Too much retro frou-frou jewelry plus a short skirt plus cats' eye makeup is probably overkill for those of us who remember this style from the '60s, but a touch of it really kicks up neutrals. Our fabulous Déjà Pseu shows how to wear a necklace in full possession of one's serene grown-up-ness:
|Qu'elle est belle!|
Even if you think you'd "would never wear this kind of thing", try one with your beloved basics. It's just the twist that moves Safe to Smokin'.
Choose a corsage-wearing, full-crinoline piece of costume (or as it's often called "fashion") jewelry, deliberately busier and more opulent than if it were real, and pair with a denim or oxford shirt, jean jacket, solid-colour sweater or LBD; it's the contrast you're after.
|Source: J. Crew|
|Photo: Lulu Frost|
Even, chez J. Crew, a marinière:
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I'd scout sales and flea markets, though pieces that once went for a few dollars are now anointed with trendiness.
Look closely at construction, because if these necklaces break, they are tricky to impossible to repair. The lower-end examples have more glued-in than prong-set stones, but if the design is pleasing, two figures versus three is just fine!
Becker Minty vintage rhinestone flowers on adjustable chain, about $165:
J. Crew mixed crystal and resin, $150:
BCBGMaxAzria drape leaf-stone necklace, $138:
From Aldo, the "Christie", $35! Heck, why not?
Amethyst Archipelego bib from BaubleBar, $36:
Badly-designed costume is a tatty mess; great costume, a joy in its own right but harder to find.
When shopping, research the genuine-gem and precious metal versions first to build your eye. Proportion, balance, colourway and even an intangible zest can be, if not copied, at least echoed. The real deal, a lemon quartz and blue topaz necklace below, by Deborah Liebman is $5,400 at 1st Dibs.
Will I buy one of the costume charmers? Maybe. They're terrific for travel, to completely change the look of the sweater worn yesterday with a scarf, or to take a day outfit into evening.
Also, there's the Smile Factor: a cheeky, chunky necklace would give me a lift when it's shivery, and by February we need all the help we can get.