11 Designers Who Are Making Accessories to Match Your Mask

There are four phases of mask wearing. The first happened at the beginning of quarantine, where you scrambled to DIY a mask using a dusty sewing machine or fumbled with a bandana that never stayed in place. The second phase occurred when you reluctantly bought a mask from a big box store in bulk because you realized you probably shouldn't wear the same one for multiple sweaty days in a row. The third stage is when you finally caved and started experimenting with fun prints, or hell, even embellishments. The final frontier is this: matching your mask. The face covering has fully entered the accessories category.

Since many brands started making masks using leftover fabrics, you can find styles that complement headscarves, scrunchies, tops, dresses, and even bikinis. Think of it as the adult version of babies who always match ridiculously oversized bows to their onesies. It might feel a little extra to have a gingham scarf and mask combo, but hell, we’re living through a pandemic. We might as well look cute while dutifully following CDC guidelines. Read on to shop 11 designers who are coordinating your next virus-safe look, ahead.

How to Match Clothing and Colors for Guys

For a lot of guys, figuring out how to match clothing can feel confusing. For instance, Does this red sweater go with this green jacket or will I look like a Christmas tree? Or, Can I wear a patterned tie with a patterned shirt without causing seizures in my co-workers? Some guys even think colors should be worn only in the warm weather months. Still others stick to a monochrome palette in their wardrobes not because they love neutrals but by default; they’re simply too freaked out to wear anything else. They don’t want to get it wrong or look like a walking Crayola box.

If this sounds like you, know you’re not alone. While figuring out how to match clothing can feel tricky and intimidating, Style Girlfriend’s got you covered. Read on to discover how to incorporate more colors and patterns into your wardrobe (almost) effortlessly.

Here’s how we’re going to break it down:

4 tips for matching clothing

the right way to match belts, shoes and accessories

how to pair shirts and ties

ideas for how to wear more colors

4 tips for how to match clothing:

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#1 Start Small

We’ve been using the word match, but truth be told, incorporating more color into an outfit is more about complementing colors than outright matching them. Matching your jacket to your shirt to your socks to your shoes with the exact same color is not what we’re going for. You wind up with serious color overkill and a “trying too hard” vibe. Not good.

Instead, start small. Add one element of color for some pop to an outfit – a yellow pocket square, a purple scarf, an orange tie. Keep the rest of the outfit neutral, which will play up the contrast.

When it comes to pop colors, there are some good rule of thumbs to follow:

Start with a Neutral Base

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Pops of color only work when they have something to pop against. Sticking to a neutral colors for the rest of your outfit will make your “pop” more effective. Think: black, navy, grey, brown, and olives.

Anchoring your look with solid neutral-colored items (like your shirt, jacket, and pants) will break up the bolder pop of color in your outfit. Plus, it gives that color (or pattern) some space, visually-speaking, to do its own thing.

Less is more

Stick to just one pop. No need to go crazy (not yet, anyway)! Incorporating one color into an outfit comes off as very sophisticated, and not as difficult as you would think.

#2 Pick one color, then adjust the intensity

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Ready for the next level of adding color to your outfit? Awesome.

Keep things simple by adding another bright piece in the same color family. The trick? The second item shouldn’t be the exact same hue as the first.

When you add more color into your outfit in different tones, it reduces the contrast.

That “Whoah, this is…a lot of look” feeling you may have gotten in the past when trying to match colors. With less contrast, you’re on your way to a look that feels sophisticated, not loud.

As men’s stylist Ilaria Urbinati put it to GQ, “It’s about not going too many shades away. For example, I won’t do red with black but I’ll do red with brown or maroon. Same with blue—I like it best with similar shades. I’ll pair royal blue with teal. Or a bright blue with a sky blue.”

You want examples? You got it.

How about pairing a dark army green bomber jacket, for instance, with a grey-ish olive chelsea boot? Or you could rock a mustard yellow sweater without looking like a walking yield sign by pairing it with darker tan chinos. You could also mix a button-front shirt, corduroy pants, and boots that all have hints of red and brown.

With this handy trick of adjusting the intensity, you’re well on your way to seamlessly matching colors like a pro.

#3 Complement, don’t match

Remember when we said that it’s not about matching, it’s about complementing colors? Let’s get more into that.

Once you’re more comfortable wearing different intensities of the same color in your outfit, it’s time to get more advanced by mixing in a complementary color.

