Accessory Trends: Statement Necklaces

January 19, 2010 by

Forget looking for that perfect pair of platform pumps, or that oversized ring, or the sexy bandage dress that will make heads turn. Right now, you need only one item to make you the cream of the fashion crop: the statement necklace. For the last few years, this look has been popping up all over the place with labels like Vera Wang (bottom, right) and celebrities like Olivia Palermo (top, right) leading the way. With plenty of glamorous options out there, the time has come for a fashionista like you to make the look your own.

The simplicity of the statement necklace is what makes it special. It is a bold and brazen way to add a quick touch of glitz to your outfit, but the added bonus is that it is super easy to employ. A simple jeans-and-tee combo, combined with a statement necklace, equals instant glamour. Voila! The perfect accessory and a true investment piece. If you’re ready to incorporate this look, read on for some stylish inspiration.

Although the look has been around for a long while, Eva Mendes (top, left) certainly turned some heads when she wore this bejeweled turquoise necklace to the 2009 Golden Globe Awards. Wendy Mink’s Blue Quartz & Resin Layered Bib Necklace ($239.99), with its two-tone effect and contrasting gold metal, is a definite show-stopper. This Beaded Bib Necklace ($39.50) from Express is a perfect option for those on a budget; the blue resin plates will look perfect against your skin this summer.

When Nicole Richie decided to try this look, she went one step further than just wearing it; she designed a statement necklace of her own. While the Black Resin Necklace ($130) by her brand, House Of Harlow 1960, is a great choice, we can’t help but love this just-released Abalone Stations Necklace ($175) for a pop of color.

Moving over to Olivia Palermo (top, right) who appears on MTV’s reality show, The City. Olivia has mastered the statement necklace and has made it her accessory of choice; she has worked the look with both simple, daytime outfits and glamorous nighttime outfits. During the day, Olivia will pair a necklace like Simply Vera Vera Wang’s Silver-Tone Box Chain Bib Necklace ($33.60) with a pair of tailored shorts, ballet flats and an oversized boyfriend button-up shirt. For nighttime, Olivia is more likely to wear leather skinny pants and a fringed tunic top with a necklace like this Faceted Hematite Bib Necklace ($175) by ABS. For the look pictured above, Olivia wore a striped top, tailored skirt and a classic tan trench coat with her statement-making necklace. Vera Wang’s Rhinestone & Lace Bib Necklace ($495) is a flashy option that makes for a great investment piece.

Clearly, Vera Wang likes to make a statement. We’ve already mentioned two of her pieces and our final slice of inspiration comes straight from the Vera Wang catwalk (bottom, right). Vera Wang’s statement necklaces do not run cheap – take for instance this Rhinestone & Organza Bib Necklace ($749.99). For a budget-friendly option of a similar style, go for something like this Multi-Stone Jewel Bib Necklace ($14.99) from Fred Flare. Similarly, this Hematite & Gold-Tone Pyramix Stud Necklace ($35) by Guess is sure to inspire with a set of studs that are perfectly on-trend.

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