Perhaps once a year I wander into a jewelry store over at Friendship Heights and find myself walking out with something I never thought to want.
This year, I found myself in possession of this necklace — a dramatic piece of costume jewelry — after approximately three minutes of consideration.
Once seen, it could not be unseen!
When I told you last week that I was showing you the last of my avant-garde Japanese clothes, I forgot about this top. Sorry!
The craft in both the top and the necklace is so appealing.
These exaggerated sleeves — which look like bells roughly the size of my head — are shaped by incredibly thick welting along the inside of the seam. That’s the kind of trick associated with couture.
But this post is really about the necklace. Let’s get a little closer, shall we?
This necklace consists of gold-toned beads that look like misshapen pearls, threaded on an extremely thin, springy nylon cord.
When I tried it on in the store, I was wearing a black turtleneck sweater. The combination was Very Effective because the nylon cord disappeared. But I like the necklace against a contrasting color, too.
Come closer to appreciate the vitality of this necklace.
Perhaps you need to come a little closer. Careful of my toes.
A necklace like this works equally well with a conservative dress.
As Directrice scholars know, I bought this dress 8 or 9 years ago in two colors because it fit perfectly (zero alterations) and will never go out of style. It can be made more interesting or less interesting with a jacket/wrap/necklace as the occasion demands.
I applaud my judgment.
I rarely — actually, never — wear a necklace this long, but I think this works. It’s elegant and dramatic, right?
It’s also a safety hazard so no blowing out birthday candles, cooking, mangling, threshing, welding, or refining oil while wearing this necklace.
Come closer and see the necklace against ruby red.
Too close! Too close!
While The Photographer fiddles with his settings, I chatter at him.
Top: Comme des Garcons from The RealReal; Pants; Nanette Lepore (part of this suit); Dress: Elie Tahari; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Shoes: Cole Haan; Necklace: Maria Calderara (from Tabandeh in Washington D.C.)