Item: Statement necklaces
Good for: Fashionistas, whether they've had to be frugal this year and therefore haven't tried this trend yet, or they're head over heels in love with this look already and on the lookout for another necklace to add to their growing collection.
Why statement necklaces: Saying statement necklaces are a huge trend this season is a bit of an (ironic) understatement. High- and low-end options are plentiful. My favourite looks for this trend include multiple strands of chains, beads, and pearls woven together; oversized chain links; floral embellishments, interwoven silk ribbons, grosgrain bows, and other textile-based embellishments (they soften metallic elements and add a feminine vibe); bib necklaces featuring sequins, rhinestones, and large gems; and vintage-inspired pendants on long chains. The sort of necklace you decide to give the fashionista in your life is entirely up to you and her style.
Go luxe: The Sachin + Babi 'Bowery' necklace ($325) is handmade and features a luxe-looking juxtaposition of many different elements: grosgrain bow, feathery chiffon pieces, distressed silver beads, a chunky polished chain. From any angle, the necklace has interesting visual details and strikes a balance between feminine chic and edgy attitude. Shopbop styled this number as a mid-length necklace, but can you imagine how good it would look tied a little tighter on the neck and worn as a choker? Wear it with a tee, boyfriend blazer, and skinny jeans, or with your favourite LBD.
Spend less: This segment rhinestone necklace ($14.80) from Forever 21 reminds me of Cleopatra and ancient Egypt with its polished black stones and elaborate beads and chains. Like the Sachin + Babi necklace, this one would pair well with a casual outfit for a bit of added polish or with an LBD for a night on the town.