Traditional style guidance has said that large jewelry is not flattering to, or elegant on, small women. But opinions about beauty, diversity, and body type have evolved. Statement Necklaces have been ubiquitous for the last five years and everyone gets to wear them, including me!
I have a weakness for Marni necklaces, which are imaginative and eye-catching. Just the thing to set off a simple dress! Behold:
This PVC necklace was completely irresistible — to me, at least. It was more elaborate when I bought it, but I removed two of the dangling elements for a restrained look. So please note the restraint. I don’t know if there are any bright-line rules about when you should wear your transparent plastic jewels, but this necklace seems very summery to me. Don’t worry, it has a cool weather sister.
Even I must concede that the mixed metal necklace is truly haphazard. The first time I wore it, my husband thought — in his words – that it was “some random crap you picked up around the house and strung around your neck to make me laugh.” Non, mon ami. No one here is laughing.
A word of warning about necklaces like these: Don’t wear them when you expect to be hugging a lot of people. It is actually quite painful to be bear-hugged when you are wearing a necklace made of rigid material that is truly occupying three dimensions — so no family reunions, no Christmas parties. But there’s no hugging at work, so off we go!
When confronted with either of these necklaces, my male colleagues are nonplussed , so clearly the necklaces are very powerful. Please take some of this power for your own:
Dress: Tory Burch; Necklaces: Marni; Shoes: French Sole New York
Conversation-stopping necklaces for you: Subversive Jewelry Dinosaur Egg necklace; Anthropologie Beaded Cirque Pendant necklace; Subversive Jewelry Double Strand Pearl necklace; Mimimimosa Catena necklace; Marni Resin and Metal Bead necklace; Mimimimosa Pizzo necklace