Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How I Wear My: Long Necklace

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Long necklaces are a classic piece in any woman’s jewelry collection. They can add instant personality to any outfit—casual, formal, or in between, so Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I wanted to highlight them for February’s “How I Wear My.” Whether of precious metals and stones or pure costume, long necklaces add a touch of glamour to a look in an effortless way.


Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my “How I Wear My” partner, says, “I am wearing a Vince Camuto (who sadly passed away last week) gold tassel necklace with jeans, a blue silky tee, a khaki trench, and Navy Peacock Persolé to keep my skin protected from the sun. I wear that necklace ALL the time. It is on very high rotation!”

I can see why, what a great necklace, you just know that beauty goes with everything!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society says, “I am wearing my black H&M tuxedo jacket with super wide leg pants, a gold clutch, and my favorite vintage gold YSL necklace that I have had for a long time.”

Ah yes, once again we see the power of black and white, with gold accessories. This may be my new favorite picture of Nora, she looks stunning, so modern and glamorous, and since I am attending a party at the Fashion Institute of Technology this week to celebrate Yves Saint Laurent (and Halston), I wish I could borrow this necklace from her!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says she’s only recently started wearing longer necklaces and that she made the necklace featured in this photo. I think this is such a great look on her and I also like this as a photograph, with the intense color of the blouse and her hair, the necklaces on the dress form, and all the flowers! She should put this on her business card!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley writes that her bold necklace is one “that I fashioned out of several individual silver necklaces. I was able to reconfigure them so they lay flat when I wear them. I got frustrated when wearing several necklaces at the same time, when the necklaces all ended up in one jumble.”

If you’d like to see how she made this necklace click here to read all about it. It’s a great DIY tutorial! As for this look, pardon me while I gasp. Tamera looks stunning. It’s possible that I say this every time she joins us, but this is probably my new favorite photo of her. She just keeps upping the style ante and I love her for it!

A detailed shot of Tamera’s necklaces.

Becky of Pink Cheetah Vintage.

When I saw this picture of Becky of Pink Cheetah Vintage I had to have it for the long necklace roundup! I love the vintage dress on her, as well as the multiple necklaces, and boots, but I think my favorite part of this picture is her beautiful face and smile!

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “This month’s ‘How I Wear My’ is a real challenge! There are so many ways to wear a long necklace that it was really hard to pick an example of How I Wear Mine! In the end I decided on an example where I made the necklace the statement. I made this necklace of steel and silver in a recreational class when I was in college. For those of your readers who don’t know already, I consider red a neutral.”

I like that Nicole made this striking and unusual long necklace and that she considers red a neutral!


Our new friend Joyce, who lives in Denver, says, “As a short woman (5’1”), I do have to be careful not to wear jewelry that is too large or too busy. But even we short women like to try out trends and stay as current as possible! These are two of my favorite long necklaces worn together. The gray/black/silver necklace was custom-made for me by my favorite jeweler in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Richard Shea.”

I love this look on Joyce and I really love the idea of a jeweler custom-making a necklace! I hope I get a chance to work with a jeweler one day on an exclusive design. It sounds divine.

Gracey of Fashion For Giants.

Gracey of Fashion For Giants writes, “I’m wearing a long necklace from Modcloth with white, cream, and denim. The jeans are from Old Navy, the sweater is Gap, and the shirt is from LOFT.”

What a perfect winter outfit for Gracey, I love that pattered sweater (now I want one, is that current season?), which goes so well with her white jeans, cadet blue blouse, and the multi-strand gold necklace.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “This is my favorite long necklace. It’s Lucky Brand and I love the gold and silver tassel. My husky Rox just had to photobomb.”

Dawn Lucy looks so great in this combination. This is another tassel necklace to love! And it always cracks me up when pooches (or cats!) decide they want to find out what’s going on and end up making it into the shot.

