Selena Gomez sports a sultry look

What was the only piece of jewelry that Selena Gomez wore to the 2013 Teen Choice Awards? A vibrant pair of aqua drop earrings, which were especially eye-catching with her sultry forest green Cushnie et Ochs dress.

The dress, which featured two provocative slits up the front, was a surprisingly daring choice for the teen star. However, with understated accessories, including nude Nicholas Korkwood pointy-toe pumps, the ensemble was nothing short of stunning. Next time you're trying to make a seemingly brazen outfit more wearable, don a simple pair of drops from fine jewelers. The resulting look is both chic and confident and never overdone. Earrings in a bright tone, whether it's aqua, coral or citron, also exude a certain playfulness that can make a sophisticated outfit more fun.

In case you needed another reason to follow Gomez's classy cue, the look got this 21-year-old starlet a nod from E! Online for best dressed stars at the awards show. This is just one more piece of evidence that the former Disney actress has been revamping her image from girl next door to glamazon.

"I think the most attractive thing about a woman, for me, is confidence," Gomez recently told Access Hollywood. "So, because I turned 21 this year and a lot of great things have happened for me, that's the one thing I want to exude."

She noted that she's even been changing up her makeup in an effort to shed her child star image.

"I've become a bit more about the red lip and being a little bit more – I like to say confident, as opposed to sexy, even though that's what I feel," said Gomez, according to the source. "And I feel very comfortable in my skin."

It's clear that the star is trying to make a more mature statement – her jewelry says it all.