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Thursday, January 13, 2011


Assistant fashion editor Erica Milano is here today to talk about a major trend in fashion accessories that’s pretty hard to miss these days. -- AP

That’s right, Anastasia. Lately, when it comes to necklaces, the bigger the better. Big, bold, funky, chunky necklaces, sometimes called statement necklaces, have been all the rage on the fashion runway as well as the red carpet. Now they’ve entered mainstream fashion. Styles run the gamut from short chunky chains to long, layered strands to mesh-like bibs. Wooden beads to gemstones. Organic looking baubles to geometric shapes. Metallics to earth tones to super bright colors. Anything goes as long as it’s huge.
These necklaces are being worn with everything from jeans and t-shirts to evening wear. However, when you wear one, you want to make sure it doesn’t overpower you. The trick to pulling off this fashion trend is to keep everything else very simple. Skip the earrings, bracelets, and pins. Let the necklace be your one and only “statement.”

Thanks, Erica! For those of you who love the look but can’t afford the cost, take a trip to your local crafts store to buy the supplies for making these necklaces yourself. They’d make great holiday gifts or a treat for yourself for that New Year’s eve party. 

And here's another tip: change up an existing necklace by adding a large pin. Just connect the ends of the necklace to the pin back and you've got a trendy fashion accessory without spending a dime.

What type of jewelry do you like to wear? Post a comment to be entered in our drawing for a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


traveler said...

Your photos of this unique jewelry are lovely. Since I am small I have to wear light weight bracelets and necklaces as well as small earrings. I would love to wear something extreme once in a while but know it would look ridiculous on me.

Tiffany Antonius said...

Love the yellow necklace, love the many layers. looks a bit like stepping stones. What is the material?

Tiffany @ Religious Necklaces

Georgina Abrahams said...

Please can you tell me where I can buy the chunky gold necklace above please? Or who the designer is . Thank you


Sorry, Georgina, but that blog post is from 2011. I no longer remember where the necklace came from. Even if I did, I doubt it would still be available for sale.