Barron Cuadro over at Effortless Gent talks about how he loathes the color wheel as a guide…and we do too, honestly. You’re just trying to put an outfit together, not get an art history degree! However, it can be helpful when thinking about color combinations that won’t give whoever’s looking at you a headache.

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Complementary colors

Red and Green

Blue and Orange

Yellow and Purple

Now, if you’re thinking, “Hmm, I don’t know, some of those are my favorite team’s colors and I wouldn’t wear my jersey to the office,” we hear you.

Here’s what Barron has to say:

“Simply put, complementary colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel from each other.

This means they’re high contrast pairs, so, the key to using two complementary colors and without looking like a clown is to make one of them a darker shade.

For example, if you want to wear green pants and a red shirt (and it’s not Christmas, and you’re not going to a holiday theme party), simply wear olive or forest green chinos.

That way, you’re using complementary colors without excess contrast, which is what happens when you wear two pure complementary hues together.”

#4 When in doubt, do just one pop of color…but make it big!

A killer sportcoat in a bold blue, a winter sweater in a richly-hued burgundy, or even pastel pants at a summer wedding with a white linen shirt on top…all are great ways to introduce a pop of color to your outfit while keeping everything else simple. Just remember, if you’re nervous: start small, less is more.

Of course, if you’ve got a closet full of neutrals, you’ve already got your foundation. So, how about a crimson red sweater with a navy patterned shirt and dark denim? Or a emerald green scarf with a tan trench coat. The possibilities are truly endless.

> Read more on #SGapproved color complementing

The right way to match belts, shoes, and accessories

Now, we hear questions about the details all the time. “Do I need to wear black socks to work? What color should my belt be if I’m wearing dress shoes that the box calls “aubergine?” And that’s good! The devil truly is in the details, and you want to wear one hell of a look. So it’s good to remember that knowing what colors to wear doesn’t end at your clothes.

Belts

One place where we are a stickler for is your belts and your leather dress shoes.

As Nick Sullivan at Esquire put it, “They need not match exactly — in fact, matching them too closely could look far too try-hard for some tastes — but they should reside in the same ballpark, e.g., chestnut and chocolate are usually close enough, but dark, reddish brown and light tan are not.

Needless to say, black and brown should be kept apart, unless they’re both so dark that only a lunatic could possibly notice.”

Got that? Browns with the brown family (that includes you, aubergine), and black accessories and shoes with like.

Jewelry

It’s also important (though perhaps less so than with shoes and belts) for the jewelry you wear to…if not match, at least not clash in an unappealing way.

Some folks solve this by wearing a two-tone watch to ensure they can wear either silver or gold with the rest of their look and still have it all tie together.

Not to make any broad assumptions, but so long as you don’t wear too much jewelry—perhaps a wedding band and a watch is the most you have on in a given day—you probably don’t have to worry too much about this.

Socks

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Want the short answer?

Just match your socks to your pants.

As the folks over at Bespoke Post point out, “You’ll create a visually seamless extension of your leg that’ll make you appear taller. Matching doesn’t mean identical colors, though; they just need to fall in the same hue.”

As you can see in the pictures above, that doesn’t mean you have to look boring. The polka dot and windowpane patterns look stylish and complement the wearers’ pants. Win-win.

Oh, if you are going to branch out with a bold or colorful pair of socks, just make sure the rest of your outfit is on point.

It should go without saying, but…bright red socks with impeccably tailored dress pants and polished double monk strap shoes looks very different than bright red socks with sloppy faded bootcut jeans and grass-stained New Balances.

How to match patterns

Ready to graduate from mixing solid colors to mixing patterns? Let’s do it!

Patterns that are the same size can compete for attention, so the biggest thing to remember is to mix up the scale to help create contrast and really define each piece.

Give a thick plaid check some room to breathe by opting for a thin striped shirt. Busy prints like pants in camo can be balanced out with a large, color-blocked sweatshirt.

Want to keep things a little separate from your outfit? Consider patterned bags, scarves, or other accessories for a bold style move that won’t clash.

> Read more about matching patterns

How to pair shirts and ties

For guys who work in a more corporate environment, having some fun mixing your shirt and tie color and pattern combinations can be the most you’re able to do to break out of the “corporate” uniform. That’s great, though, because there’s practically endless combos available. Here are some tips to keep in mind with each of them.

