ALL IN THE DETAILS: Making the Right Statement

To be frank, jewelry has never been one of my strong suits. I own a strand of pearls with matching earrings, and a diamond necklace with matching ring and earrings. Since I wear one set or the other every day, my knowledge of what type of jewelry matches which outfit comes from my lovely sorority sisters. The perk of being in a sorority—other than gaining lifelong friends—is having multiple closets to go through and my sisters to help me pick out jewelry to match my outfit.

The right statement necklace can make or break an outfit. The length and size of a necklace depends on the design of the shirt or dress. Any outfit with a patterned fabric should be matched with a simple, solid necklace. A solid or simple outfit demands a bolder, more extravagant necklace. Don’t forget to pay attention to the neckline, too. Whether the outfit is simple or grandiose, the wrong combination of neckline and necklace will ruin the look. It’s essential that the necklace falls above or below a neckline, instead of falling into your cleavage. Necklaces draw attention and captures the eyes, so make sure everyone is conversing with your eyes not your chest.

This Fashionista is wearing a black and white statement necklace that complements her outfit. The alignment of the necklace in comparison to the top is impeccable. The Fashionista’s choice of statement necklace allows her to either play up or down an outfit. kate spade has a similar necklace that matches the classic style worn by the Fashionista. For a formal event requiring cocktail dresses or gowns, Nina created a beautiful faux pearl and diamond choker style necklace. Another option that is finding its way back into fashion is the long-strand necklace, including Coco Chanel’s beloved long-strand pearls. Her advice on the subject? “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” I can’t help but agree with her.

How To: Recreating this look is quite simple! All that is needed is a stylish outfit that compliments your statement necklace!