Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1 necklace, 5 days, 5 ways

No doubt some of you have concluded from my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram accounts that I love a good statement necklace.  You have also undoubtedly noticed on those media outlets (and also here) that I document some of these necklaces as I wear them.

I am sure many of you have wondered why.  Like my dad. And mom. And husband.  Well, this all started for a couple of reasons.
It all began with me taking pictures for my own self to help me remember different outfit combinations I could come up with out of the clothes already exisiting in my closet. I have always documented my clothing, starting all the way back in 6th grade the first time I saw Cher’s closet software on her desktop computer in the closet scene of Clueless. 
As I watched in awe as the spinning racks of labels went round and round, I suddenly got it! I too needed to catalog my outfits.  Not because I had tons and tons of clothes that I needed to keep track of, quite the opposite in fact.  This is how I was first introduced to the concept of “shop your closet”. 
Trying multiple combinations while mixing articles of clothing and accessories can open up so many possibilities within your own existing wardrobe.  I take pictures of the combinations I like so that I remember them in the future if I am in a hurry or just am lacking inspiration that day.
This is where statement necklaces come into play for me for me, big time.  A necklace can completely change an outfit.  It can take it from day to night, preppy to chic, demure to edgy, etc.  It can be a cost efficient way to add miles and miles onto your wardrobe.
A statement necklace is also important for me since I work in a corporate setting.  My wardrobe choices are somewhat limited, so I like to mix things up by wearing fun accessories on days where I don’t have client meetings.
As for posting pictures of them, that began when a dear friend gave me a bag of necklaces for my birthday. I posted a picture of me wearing one of the gifts on Facebook as a fun way to say thank you to her.  That picture got so much attention and positive response that I thought I would continue to post pictures of my “jewels”.  That is when Daily D├ęcolletage began.  So far I have received lots of positive comments, inquiries and have even made some new friends.  Check them out when you get a chance.
Ok so, the whole point of this story is to come to today’s fashion fun!  I decided to challenge myself and see if I could wear one necklace every day for a week and still keep my looks versatile.  Keep in mind these are all work looks.  Weekend and evening looks are a whole other ballgame.
Welcome to……
1 Necklace, 5 days, 5 ways!
Whoop, whoop!
I decided to choose a necklace that always gets complimented and that, upon first glance may look very dressy, but is actually quite versatile.
You can see it in a dressier setting in the picture below and also here.
Obviously it can be easily dressed up since it is big, shiny and has pearls. But how do I get more wear out of it by making it look acceptable in the workplace? Well here you go...


On Mondays, before you know your week's schedule, you never really know what might pop up. I like to go with an outfit that is likely acceptable in all situations.

Old Navy blush button-up,  Anthropologie navy pencil skirt
This particular Tuesday I had a few meetings with my boss.  I wanted to look business casual so opted to wear a blazer over a more casual dress in order to dress it up.

F21 Blazer, BR dress

Here I wore the necklace with a more casual outfit for a day at the office when I knew I wouldn't have a lot of face time with folks.
Phillip Lim for Target top and bottom, Steve Madden loafers


Here is an example of how I wore it on a day where I needed to look professional for a session of internal meetings.

Antonia Melani suit, Kenneth Cole top

Apparently I decided to dress like a Catholic school girl for this particular casual Friday with a flirty skirt, chambray and boyfriend sweater.
The Gap chambray and sweater, Phillip Lim for Target skirt and the Minnetonka Thunderbird Moccasins

As you can see on my Daily D├ęcolletage page, I recycle the same outfits and necklaces over and over again trying new combinations each time.  Even though I don’t have Cher’s technology (although I hear there are phone apps that provide this service) or extensive wardorbe, I have been able to catalog quite a few fun looks.
Thank you Cher Horowitz for one of the many life lessons you taught me way back then!
Remember to shop you closet girls ladies!
See you later, I hope not sporadically,



  1. How cool! Clueless is one of my favorite movies because of that closet segment!! My new fall collection just came out & my specialty is statement necklaces. Let me know if you ever need inspiration!

    Tonya J. ~The Jewelry Lady

  2. so cute! I love this experiment! I love statement necklaces as well. Loved your Target Phillip Lim!! Like you I love dressing them up or down.

  3. What a great idea! It takes some work for me to add accessories to an outfit, that makes sense to save evidence of the effort to make it easier next time. I love these outfits! The necklace really does take things to another level.