Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Statement Necklaces: Picking the Right Pieces

It's no secret that I love statement necklaces. And, I'm learning that I'm not the only one. I've seen them everywhere! However, if you are attracted to shiny and sparkly things it's easy to purchase the first that catches your eye. Then, if you're like me, that gorgeous necklace may just sit in your closet unworn forever because you have nothing to wear it with.

There are some important factors that you should weigh in on your statement necklace purchases. Hopefully, these will ensure you purchase good pieces that actually get WORN and don't just sit in your jewelry box.

Tips for Picking the Right Statement Necklaces

1. Choose the right colors
Take a survey of your wardrobe and your closet. Is there a general color family that you wear? Do you mostly wear neutral colors? Do you have lots of different colors? If you tend to wear cooler colors, you'll want to stick with necklaces in neutrals or cool tones. If you wear warmer colors, go with neutrals and warm tones. If you mostly wear neutrals, you can go with any color.

Use the color wheel for help.

Generally, stay on your "side" of the color wheel, except for neutrals...which goes with anything. If you wear cools, you can go with anything on the left side of the wheel, for example. 

The yellow necklace and the aqua cardigan are both on the same side of the color wheel.

2. Choose the right style
There are lots of different styles of statement necklaces. The easiest ones to incorporate into your wardrobe are solid statement necklaces. A solid red necklace can go with lots of color and lots of prints. A red, white, blue and gray necklace is a bit more difficult to wear. 

Again, survey your wardrobe. If you have lots of solids, you can get away with necklaces that have multiple colors or styles in it. If you tend to wear prints, you may want to stick with necklaces that are just one color.

Both of these are examples of solid, neutral necklaces. They can go with prints and a variety of colors.

3. Splurge on neutrals
Unless you are a color-matching pro, neutral statement necklaces are your best friend. Black, gray, tan, taupe, crystal, white, brown, etc. will go with virtually any color. A solid black statement necklace could literally be worn with almost anything. I got a crystal/silver statement necklace for Christmas that I wear almost weekly. 

4. Organize
I have my statement necklaces organized by color. I know it sounds weird, but it's helpful to know where to look on my necklace rack depending on the color. Organization is helpful when it comes to outfit planning!

It does look jumbled...if the wall was bigger I would expand the hooks out a bit more...but it works for me. Reds and pinks to yellow/greens, blues, teals, clear/crystal, black, browns and whites.

Now, you should feel empowered to go forth and shop!


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