I’d love to see you post on how to incorporate constant pieces (be they ink, wedding bands, or friendship bracelets) into personal style.
I’ve had many people ask me if I give thought to matching my outfits to my visible tattoos and honestly? I don’t. Ever. It’s great when the ink is harmonious with the ensemble, but when they clash I’m never fussed. My tattoos are like part of my skin and I often don’t even see them. Which is, perhaps, careless because I DO give thought to how clothing plays off my skin, eye, and hair color. Why not the visible body art? My only real answer is that my tattoos are among the most emotional of my aesthetic expressions, and I don’t want to limit their color palette based on my dressing preferences. And I wouldn’t be comfortable telling anyone that dressing to match her tattoos should be a stylistic priority.
My engagement ring has a sapphire as well as several small diamonds and, initially, I felt odd about having a colored stone as a constant. But, again, it’s an intensely emotional piece for me and its personal value outweighs its matching potential. I haven’t given it a single thought in years.
I think that the importance of matching constant pieces to your overall look comes down to personal preference. Naturally, an adornment that will be on your person at all times will get long and careful consideration, so it will mesh well with your overall personal style. If you know that you’ll fret constantly about tattoos, rings, bracelets, or piercings that don’t work with your clothing choices, do your best to select neutral tones and classic shapes. But since so many of those things are deeply, deeply significant on personal and emotional levels, feel free to go with your gut. In my humble opinion, adornments with symbolic value shouldn’t be confined by matters of matching.
Image courtesy chriswsn.