Look Gorgeous (Not Gaudy) in a Statement Necklace

Statement necklaces…They’re bright, bold and exaggerated with a wow factor that demands attention.

The right one has the power to make your outfit look absolutely fabulous. The wrong one will turn it into a tacky mess.

So how do you know what kind of statement necklace to buy, and how to style it so you look gorgeous and not gaudy?

Let’s take a look at the different types:

The Bib

It’s important to find a statement necklace that reflects your unique style personality and co-ordinates with your outfit.  Many women find the bib does the job.  Despite its name,  it is  actually a very sophisticated necklace. It’s considered bold and eccentric, which means it needs to be the center of attention in a look.

Statement Necklaces- Bib

The correct way to wear the bib is with an outfit that is not too colorful or that doesn’t have  a lot of  volume or ruffles.  The top needs to be very plain and simple. Also, depending on the bib necklace you choose, you may want to skip wearing a print top. If it’s worn  with loud prints or fur it can look overdone and even cheap.

The Bib is ideal for cocktail, birthday or holiday parties. It is youthful and a real stunner that will definitely turn heads.

The Geometric

The geometric tends to be bib shaped as well, but it’s in a category of its own because it creates a very different look. Geometric statement necklaces are huge and powerful, but their clean-cut lines and geometric patterns convey a message of modernity.Statement Necklaces- Geometric

The best way to wear a geometric statement necklace is to  follow the same rules as for the bib. To look even more trendy and “now”, wear it with a black and/or white outfit.  The single pop of color or metal against all black or white sends a very dramatic, modern message.

The Bright Gems

The bright gems statement necklace is the one you most often see celebrities wearing on the red carpet.    This type of necklace is typically over-the-top full of gems or pearls and looks very expensive.  Gemstone statement necklaces should be worn with matching or contrasting colors.Statement Necklaces- Bright Gems

If  you wear one with a contrasting color, make sure the necklace is the only eye-catching item in your look.  Keep your other jewelry to a minimum, small or no earrings and preferably no rings or bracelets. A bright gem statement necklace is  perfect for a formal occasion, like a wedding, a gala, or a  Black Tie event.  Women of all ages love this necklace because it speaks for itself; it conveys a message of femininity, luxury and wealth.

The Shirt Collar

The shirt collar statement necklace is shaped exactly like a  peter pan or straight shirt collar. It’s not as bold as the other statement necklaces, and is  the simplest to wear.  The possibilities for how to wear it are endless, just don’t wear it over your shirt collar.Statement Necklaces- Shirt Collar

The shirt collar statement necklace  can be worn  day or night with an elegant dress or a simple blouse and a pair of jeans. They are many styles, from a thin and delicate chain to a  bold and heavy rock-clustered necklace. This type of necklace adds  a touch of sophistication and uniqueness to any look.

Ready to tuck away your dainty, fine necklaces and go for the bold? Send us a photo of you in a statement necklace and we’ll post it. Just email myphoto@fabulousafter40.com

Guest Contributor Mary Barrios is a fashion writer and stylist, who loves to help people look and feel their best. Follow Mary’s Google +  and  Mary’s Facebook.

 



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  1. Just bought my first statement necklace. Charming Charlie has affordable jewelry to try out this trend. As soon as I put on my new purchase I felt confident and was complemented on my basic jeans and turtleneck.

  2. This helps me out.