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life writes, “A true 50 shades of gray outfit, but one perfect for these cold January days. A knit poncho from Forever 21 worn over a turtle neck and paired with my new gray velvet jeans. This is a weekend shopping or office casual look for me, one that keeps me toasty and warm yet feeling stylish.”

Gray is one of those colors that I think is so beautiful in winter and I love how Linda has worn it here. I need a pair of gray velvet jeans myself!

Malia of Style by Malia.

Malia of Style by Malia writes, “I’m channeling my inner Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, but with way less 80s bling. Just enough to add a bit of shine. The necklace is Chicos and the tulle skirt is eShakti.”

I do love a gal in a bright tulle skirt and I love that she paired it with a neutral top and shoes. The necklace fits into this ensemble perfectly and Malia looks ready for Valentine’s Day!

Teresa. Photo by Denton Taylor.

Teresa, wife of photographer Denton Taylor, is looking streamlined and chic (edgy too) in a black necklace from the Iris Apfel collection, a Louis Vuitton silk blouse, and Moschino silk jacket (love).

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “I love long lariat necklaces because they’re so unique and you can adjust the length to your liking.”

I don’t own any lariat necklaces but I want to after seeing this wonderful look on Cynthia. I love the mix of textures and colors in this outfit, especially the pale pink fur vest with gray. Gorgeous!

Elsie of The Cooking Wardrobe.

Elsie of The Cooking Wardrobe says she loves jewelry and sometimes wears this outfit to the shops. I think she looks so cool in this combination of a black and white striped blouse, white pants, and sandals. Her necklaces and sunglasses add the perfect laid-back yet glamorous touch.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says this look, “shows how I accessorize basic weekday wear, which consists of jeans, a white tee, and gray cardigan. I like to keep the entire outfit simple, casual, and just a little bit fun.”

I love that she wears hot pink socks with her Mary Jane pumps. Those and her necklace make the whole outfit pop!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life writes, “I like to wear my long necklace layered. Here I am wearing Ann Taylor First Frost Double Pendant Necklace layered with my Tiffany Nike Marathon Necklace. To go with the layers, I layered my cropped sweater with a red blouse.”

Our mix-master is at it again, what a great combination of plaid pants and leopard bag, especially with the addition of the multiple necklaces and silver Brogues!

Heather of Chez Bliss.

Heather of Chez Bliss says, “I find wearing long necklaces with scarves perfect—especially in winter because my neck doesn’t see the light of day all season. I particularly love rocks—agate slices with lots of druzy.”

I love stripes with floral scarves and a big chunky rock necklace (and denim!), so I am a big fan of Heather’s look. I would wear this myself!

Detail of the stone. What a gorgeous aqua color!

Deja of Une femme d’un certain age.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge says, “I’ve been playing with layering necklaces, and these two beaded necklaces work well together.”

I think these necklaces are the perfect combination (is that another tassel I spy?) and I like the way they, plus that great tuxedo jacket, gold cuff, and sunglasses punch up a pair of jeans and a white T-shirt!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “Over the years, I have taken a few jewelry classes and I do a fair amount of crafting on my own so I have made myself a handful of necklaces. This one in particular is a favorite because I repurposed beads from pieces that belonged to my grandmother so they feel extra special to me. I also like to incorporate some sort of trend and this necklace features a tassel, which is something I saw in many magazines last year.”

Another DIY-necklace maker! I love this look on Ana, she is always so beautiful in lace, it really suits her, and how wonderful that her necklace has personal meaning.

A closer view of the necklace. I love it with lace!

I picked up this multi-strand long necklace several years ago from a J. Crew online sale. I got it for a really great price, less than $25 I believe, and it is easily my favorite long necklace! I love its mix of white crystals with the two different gunmetal chains. It feels like a modern-day flapper necklace with an edge. I wore it with a silvery-beige lace zip jacket from Macy’s and black pants from Gap. I’m standing in my hallway because oh my, it is cold and snowy in NYC lately. Brrr!

A better shot of the necklace.

Do you prefer a long necklace or one that sits higher on the neck?

