Many women want to wear more color but don’t know how to do it.  If someone isn’t great with color they often feel hesitant to take a risk. I can’t tell you how many times I have put a color combination together for a client, that seems fairly obvious to me, and they remark, “I didn’t know you could wear those colors together.”  From there a world of color possibilities open up in their wardrobe that they never even knew existed.

In addition to feeling a bit uneducated with color combining, a lot of women look to keep their wardrobes on the neutral side, preferring only small pops of color on a classic base.  They want to branch out but don’t know where to start.  In today’s accessorizing post, I am going to share some easy tips on how colorful statement necklaces can be an easy first step in taking some chances with color.

If you have been hesitating playing with color, going the statement necklace route is one that you choose that won’t cost a lot.  It’s certainly a lot less expensive than buying clothing in a range of colors.  Start with an inexpensive piece of jewelry, play around with it, and if it doesn’t work there is no love lost.  Additionally, I chose to use colorful statement necklaces for this post because these pieces can be great ways to bring color towards the face, to make an unflattering top or dress color look better near your skin and also put the focus on you.  Lastly, accessories are the easiest ways to change up your basic outfits to get more looks.

Working on this post also reminded me of an outfit I put together recently with a client.  We purchased this adorable burgundy dress together.  While it looked fine on it’s own, my client isn’t paying me to just look fine.  When we styled the look we added a bib necklace in a range of colors to really give it some pop, which you can see in the photo below.

statement necklacesWith this dress we added navy pumps and let the necklace take center stage.  The shades of blues and greens bounced off the burgundy beautifully.

Below are five outfits using statement necklaces to show how how these simple additions to your looks can not only easily create some fun color combinations but also make your basic outfits more exciting.

How to Use Statement Necklaces to Create Beautiful Color Combinations

Outfit #1

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This dress from J. Crew is  similar to the shade of my client’s dress and in the Pantone color of the year, Marsala.  With the addition of the chunky jasper and gold statement necklace from Holy Harlot the dress gets a totally different look.  Finishing the outfit I added a pair of nude pumps from Banana Republic and a cognac bag from Tory Burch.  Green and burgundy together is one of my favorite color combinations.

Outfit #2

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Let’s be honest, few women have yellow at the top of their favorite colors list.  However, the shade is so versatile and mixes well with other shades.  Here, the coral necklace from Modcloth creates a daring combination with the yellow t-shirt from Boden.  Coral being a much more flattering face color works to balance out the yellow that may not work as well near the face.  With this look, I added a pair of White House |Black Market white jeans, a gold crossbody bag from Fossil, a pair of Chambray TOMS and a denim jacket from Madwell for a perfect weekend outfit.

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Like yellow, green is another color that is very versatile.  As I always say, “When in doubt, go green.”  You can try picking up some accessories in green or you can use clothing in green to mix in some statement necklaces in other shades.  Take, for example, how I styled this statement necklace from Bauble Bar with a green top from Mango.  For a professional look, I added this navy pencil skirt from Reiss and handbag from Lauren Ralph Lauren.  Lastly, by using the colors found in the necklace, I added these burgundy shoes from Sam Edelman.

Outfit #4

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I don’t think the citrus shade of this sweater is one that anyone is going out to purchase any time soon.  It’s a tough color for most to wear.  However, by adding the rustier statement necklace from Kendra Scott, more balance is created and the color of the sweater gets anchored with a richer hue.  For a casual look, I added a pair of boyfriend jeans, gold ballerina flats from Modcloth and this printed LeSportsac bag.  Statement necklaces can be a great way to save an item of clothing that was a mistake for your coloring.

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If you love cobalt blue but worry that the color is limited in what you can wear with it, and maybe have only been wearing it with black, check out how this statement necklace from Nordstrom takes the dress from French Connection in a softer direction.  In addition to this, taking the grey from the necklace, I added these pumps from Calvin Klein and metallic tote from Nine West.  Now instead of being stark the dress is much softer.

What to look for in statement necklaces

  • Look for statement necklaces that are flattering against your skin- These necklaces will be worn right near your face.  Don’t purchase a color that doesn’t flatter you.
  • Look at your wardrobe on a whole and choose colorful necklaces that complement it – The more neutral your wardrobe is the more risk you can take with the colors of your statement necklaces.  However, if you have a lot of colorful dresses and tops be sure that you choose necklace shades that will work with what you own.  Remember, green is an excellent color to start with because it will match whatever color you are wearing.
  • Statement necklaces don’t have to be bib styles- Statement necklaces don’t have to be chunky bib styles.  As long as they are bold and colorful, it doesn’t matter what length the necklace is.