Monday, August 24, 2015

Why I [Still] Wear Statement Necklaces

Y'all know how much I love statement necklaces...right? I mean, if you've read this blog for any amount of time you're bound to stumble upon a post about or photo of one.

You might also have picked up that I don't often participate in a lot of fads as an adult. Now, as a teen, I fell victim to the silver lipstick, miniature animal backpacks and butterfly clips of the mid-late 90s. However, as an adult, I choose to embrace the classic over the trendy.

You may think that statement necklaces are a trend...or a fad. But in fact, they aren't. They are a very old, classic look that's been around for centuries. Modern statement necklaces gain their influence from the tribal/ethnic jewelry of India and Africa, the metal collars of Egypt and the Mediterranean and even the beaded/tiered look of Edwardian and Victorian pieces from America and Western Europe. Coco Chanel had a huge role in popularizing costume and statement jewelry in the 30s, 40s and 50s and many of today's pieces are directly inspired from her designs.

I STILL wear statement necklaces because they are classic and beautiful. I still wear statement necklaces because they are a wonderful way to tie an outfit together or to make an otherwise nondescript look stand out. I still wear statement necklaces because they've become MY signature. People know me for my statement necklaces (and my shoes...and my cardigans...but I digress). A statement necklace and a cardigan and flats IS my fashion formula. It's what makes me feel comfortable's just me!

I often post pics of some of my necklaces on my Instagram page. If you follow me there you can see them from time to time. Here are some I've posted over the last few months.

Do you wear statement necklaces? Would you ever try one if you don't already wear them?


  1. I like them every now and then, but they're not my typical weekday choice.

    I think I have too many jewelry choices. Like today, I'm wearing a necklace I've been wearing for over a month. No earrings or wedding rings or bracelets. LOLOL. I need to get rid of some.

  2. Where did you get that last statement necklace - the one with the squares? I love it!

    1. Hi Meredith - it came from New York and Company many years ago.


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