Camera-friendly jewelry that will flatter you in photographs.
Whether its the new badge for your latest job or the new student ID for the upcoming school year, September can be a high-pressure month for capturing your likeness. Between deciding what clothes to throw on and how to fix your hair, you have one other important decision: what jewelry should you wear? I may not be good at a lot of other things (like running marathons or preparing Parmesan chicken), but I know jewelry. This is something I can help you out with.
For starters, you're going to want to wear jewelry pieces that will actually show up in the photographs. As lovely as delicate and dainty slivers of chain or tiny rhinestone ear stud sparkles can be, they're often invisible in wallet/bio size shots. In this case, bigger is truly better--at least to a reasonable, and noticeable point.
That point being: you want jewelry pieces that will flatter and suit your face and the neckline of your top. Massive statement earrings are awesome on the runway, but can make your head appear shrunken in a 4 by 6. Better to choose a length that frames your face and coordinates with your hair style (the longer the hair the longer and larger are the earrings you can get away with, if you have it let down, that is.) Likewise, you'll want the level of "statement" your necklace makes to contrast that of your blouse or dress top. A Loud-with-a-capital-"L" shirt calls for a more subtle, complimentary necklace in simple mod design, white a simple white T or plain beige shell looks awesome with a bold, chunky neck party with lots of layers and bright, shimmering color.
Finally, pay attention to the length of you necklace and where it rests in position to your top. You either want it to be shorter and rest above the seam of your blouse, whether it can prettily show off your skin tone and neckline, or lengthy and well past the point of where it crosses your collar. When pieces rest right on the seam of your collar it's a weird fit and looks awkward, particularly if it makes the necklace's pendant protrude at an unintentional angle.
Finally, when considering shades, note that darker generally shows up on photographs better than shades of white, however, if you want to show off that fab tan you worked on all summer, some brighter shades may present a stronger contrast.
You don't have to stress over matching your earrings to your necklace and to your bracelet. However, you do want to keep metallic tones (silver, gold, gunmetal) the same, unless all of the pieces purposely intermix. The same is often true of color families, though of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.
The most important thing you can wear on picture day? Your smile. Keep it genuine and express your inner positive energy with those teeth - it will be noticed and remembered most of all.
Necklaces included in this post: