The power of a statement necklace

After years of being relegated behind the statement earring, statement necklaces are starting to make a comeback. Having scoured the Spring Summer 2019 catwalks, I'm seeing many fashion houses include a chunky necklace, long necklaces and layered necklace as part of their offerings.

So here's my take on the best way to work this piece of jewellery.

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Tips and guidelines for styling your statement necklace

  • Stand out pieces have the most impact when styled with a simple outfit such as a plain crew neck jumper, a white shirt or anything black.
  • They can work against a print or pattern, just aim for one metal tone in a bold style- as opposed to a big floral or beaded number to avoid cluttering the jewellery against the print.
  • Keep the rest of your jewellery simple, especially your earrings to avoid cluttering your look.

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  • Match your necklace to your neckline: let it peek out through a plain shirt collar, a rounded line against a crew neck, a long necklace and pendant with a v-neck.
  • If you have a larger bust, longer necklaces with a lower hanging chunky pendant work well- they draw the emphasis away from the bust.
  • Likewise for shorter ladies, a longer necklace and pendant can work really well- it literally elongates your look drawing the eye downwards. Try it!
  • And finally the statement necklace works brilliantly to take you from day to night- that’s one of the best things about this piece, it transforms a plain top and jeans or trousers. Take it with you to work and put it on when you’re re-touching your makeup for an evening out- you’re all set!


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