Ask Belle: Six Chic Necklaces, Under-$50

Jun 22, 2015

Hi Belle,

My family gave me a lot of department store gift cards for graduation presents.  I bought a couple of suits and dresses using a guide from one of your old posts, but accessories are kind of a mystery to me.  I really like wearing necklaces, but I can’t bring myself to spend more than $50 for one.  Kate Spade’s stuff is really cute but I just can’t.

Can you recommend some inexpensive necklaces that don’t look cheap?

Thank you, Becca

I’m glad you found some helpful advice in the CHS archives.  Building a professional wardrobe from scratch is no easy feat.

Necklaces are a great way to bring color or texture to a basic piece of clothing.  My favorite necklace comes from Stella & Dot, and it’s a bit more than $50.  But I wear it at least twice a week, and my last one stayed in good shape for over two years before I replaced it.  So it may be worth the extra.

However, if you’re sold on your $50 price limit, here are a few necklaces that I loved in different styles.

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LOFT Rondelle Necklace ($44 + 60%-off)

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Baublebar Zelda Necklace ($44)

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Nordstrom Long Bar Necklace (also in white metal, $23)

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Resin Crystal Statement Necklace ($44 + 60%-off)

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T Tahari Gold-Tone Hexagonal Pendant ($42)

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Sole Society Mirrored Collar ($34)

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  1. kate says:

    Accessories have a lot to do with your overall aesthetic. For me, I like classic, tailored clothing with a bit of rustic/earthy influence. Because of this, my favorite place for quality, low-cost jewelry is Madewell and Lucky. Obviously not every piece will go with a suit or a sweater set, but many times a blending of styles works well to show a little bit more personality than what a standard black skirt suit provides. Just my two cents – I’m definitely no expert!

  2. Gabby says:

    Can’t go wrong with a simple strand of pearls and matching pearl studs for a basic starter. I’ve always favored small pendant necklaces for accessorizing, but I’ve also always favored brights and patterns in my dressing so I’m very toned down with the accessories.

    • Sabrina says:

      People always say that, but I haven’t seen anyone under the age of a billion wear that in an office setting in the last 20 years. I personally think it looks dowdy.

  3. Clarissa says:

    Kate Spade has a very simple and elegant initial necklace that I use as my everyday or “signature” necklace. They price was extremely reasonable; I purchased from Nordstrom’s.

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