing jewelry and accessories is mostly a matter of finding pieces you love and pairing them with the right clothing. However, selecting holiday jewelry can be a little more complicated. For one thing, the selection of seasonal jewelry is huge and constantly expanding. You'll find everything from coordinated necklace and earring sets to novelty items like themed pins and necklaces. All these choices make shopping fun, but so many options can also make it challenging to figure out how to wear these pieces. These guidelines will help you figure out how to incorporate holiday jewelry into your look.

Know Your Style

Your everyday style generally reflects your personality, so if you get to zealous with the holiday pieces, you may feel uncomfortable. You can avoid this by wearing pieces you truly like. Do you typically wear a lot of layered necklaces or several jewelry pieces? If so, you might enjoy wearing a few coordinated holiday pieces. Are you more of a simple necklace kind of girl? In that case, you might be better off with a pair of stylized holiday earrings or a simple Christmas-themed charmed bracelet.

Consider the Occasion

The type of occasion should be a factor in choosing any type of jewelry, and this is just as important during the holidays. Even if a piece has a holiday theme, it may not be appropriate for your event. For example, avoid wearing flashy Christmas buttons and brooches to a dressy cocktail party. This rule also goes the other way; you most likely don't want to wear layers of glittering red and green rhinestones to a very casual event. This holds true for any holiday, with the possible exception of a Halloween costume party.

Less is More

When it comes to holiday jewelry, it's easy to get carried away and end up looking like a Christmas tree. One way to prevent this fashion disaster is to remember that less is more. You want each item to attract attention, not blend in to create a cluttered appearance. You've probably heard that old adage about how it's a good idea to take off one accessory before you leave the house. This is even more important with holiday jewelry pieces, since they tend to be more colorful and flashy than everyday items.

Pick a Color

One way to refine your holiday look is to choose a single unifying color for your jewelry. If you're dressing up for Halloween, you might choose to wear several pieces that feature the color orange. For Christmas, you might choose red or green, and for Easter, you could wear jewelry with pink in it. Even if the items are quite different in style, picking a single color will give disparate pieces a sophisticated, matching look. This is a great way to get in on the holiday fun without overwhelming the rest of your outfit.

Make an Impact

You can really show off a treasured holiday jewelry piece by keeping the rest of your outfit simple. For instance, if you have a special Thanksgiving pin that you'd like to wear to the holiday dinner, you might consider wearing a plain colored top with it. You can pick something that highlights one of the colors in the jewelry, or just choose black or white. This way, your outfit is a blank canvas for the special holiday item. To achieve this look, you'll also need to minimize other jewelry and hair accessories.

Minimize the Music

You're probably aware of the many holiday-themed pins and necklaces that play music or light up. These can be fun, especially if you work with children. However, it's important to wear only one musical item at a time in order to avoid the risk of your jewelry playing multiple Christmas carols at once. Light-up items are also better in moderation, since too many flashing pins and necklaces can be distracting. It's also good to remember that these electronic pieces are better suited to casual holiday events.


Remember these 6 tips for wearing holiday jewelry and you'll be perfectly festive and fashionable at your next get-together. Use your own best judgment and err on the side of under-accessorizing, and you'll be the hit of the party.

6 Tips for Wearing Holiday Jewelry