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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

how to: wear a statement necklace

It's no secret that I love statement necklaces.

However, it recently came to my attention that for some people, wearing a statement necklace or even choosing a statement necklace might not be as easy as I think. A reader left the following comment on an outfit post featuring statement necklaces.

I would have a hard time settling on one color that I could wear with lots of stuff.

Good point. For those of you just stepping in to the world of statement necklaces, deciding on the necklaces to buy seems a bit daunting.

The easiest response would be to buy one in EVERY color, but not everyone wants (or needs) a jewelry box full of colorful statement necklaces. (Though I definitely wouldn't mind...)

So, how do you take the statement necklace plunge?

First, we must define what a statement necklace is. A statement necklace (and jewelry) is simply large and bold enough to make a "statement" by itself. It holds its own, basically. ;)

Step 1: (Toes in the water)
Purchase a neutral statement necklace. For this post, the word "neutral" can mean black, silver, gold, brown, white, gray, navy or copper.

The benefit of a neutral statement necklace is that it goes with almost anything. (color-wise) But, it's still a "statement" necklace. See how I paired a black statement necklace with a colorful outfit below. (For each of these examples, I'll be using the J Crew Bubble necklace in black or coral.)

 


Step 2: (Up to your knees)
Purchase a statement necklace in a bright color and wear it with neutrals. Imagine a coral-colored necklace paired with navy and white. Or, for you visual learners, something like this...


The statement necklace serves the purpose of accenting the outfit without competing for attention.

Step 3: (All the way in)
Purchase a statement necklace in a bright color and wear it with with color. Okay, take a deep breath color-phobes. Some of you might not really ever get past Step 2 and that's perfectly okay. But, know that you're limiting the wear-ability of your statement necklaces by only wearing them with neutrals. Colored statement necklaces can DEFINITELY work with a colorful outfit...it just all depends on the color. (For color help, see my post here.)


Cardigan, Belt, Shoes: Target; Tank and necklace: Rue 21, Pants: Old Navy (shop)

Here are some of my favorite necklaces and places to shop for them. (Most of my statement necklaces were purchased online.)

Neutrals:
Faceted Statement Necklace (Copper and Gold) from Forever 21
Stephan & Co Facet Statement Necklace in Ivory

Colors:
Loft Gold & Coral Statement Necklace
Essentials Metal Glass Bead Bib Necklace
Shop Ruche Sparkling Night Sky Necklace

So, now that you have the tips and tricks for necklaces...get out there and make a statement!

Linking up with the Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday today as well.




11 comments:

  1. These outfits are amazing! You wear statement necklaces so well!

    xoxo
    Meera

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  2. I am one of those people who own a lot of jewelry and never wear it. I just cannot figure out how it works into my wardrobe now that I don't go to work. It seems silly to wear a piece at home but you make it look so good! GREAT outfits!

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    1. Thanks so much! Being home is always reason to wear pretty jewelry!! :)

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  4. This blog was EXTREMELY helpful. Thanks for that. Now I just have to take the plunge. I'm going with either the black or the beigish one from forever 21.

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