You’ve probably already discovered that so-called “statement” jewelry is a great way to add interest to even the simplest outfit, in the same way that great accessories can make any ensemble more interesting. An eye-catching necklace can dress up even a simple tee, a stack of bracelets can make the simplest dress look less basic, a cocktail ring can bring new life to your manicure, and a fun pair of earrings can make even the worst hair day look better.
But you don’t have to opt for attention-grabbing statement jewelry every day, or even at all. Lately, we’ve been all about jewelry that’s subtle, even understated. There’s something appealing about a piece of jewelry that you can put on and not worry about taking off, since it’ll match everything that you wear. A simple pendant or a tiny pair of earrings can become a part of your daily uniform. Read on to see some of the most stylish pieces of understated jewelry you can buy and wear everywhere.
1. A delicate gemstone ring
A delicate gold ring may just be the ideal way to add a little bit of sparkle to your everyday outfits. Jennifer Meyer’s gemstone ring is a delicate style that features an 18-karat band with a black diamond, sapphire, turquoise, ruby, or an emerald, so that you can pick which tiny gemstone is the best match for your favorite clothes.
2. A simple sterling silver ring
A simple sterling silver ring is another great piece to wear 24/7. This classic David Yurman ring works with just about every style and is appropriate for any occasion, whether you’re throwing on jeans and a tee to run errands or dressing up for dinner and drinks with friends.
3. A textured bangle
A sleek bangle is the kind of accessory that you can wear every day without worrying how it’ll work with the neckline or hairstyle you’re wearing. This LAGOS bangle gets texture and visual interest from a subtle beadwork pattern, and the narrow width makes this piece easy and comfortable to wear.
4. A delicate rose gold bangle
If rose gold is more your style than sterling silver, consider IPPOLITA’s bangle bracelet instead. This bangle is about as streamlined and classic as they come. It’s constructed of sterling silver and an 18-karat rose gold alloy, which means it’ll be a long-wearing addition to your jewelry collection.
5. A brass cuff
If you prefer a bracelet with a little more weight, the Giles and Brother skinny cuff may be the perfect style for you. A more slender version of the brand’s classic railroad spike cuff, this style is constructed of brass (and is made in the U.S., which makes it the perfect companion to your selvedge jeans or other American-made classics).
6. A silver chain necklace
If you’re looking for a simple necklace that’ll work with just about everything in your wardrobe, why not try a simple chain necklace? This Monica Vinader piece is sterling silver and measures 17 inches, which is the perfect length for pairing with everything from your favorite dress to a simple tee.
7. Gold threader earrings
Understated earrings are a must if you’re looking to simplify your jewelry rotation. These Zoë Chicco threader earrings are a sleek addition to any outfit. The 14-karat gold bars and delicate chains add a modern look and a little bit of sparkle to any ensemble.
8. Versatile post earrings
Another perfectly understated earring style? Shihara’s four-bar post earring, which is crafted of 18-karat gold wire. This is a particularly versatile style, since each bar functions as an earring post. That enables you to wear this piece a number of different ways, which is perfect if you want to wear the same pair day in and day out.