Necklaces are a classic piece of jewellery which have been worn by countless people and in numerous centuries and ages. Almost everyone wears a necklace these days, but are these symbols of beauty and wealth maybe getting a bit old, outdated or dare I say it… boring?
If you answered yes to that question, we need to have a bit of a chat. Necklaces have stood the test of time, but maybe due to the same old styles or ways to wear them, they’ve become dull and lifeless - an accessory that is easily forgotten.
I’m here to make sure you never get bored of necklaces ever again and to give you a bit of inspiration of how to jazz up your neckline and inject some more style into your life. A necklace doesn’t just have to hang around your neck - there are so many creative options to spice up your style and to reignite your love for necklaces.
Here are 8 creative ways to style necklaces.
Why wear one when you can wear two? Or three? Or four? Layering necklaces is a great way to add more colour and sparkle to any outfit. By mixing and matching different chain styles and lengths, you’re adding more texture to your look as well as drawing more length down the body. Layering different colours and gemstones like silvers and golds with a pop of red or blue adds extra finesse to a look. Countless celebrities and style icons layer necklaces, like Miley Cyrus, Gigi Hadid, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Jennifer Anniston and layering has been a trend that has been in the fashion world for years. It is a timeless look that will leave you looking timeless also.
Cosanuova | Mother Of Pearl Clover Necklace | £150.00
Chokers have stood the test of time, dating all the way back to 2500BC. They were immensely popular in the 1900s, most notably in the 1920s and 1940s and had a resurgence in the 2010s. Chokers sit tight to the neck and have been worn by numerous public figures like Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Take inspiration from Queen Alexandra - who most notably wore a choker to hide a small scar - and wear a thick black velvet choker that envelopes most of the neck. For a modern look, thinner chokers are better loved and can feature gems or plain bows.
Glenda Lopez | 18kt Gold Dipped Empty Signet Necklace | £598.00
Similar to chokers, collars are big and bold and sit tight to the neck. Named after and based on shirt collars, these designs are elaborate and chunky. Keep it over-sized for a statement look and wear with an up-do to really show it off.
Cara Tonkin | Vesper Collar | £1,500.00
All over body
An all over body necklace does what it says on the tin - it drapes all over the body! Most of these necklaces start from the neck and run down the torso to enveloped the body, wrapping around the hips, almost like a harness. These chains are delicate and simple and would look perfect on a beach holiday to add a sparkling accessory to a bikini.
Conges | Small Scarab Body Chain | £6,947.00
A dog tag necklace is mostly associated with men and is an informal term for identification tags worn by those who serve in the military. Noted as being similar to tags worn on animal collars, the name dog tag was given to the necklace. Thrust into fashion as ‘military chic’, dog tags have become a modern staple in men’s fashion. Wear with a simple t-shirt and neutral colours like brown, black and white to show off the sleek steel design.
Prism Design | Personalised Line Arrow Pendant | £154.50
A statement necklace is large, colourful, oversized and you guessed it, makes a statement. Extensive and exquisitely decorated, statement necklaces come in various shapes, sizes and styles, like fringe, multi-layered and metallic - essentially anything you want. My favourite way to style a statement necklace is by pairing it with a work outfit to add a bit more glitz and glamour. Wear a shirt with a collar (take inspiration from Peter Pan) and tuck the necklace underneath the collar to add more sparkle to a plain shirt.
Chavin Couture | Rose Gold Statement Triangle Necklace | £400.00
I’ve lost you haven’t I, but hear me out! Many celebrities have worn backwards necklaces to award shows, to accessorise without taking too much attention away from the front of their dress. Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman and Cara Delevigne are perfect examples, wearing low back dresses with a long dangling necklace featured a simple charm that runs down their back. It gives an outfit a well rounded look that has something to look at from every angle.
Latelita London | Venice Long Chain Necklace Rose Gold Amethyst | £135.00
Gemstones are a fantastic way to add a pop of colour to a necklace. Whether it’s your own personal birthstone or a colourful gem that you like the look of, add it into your look to spice up any plain outfit. For a classic and elegant look, choose pearls for a sophisticated design that never goes out of style. For something flashier, go for a bold red ruby, a pretty pink sapphire or sunny yellow diamond.
Brigitte Adolph Jewellery Design | Figaro Bridal Collier in Silver | £443.00