Minimalism is a key fashion and lifestyle trend right now; we’re being told to declutter our space, streamline our possessions and create simple capsule wardrobes. In the jewellery world, unfussy, understated designs are reigning supreme and every day more and more of us are becoming addicted to the trend.
Sure, big statement earrings are fun to wear once in a while, and don’t go getting rid of those playful cocktail rings, but for daily wear, having a handful of key jewellery items is fuss-free, easy to style and looks super chic.
Minimalist jewellery is the crisp white shirt of the jewellery world: it goes with everything and is worth investing in. Here’s our top tips on which pieces to pick and how to style minimalist jewellery for maximum impact.
Clean lines and basic shapes
Stick with clean lines, geometric shapes and understated details; minimalist jewellery is all about unfussy jewels that can easily be paired together. If small dainty jewellery is your thing then great, but don’t forget that minimalism doesn’t always mean small and delicate. It’s all about emphasizing the beauty of simplicity and basic shapes, so when it comes to the design, less is more but the size is up to you.
Invest in quality over quantity
Precious metals last, and when you’re wearing pieces every single day, that's important. It’s good to invest in key pieces that are versatile and pair suitably with all your outfits so you know you’re going to get your money’s worth. Make sure your collection is home to an every-occasion necklace, a simple pair of earrings, a delicate bracelet and a handful of subtle rings. Choosing classic designs made from high quality metals means that these pieces will stay with you for years.
Layer, layer, layer
If you think minimalist jewellery is boring, think again. The fun thing about simple jewellery is that you can layer it until your heart is content. There are some seriously cool and creative ways to wear these understated pieces without keeping things too simple. Stack a handful of dainty rings and midi rings together, layer different length chain necklaces and body chains or go to town with single studs, ear cuffs and hoops. If the jewellery is understated then layering will never look OTT or tacky, and plus, it means you can create endless combinations according to your style and mood each day.
Skip the gemstones
Dainty pavé diamonds? Yes. Chunky coloured gemstones? No. Keep things chic by sticking to classic precious metals and steering away from too much colour. You want to be able to wear these pieces every day with any outfit, so if you want a bit of sparkle, stick to diamonds, white sapphires or Swarovski crystal.
Don’t ditch statement pieces completely
Just because your everyday collection is full of minimalist jewellery, it doesn’t mean you need to ditch all your fun out-there pieces. Statement jewellery is great for evenings out and when your outfit needs an extra something, so don’t get rid of that trusty statement necklace that makes a white shirt pop or those bold drop earrings that always make you feel great when you wear them.