Completing the Outfit: Giveaway

ss1“Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments?” (Jeremiah 2:32)

One size fits all––words we all love to hear. Whether it’s gold or silver, jeweled or not, it’s nice to know that there are some things in our wardrobe that will always fit. And there are few ways to add to or complete an outfit more easily or inexpensively than jewelry.

Whether an occasion calls for something casual and basic or a little more formal, there is an abundance of accessories to be found. While everyone has her own taste in jewelry, there are a few simple things to remember when accessorizing.

Accessorize and remove

Sometimes, especially if we’re new to accessorizing, we tend to overdo it. We figure that, when it comes to jewelry, we need one necklace, one pair of earrings, one bracelet, our watch, a ring. Remember that your jewelry should complement your outfit, not overwhelm it. Allow it to add some color and personality to your wardrobe without using it to make your ultimate statement. So, I’ve often heard it said to put on the jewelry you have planned and then remove one piece. This usually cuts down on any overdoing.

Don’t let your neck and ears compete

Some people have a problem when it comes to earrings and necklaces. They find a great, dangly pair of earrings that would go great with an outfit, and also a chunky necklace to wear with it. But when both pieces are worn together, they compete with one another. If you are wearing an attention-getting necklace, keep your earrings simple––gold or silver hoops or small studs. If you really love the way a pair of earrings looks with an outfit, wear a simple, complementing necklace with them, or skip the necklace altogether.

Distractingly ear-catching

ss2Although fun, playful bangles are popular right now, they can also be very distracting––not to look at, but to hear. Keep this in mind when accessorizing. If you’re going to be at school or church, or some other “quiet” location, don’t wear something––like bangles––that are going to be distractingly noisy every time you move. Save them for a fun day out with friends.

Draw the attention upward

One great thing about jewelry––specifically earrings and necklaces––is that it draws the focus upward, toward your face, and away from any areas you don’t want noticed. (Also, longer necklaces tend to slim the body because of the vertical lines they create.) Colorful necklaces and dangly earrings frame your face, making it more of a focal point. This is where we want others’ focus to be––on our face.

Start accessorizing!

Whether you’re hanging out with some girlfriends, dining with your husband, or attending a wedding, it’s always the perfect time to start accessorizing your wardrobe. Remember, though, that our beauty should not come from what we put on but by what is coming out of us (1 Peter 3:3). We are most beautiful when we are reflecting Christ through the Spirit in us.

“Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.” Job 40:10


ssnecklaceThis month, we’re giving away a necklace, perfect for the married or unmarried, or even as a shower gift for a special bride-to-be in your life. This heart-shaped necklace with the phrase “Love never fails” enscripted on it is a simple and perfect way to dress up any outfit, casual or not.

To enter the contest, please leave a comment by August 29 on this post telling us what your favorite piece of jewelry is, or a subject you’d like to see covered in a future Style Sense article.

We’ll announce the winner on August 31. Good luck!

By Lisa Grimenstein

Visit our Monthly Issues page to view all of our past themes, and visit our August 2009 page to read our entire current issue, in a blog-type format, about marriage.


  1. My favorite piece of jewelry is definitely the earrings.

  2. Shieldmaiden says

    Hey, I am signing up for your giveaway. I like it!

  3. biancadixon says

    i love the “love never fails” necklace

  4. I am a bride-to-be and agree that this is great for such a gal *hint hint*. But my favorite piece of jewelry has to be my engagement ring. It’s so antiquey (a fitting word I just made up), but doesn’t look like what some would call “old lady jewelry”. It’s unique from what many young ladies chose which describes me perfectly!

  5. Deb Postma says

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a painted piece of rock by DeGrazia.
    My Mom gave it to me.

  6. Marla Baldree says

    I love the heart necklace myhusband gave me in our first years as a young married couple. He’s given me lots of jewelry since then, but this necklace holds the special place!

  7. My favorite piece of jewelry is definitely my engagement ring. My fiancé picked it out all by himself and did a marvelous job. I can’t wait until I get to wear the wedding band with it in 43 days!

  8. Courtney Wahl says

    My Auntie Elsa shared this website with me and I am glad she did.
    I like the flower shaped choker style necklace.

  9. Hayley Wahl says

    My Auntie Elsa shared this webiste with my sister and I. So we are checking it out today. YEAH!
    I love the “love never fails” necklace.

  10. I must admit that I am a “bangles” girl!! I love wearing lots of them together!! I do however try not to wear them when I know they would be a distraction. 😉

  11. Laura in TX says

    That is gorgeous!! Very well done.

  12. what a beautiful necklace! i looove necklaces…totally my favorite accessory!

  13. Peggy English says

    I would love my husband to give me the Love Never Fails necklace…hint hint!

  14. My personal favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace I bought in England: gray leather strap with a large silver circle pendant. So simple, yet so elegant, and garners so many comments on its uniqueness.

  15. My silver hoops are a necessity for me…
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  16. My favorite piece of jewlery would have to be earings; luv em’!
    ~The “Love Never Fails” necklace is so beautiful!

  17. My favorite piece of jewelry is earrings. I have gold, silver, and colored earrings…hoops and danglies…large ones and smaller ones. They go so well with any outfit.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  18. My favorite is my wedding band. It means everything to me and I never take it off.

  19. Although the earring are especially beautiful, I find the “love never fails” necklace to have the most value. It’s the words that make it look ever so lovely. Love never fails. Three words, yet so, so meaningful. True love- it never fails.

  20. My favorite piece of jewely? My Purity Ring. It was given to me by my parents on my 16th birthday. It symbolizes that I have made a promise to my mother and father that I will remain pure ’til I am married. And if it’s not God’s will for me to get married, I will still remain pure. It’s a very special ring to me.

  21. hey kimberly, my purity ring is my favorite piece of jewelery too!! i got it on my 14th birthday,it’s my most prized jewel, i always wear it and intend to wear it till my wedding day!!!

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