For January’s “How I Wear My” post, it’s high glamour time! Jill of Everything Just So and I are loving our statement necklaces. As always, we invited readers, fellow bloggers and friends to join us by submitting photos of themselves wearing their statement necklaces.
And many of you joined us!
This month we have ten participants. So grab a hot cup of tea, make yourself comfortable and get ready to see some fabulous neck candy.
New Year’s Eve, Bill and I veered away from our standard “stay-at-home-and-watch-tv” for New Year’s Eve and hit the town. We met friends for drinks then had a late dinner, just the two of us, at a local Swiss restaurant.
I was more than motivated to go out having recently purchased this 10 strand faux pearl necklace at my favorite local jewelry boutique, Bling! in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, and could not wait to wear it.
I went all out and had my hair professional done. She created a beautifully classic up-do for me that suited my outfit and my personality. And it was sturdy; not a hair fell out of place all evening.
I wore my $5.00 black sheath dress, Calvin Klein black pumps and a vintage evening bag, thrifted for $7.00. I opted for no other jewelry, no even a watch, except for simple pearl earrings and my wedding set.
Since the evening was chilly, I wore my Zara coat with gold buttons and zippered pockets.
The best thing about this necklace besides its obvious fabulousness? It is actually two necklaces. It made the price so much easier to justify when purchasing; two for the price of one.
Together, it looks like this:
The shorter, 6 strand choker necklace is the main necklace.
And this longer 4 strand necklace attaches to the main necklace, or can be worn on its own.
This isn’t a necklace I can wear in its entirety often. It’s a special occasion piece and it’s very heavy. It weighed in at just over a pound.
For a more delicate and refined look, Jill shows us not one, but two stunning statement necklaces.
Be sure to visit Jill’s blog for more about these brilliant pieces.
Our friend, Catherine of Aesthetic Alterations has been making us all envious by spending weeks on end in Paris. She recently acquired this splendid horn necklace at a Paris Hermés boutique.
Leigh, from Hines-Sight Blog sent me these great photos of a necklace she’s had for quite some time.
Here’s what Leigh has to tell us about her piece:
“My mom gave this simple necklace to me in 1989. It was bought at a boutique in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is sterling silver with six beads that resemble a “charm” look. This necklace was before its time really. In the late 80’s, and early 90’s most people were still wearing “real” or what I call, “jewelry-store jewelry” and artistic, handmade pieces weren’t as popular then. In the mid-90’s when more and more people started wearing local artisan-style jewelry, this necklace began to shine with compliments. I’ve worn it for 22 years now. When my son was about two, he pulled on a bead and it broke. Luckily, a local store specializing in handmade jewelry with beads, fixed it for me. Having two kids under six, I have a very relaxed, casual style most days, and I wear this necklace probably more than any piece of jewelry I own because it goes with a lot of colors. The length is right on my neck, and it works with a lot of necklines, and even works with turtlenecks. In this photo, it is worn with a grey tank top, a cardigan-type sweater, and jeans. I wear it a lot in the summer with shorts, and colored tees.”
Here is beautiful Leigh wearing her necklace with her handsome then-fiancé, now husband, in 2002.
Pam from Over50Feeling40 shows us her big, bold and eye-cathing statement necklace. You can’t get much more statement than this beauty.
Pam’s necklace is from a local designer (Pam lives in San Antonio, Texas) and the pendant is from Greece. Pam is posting about her necklace on her blog today; click over and see what else she has to tell us about this magnificent piece.
Josephine from Chicatanyage received this spectacular pearl choker from her husband for a significant birthday about a year ago.
In a word, this necklace is exquisite.
The gorgeous Amy of Lowcarbhighstyle sent me this photo. Tell me she doesn’t look like a professional model.
Here’s what Amy says about her necklace:
“I decided my little black dress was the perfect way to show off a statement necklace on New Year’s Eve. I just got this necklace from the holiday catalog from the jewelry line I sell, Premier Designs, and I’m so glad I did! Looking forward to remixing with casual items as well.”
Amy wrote a post about her necklace and her New Year’s Eve celebration; head over to visit her.
Catherine from Not Dressed as Lamb has such a unique, colorful and modern style. She continually inspires me to wear more color, mix patterns and try new looks.
Catherine just returned from a weekend in London where she wore this statement necklace over her coat to Covent Gardens.
Debbi from She Accessorizes Well wears her Chico’s 25th Anniversary statement necklace with a sparkly jacket and floral top for New Year’s Day.
Debbi says of her special purchase:
“I got it on eBay. I don’t wear it often as it is really ornate. It takes just the right outfit to make it shine. I do love it as it has ladybugs and flowers, two of my favorite things.”
Last, but certainly not least, is my friend and shopping partner, Bliss.
Bliss has a *thing* for classic-looking vintage and antique items. I wasn’t surprised in the least when she sent these photos of a recent purchase to me.
It’s so Bliss!
It’s a vintage-inspired necklace she purchased at a local boutique. Here’s what Bliss has to tell us about it:
“I have only had it a couple of weeks. I wear it whenever. I don’t save things like this for “special” occasions. So I wore it as I traveled to jazz up my outfit. But I have worn it to church a couple of times. Someone will always comment on it…it is an attention grabber. Most women love pearls–thus they love this necklace. It was only $28.00″
In February, the month of Valentines, love and romance, we are going to tip our sartorial hats to that most romantic of fabrics—lace. It doesn’t have to be just bridal or boudoir. So get creative with lace, send Jill or me a picture of you wearing it, and we’ll include you in our “How I Wear My: Lace” post on February 1!