How to make a statement in a statement necklace – with a selection from Zara, River Island, Marni and J. Crew

The more I play around with clothes and accessories, the more I realise that certain things are pretty much guaranteed to elicit a response from people. I find this really interesting because it’s almost as though humans are pre-programmed to respond to certain things in a similar way.  


Most often it’s the colour of something that will bring about a comment. This is closely followed by whether something is sequinned or shiny. Other things that people comment on are if there’s an unusual juxtaposition of pieces and of course handbags and shoes are always hot topics of conversation – but I suspect that’s more of a girl thing than anything else!


When I added the coral necklace that I am wearing in the pic below to my outfit just prior to going out the other day, my sister in law commented how much it made a difference and how it took a Breton striped jumper to a whole different level. And that’s what I really like about £12.99 purchases from H&M – and any other fairly inexpensive purchase – they can make all the difference.  




The photograph above features in the September edition of Essentials Magazine. The magazine contacted me to ask me whether I would mind the photograph featuring and next to the shot they have re-created the outfit. The funny thing was that I was wearing sunglasses because it was at this point in time that I was sporting my black eye (for anyone who doesn’t know the story I chose the wrong time to become involved in a game of catch between our son and my husband.) Bad move.


On the basis of being asked to feature in Essentials, and because I’m fairly certain it would have been in part due to the necklace, I thought that I would do a round up of some necklaces that are available in stores at the moment. As the years go on, the choice gets even better so if these aren’t for you, I’m sure that there are plenty that will be.


Kicking off with my old friend Zara I love the colours in this necklace which costs £19.99. The chartreuse colour looks great against a plain navy, black or grey jumper.


For something altogether more floral, Zara has this necklace for £29.99. Again, great for perking up a plain jumper, or a LBD for a night out.

Turquoise can look stunning, particularly on people with blue eyes and this necklace from Topshop (£35) would be fantastic for adding a splash of colour to an otherwise very simple outfit, making it very chic.


Another turquoise option is this Kate Spade necklace which I saw at Bicester yesterday – sorry, I can’t remember the price but I think that it was around £70.  


A necklace with a ribbon tie, instead of a chain, like this one from River Island £12 is great for wearing underneath a collar on a plain blouse.  It’s a brilliant way of giving a whole new look to a trusty wardrobe staple and the length can be altered to fit your own needs.

J Crew has a fantastic choice of statement necklaces. The colours in this floral necklace (£139.90) are so pretty I want to eat it. It’s the kind of thing that would make me smile every time I wore it, which with it’s bright and cheery colours, would be a lot.

The J Crew crystal fan necklace (£122.94) comes in the colour way shown below (soft pink) or warm orchid, which is slightly more autumnal. As the drop falls to more of a point, it is a good design for drawing the eye into the centre of the body, and down, which is really flattering.

Marni does beautiful jewellery. I took a quick look in Marni when I was at Bicester yesterday and they have some incredible pieces. They use resin and acrylic a lot in their distinctive designs which are reminiscent of times gone by. The necklace below is on sale at the Outnet  for £137.28

Many of the brands now do a selection of statement necklaces each season and some brands, like Whistles, will do the odd collaboration. I will often look to H&M first, along with Topshop, Oasis and River Island. Sometimes though it’s more a case of not looking too hard but instead browsing shops on holiday and waiting for something to fling itself round your neck shouting “buy me, buy me.” Then you know you’re on to a winner.


  1. Carol Li
    August 18, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    So many gorgeous necklaces! My favourite would have to be Topshop as it can be worn with so many coloured outfits!

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:33 pm

      Hi Carol – lovely to hear from you. I wish that I could reach a decision – I like them all! Hope that all is good with you.

  2. Ekaterina
    August 19, 2013 / 9:52 am

    thank you for sharing these necklaces with us. Time I should visit Topshop!You are quite often in the magazines now, Beth! We flied to the Canaries and there was a piece from you in Rynair, then there was a picture of you in Easy Living…I am very happy to see that you are doing so well, especially that your style is chic and affordable at the same time!

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:34 pm

      Hi Ekaterina, – oooh yes Topshop is definitely worth a visit! Thank you so much for your lovely comment – that's very kind of you and much appreciated. x

  3. The Flaky Fashionista
    August 19, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    I'm definitely late to the party on this trend. I have lots of statement necklaces, but all are either plain silver or silver with a bit of bling. I think it's time I tried out some colour .. and no better woman than you for colour advice!!

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:35 pm

      Hi Helen – I can see you that you have the shopping bug; statement necklaces, Boden trousers, Camo dresses. Go girl!

  4. Sue Wilty
    August 19, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    M&S have some gorgeous new jewellery in store and at a fair price too!

    • StyleGuile
      August 23, 2013 / 8:36 pm

      Hi Sue – lovely to hear from you. I haven't sussed out M&S for a while. Must do so. Thanks for the top tip!

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