Late Olympian and actress Sonja Henie once said, "Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."
Well, if that's true, this season's Olympic-sized statement necklaces will definitely do the trick. From floral accents and multicolored gemstones to layered pearls and bib necklaces, women are transforming their wardrobes with a single accessory.
I caught up with celebrity stylist June Ambrose for some tips on how to make the strongest statement without turning a fashion "Do" into a fashion "Don't."
She says the key is to keep your outfit simple and let the statement necklace speak for itself. Pair your layered, chunky strands of colorful beads, chains and pearls with simple neutral clothing like a T-shirt or sheath dress. In other words, give your bling a clean slate to shine without distraction.
June recommends keeping your hairstyle simple as well, pulling it back to allow the necklace to take center stage. And resist the temptation to add accent pieces--no earrings or bracelets required.
The best thing about this trend is that statement necklaces will match any budget beautifully. At stores like Forever 21 and H&M you can snag pieces for under $20. If you are looking to invest a little more, you'll find a wide range of necklaces at J.Crew or from Stella & Dot in the $150 to $200 range. For a splurge, indulge with a Henri Bendel or Chan Luu necklace, which cost anywhere from $200-$600.
If the trend is really here to stay, it might be a good investment. Either way, you'll look cool this summer in your hot new look.