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You can’t get the image out of your mind. A plunging black neckline with a bold necklace, maybe something in copper with a geometric feeling, but wait, all the necklaces you see at the office are dainty or maybe you’re not seeing many necklaces on people at all. Are bold statement necklaces out of style?
The answer is a most definitive, no. You can wear as bold a necklace as you choose and still be stylish. A quick look at 2019’s runway fashion shows reveals distinctive neck pieces at every major fashion house. One of the first looks at Chanel’s fall show was Cara Delevingne modeling a gorgeous necklace in silver and chains that took up most of the open area of the blouse. Same for the Gucci Spring 2019 show where models were draped in massive beads with an African flair.
But maybe high fashion is out of your reach. Don’t worry, this post will help you figure out not only what constitutes a statement necklace but how to find the perfect piece. By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll be ready to step out in confidence wearing your statement necklace.
What is a Statement Necklace?
It’s a piece of jewelry made for the neck that stands out on its own merit. It can be bold and colorful, filled with glittering gemstones, or a riot of geometric shapes in metal. Think of the collars Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Samantha’s chunky stone necklaces in Sex in the City, or the mass of chains seen on Nicki Minaj’s neck in many of her music videos.
Perhaps you have a bland dress you want to spark up for a night out after the office, or you just want some bling to make your T-shirt and jeans pop. Statement necklaces can elevate your wardrobe to a whole new level of wow. Your friends will soon be clamoring to know where you got such great pieces and where you found the confidence to wear them so well.
And that’s the thing, even if most people are wearing skinny silver chains or skipping the necklaces all together, you can stand out by making a statement. When people think of your style, they’ll know you aren’t afraid to make your wardrobe work for you.
How to Find a Statement Necklace that Suits Your Style
Now you know you can definitely wear a bold necklace and still be stylish, so the next step is finding one. You can search the typical avenues like department stores, jewelry stores, and online venues.
But you might want to think a bit outside the box. Sites like Etsy and other vintage shops are great places to find geometric pieces from the sixties and seventies. You can go even further back into the fifties to find pieces made out of chunky colored plastic or molded flowers.
Don’t discount your mother and grandmother’s discarded collections or even your neighborhood yard sales for rhinestones and glitz and chains. There are statement necklaces to be found in a myriad of places and when you’ve found one (or several) that speaks to you, you’ll be itching to pair it with the perfect outfit.
How Do You Wear Your New Statement Necklace?
Think complimentary. Solid colors and clean lines work as great backdrops for a bold piece of jewelry. Plunging necklines leave space to fill with glitter and shimmer. A round collared neck piece works great with a boat-neck T. Perhaps you found the perfect retro lime green set of beads. Why not pair them with a patterned dress that has touches of the same color?
When you think of the style of your necklace, be it choker length or a long swath of over-sized beads, you can also think about the right outfit to pair it with. Choker length statement necklaces work well when you are showing more neck. Massive chains and beads work well with a draped dress or jacket.
If your statement necklace has a bit of a V-shape to it, perhaps you’d pair it with a V-neck T-shirt. There are no wrong ways to wear a bold necklace, as long as you keep the focus on the piece and the pairing of accessory to clothing. The statement necklace should be the star of your personal fashion show.
Bold and Beautiful
Now when you ask yourself if statement necklaces are out of style, you should be answering with a resounding no. Bold pieces of jewelry have worked for women for centuries, it’s just a matter of finding the right piece for the right occasion, paired with the perfect outfit.