Monday, 23 February 2009

Trend: Neckache Necklaces

Beauty is pain, so they say. So if beauty = fabulous neckwear then the pain is sure to be found at the bottom of an empty purse. But - fear no more! - the purse's monetary contents are saved! Enter the truly gorgeous, have-to-be-seen-in neckache necklace.

OK, so I'm sure you're thinking 'what's she on about?'... What I'm referring to are those heavy, chunky, bright, embellished, fabric, metal and SO on-trend necklaces cropping up in every magazine, and found - best of all - on the high street! The neckache necklace is a staple right now. Almost as much as making sure you leave the house wearing underwear. Read on and, whilst you're there, pass the paracetamol...!

First up, this Egyptian-inspired collar from Accessorize. Just LOOK at those colours- do I spy lilac...? So hot for spring (see Luella's SS09 catwalk) and a great high street alternative to Dori Csengeri - at only £20!

Next stop, New Look. With a wearable clothing range by Giles, New Look's accessories have followed suit; I'm pretty impressed by their selection of necklaces. Alongside some fabulous mixed-bead pieces and a heavy antique-gold bauble necklace, is this long seed-bead number. I know it probably won't give you neckache, but I thought the design was reminiscent of pieces by Fiona Paxton (seen on Drew Barrymore, don't you know!), so I had to include it! And, better still, they only cost as much an the average Londoner's lunch!

Drawing the crowds with a fabulous range of acid denim, Miss Selfridge has gone truly 80s on us. It's enough to make me get out my Pretty in Pink DVD and watch it for, like, the 300th time! It's a shame Valentine's Day has just gone, because top of my list would have been this beauty - it's gold, it's got chunky chains and it's got hearts!

Tempting the pennies out of my hand is Topshop. Maybe I've just started to pay more attention, but it seems that Topshop have been producing some cracking accessories lately. So, I'm going to have to show you three pieces, because I couldn't decide which I liked most... and luckily each fits into a SS09 trend. First up is this fabulous tribal-luxe necklace. With its tactile mix of soft suede cord and giant glass crystals, its day-to-night super glamour.

Sure to get the attention of those lace'n'chignon girls who fancy something a little more edgy, is this chainmail-style creation, topped with ice white pearls - pretty with a pastel camisole.

Last of the Topshop trio is this pop colour necklace; shocking pink plaits and graduating gold chains make this a truly coveted piece. Like Miss Selfridge's gold necklace, above, it'll look great with a acid denim jeans and an oversized tee.

Kabiri - OK so a little less 'high street' but still found on Marylebone High Street! Top of their list right now is this sterling silver and fabric necklace by designer Wear and Tear. Mixing electric-blue fabric that's to die for, and - ooh yes! - some more chains, this is the kind of statement neckache necklace that will receive those envious glances. Go on, lap it up! (PS. there's a matching bracelet!)

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