Patterns & Patterns

You don’t need to resort to layering solids on solids unless you’re pairing a solid white shirt with a solid black tie (or are aping Regis Philbin’s style from his Who Wants to Be a Millionaire days, and even then…).

If you do wear a shirt and tie that both have patterns, remember that are the same size can compete for attention, so mix up the scale to help with the contrast. Read more tips below

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Do: Pair a patterned shirt with a patterned tie as long as the patterns are not the same or similar sizes. That means, wear a small check on the shirt with a large stripe or check on the tie, or a small stripe on the shirt with a large stripe or check on the tie.

Don’t: Pair a shirt and tie of the same pattern. Meaning? If the shirt is a vertical stripe pattern (large or small), the tie should not also be a vertical stripe pattern. Horizontal stripes or slanted stripes can work together as long as they are of a different size.

Do: Feel free to branch out and try a pattern, like a floral print or repeating bicycles, instead of the go-to plaid, stripes, polka dots. Then, prepare for a copious amount of compliments.

Patterns & Solids

Don’t: Pair solid shirts with a tie of predominantly the same color, even if it is a pattern, unless there is minimal of the same color in the tie. This will make your shirt and tie visually “bleed” together. Keep it in the realm of light tie/dark shirt or light shirt/dark tie.

Don’t: Wear primary colors (that’s red, yellow, and blue) together if you don’t want to look like a kindergartener’s art project.

Do: Wear a black tie with a white shirt. It’s always a classic. Now, just don’t turn it the other way around with a black shirt and white tie (unless you are attending a throwback party of sorts).

Do: Get creative when it comes to color. Look for shirt and tie pairings that bring out the small accent color(s) in each piece. Drawing attention to an accent color is always a sure-fire win.

> Read more on #SGapproved shirt and tie combos

A few final tips on matching patterns:

Let one pattern do the heavy lifting (but not more than one or you’ll have yourself a heavy weight match where both patterns lose).

Start with a minimal color palette – and let one shine – to streamline the overall aesthetic.

Uniformed patterns are easiest to pair together. If your polka-dots are different sizes and the plaid is too wild, you’ll have yourself a jumbled mess.

Pro tip: small stripes + plaid, small polka dots + plaid, and small check + plaid are all can’t-miss combinations.

Scale is everything. You can have some serious pattern play as long as each pattern is of a (noticeably) different size.

Ideas for how to wear more colors

Have we convinced you? Good! Now it’s time to dig into your closet, see what colors you already own, and start wearing them—on their own, or possibly together!

Click on any of the below to see how to wear these colors in your wardrobe:

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15 Jewellery Style Tips You Need to Know

How do you choose and style jewellery to complement yourself and your wardrobe? And how do you make best use of your jewellery collection without being boring? The answers aren't always obvious. Never fear: we've come up with our 15 top jewellery style tips to help you be your fashionable best.

Does this sound familiar:

You've got an overflowing jewellery collection filled with pieces you love (or have forgotten you love), but you’re really not making the most of it and you're not sure where to start. Or maybe you’re just not confident about which pieces to shop for to work with each other and for you.

We've all been there.

The good news is that we've assembled a bunch of handy jewellery style and fashion tips and tricks to help you wear fine, fashion and costume jewellery that complements your sense of style, personality and wardrobe.

As Who What Wear says: “incorporating jewellery into your look is always a good idea.” And as an Australian jeweller, who am I to disagree?

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1. Create layers with rings, necklaces or bangles

Why not start with something fun? Experiment with contrasting lengths, shapes, textures and colours to make appealing layers with rings, necklaces, bangles and even in some cases earrings.

If you're layering necklaces then go for different lengths to draw the eye up to your face. Different shapes, colours and textures will often work a treat. To help with this you should read our necklace length & style guide.

For bangles and bracelets you can pretty much create an arm party with different pieces which will flash and jangle as you move. Rings can be mixed, matched and stacked in all sorts of interesting combinations: check out both our stacking rings and cocktail rings for ideas.

You can even experiment with wearing multiple earring styles if you have more than one pair of ear piercings or want to combine ear cuffs with other earrings. Take a look at our dangle & drop earrings, along with our stud earrings.

Layering and stacking is easy: simply gather together a collection of necklaces and pendants of different lengths, textures and designs and try them on in different combinations to see what works. Make a note of the combinations you like so you'll remember them later.

