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How to Accessorize Evening Wear

A dressy night out is almost always a good time, but sometimes accessorizing your evening wear can be downright difficult. If you have ever had trouble accessorizing evening wear, be sure to look over the following tips. They will help you polish your look and get out the door in no time at all.

Consider Your Outfit

The accessories you choose to complement your look will depend largely on your attire. If your outfit is on the warmer end of the color spectrum (think reds, oranges, and yellows), you may want to wear gold-tone accessories. If the clothing you are wearing is in the cool family (think blues, greens, and purples), silver-tone may be best for you. Some people already have a preference when it comes to jewelry, so the tone you decide on may be no question. Evening gowns with plunging necklines look great with statement jewelry, such as necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. If you are wearing a high-neck dress, you might want to forego the necklace and stick mainly to earrings and/or a bracelet. It is really all about the design of the outfit you are wearing, and of course your personal preferences. You may love wearing bold pieces of jewelry that help you stand out in a crowd. On the other hand, you may not be much of a jewelry fan. Accessorizing your outfit with the proper shoes is also a good idea. The right shoes can add that extra bit of pizzazz to your ensemble. Just keep in mind that accessorizing your evening wear does not have to be a dilemma.

Less is More

When it comes to accessorizing your evening wear, try to remember that less is usually more. You do not want to over-do it on accessories. Try to keep things simple by not mixing too many pieces of bold jewelry. Pearl necklaces often look elegant with many types of evening gowns, so always consider them an option. If you wear a pearl necklace, some simple earrings should be all you need to complete your look. If you choose to wear earrings that are long or very boldly-designed, they may be the only accessory your evening wear needs.  As for shoes, wear a pair that accents your outfit without taking away from it. Also, think about comfort when deciding on a pair of shoes. You certainly do not want to be in pain all night.

Consider Makeup an Accessory

The right makeup can also be an excellent accessory to your evening wear. If your ensemble is on the simple side, try to play up your eyes and lips in a dramatic way. Think black eye liner and brightly-colored lipstick. If your outfit is more bold or colorful, you may want to keep your makeup as simple and carefree as possible. Consider neutral shades of eye shadow and lip color. Also, paint your nails a hue that will complement your evening wear. A fresh manicure is always a great accessory to any outfit.

Now that you know a little more about accessorizing evening wear, you should have no trouble polishing off your look. With just a little time and effort, you will be elegant, beautiful, and ready for your night out.

About Author: Guest post from Casey Lynch. Casey writes about home insurance for HomeInsurance.org.

Palladium Is Today’s “It” Metal For Bold, Fashionable Fine Jewelry

If you’ve been looking for that perfect piece of fine jewelry, then it’s high time you know about palladium.  Palladium is a precious metal that isn’t new to the fine jewelry scene, but may be finally getting its due.  In use by jewelers since 1939, palladium is a stunning choice for the chic, yet budget-conscious buyer.

VERSATILITY, FLEXIBILITY, AND LIGHTWEIGHT

If you’re well acquainted with the fine jewelry market, then you know that white precious metals are incredibly popular.  White gold and platinum are two of these metals that attract the most fine jewelry buyers. Sterling silver is a popular choice for more moderately priced jewelry. Palladium is icy in color, a gorgeous brilliant white.  It’s a member of the platinum family of precious metals, which means it is every bit as durable and strong as platinum sans the heavy bulk.

Its low density makes palladium the ideal choice for those who love big, bold designs in their jewelry.  Whether a wide cuff bracelet, a daring oversized pendant, or a chunky and fashion-forward ring — palladium is a great precious metal choice.  One need not sacrifice comfort for cutting edge fashion.

Already palladium is seen on the glamorous catwalks and red carpets of the world, around the necks, wrists, and fingers of the hottest celebrities and fashion models – both men and women.

TRUE AFFORDABILITY AND STYLE

Palladium is stunning as fine jewelry, but part of its appeal is its affordability.  In an unstable economy, investors run to precious metals for safety, sending the price of gold and platinum into the stratosphere.

Have a look at the precious metals market any given day, and you’ll see that the market price of palladium is often less than half the price of gold or platinum. Add in it’s lighter weight and it becomes a real bargain. You get the durability of platinum and the gorgeous look of gold, all without the steep price point.

STYLISH, REFINED, WITH WIDE APPEAL

Palladium jewelry maintenance is about as easy as it gets.  A little jewelry cleaner and a buff with a soft cloth are all that is needed to keep your palladium piece looking great.

WHY PALLADIUM NOW?

Palladium is clearly a great choice for anyone who enjoys stunning fine jewelry with carefree maintenance and a lower price point than its competitor metal, platinum.

If you’re wondering why you’re just hearing about palladium now, it’s because it used to be somewhat difficult for jewelers to work with, so many jewelers steered clear of it.  However, a new state of the art alloy now makes it possible for most fine jewelry designers to work in palladium just as easily as they work in other precious metals. More and more designers are now designing in the metal.

Palladium Alliance International, the palladium trade organization, is doing its best to raise awareness and the profile of palladium. They’re multi-million dollar national media campaign has been running all year with the tagline “I’m So Over Heavy Metal” and features celebrities connected to the heavy metal music scene – Pamela Anderson, Kelly Osbourne, and Rose McGowan. If they continue to be successful, expect to hear more about this exciting jewelry option in the future.

Author: Lauren Bennett is a fashion devotee and an editor at PalladiumJewelry.org. She lives for fashion, and is particularly obsessed with accessories including jewelry, shoes, and purses.