Accessory dos and don’ts with celeb stylist Tara Swennen

Stylist Tara Swennen is known for dressing stars like Kristen Stewart, Julie Bowen, Kaley Cuoco and Lauren Conrad. Now, Tara’s partnering with Kay Jewelers to bring you some serious style advice, just in time for the holiday season.

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Big scarves. Even bigger cable-knit sweaters. Leggings.

That pretty much describes what we live in during the winter months. It’s comfortable — and stylish — but it also means that our jewelry stays tucked away in our jewelry boxes for much of the season.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Stylist Tara Swennen — known for dressing some of the most fashionable women in Hollywood — says accessorizing for winter is all about creating balance.

“I’m always a big fan of comfort, so these sort of large, oversized cable knit sweaters tend to be something I live in over the holidays,” Swennen said. “I think it’s easy to take those looks from day to night with jewelry and it’s always just nice to add one or two dazzling pieces to liven them up a little bit.”

The key, Swennen says, is to balance out the look with smaller, daintier pieces that don’t overpower your look.

“I like the sort of femininity that they bring, so I tend to use those pieces rather than large statement pieces on casual days. You know stackable rings, just thin bangles, tennis bracelets, a classic stud, so that would be my suggestion,” she says.

Mixing gold and silver also creates a dramatic look — if you do it correctly,

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“I think that a lot of women are scared of mixing metals, which, I don’t think that rule should apply anymore,” she says. “Pay attention and make sure that they’re similar shapes or [there are] similar tones in the metal. It makes it look unique to have some sort of differentiation between the two.”

And make sure you have certain key accessories in your collection.

“I think that every woman needs a classic pair of studs, diamond studs, I definitely recommend hoops, whether it be a tiny little huggy, or a great sterling silver or a gold hoop, maybe around an inch or so, I think those are always great,” she says. “Also, a great cocktail ring can really show your personality… just something you can throw on with anything.”

The most important rule when accessorizing, she says, is to have fun and let your personality shine through.

“I think women tend to over accessorize a lot, and as long as you maintain a balance in your outfit, you can do a lot, even if that means layering a lot of pieces — you just want to be careful it’s not too too too too much.”

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Photo credit: Shanna Fisher


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