Having a few pieces of classic jewelry that you know you can wear with most of your clothing makes getting ready easiest. If you have just a few pieces, you'll be able to invest a little more money and get better quality pieces that will last longer. As much as I like the trendy pieces places like H&M, this kind of jewelry doesn't have the same weight or feel as nicer jewelry.
I've put together a list of the 7 essential pieces of jewelry that I think would fit well into almost any female's wardrobe. I tend to buy jewelry slowly waiting until I find pieces that are exactly what I want, so while I have most of these, a few of them are still on my list.
1. While pearls are included on almost every list of basic jewelry, they really are perfect for almost any nice occasion. Besides just having a pearl necklace, I'd also suggest getting pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet as well. Although you wouldn't wear all three at the same time, you'll have the option of wearing differing combinations. I find that I can wear pearl earrings on an almost daily basis.
2. The next piece is hoop earrings. Whether you want gold or silver depends on which metal you wear the most. One good thing about hoops is that they are easy to wear with both causal and dressy outfits.
3. Another pair of earring that are essential are diamond or rhinestone studs. These really can be worn with almost any outfit. Instead of having to spend time in the morning picking out earrings to go with your outfit, you can almost always be certain that these will work with whatever you're wearing which is great when you remember you need earrings as you're running out the door.
4. While the other pieces I've included in this list are fairly basic, costume jewelry can really add personality to an outfit. One or two pieces of really special costume jewelry can make a neutral outfit into something much more. Take a look through vintage shops to find your perfect pieces.
5. The next piece is more personal as well. A charm bracelet isn't exactly a dressy piece, but it is a piece that you can personalize to suit yourself. You can pick out charms for yourself and add them to create a piece that no one else has. This kind of jewelry is perfect for causal outfits.
6. If you don't have any of the other jewelry pieces on this list, you still really do need a nice watch. I know that most people, including me, probably use their cell phones to keep up with the time, but in some places you shouldn't pull out your phone just to check the time. You should have a watch because being on time is usually important!
7. Finally, I would image that most of you already have the final piece, dangling earrings. These kinds of earrings are especially good to wear when you have your hair pulled back or in an updo for an elegant look.
Are there any essentials that you think I've left off this list? I know that it leans heavily on earrings, so for those who don't have pierced ears, there might be some other pieces that are more important. What do you think?