Making a Statement

Statement necklaces are my very favorite accessory!! They are the perfect way to complete an outfit and add a little wow factor. I know they may seem a little overwhelming to some due to the size, but they can add so much to an otherwise simple or basic outfit.  If you are scared of the statement necklace, then check out these easy ways to wear them… and as you look at these outfits, think about how simple and / or boring they would be without a statement necklace. They really are the perfect addition to liven up an outfit.

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This pink statement necklace was just what it needed to pull the pink stripes and pink bows all together. Acting as a cohesive element, this statement necklace makes the outfit complete.

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With a monochromatic dark blue outfit like this, brighten it up with a light and bright piece like this fun yellow bubble necklace. The contrast of dark to bright makes the necklace really stand out and draws attention up toward your face.

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The combination of mint and white creates such a clean, fresh palette. Adding a necklace in the same hue as the top completes the look without taking away from the clean look.

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When wearing a t-shirt, you want to make sure it looks intentional. So add a sparkly statement necklace, and your outfit looks purposeful and put together.

Doubled-Up

For a simple outfit, like denim on denim, try a fun statement necklace combo, like this large and small bubble necklace.

pop-of-color

For outfits with one or two neutral colors, add a pop of color to brighten things up the look.

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A simple maxi dress like this is gorgeous, but adding a big chunky statement necklace adds some interest up at the neckline and completes the look.

under-a-collar

When you wear a collared shirt, the collar is just asking to be paired with a statement necklace. A big sparkly necklace also looks so great under a peter pan collar.

layered

Sometimes just a hint of statement is all that is needed. Pair this yellow bubble necklace with a bright sweater and shoes, but tone down all the brightness by partially covering it with a khaki cargo vest.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

I have a funny story about today’s outfit.  I found this jacket on a sale rack at Steinmart a couple of months ago. The tag indicated it retailed for $89, but Steimart’s price was $39.99.  However, it was now on the sale rack for $19. I was in line getting ready to checkout, when I overheard the lady ahead of me ask about their instore coupon on sale items.  So when it was my turn to checkout, I asked if I could use the instore coupon and the sales lady said yes.  I purchased this jacket for $11.  But here is the funny part….I get home all excited about my $11 jacket and show my son.  I tell him the whole savings story. He proceeds to tell me it is the most hideous jacket he has ever seen. Thank you for sugar coating your feeling Darren, geez.  Anyway, I love it.  Today, I paired it over a black dress today and added my red peep toe pumps for a pop of color.  This jacket is so versatile because of the colors….it will go with numerous items in my wardrobe.  What does a 25 year old young man know about fashion anyway….LOL.

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What Gretchen Wore

I am a little obsessed with polka dots right now.  I found this black and white polka dot dress last weekend when I was looking for something completely different of course.  The sale at Macy’s was just too good to pass up!  Everything on their sale racks was 75% off.  I added a little pop of color with my fuchsia peep toes pump.  When the weather starts to get a little chilly, I will just add the black fitted jacket I already own.  By the way, a black fitted jacket is a must have for fall / winter.

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Please ignore my squinty eyes and blowing hair.  The wind and sun were not cooperating with this photo shoot.

What Gretchen Wore

I apologize for the photo quality, but I had to use a different camera today. I wanted to share this outfit with you today, because it is a combination I have never put together before. These are all pieces I already owned, but wanted to create a different look. I wear this sleeveless black dress year round, because it is so versatile. I usually add a cardigan, but today I decided to wear a long sleeved tshirt underneath for a completely different look. The scarf brings the black and grey together, and I added my burgundy flats for just a little pop of color.
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