Rinse and repeat with with other jewellery types to up your layering game.

2. Know when to stop

You know how it is: sometimes too much is, well, too much.

If you’re drawing attention to your face and neckline with layered necklaces or a statement necklace, perhaps you don’t really need an armful of bangles to be competing for attention.

Or if you're wearing a bold pair of statement earrings, then perhaps your necklace could be more subtle or even not there at all (on the other hand, a bold pair of earrings with a matching necklace can sometimes work beautifully).

If you’ve accessorised with multiple pieces then consider taking a leaf out of Coco Chanel’s book: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory"1.

Or not, as the case may be: do what works for you and the occasion you're dressing for.

3. Consider your earrings

Don't you find it can be all too easy to forget about your earrings?

However, your earrings are usually in the field of vision for anyone who is talking to you, so they really are important. You should aim to choose earrings to frame your face and complement your hair, eye colour and skin tone.

If you have long hair a great tip is to select a colour or metal finish which is more likely to be visible, depending on your hair colour.

4. Don't forget to change your earrings

I'm guilty of this myself: if you have pierced ears it can be so easy to wear the same pair of stud earrings for weeks on end. Or maybe you almost never change them.

But remembering to change your earrings is a great way to add interest and style to your look day to day. It's also the perfect opportunity to give your favourite pair of earrings a good clean!

You can make changes to your look simply by wearing a variety of small stud earrings day to day. Or you can add some sparkle and movement with some dangle earrings, depending on your outfit.

A good place to start is digging through your jewellery collection to find what you haven’t worn in a while. You can also purchase new pairs of earrings which catch your attention and will add some variety and interest to your jewellery collection.

5. Experiment with mixing metals

Once it was seen as a fashion sin to mix different colours of metal, which is something I never really understood as I love them all.

But luckily that’s no longer the case, even according to the fashion police: there’s no need to stick to all silver jewellery, all gold jewellery, or all rose gold jewellery2.

So think about necklaces with pendants which contrast with the colour of chain they are attached to, rings that combine different metal colours, or layered necklaces or bangles in different metals to add vibrant interest and colour to your outfit.

Mixing metals has been one of my favourite things to do when designing jewellery in recent years, so you'll find a number of pieces in our online jewellery shop which have mixed metal colours, including silver pendants with gold settings, for example.

6. Accessorise to complement your clothing

This sounds straight forward enough, doesn't it? But I know myself that it doesn't always happen.

Before you start dressing have a think about what item you most want to wear to wherever you're going.

You might decide you really want to wear a specific piece of jewellery to an outing, in which case you should choose your clothing and other accessories to work with it. Otherwise you might pick the outfit first and then match the jewellery and accessories to it.

Either way works. If you’ve spent some time getting the combination right you should look stylish and well put together.

7. Decide the focus of your overall outfit

Here's a related decision to make while getting dressed: what do you want the focus of your outfit to be?

A simple - even boring - outfit will almost always look transformed into something special with the right jewellery and accessories. You can choose jewellery that really makes a statement to bring a simple outfit to life or do some mixing and matching of jewellery for a more layered look.

But if you’re wearing bold clothing, then often it’s a good idea to go with smaller, more subtle jewellery pieces as highlights.

The best advice is to make a decision as to what will work for you and run with it. Your aim should always be to dress like yourself so you feel comfortable and confident.

8. Choose the focal point for your jewellery

Where do you want people's gaze to be directed if you're dressing up for something special?

If you’re wearing jewellery that’s intended catch the eye, then it’s usually best to make the visual focus on one body area which you want to draw attention to: neck, ears, hands, etc..

For instance, if you’re wearing a bold necklace, then go for more subtle rings and earrings. Or you might even consider leaving them out altogether.

Work out what the focal point is and make sure other accessories and clothing don't detract from it.

9. Extend your wardrobe by experimenting

This can be a fun thing to do whenever you've got some spare time on your hands.

Simply put on a basic outfit and try it out in front of a mirror with various pieces of jewellery and other accessories from your collection. Try different combinations of jewellery designs you might not normally consider pairing up and add in different accessories like scarves, bags or watches.

Try a single focal point with a statement piece, then try mixing, matching, stacking and layering. Keep trialling different combinations and focus points.

You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with to vary the look of even the most simple outfit. And once you're done with one outfit, throw on another one and start again.

