statement necklace

Styling a Statement Necklace

short trench coat, chambray shirt and stripe skirt

chambray shirt and statement necklace

chambray shirt with stripe skirt

Kate Spade Be Beau bag with stripe skirt and Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 pumps

short trench coat over chambray shirt


It’s not a deliberate choice: I mean, it’s not like I intentionally shun the stuff, obviously, it’s just that… well, I’m pretty lazy, really. And I’m almost always running late – so I’ll throw on my outfit, run a comb through my hair… then look at my jewellery box, picture the tangled mess of necklaces and bracelets lying inside (How do they do it? Seriously, I always hang them on the little hooks provided, but as soon as I open the box, there they’ll be, all balled up together, and looking at me as if to say, “HA! Good luck sorting THIS one out in a hurry!” Do they have a party in there when I’m not looking or something?), and think, “OK: the simple look it is!”

Anyway, because I don’t wear a lot of jewellery, when I’m sent something to style, as I was this week, I do what any self-respecting fashion blogger would do: I head straight to Pinterest for, er, “inspiration”. In this case, the piece of jewellery is this beauty by Eternal Collection (Who, by the way, are also well-known for their clip-on earrings – very handy for people like me who somehow never got around to having their ears pierced…)

Shimmer Vintage Style Clear Crystal Silver Tone Necklace

statement silver necklaceIsn’t it gorgeous? When it arrived, I was all, “I’m totally going to be a Jewellery Person from now on. Yes I am. I will wear this necklace every day, possibly even to bed, because THAT’S how beautiful it is.”

Then I thought, “Wait: I’ve picked out a sparkly, special-occasion kind of necklace… but I don’t have a sparkly, special occasion to wear it to. And no, the Post Office doesn’t count.” So I hit up Pinterest, and that’s where this outfit was born: because Pinterest, as you possibly know, is just full of women wearing chambray shirts with statement necklaces, and although I’m admittedly pretty late to the bandwagon with this one, that’s never stopped me before, has it? I just really like the way that this kind of combination allows you to get the best of both worlds, really: the shirt dresses down the necklace, but the necklace dresses up the shirt, so they both end up being a little bit easier to wear. The necklace, of course, would obviously also lend itself particularly well to eveningwear, but, funnily enough, invitations to fancy events have been a little thin on the ground lately, so it’s probably going to be a while before I can put that to the test.

Oh, and if you’re thinking I’ve lost my mind and bought ANOTHER trenchcoat, worry not: the first part of that statement may or may not be true, but the jacket’s actually an older one: see what I mean about how you can’t have too many, though?

chambray shirt and stripe skirt


  Topshop shirt; The Fifth Label skirt, Christian Louboutin shoes; BT London trench; Kate Spade bag*; necklace c/o Eternal Collection  

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  • Žanete


    You look really great in this outfit. And the necklace is total beaty.

    May 18, 2016
  • The Other Emma


    Love this, you look fabulous

    May 18, 2016
  • Jane M


    My solution to the tangled necklace problem is to hang shower curtain hooks from a towel rack and then hang one necklace on each hook

    May 18, 2016
  • That is so adorable, Amber! That’s such a great way to wear a really fancy necklace. Cute skirt, by the way, and I recognize the handbag! I’m a huge fan of KS. Oh, and yes, yes, yes…my necklaces ALWAYS party in the drawer. Especially the ones with the really thin chains…those ones apparently drink more and go wild or something. It’s bad, really bad.

    May 18, 2016
  • Love the stripped skirt! Gorgeous outfit! I love how you paired it with that statement necklace. Perfect fun look for a professional environment!

    May 19, 2016
  • Trudy


    Love the necklace. And I’m glad to hear I’m not the only person in the world who doesn’t have pierced ears (I was too much of a wuss when I was younger, and now I can’t be bothered!)

    May 19, 2016
  • Lovely outfit! On the fancy occasion front – just dictate a day to be a fancy one! One of my friends and I do it all the time! We had fabulous hat day a few weeks ago!

    May 20, 2016