I love statement necklaces. I often build an entire outfit around a necklace, and I have to admit that on more than one occasion I have actually changed my clothes, or at least the top, to match the necklace. I’ve even missed the train and been late for work looking for a top to go with a particular necklace I wanted to wear…
I use accessories to express my creative, flamboyant side. I like to experiment and try out new trends with my jewellery rather than with my clothes. And why not? Jewellery serves no purpose other than to have fun with.
However, my mantra is, and always has been, ‘less is more’, so wearing an attention-grabbing necklace means the rest of the outfit must be kept simple and streamlined. I mean, what’st the point of wearing a really fabulous necklace if it gets lost in layers of fabric and pattern? Lucky for me, simple and streamlined tends to work for me as I’m quite short and hourglass-shaped, and loose layers would just swamp me and make me look bulky. A fitted dress, on the other hand, gives me just enough va-va-voom, and a fab necklace adds some style and glamour.
At the moment I’m looking for a green (sea-green or any blueish shade) bead necklace to go with my old summer dresses and T-shirts. I think that blue and green is just the perfect colour combination for summer, suggesting the sea and the sky, so fresh and uplifting. It doesn’t hurt that it works with my colouring, too: tones down the pink tones in my skin and brings out the red tones in brown hair.
|blue dress: Damsel in a Dress, print dress: Collection by John Lewis
necklaces from top left: Kluster, Alexis Bittar
middle row: Kenneth Jay Lane, Accessorize
bottom left: Jane Stone / Amazon.com, Kenneth Jay Lane
Don’t you just love the Alexis Bittar necklace?
Unfortunately, it is out of my prize range, but one can always dream…
I love big necklaces with otherwise simple, bordering on severe, outfits. (With, ideally, a great pair of shoes). And I too am a short hourglass!Am now dreaming of pairing the Kluster triple strand of sea-green gems with the royal blue shift and metallic sandals …
I always feel we hourglass-shaped girls are underrepresented in fashion mags, and retailers aren't to keen on us, either (all those sack-like dresses in shops…). This is my one-woman mission to change that, wish me luck!