If you don’t have a lot of jewellery or your collection isn't very diverse, then consider the types of jewellery pieces that will extend and add interest and depth to your wardrobe and go shopping.

Isn't it great to have an excuse to treat yourself to some sparkly things? You're welcome.

10. Don’t be a slave to trends

We've all known someone who is a bit too much of a fashion slave. Trends influence what all of us wear to some extent, which is fine. But it's never a good idea to slavishly follow fashion at the expense of your own taste and personality. You'll end up losing yourself. Oh - and it's also very expensive!

Instead try to figure out and evolve your own style which suits you and makes you feel confident. That might turn out to be unfashionable right now or at some point in future, but if you own it, I just know you'll be fine.

When choosing jewellery to wear, always think about what works with your colouring, frame and general sense of style. Take all of these things into account when you accessorise.

And don’t forget your personality: we’re all different and your personality should be allowed to shine through in terms of the jewellery you choose and how you present yourself in general.

11. Wear rings with panache

According to the old nursery rhyme, wearing rings on your fingers (and bells on your toes, apparently) means you'll have music wherever you go. True story.

Stacking rings in particular can add a lot of versatility to your wardrobe as you can mix and match them as you please to create a slightly different look each day. You can even choose to wear just one or two simple stacking rings for a more minimalist look on some days. Check out our handy guide on how to build the perfect ring stack.

Try pairing up a set of matching rings or go for a mixture of colours, textures and gemstones.

If you’re wearing multiple rings then the consensus seems to be to wear no more than one cocktail ring on each hand. Wearing an odd number of rings on one hand and even on the other works well too.

But why not break the rules as you see fit? That's what they're there for, after all!

12. Match your necklace to your neckline

Unless it’s a sentimental piece that you’re happy to be hidden under clothing, your necklace or pendant should be visible and it should enhance your outfit.

For instance if you have low V-necked outfit then a pendant sitting in the V above your cleavage will work wonders. A long necklace will look great over higher necked and crew necked clothing. A rounded necklace is good with a scoop or other rounded necklines.

Find out more about matching necklaces with necklines in our very handy necklace lengths and style guide.

13. You don't always need to wear a necklace

Sometimes it's a good idea to go without a necklace (gasp!).

If you’re wearing a bold pair of earrings then not having a necklace to detract from your look can be a good way to go, depending on your outfit. Also if you're wearing a very low cut or high necked outfit not wearing a necklace will often work really well.

14. Consider your sentimental jewellery

Do you have sentimental jewellery pieces that you wear all the time? I'm sure many of us do, me included. But how do they fit into a well-accessorised outfit?

Just because something is sentimental doesn’t necessarily mean you need to wear it every day (wedding and engagement rings aside, generally). Consider how you'd feel about not wearing a particular piece every day and if that's an option for you.

If you do opt to wear one or more sentimental jewellery pieces all or most of the time, then consider how you can layer those pieces with other jewellery to add interest and variety to your style.

If it's a necklace you might look into getting a longer chain or an adjustable chain so that it can hang beneath clothing if it's not a match for the rest of your outfit. Rings can also be put on a chain and hidden beneath clothing if needed.

15. The most important rule: ignore the rules!

This is my most favourite style tip of all: break the rules as you see fit.

I'm a big fan of people looking like themselves rather than everybody else. Dressing up should be fun and it should be personal to you. Your style is about who you are and how you want to appear to others. It doesn't have to be all twin sets and pearls, or all free flowing and boho for that matter.

If what works for you is doing whatever you want, following none of the typical fashion tips and creating a chaotic clash of things you love wearing, then my advice is: go for it.

16. Bonus tip: clean your jewellery

So many people overlook cleaning their jewellery and I'm on a mission to change that. It really will make a difference to how your jewellery looks and how well put together you are.

If you take a close look at the jewellery you wear often or which has perhaps been left unworn for some time, you'll quite likely notice it looking grimy, dull and far from its sparkling best.

You wouldn't neglect cleaning your clothes, so you shouldn't neglect cleaning jewellery which is just as 'up close and personal'.

So what do you do about it? Well I strongly recommend you have a read of our comprehensive jewellery cleaning & care guide: it covers all the bases and will help you make the best decisions about looking after your precious jewellery. If you're in a hurry then you can also check out our 10 tips to quickly clean jewellery. And then: get cleaning!

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