One of the quickest – and chicest – ways to update your wardrobe is by accessorizing. And the accessory du jour is the statement necklace. I, for one, can’t wait to pair them with everything and anything.
For spring 2009, designers are completely enamored with the exaggerated necklace. It made countless appearances on runways – Lanvin, Marni, and Marc, oh my! They came in all different shapes and styles (bib, collar, choker, ribbon, layered, twisted), but only one size: huge. The mantra seems to be go big or go home.
The amazing thing about the necklace is that it hits all the current trends yet is surprisingly pretty democratic. Invest in one gorgeous stunner or dabble in all the trends with wallet-happy picks from Target, Forever 21 or Banana Republic.
Luckily, there’s no wrong way to wear the piece of jewelry this season. Perk up solid tops and shift dresses with a dramatic, colorful neckpiece. For a more casual and unexpected take, try with jeans, the perfect white tee, and major heels. Voila, instant glamour. Despite the traditional school of thought that ornate jewelry should not be worn with busy prints, I say take a risk! The brave and courageous should follow the runway’s lead and layer over polka dots or boho patterns. However, please step away from the bangles, earrings, and rings. This look does not translate in real life.
Bottom line: it’s a statement any way you dress it. But for fashion’s sake, wear the necklace; don’t let it wear you!
Check out 10 amazing Statement Necklaces after the jump!
Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Stones Drop Necklace, $528. An eye-catching number that will add some punch to your basic frock.
Dirty Librarian Chains Stacks Necklace, $172. This is a toned-down version of the intertwined necklaces that Dolce & Gabbana showed.
Urban Outfitters Metal Knot Necklace, $78. Display over stripes for a nautical vibe.
Lee Angel ‘Rise’ Tiger’s Eye Chunky Layered Necklace, $231. The chunky stones will complement this season’s safari-inspired ensembles.
Tom Binns Dumont Noir Fluorescent Necklace, $308. Try the neon trend without looking like you stepped off the set of ‘Saved By The Bell.’
Nicole Romano Rosette Necklace, $330. An au courant twist on floral.
Super Candy by Candace Ang Satin Ruffle Necklace, $48. I’ll be wearing this with a boyfriend blazer.
Giles & Brother Zanzibar Necklace, $375. Love this against tribal and ikat prints.
Banana Republic Glam Bib Necklace, $69. The crystal and ribbon combo is soft and feminine.
Bop Bijoux Fringe Necklace, $198. A no-brainer with a flowy maxidress.
– PAULA LEE
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