Size Matters

Mimi ON Mar 04, 2010 AT 5:26 pm

A Sheena Bulsara Necklace (£1485)

By Holly Barder

Each new season, the statement neckpiece seems to be getting bigger (in both size and popularity). A bare décolletage is now but a distant memory as lace, chains, baubles, pearls, charms and more become permanent fixtures around the neck. And it would seem more of us are buying into the trend as we quickly realise it is an easy, quick and often affordable way of updating an outfit. In this – dare I say it – economic climate, we want investment pieces (without, if possible, ‘investing’ too much) that will instantly transform our existing wardrobe. And a statement neckpiece is an investment that won’t go unnoticed.

Anita Quansah Ataro Necklace (£195)

They were everywhere in 2009, and there is no evidence of that changing anytime soon. Attention-grabbing necklaces were big news on the catwalks – the bigger, bolder and blinger the better. From Lanvin’s mesh-covered beads and chunky jewel-encrusted chains to Dolce & Gabbana’s layer upon layer of gold medallion charms, designers have gone all out for no-holds-barred accessorising.

And it’s not just neckpieces that have been super-sized – chunky bangles, ornate cuffs and more recently long, dangly, show-stopping earrings are all making their mark on the new season. Spring/Summer, my dear friends, is all about the statement piece.

And the good news? This is one trend that is easy to wear. With everything from jeans to jumpsuits, statement jewellery adds character. Bold accessorising can complete an outfit, lift your spirits, and add just a little bit of the ‘wow’ factor. How much ‘wow’ is completely up to you. Give a delicate blouse edge, add interest to a simple black dress that has been in your wardrobe for more years that you care to remember, or go all out and team colourful clothing with over-the-top accessories. When it comes to statement jewellery, you can break all the rules. Remember it’s called ’statement’, so go ahead and make one. Experiment with clashing colours and styles, and don’t stick to just one: wear multiple layers of super-sized pieces and take your statement to another level of decadence.

Reem Butterfly Bib (£130)

Each designer from Moschino to Miss Selfridge has their own take on the trend. Whether you go for ethnic-inspired, quirky, girlie or a bit of bling, there’s tonnes to choose from. The downside of that? Where to start. Fear not, here are a few gems (no pun intended!) I’ve come across at the lovely My Sugarland boutique.

All these pieces are available at the My Sugarland boutique, which can be found at 402-404 St John’s Street,  ECIV 4NJ.

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