How To Wear: Oversized Necklaces

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Oversized necklaces have a tendency to crop up when it comes to fashion trends. There’s something about a singular, statement piece that we just can’t resist. They’re flattering, feel impressively heavy against your skin, and always draw attention – what more could you want from a necklace?

While we may have a long-lasting love affair with oversized necklaces, that doesn’t mean that we’ve all learned exactly how to make them work with the rest of our outfit — or our body shape, for that matter. If you want to see in the autumn/winter trends with a statement necklace of your own, then you might want to take a read through these tips on how to wear them before you excitedly head to a store to buy one…

Neckline Matters

If you’re going to be wearing a big necklace, then you’re going to want people to see it. That means making a compromise on your necklace. Boat, jewel, and narrow necklines are not going to do a statement necklace any favors. Sure, it might feel more comfortable to wear without the necklace against your skin – but the simple fact is it’s going to compete, and your neck is going to look thicker as a result.

Opt for a sweetheart, scoop, or V-neck if you’re going to wear a large necklace. These styles are relatively easy to find, so there’s no excuse. And if you’re not au fait with the neckline terminology, then there’s a fabulous primer here.

Think Weight

Most women will be familiar with loving the idea of a large necklace, but really not loving what it’s like to actually wear one. These necklaces are usually fairly heavy, which can be uncomfortable if you’re going to be wearing them for a long period of time.

In these scenarios, you have two choices. You can look for more exquisitely designed such as those by Roma Designer Jewelry, which are better made and thus tend to take into account the fact the pieces need to be wearable as well as beautiful. Or you can only wear huge necklaces when you know you’re going to be able to remove them after a few hours — just make sure you take along a piece of velvet to wrap the necklace in once removed.

The Other Accessories

To be frank, if you’re going to wear a huge, attention-grabbing necklace, then you don’t really need to wear much else in terms of accessories and jewelry. The necklace is the star of the show, the centerpiece — so let it be just that. If you’re going to add distractions such as large earrings or bracelets, then the overall effect of the necklace is going to be diminished.

Keep things sparse with the rest of your accessories and jewelry, letting your necklace garner the attention and focus that it was designed to draw.

In conclusion, oversized necklaces are wonderful, eye-catching pieces that can really make an entire ensemble better. They can be tricky to wear, but if you follow the tips above, you can avoid any issues and just let your necklace be the star of the show.

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Hillier Bartley Feather Charm

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‘For for spring-summer 2017, Katie Hillier‘s and Luella Bartley‘s brand, Hillier Bartley, is inspired by the bohemian spirit of West London in the 70s. Made in Italy from gold-plated brass, this whimsical charm is adorned with a single Swarovski faux pearl and playful pink plumes that fall to your collarbone.’

Get it here.

Art Deco, Ca & Lou.

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Carolina Neri and Bérengère Lux are long-time friends and business partners simultaneously, standing behind Ca & Lou – a brand focused on timeless, yet “stealing the spotlight wherever you are” jewellery. This Milan-based label co-operates with one of the best Milanese jewellery workshops, seeking for a balance between clean forms and love for opulent ornaments. The designers behind Ca & Lou draw inspirations from Art Deco era, constantly refining their intricately embellished necklaces, bracelets and rings with minute attention to geometric forms and details. Moreover, Neri and Lux have always been obsessed with excessive costume jewelry – that’s why their autumn-winter 2016 moodboard is filled with archival photographs of Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra, or the one-and-only Greta Garbo. Blurring the lines between retro and contemporary, owning a piece by Ca & Lou is like owning a treasure (surprisingly, in a pretty affordable price, if you compare to other luxury brands).

Available at Concept 21 Store.

Sophie Buhai

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Wearable sculptures by Sophie Buhai are not only timeless, but precious. “There’s a certain woman who wants to buy a jewelry piece as if it were a wearable piece of sculpture, and invest in it. You want quality. You want something that’s beautiful and that’s going to last.” The 34 years old designer and founder of her eponymous label knows what a woman with class wants. Buhai strives to present her collection of cuffs, collars, pendants and rings with a sense of permanence and each of her lovingly sculpted works appeals to a sophisticated clientele.

Sophie Buhai’s jewellery is available at The LinePhotography by Thomas Lohr.

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