Jewelry is a statement. It is a visible expression of who we are. Be it bold or subtle what we chose to adorn ourselves with means something. Whether your tastes are minimalist or flamboyant the elongated necklace trend can be for you and complement your already unique style. From delicate to chunky, layered or as a standalone statement piece the long necklace is everywhere and being worn in countless ways.
Simple dainty designs that sparkle makes a “ho-hum” little black dress pop and can add that little something you need to your office blazer. This hint of sophistication added to a somewhat plain outfit can give your ensemble the finishing touch. Lengthy necklaces can also change an overall conservative look by softening it and giving it a feminine touch. And this is only the beginning, pair it with a favorite simple shorter necklace and now the look has more depth. If you like the combination of two why not try three or four, layer them on and watch the look transform before your very eyes. A longer necklace accompanied with a scarf also makes a great statement. You will be amazed how adding this one accessory will bring new life to your jewelry collection not to mention your wardrobe.
Matinee (20-24”) to opera (28-36”) lengths and beyond, the longer it is the more options you have. Doubling or tripling a piece around your neck can change one seemingly simple necklace into a versatile must have. Some designs can also be knotted in the front or draped down the back creating a dramatic focal point, think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Oscars. Long necklaces are also a fantastic way to incorporate color into your wardrobe. If the bright colored clothing that is trending is not your thing, spice things up and be bold adding a large chunky piece in a bright color to your existing neutral pallet. Lengthy necklaces can also change an overall conservative look by softening it and giving it a feminine touch.
The look can go casual or dressy. It can be worn with T-shirts or ball gowns, day or night, to the office or on a night out. If you are looking for diversity in wearable options look no further. This is a look that can work for anyone, any size, any shape, any age. Gratefully, the designers have answered the call for more necklaces of this style so you are sure to find something that suits your tastes. From delicate, feminine chains with small accents, simple woven designs with larger pendants to bold eye-catching beaded numbers the options are limitless.
With the popularity of the retro styles being brought back to life with TV series like Mad Men and movies such as The Great Gatsby be ready to see the long necklace, even more, being brought to you in an entirely fresh and fun way. Enjoy knowing that there is no right way to wear the long necklace. Have fun trying new combinations and see how it becomes a principal player in your jewelry collection. Live long and layer!
Written by Jessica Rossomme, Director of Operations, Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry