|I'd like to make a statement ....|
Mr LOB is a lost cause when it comes to the whole ‘down with the kids’ thing. This morning, he asked the boy ‘What’s all this stuff about Miley Cyrus and fracking?’. The conversation went downhill after that. But, having been hitched to moi for over three decades, Mr LOB does have a handle on the commoner phrases and clichés in fashion lingo, such as the LBD.
LOB has been giving thought to her own (not so) Little Black Dress of late, given that the Yankee Candles are now reduced to a fiver in the shops – a sure sign that Christmas is way too close – and the invites, allegedly, to dressy-up dos will be winging their way as we speak to LOB Towers.
As in most households, the budget for the purchase of any new Christmas party wear is once again headed towards a big fat zero. Time, then, to dig out the good old reliable black frock and indulge in that pursuit of the sartorially skint – accessorising.
The benefit of any LBD is that it’s very timelessness allows for an on-trend update. As all you stylish readers will know, one of this season’s strongest looks for bright young things and mature wimmin alike is the statement necklace, or collar necklace. Designed to dress up daywear when worn under shirt collars, or over sweaters, these detailed pieces of jewellery also refresh and bring sparkle to the plainest party or evening dress. Swarovski crystals, pearls, glass beads, semi-precious stones, on their own or all together, are fastened with chains, or a length of velvet ribbon for a vintage look.
A favourite of LOB’s is costume jewellery label Pilgrim, who feature some of the most appealing statement necklaces in their current collection. Founded in 1983 by Danish duo Annemette Markvad and Thomas Adamsen, they first started off by selling their designs at festivals. That hint of the bohemian endures in their designs, having appeal for both Lana del Ray generation, and those of us who still remember the free spirit style of Stevie Nicks.
|'Is there a nick in that glass?' Stevie rocking the big necklace look back in the 70s|
Necklaces are priced around the €50 mark, with stockists in the larger department stores, such as Debenhams.
So, while a pal of LOB’s insists that we grown-ups should now avoid wearing black, even as partywear, the addition of an abundantly detailed statement necklace or jewelled collar counteracts any hint of sombre old lady. It also draws attention to the face, away from the waistline. And that’s always a good thing at Christmas….
All jewellery by Pilgrim