One of the big style waves sweeping the fall 2012 fashion scene is seventies-inspired glam. Geometric shapes, mod colors, and graphic designs are all going to be very big on clothes and accessories alike, including jewelry; and one of the biggest seventies-inspired jewelry trends to show up on the international runways has been the collar necklace.
Collar necklaces have a very disco diva feel to them and are a definite departure from the long, ladylike pendant necklaces you might be used to wearing. While they are similar to the bib necklaces that were so popular over the summer, they’re a little different in that they tend to be shorter and fit more closely around the neck. Some are very slim in design, and some are very thick and ornate.
Wearing a bold collar necklace can be a style challenge, but they’re actually not difficult to pull off! Ease into the trend by pairing a collar necklace with a simple neckline; take inspiration from actress Jessica Alba, who paired a simple gold collar with a one-shoulder dress at the American Music Awards. Basic crew-necks, one-shoulder designs, and strapless tops all are simple enough not to compete with a collar necklace.
If you’re feeling more daring, steal a page from the runway models and layer a collar necklace with a collared shirt or under a blazer. It’s the most of-the-moment way to wear this look and guarantees you’ll be right on-trend this season! Make sure you skip earrings and pair your collar necklace with cuffs or cocktail rings instead, so all eye will stay where they belong: on your necklace.
Ready to jump into this trend? Zariin has some great pieces to get you started. Try Zariin’s ‘Choker in Style’ Gold Necklace, a slim gold collar with sparkling blue and gold druzy. For a little more color, Zariin’s ‘The Candy Collar’ Gold Necklace, has multi-colored clusters of druzy on pink, purple, and green. Ready for something chunkier? Zariin’s ‘The Wish list Necklace’ Gold Necklace features orange agate and multi-colored rough stones on a thick gold chain design. Chain collar necklaces are super-hot right now, showing up on the runways and in magazines like Elle. (Singer/actress Selena Gomez modeled multiple chain collar necklaces for the July issue of Elle!)
Founded in 2010 by sisters Mamta and Vidhi Gupta, Zariin jewelry has quickly become on of the most coveted jewelry brands in the fashion world, receiving rave reviews from Harper’s Bazaar magazine and being featured at the 2012 Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, India. Zariin’s bold designs fuse contemporary style and feminine aesthetics with bold colors and raw, uncut stones for a truly unique collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and cocktail rings. Named one of the top three must-have Indian jewelry brands by Harper’s Bazaar, Zariin now sells worldwide at high-end boutiques like Anthropologie and through zariin.com.