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Saturday, May 31, 2014

How I Style Statement Necklaces

Lately, I've been really loving statement jewelry, necklaces in particular. There's just something about a fabulous necklace that makes me feel put-together, even when it's the only piece of jewelry I'm wearing on a given day.

I've always liked them, but I really started wearing them in my last semester of college, when I was working for the radio station. I would go into the station to record newscasts, and when I would edit, I couldn't wear earrings because of the way the headphones would press my ears and scratch me. Plus, I would do these newscasts 2-3 times a week and be out the door at 7:30 AM to walk from my dorm room to the station each time. So, because of that, I would reach for necklaces for comfort and ease's sake, and I've been loving them ever since.

FOREVER 21 Fancy Floral & Rhinestone Necklace




I recently purchased this necklace. It was situated in the back of one of the sections of Forever 21, and I was immediately drawn to the color. It's a brilliant candy pink in person.

So now you're probably wondering, "How would I style this?"

Option #1: Daytime/Casual

Styling Statement Necklaces: Daytime/Casual




This is probably the easiest way I can think of to wear statement jewelry, and you will most likely be able to find similar pieces in your own wardrobe. I'd pair a shirt in a solid color (black and white go with everything...yay neutrals!) with darker jeans (or lighter if you prefer). I threw in some black flats, just because they're a color I wear the most in shoes, and a purse. You can mix and match colors with any of these items, but if you stick with neutrals, the necklace will stand out more.

This outfit also works for travel. If you only bring a few accessories, I suggest statement necklaces, just because of the way that they can change up and pull together outfits.

Option #2: Cooler Weather

Styling Statement Necklaces: Cooler Weather



This is the outfit combination I basically lived in while I was in college and working for the radio. My walk to the radio station would usually be in cooler weather, and given that it would be 6:30 when I would wake up to do newscasts, I leaned towards comfort. I would switch up the tops and shoes depending on weather, and it worked for both my radio and class throughout the day.

Now that I'm out of school, I can wear this outfit combination on weekends and casual days, and I can now swap out a heavy backpack for whatever purse I'm carrying.

Option #3: Dressing Up

Styling Statement Necklaces: Dressing Up



This is an excellent option for dressier occasions. In fact, I wore a combination similar to this for my own college graduation; I didn't even wear earrings, as my necklace, dress, and shoes I was wearing were all that I needed.

Basically, you can use your necklace to pull whatever colors are in your dress, or contrast them. The necklace pictured can also work with yellow, green, mint, royal blue, lavender, or any neutrals. Add whatever shoes and bag that you like, and I threw in a lipstick in a similar color to really pull this look together.

Do you like statement necklaces? How do you wear them?
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