Statement necklaces aren't a passing trend — they're essential styling tools that make it easy to dress up our outfits and transition seamlessly from day to night. With texture, rocker-cool metal finishes, bold colors, or even more subtle tassels, there's a piece that speaks to just about every personality and every occasion. Watch on for our editors' must-have statement necklaces — then shop for what we like to think of as your own secret styling weapon. On Hannah: Dannijo necklace, Theory dress.
After looking ethereal in an embellished Jenny Packham gown at the Golden Globes and now working a pleated cobalt maxi in Loz Feliz, it's clear Kristen Bell's pregnancy go-to is flowing dresses. The mom-to-be paired her bold maxi with a black leather jacket, chunky onyx necklace, and cat-eye shades, while carrying a gold grommet clutch and a pair of strappy black sandals. Pregnant or not, re-create Kristen's cool combo with a sweeping cobalt dress, leather topper, and eye-catching accessories for a shopping date with the girls.
The holidays may be over, but that didn't stop Emma Stone from working a fiery red-on-red ensemble at the LA premiere of Gangster Squad. The blond beauty wowed in a strapless brocade dress, complete with a dazzling statement necklace and brooch belt, all by Lanvin, and a pair of red patent Christian Louboutin pumps. In Lanvin's Pre-Fall 2013 lookbook, the crystal brooch accentuated the dress's sweetheart neckline, but we love how Emma used it to define her fit frame. If you love this red-hot look as much as we do, shop our picks to re-create it for your next evening soiree.
Rachel Zoe bundled up in a monochromatic Fall-chic look, a long black sweater and over-the-knee suede boots, while running errands in Beverly Hills. The stylist to the stars gave a lesson in layering, pairing her cozy knit sweater over a black tunic and basic leggings, then swapped her signature platform pumps for sexy suede boots. Zoe completed her all-black ensemble with her famous round shades, a wide-brimmed fedora, and a chunky gold Chanel pendant. As temperatures drop, take a cue from Rachel and bump up your black basics — oversize wrap sweater, cowl-neck tunic, and cozy leggings — with a mix of textures and bold accessories for a fashionable Fall uniform that is simply bananas!
Kim Kardashian swapped her signature black leather look for a more streamlined white-on-white outfit while running errands in Miami. She layered a white Phillip Lim blazer over a white tee, matching skinny Seven For All Mankind jeans, and pointy Manolo Blahnik pumps, then completed her chic style with a crystal bib necklace by Givenchy and a volumized ponytail. Mimic Kim's white-hot ensemble with a white blazer, basic tee, skinny jeans, and matching pumps for a lunch date or tuck this white Equipment button-down blouse ($208) into this chic Ann Taylor pencil skirt ($60, originally $80) to take this monochromatic look straight to the boardroom.
Today we're putting the spotlight on one of our favorite accessories: statement necklaces. Whether you're elevating jeans and a tee or adding personality to an LBD, a great necklace can instantly transform any outfit. We've rounded up our five favorite statement necklaces on the market right now. Just watch to see what made our list. On Allison McNamara: Winter Kate top, BaubleBar necklace.
During the promotional tour for The Amazing Spider-Man, Emma Stone has been on a chic fashion streak, working the most lust-worthy looks including this right-off-the-runway Burberry Prorsum ensemble. Emma tucked her navy-and-olive striped blouse into a black ruffled pencil skirt, then slipped on a pair of red patent Brian Atwood pumps and a turquoise statement necklace to seal her stunning Seoul style. Perfectly sleek locks, a few gold Jennifer Meyer accessories, and au naturel makeup polished off her impeccable look. Work a similar striped top, black pencil skirt, red pumps, and a statement bib necklace to re-create Emma's classic look, fit for the boardroom or happy hour.
If you're looking for a new way to wear your old staples, here's a real gem: one of our favorite new everyday combinations (as seen here in Fallon's Fall '11 campaign) is a pretty silk blouse adorned with a statement necklace — it's fresh, modern, and totally ladylike, and can be worn with jeans and skirts alike. We've put together five especially delicious pairings, perfect for the office, date night, and the holiday parties you still have left to attend. Wear a jeweled collar necklace over your collar for a preppy-glam spin or let a beaded bauble hang from your unbuttoned blouse for an airy, effortless take. Ready to work it? Click through to see and shop our combos now.
Just like us, celebrities develop a fondness for a few special items in their wardrobe — and, in this case, it's Olivia Palermo's chunky statement necklaces. We've spotted Olivia dressing up her day dresses and cocktail wear with major collar and bib necklaces, layered chains, and sparkly jewels, and we can't get enough of the dramatic results. For proof that major baubles are a perfect add-on to any look, click through to see Miss Palermo's statement necklaces, and then shop the look for yourself.
>> Roarke New York's intricately beaded scarf-necklace hybrids are the perfect Fall accessory: a little glam, super versatile, and they just happen to fit perfectly with this season's neck-centric mood.
"Our pieces are mainly produced in India, where the attention to detail is like no other," says Laetitia Stanfield, one half of the Roarke duo that also includes designer Mignonne Gavigan. The pair met and founded the line in 2009, after doing stints at Bergdorf Goodman (Stanfield) and Marc Jacobs (Gavigan). The Roarke girls also both count Paris as a former home, citing the city as a huge source of inspiration. "Our travels play a large part in the designs, as does the idea of mixing old with new. We find a lot of inspiration from vintage and flea markets, and rework the details to give them the Roarke touch."
Ranging from around $100 to $725, the line not only features the brand's signature bib necklaces, but also a selection of other accessories — including bracelets, headpieces, and coming later this Fall, a range of high-end handbags. "We are just putting our finishing touches on it," confirms Stanfield.