Just "WOW" Them – Part 3 Wearing a Statement Necklace

January 21st, 2010


(This is the third in a five-part series about making a statement in a second.)

It’s glorious mom math. Something you can add quickly to a casual outfit that ups the glamour quotient.

White boyfriend tee + jeans = casual afternoon

White boyfriend tee + jeans + statement necklace = an evening out

The quickest and easiest way to go from shabby to chic. Even a tee becomes elegant when you toss on a gloriously embellished necklace.

My favorite is today’s bib necklace (baby has hers to drool on, now you have yours to drool over). But I won’t say no to a heavy grouping of chains, fabric designs or some kind of mix. That’s right. I’m a necklace whore.

Here are a few tips on adding this easy piece to your wardrobe:

  • Statement necklaces are meant to be the focal point of your outfit, so keep everything else you have on simple. Notice I said, simple…not boring. Just avoid patterned tops. The necklace will lose its oomph.
  • Choose clean necklines, such as boat necks, v-necks and scoops. Of course strapless is the best way to showcase this “wow” accessory.
  • Keep your hair style simple, like a swept-up ponytail or sleek, straightened longer styles.
  • If you’re wearing a huge necklace, that should be it. That means no earrings. If you feel naked without them, go with tiny studs. If you have bare arms, forgo the bracelets and instead invest in a good cocktail ring or two. These are far enough away from the necklace to not really compete.

A few of the beautiful and bold:

alice + olivia



Want to do it yourself? Dare I say, a craft idea for the little ones that means pretty for you and activity for them. Check out Shoestring Magazine’s great DIY Statement Necklaces for Under $5.

Next in my Just “Wow” Them Part 4, we’ll tackle an even scarier statement—animal prints. Because it’s a jungle out there.

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3 Responses to “Just "WOW" Them – Part 3 Wearing a Statement Necklace”

  1. Jodi says:

    I have to admit that the Alice + Olivia deconstructed one scares me a bit! Evidently I’m the necklace prude to your necklace whore. The BCBG one is gorgeous. . . armed with your savvy advice, maybe now I’ll have enough accessories courage to wear something similar. . .someday ;-)

  2. Great blog!i really enjoyed reading your posts.i’ve also bookmarked your feed to stay in touch with your news.

  3. tara says:

    oooh yeah, i’m with you on the importance of a good statement piece, whether necklace, boot or otherwise.

    i learned this one well while working in the corporate beauty world where standard black was the unofficial uniform.

    i’m also always willing to splurge on a top that fits well and isn’t the same as that season’s gap or jcrew trend.

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