Depending on where you live, March can be tough to dress for, freezing one day, mild the next. One item that always works this time of year with unexpected weather changes are booties! Whether you like them with a high or wedge heel, low-slung with a Western feel or sharp and chic for strolling down city sidewalks, join us for “How I Wear My: Booties.” Send a picture to us at by March 2, 2015.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more glamorous jewelry looks featuring long necklaces.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Love all of the looks! Did so much pinning!

une femme said...

What a fabulous variety of styles and necklaces here. Thanks again for including me Jill. I love your necklace and that lace cardigan too.

Joyce said...

Thank you so much for including me in this month's HIWM! Lots of great looks and I always look forward to seeing the HIWM posts for some fashion inspiration.

Adrienne Shubin said...

Fantastic looks! What a great turnout this month.
I love your necklace, Jill. And I love the color combination you're wearing. Very flattering - and might I add that your hair is looking fabulous.
What a treat to see so many different looks with long necklaces.
XOXO, Adrienne

Anonymous said...

Jill, I love this necklace, its so classy and seriously can be worn with almost any type of outfit. Love the way you wore it with the black, bringing out its pure beauty.
Lately I prefer a longer, more simple necklace and have been wearing more more of these.

Dawn Lucy said...

Lots of great style inspiration here as usual! Thanks for another successful HIWM! A spotlight on the long necklace was a fab idea and I bet booties will be a big hit next month too!
Dawn Lucy

Nora Minassian said...

Thank you for another great HIWM and your kind words about my look, that party you are going to sounds amazing and I wish I could go...Love your necklace and your lace jacket as well and of course all the other fabulous looks from fabulous ladies.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting HIWM...again. There are some great looks and styles here. Love Tamera's necklace. And you, ma chere, look very Chanelesque. Love!!

Anonymous said...

Great How I Wear My this month! Love your J.Crew multi-strand necklace and what a deal! My favorite is Teresa Taylor's link necklace, it is a beautiful exclamation point to a classic outfit.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Another fabulous round up my dear! So many great interpretations on your theme! I hope to see pictures of the fabulous party your will be attending! Savor and enjoy my dear!


Alice Warren said...

I just love all the variety of long necklaces showcased here. From dainty to statement - all so awesome!


Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Thank you for the loads of inspiration! Will be trying more long necklace looks soon. And I cannot wait for next month: booties. : ) Ana

No fear of fashion said...

Many, many lovely examples. I especially love the chain necklace of Theresa. I have a few necklaces like that as well and love them to death.

GSL said...

...that beautifully bobbed brunette in the last pic looks as though she has GSL on her mind...

Jill said...

Thanks to everyone who participated and commented, I really appreciate it! It seems that Teresa's necklace was a hit in particular, not surprised, it's a good one.

And GSL, why yes, was it the sly smile that gave it away? Wink! Thank you for the compliment and always brightening my day! XO, Jill

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Your bob is looking very Anna Wintour perfect!!! Love the triple strand long necklace!! Everyone looks gorgeous. All the long necklaces are really just so cool looking. Thank you for including me!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Another fun round up of lovely ladies....I like the variety of styles and accessories.
Jill does look like she has something on her mind!

My Rose Colored Shades said...

There are some amazing long necklaces in this lineup. Nora's look and Tamera's look are just gorgeous, to name a few. Love your multi-strand necklace. They add dimension to an outfit. I think they go perfectly with your neutral look. Thanks again for hosting this super fun series. ~Cynthia

Jill said...

Hi Hostess, I'll tell you what was on my mind--trying to make it through a photo session without rolling my eyes and breaking out laughing! I am not a fan of having my picture taken. I don't know how models do it. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Becky! I am SO glad you could join us for this roundup. I love that picture of you so much! Thanks for the compliment re my bob, I was having a good hair day, they are incredibly rare, let me tell you. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi Cynthia, it is always wonderful when you join us and I hope you will again in March for booties! XO, Jill

Sue-Ann said...

Your parasol is so cute too.