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May 20, 2009

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone & Choose A Different Necklace!

When you're looking at jewelry do you always seem to gravitate to one particular style? If so, I have a challenge for you - step away from your comfort zone and go into a place that's a bit different from your norm. Look at necklaces in a whole new light and select something that puts you outside your comfortable place. I'm not suggesting that you take a giant leap and go crazy, just straddle the comfort zone line and push yourself to experiment with a new look.

Do you wear the same necklace every day with every outfit? If so, I have to ask, "Would you wear the same clothes every day?" I don't mean the occasional 'wearing today what you had on yesterday'. I mean "Every single day do you wear the same clothes?" If your answer to this is "No!" than my next question is "Why would you wear the same necklace every day?"

When I ask these questions at my craft shows and boutiques I usually get 1 of 2 answers.

The number one answer is "Because I'm lazy and it's easier to wear this necklace all the time." I'm sure it's lovely, but it most likely isn't really noticed by your friends and family because they always see it, and people tend not to notice things when they always remain the same. If your necklace doesn't complement your clothes and it doesn't get noticed for it's own beauty, then it's really not doing you or your outfit any good. Adding color to your wardrobe is one of the easiest ways to coordinate clothing. Looking attractive and pulled together is critical to feeling good about yourself. And ladies, it really isn't that hard to put on a necklace that complements what you're wearing!

The number two answer is "Because my husband/daughter/mother gave me this necklace." OK, sentiment is very important and I'm not going to suggest that you don't wear it. I am going to ask you to consider wearing your special necklace along with another one that complements what you have on. Layering jewelry is very fasionable and this is a great way to give you the best of both worlds - comfort because of your sentimental necklace and confidence that you have a well coordinated outfit.

Let's say that you're wearing a pair of jeans with your favorite blouse or t-shirt. If you usually wear the same sterling silver or gold necklace then I challenge you to wear a necklace with color. This is a way to make your jeans and blouse/t-shirt into an outfit instead of individual pieces thrown together.

Adding color with jewelry to your jeans and an every day blouse/t-shirt pulls it together to create a pleasing outfit without looking dressed up. Look around and you'll notice that many women are wearing necklaces with color. Don't be scared, you can do this!

If your comfort zone is wearing the same necklace all the time you're probably not likely to wear big bold jewelry, and you may not be comfortable wearing things that get a lot of attention. However, tune in to the ladies who are wearing smaller quieter necklaces with color. Take a lesson from the ones that you admire. Their jewelry most likely complements what they have on and I doubt that the spotlight is shining on them and an anouncer saying "Look at her!" If they did it right (and it's not hard to do it right!), their necklace truly complements what they have on.

So ladies, are you up to this challenge? Try it, you really have nothing to lose and complements to gain! I'd love to hear from you, please share with us the comments you receive.

Tune in next time for more jewelry tips.....

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