Ask Belle: Statement Necklaces on a Budget
May 29, 2013
I hate bubble necklaces and every woman in DC owns one. Cocktail dress, bubble necklace. Tee shirt, bubble necklace. Business suit, bubble necklace. The old JCrew ones from seven seasons ago, the $25 ones from the flea market. Can a bubble necklace save any outfit? Most of the women I meet seem to think it can.
Please, please, please, I am begging you…show these women some “statement” necklaces that don’t make my anger bubble over…deal? K, thanks, ‘preciate it.
I have to admit, this e-mail made me laugh out loud. It’s a bit harsh, but the writer is right about the bubble necklaces–they are everywhere. And while I have seen women wear them well, they are definitely being over-utilized.
Right now, my favorite place to look for jewelry is Nordstrom’s under-$50 section. They have this cool black/white/gold bib necklace and this fun python-accented piece. I also love the modern look of this ‘cross hatch’ statement necklace with all its twists and folds.
Other pieces I loved? This faceted-gem necklace has a bright green color and is $38. I like the mix of textures and colors in this necklace, and the diamond pattern in the metal-work on this one. But my favorite was this Chico’s necklace with layers of tiny beads all strung together.
If big, chunky jewelry isn’t your cup of tea, I’m really into long station necklaces right now. You can layer them together or wear them on their own. I happen to own this Arden B. druzy necklace (I bought it at Eastern Market, so I’m confused as to how that happened, but I digress). I also like this simple silver one and this gold one with leaf accents.
And as for your anger regarding bubble necklaces, take a breath, because if the fashion bloggers in my RSS feed are any indicator of staying power, they’re not going anywhere, anytime soon.