Galaxy Essential Upgrades #3: Statement necklaces

If you’re short of cash with the summer holiday looming, but in desperate need of a wardrobe update to keep you going until payday, then adding a statement necklace can instantly update your look. Take a LBD, add a brightly coloured detailed neck collar and you could’ve stepped straight off the catwalk. Although jewellery has previously been delicate, long and boho-chic, in 2012 it’s most definitely about the statement pieces. Celebrities have been seen rocking this look all season long, replicating looks from their favourite designers and draping their decolletage with all kinds of extravagant jewels. The key here is not to go too flashy, tacky or over the top, while ensuring you’re making a bold enough statement.

I’ve been loving bold neck adornments for the last few months and appear to have purchased quite a few! This nude number from H&M goes with everything from plain t-shirts to floral maxi dresses – it’s a statement piece while still being subtle enough to wear with anything. It’s perfect to add a little detail to complicated patterns while not letting your accessories doing too much of the talking. On the other hand, the statement monochrome and green numbers work best with block colours and muted hues; add with a contrasting orange or blue, or tone down with a LBD or LWD (that’s a little white dress FYI.) The benefit of strong pieces like these is that the eye is automatically drawn upwards towards the neckline, meaning the focus is less on your troublesome areas if you worry about lumps, bumps or boobs, and more on your eyes and pouty lips.

There are also simpler neck adornments you can try out if you just want to add a bit of bling to an outfit. Peter Pan collars have been all over the High Street for the last few months, but little necklaces like this one from Dorothy Perkins can create the same look over even the most boring of tops. Add a little pearl collar to t-shirts and they’re instantly updated, matching perfectly with a pair of ballet pumps and candy cream nails. Why not spice things up a bit with some spikes or animal print too, using lighter necklaces like these from Topshop to funk up a traditionally feminine outfit in the same way you’d use a biker jacket to toughen up soft colours and fabrics. Miss-matching your accessories is totally on-trend right now, so using mutli-coloured spikes or zebra print with a floral or tribal print will look as awesome as Daisy Lowe on Festival Friday.

Using a statement piece of jewellery is an easy and affordable way of updating your outfits without the need for a huge shopping spree. None of the necklaces I’ve featured are above £10 either, meaning you can justify investing in a couple to upgrade your look from this season to next. Hardly a day goes buy at the moment when I’m not wearing a bold piece of metal around my neck and I don’t intend to change anytime soon! Are you a fan of the statement necklace trend? How do you upgrade your look in a simple way?

This post is part of my Galaxy Essential Upgrades campaign. Read all about
it in my intro post here or check out the Galaxy Facebook page. Why not check out the ASOS Galaxy Upgrades hub too?



  1. Sarah
    June 22, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    Wow I love love love the DP peter pan collar necklace – getting myself one of those ASAP! xx

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