Friday, August 31, 2012

Make No Mistake


The other day, I gently mocked what could be considered the overuse of statement necklaces in the blogosphere, but make no mistake, I am not anti-statement necklace.  In fact, I am wearing one today:


And I like it. I actually have a couple of statement necklaces and I like all of them.  I just don’t wear them very often because they sort of scare me.  They just feel so fancy.  I’m not that fancy.  And I know the idea is to juxtapose them against less-fancy pieces, but that isn’t something I do often (or particularly well).

I gave it a shot today though, pairing a sheer, girly skirt (Pleione via Nordstrom Rack) with wedge booties (Nine West).  I think it’s somewhat unexpected.  I mean, as much as anything is anymore.   I also wore a vintage top (thrifted), belted, and, of course, the statement necklace (mini-bubble via GroopDealz).


I put this outfit together for a few reasons.  One, to link up to Marionberry Style’s Trend of the Month; said trend being statement necklaces.  Two, because I’ve been trying to figure out how to wear this skirt for the past month and was going to return it if I hadn’t successfully styled it by this weekend.  And three, because one of the reasons I started blogging (other than to get the Smiliest Blogger Award, of course.  Wait?  What?  There’s no such award?  Well that seems ridiculous) was to push myself to try new things.  Like statement necklaces and pattern mixing and awkward hemlines.

To see how other bloggers wore their statement necklaces, without all the boring introspection, pop on over to Marionberry Style.

And have a lovely Labor Day Weekend, All!

Gracey

23 comments:

  1. I find statement necklaces a little off putting too. Maybe it's all the attention they bring up to our faces? However in the case of solid color outfits it really helps, you look wonderful.

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    1. That's exactly what it is for me! It's not that I mind attention (I wear too much color and pattern for that to be the case), it's that I mind attention being brought to my face.

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    2. Oh, you people and your sweet faces, seriously!

      If it helps, statement necklaces do draw attention to themselves, sort of like setting up a little fun fair in the neighbourhood, or adding a new pole star to the constellation.

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  2. The blogger fascination with statement necklaces--especially those bubble necklaces--is kind of stunning. However, there is sometimes a time and place for 'em. I think you pulled this look together quite well.

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  3. First off, let me say how much I love that skirt. And second, I agree that statement necklaces are sort of scary. I love them, even wear them once or twice a week, but I'll always be a fan of more classic jewelry pieces. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gracey!

    Callie
    www.coffeeandcardigans.com

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  4. Ooh. Want skirt. Could never return.

    Gracey, you look very fancy and über-cool in this outfit - sorry! Lol

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  5. I know what you mean about statement pieces....I often will start out with one on and then feel like it's just too much half way through the morning. And then I tell myself to just be brave and go with it...but then I think it's too much...but then I buy another one and think now I'll start wearing them more often....so I try it on and wear it for a few hours.. then I think, darn! I wasted my money again. ;) A never ending cycle. ;)
    I love your necklace here and I think it's gentle enough to wear with a ton of things. Don't be scared! ;)

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  6. I laywas like reading your posts, you put a lot of though into what you wear and why and it's always interesting. (I have to agree with you, just about everything is expected these days, it's hard to pull off something surpising and new.) I use to be into statement necklaces, but this year I've slowly been getting more into wearing my smaller, dainty necklaces. This skirt is really interesting, I like the pleats and the longer lenght on it, but I love how you belted the top over the skirt, rather than tucking it in. (I suppose because I'm stupid and try to tuck everything, even when it doesnt work.)

    And on a silly note, I really like your glasses! They are such a great fit for your face and look really lovely on you, it's nice to see a blogger who wears normal glasses. (Sometimes I wonder if the bloggers with the giant nerd glasses wear them in real life. It's like when Britney and Demi Moore started wearing those glasses and all of the girls had to jump on that bandwagon. You know, since one always wants to copy Britney.^_^)

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  7. Sigh.

    One of these days I'll reread my post all of the way through and not sound like a moron. I meant "always" not "layways."

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  8. Hi Gracey! I love this look, especially that pleated skirt. Oh my, now I'm going to want one. Adrienne and I are doing "How I Wear My: Secondhand Treasure" for September. Do you have time to join us? You can send me a picture (by Sept. 4) if you do. Just show us something you love that is thrifted or inherited. We'd love to have you join us again (and Adrienne is hosting this time). XO, Jill

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  9. Gracey, embrace your fanciness! I love your necklace and skirt, sugar!

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  10. Gracey--You should start the smiley blogger award and begin to pass it around with all sorts of difficult and trying rules! I like the black and white combo here.

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  11. I love the necklace! It's like a scaled down version of the J.Crew bubble necklace.

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  12. The statement necklace is making a statement loud and clear! I like that you put it against something dark. I also like those wedge booties.

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  13. I like this statement necklace! It's not too over the top, it's a happy medium-statement necklace! :)

    I'm also really diggin' that skirt, the pleats are so delicate and pretty!

    Julia

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  14. Your introspection is SO not boring... and yay for smiley bloggers! I also can't help but burst into smiles when having my picture taken -- it's like it's programmed into me or something. But at least I don't bob my head to the side constantly like I did when I was younger :D I like statement necklaces at times -- it helps me try out my grandmother's jewelry (which was ALL about statement necklaces) and push my personal style boundaries, like you said -- but when I don't want the necklaces to have so much attention, I like tucking them under a collared shirt.

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  15. I really love this on you. I wouldn't consider your necklace (it looks vintage to me) as one of the see-it-everywhere statement necklaces- I'm looking at you JCrew bubble necklace and your knock-off cousins!!!

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  16. I love this petite version of the bubble necklace I keep seeing (and loving) everywhere! And that pleated skirt is so pretty--I've been looking for a similar one!

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  17. i don't think you knew this, but i am the smiliest blogger ambassador, and i am hereby awarding you the smiliest blogger award! i love this outfit combo, i say keep the skirt and keep wearing it with those cute booties!

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  18. Holy Moley! I just saw a statement necklace on a popular **design**blog, and my goodness!!!!, it looked like a string of tennis balls. I like your low key statement necklace much better.

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  19. LOL I love your petite version of THE blog necklace. It is so cute. Your pleats are so ladylike and pretty too!

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