Ten years ago, if I’d been writing this blog (if blogs even existed then, which they probably didn’t), I’d no doubt have been telling you ladies to style your (strapless, obvs) wedding dress with a simple pearl necklace or a diamond solitaire. Nothing too flashy, mind. And don’t get me wrong – diamonds and pearls are ALWAYS a good idea. But if it was me styling my wedding dress, I have to admit that I’d probably be looking in the direction of a trend that has grown and grown among brides – the statement necklace. A few years back, my dear friend Kath rocked this herself, wearing the most gorgeous chunky creation made from various brooches and heirlooms – it looked amazing. And since then, I’ve seen brides in any number of bold and lovely pieces. Every time I do, it gives me a little fashion thrill. Of course, I’m a fan of statement jewellery in general, and this trend isn’t for every bride, but if you’re willing to take a risk, you can turn even a plain gown into a bit of a showstopper. In fact, a plain gown is often a better bet for a bit of styling – you definitely need to have a bit of balance. The other piece of advice is to make sure that whatever you’re doing with your hair allows the necklace to be shown off properly – up is better but long hair down can work, though it’s definitely something to check when you do your hair trial. You can go for bling, layers of pearls – even colour. Here are my most inspiring web finds.
Images: Caroline from Mihaja Photography/Johanna Johnson via Polka Dot Bride (top left); Ezza Exclusive on Etsy (top right); R.E.M. Video and Photography via Style Me Pretty (bottom left); Susan Sancomb Photography/Kate Spade via Style Me Pretty (bottom centre); Hello Studios/Renee Pawele via Ruffled (bottom right)
Images: Elizabeth Messina/Stylish Silhouette/Canvas and Canopy Events via Green Wedding Shoes (left); Hearts in a Shutter on SBB (top right); Robyn Michelle-Lee Photography via Wedding Obsession (bottom right)
A statement doesn’t always have to be made from the front – I just adore a necklace with pretty back detailing!
Here’s one thing I wish we’d see more of. In SA we have a wealth of talented craft artists, particularly beading. I’d just love to see a few more local brides wearing vibrant African necklaces!