Making a Statement - with a Statement Necklace
My cousin Alexis is a rep for Stella & Dot, and one of my new favorite combinations for an outfit has been my Stella & Dot Pegasus necklace paired with a floral J.Crew wrap dress/shirt over jeans, along with a pair of J.Crew leopard print flats. I'm never one to stray from mixing patterns and different colors, and at this point leopard print is practically a neutral in my wardrobe.
I recently bought a pair of gray skinny jeans from Banana Republic during their Power Lunch sale (50% off of sale items = $20 jeans. Hooray!), and it turns out they go well with my floral-leopard print-tan combo. Before that, I was wearing this particular outfit with black pants underneath instead.
Often a statement necklace does just that - it makes a statement. Magazines and blogs will suggest wearing it on its own with an otherwise plainer outfit, or something simple in its color and design. I tend to agree with that, but what I love about this necklace in particular is that it isn't blinged out or even overly girly and ornate. It instead brings just enough texture and contrast to pop against an outfit without overpowering it.
I'm excited to try out this combination with a brighter, more colorful dress in the summertime, or even a flowy white linen or cotton top instead of a dress.
Even though the Pegasus necklace is an investment piece, it's very nice quality and I surprisingly wear it more often than some of my simplier pieces of jewelry. And when the rest of this outfit is made up of sale and factory store items (I love hitting up the J.Crew Factory Store online when they are having mega sales and free shipping), it seems that an accessory is a good place to splurge.
But for the crafty and budget-conscious, here's a great blog that shows how to make your own bib statement necklace.