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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Not Your Mother's Pearls

An outfit isn’t complete without a smile, and let’s not forget the right accessories. Doesn’t anyone else ever feel naked going out of the house without earrings on? Jewelry is a Fashionista’s go-to when putting that final touch on any outfit. And I have to say, I have a lot of it. My sorority sisters can find me in room 216 next year with a big white jewelry armoire from Pottery Barn Teen filled with my royal jewels. But amidst the sea of endless embellishments on the market, the statement necklace, a piece that’s been massively popular for several years now, has always been the one item of jewelry that appeals to me. Sparkling, bold, ornate and yet surprisingly simple to wear, the right collar, choker or bib can dress up even the safest of neutral-hued ensembles without much effort.

Lately, I have been obsessed with the newest takes on the jewelry-box essential. Adorned with everything from feathers to leather to coins, the newest wave of bold necklaces is nothing like the bejeweled sparklers of seasons past.

This Fashionista’s necklace is exactly the new take on the statement necklace that everyone is talking about. Bold new shapes and colors add the right pop to any outfit. Here our Fashionista chose to stick to the basics with high-collar crop top paired with a sexy draped skirt. One thing to keep in mind is the neckline of your top when layering your statement necklace over it. Higher necklines create a seamless canvas as well as very low cut necklines that let the piece rest against your skin. Our Fashionista’s outfit is also a great example of how easy it is to dress up simple pieces.

How To: Grab your favorite statement necklace to be the centerpiece of your outfit. This is when the rest of your ensemble can be as simple and as comfy as cotton dress. Less is more!