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Fashion Friday! Neck Candy

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Statement necklaces have been having a moment for a while now, and I am all about it. Necklaces do not come with a size tag and can be an easy, budget-friendly way to take your outfit up a notch, whether you are entertaining toddlers or clients all day. Even the most basic outfits can have flare with the addition of a necklace:

Are you craving some new neck candy? Here are ten suggestions for where to look!

1. Local Boutiques. My absolute favorite spot to get any kind of jewelry is local boutiques. If you haven’t walked into any local stores in your area, stop by! You may be surprised at the affordability of some of their options. Here are some shops with online capabilities: Page 6 Boutique, ModCloth, Stella&Dot, Lulus, Piperlime, Spike the Punch, and Le Mode.

2. Etsy. Etsy is a fantastic place for jewelry. A myriad of options await you if you enter “statement necklace” in the search bar, like Nestled Shop. Here are some more shops that have offered discount codes for you, dear readers!

3. Bauble Bar. Have you signed up for Bauble Bar yet? They are an online-based accessory shop with a wide variety of trendy jewelry. The items come wrapped in a nice black pouch, and shipping and returns are free! You must be a member of the site to shop, but sign-up is free here. They also give you $10 to spend upon sign-up! (If you live in NYC, they just opened a brick and mortar store.) My blue bib style necklace, pictured with the herringbone jacket (above), is from here.

4. Jewel Mint. Another of the affordable online accessory shops, similar to Bauble Bar. Sign up to be a member (free) here!

5. Mall Shops. You likely already know that places such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Loft, Ann Taylor, H&M, Express, The Limited, and Anthropologie have jewelry. I love to dig through the clearance bins at their regular stores for more affordable options, as well as the outlet versions. Forever 21 is a great very cheap place to get trendy accessories, however, inspect items carefully before purchase as they do not allow returns on accessories!

6. Home Stores. Cost Plus World Market and Pier One have jewelry! Who knew?

7. Secondhand. Goodwill and consignment shops/sales are great (and cheap!) places to find jewelry or things to jazz up something you already have. For example, I inherited a bunch of costume jewelry from my great-grandmother and my husband’s great-aunt, including a LOT of clip-on earrings. I clipped a few of these onto a cheap Forever 21 necklace to change it up (pictured with grey shirt, above)!

8. Legit jewelry stores. Even if you are not in the market for diamonds and pearls, many jewelry stores carry more affordable lines or even works by local artisans. (I can’t resist including a link to my favorite local jewelry store!)

9. DIY. I recently made two necklaces out of inexpensive supplies from Michael’s (don’t forget your coupons!) while watching television, using this tutorial (pictured with green sweater and orange dress, above) and this one (pictured with tan cardigan, above). A group of ladies and I also got together during a “crafternoon” (aka kids’ naptime!) to make statement necklaces for ourselves!

10. TargetOf course, Target.


I did have trouble wearing necklaces around my daughter when she was in the late infant grabby stages, but recently found out about the Etsy shop Kangaroo Care, which features fun necklaces that are designed to have babies chew on them while mom is wearing them (literal neck candy!)

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Have you tried the statement necklace trend? Where are your favorite places to find jewelry? Looking for more statement necklace inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board!

2 comments… add one
  • Maureen November 26, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Amy, you inspired me with all the beautiful statement necklaces you featured in this blog. I kept my eyes open while holiday shopping this past weekend and found a beautiful beaded bib necklace with neutral white, cream, and beige beads on the clearance rack at JCPenney for under $10! It will dress up everything from jeans to a little black dress. JCPenney is definitely worth a look.

    • Amy S November 26, 2012, 11:09 pm

      Woohoo! Add JCPenney to the list! Glad you found such a great deal, Maureen! Thanks for the comment.

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