I learned of the passing of one of my dearest friends as I was helping two teenage girls pick out cluster wardrobes. “I’m so over statement necklaces.” one quipped “Yeah, they’re like chevrons.” the other agreed.
At first I clutched my own neck, from which hung a statement necklace. Was I hearing these fashion prophesiers correctly? After I calmed down, I decided that it might be time to experiment.
Layered Dainty Necklaces
First I tried a dainty necklace. Now don’t get me wrong, I think they’re darling. And if I layer a few necklaces , I feel less naked. But they’re constantly getting tangled, and I go through them too quickly with four small children confusing them with pull-up bars. However, given the right lifestyle, I think these are exceptionally simple yet chic. I’d recommend buying them cheap or finding one you really love and never taking it off.
The next item with which I adorned my neck was the kerchief. This felt like me. I love scarves and it was fun playing with tying variations. I like that it was big, durable, and added an immediate point of interest. I could layer it with a variety of necklines from an open collar, to a v or scoop neck, or even on top of a crew. It’s best to keep the shirt simple as the kerchief does most of the talking. And cowgirls and frenchies like things chic and simple.
I have to admit that I’ve done this one before. I remember buying many a tattoo illusion choker as well as a cross gothic grunge version in the late 90’s. And I have a rule that if I’ve done it once, I have to think twice before doing it again. I had a hard time finding one I really liked. Most of them reminded me too much of my adolescence. But I really liked this one: leather with a bow, sweet yet strong. Pairing the necklace with a neckline turned out to be a bit tricky. It needs a bit of skin to properly showcase it. It would work great with strapless and cold shoulder options in the summer, but as my shoulders are only exposed when I swim, I went with a square neck. Pairing it on top of anything higher made me feel a bit suffocated.
Statement earrings are a strong contender to the statement necklace. The only problem is they can be a bit heavy and tend to add more glamour than I prefer to add for carpool. But I love it for date nights and even work. And while the full arm party may be hibernating in peace alongside the statement necklace, A single statement bracelet could also work.
So, there we have it, my accessorizing options for Spring 2017. Which is important, because as layers die off in Summer 2017, I’m going to need some visual interest. But don’t be surprised if you see me with a statement necklace too.
Photos by Let Me See You Sparkle