Daring jewelry an outfit-defining piece

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Say goodbye to last season’s arm party and let’s all give a big warm hello to 2014’s latest spring jewelry trend, the statement necklace.

Why is the statement necklace the best new jewelry trend since the 90’s tattoo choker fad? (You remember. If not, Google it. You can thank me later). Because it goes with literally, everything. It can dress up your most basic outfit and make it look like you really put forth an effort to look great.

There are multiple ways to wear the statement necklace. For those late nights followed by an early morning, pair it with jeans and a t-shirt. You can take the most casual outfit and dress it up by simply adding a bold necklace. You can take your favorite LBD – or any dress for that matter – and take it to the next level by finishing it off with this colorful jeweled necklace.

There are no major rules when it comes to the statement necklace. Wear it with a fun print, a denim shirt, sweaters (read: anything and everything).

However, when it comes to the statement necklace there are a few guidelines to follow. It’s called a statement for a reason. Don’t get carried away and layer on heavy earrings or other large pieces of jewelry. Keep it simple. If you add too many other pieces of jewelry, you risk looking gaudy. Don’t look gaudy.

Don’t add ruffles, bibs or any other type of non-flat neckline. Non-flat necklines will clash with the necklace and make the outfit look confusing.

Celebrities are loving and embracing of the statement necklace trend. Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) wore a beautiful teal statement necklace with a long black gown to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards that had even Joan Rivers bowing down.

Beyoncé has also been spotted rocking the statement necklace with an assortment of her outfits, both street and couture. And we all know that a trend is acceptable when Queen Bey herself approves. Even First Lady Michelle Obama has taken to the trend by pairing a stunning and bold gold necklace with a flowy red Naeem Khan spring couture dress that she wore to an official dinner in Pretoria, South Africa.

The best part of this trend is that you don’t have to be Beyoncé to have a statement necklace as a part of your wardrobe. These necklaces are affordable for everyone. Chelsea’s Boutique located on Phillips Ave. has a great selection of these bold necklaces that range in price from $15 to $42.  Chelsea Pickner, owner of Chelsea’s Boutique, says she can’t keep these necklaces in stock and is reordering almost weekly.

Online stores like Forever 21 ( and Bauble Bar ( have a great variety of necklaces that keep it within the college student’s budget. Charlotte Russe has adorable necklaces that are as cheap as $8.99.

Beauty is in the details, and accessories can make or break an outfit. This statement necklace is one of the easiest and most affordable spring trends to duplicate. With only a few guidelines, you can tailor this trend to make it your own.