In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach shares ideas for taking your wardrobe to the next level.
One of the easiest ways to add newness to an outfit is by adding a statement necklace. A statement necklace can also work wonders for wardrobe basics like an understated dress, suit, or even a white blouse and jeans.
Focusing attention on a piece of jewelry is also a terrific strategy for busy women to enliven an otherwise inconspicuous outfit.
I’ve been a fan of jewelry designer Alexis Bittar since my favorite store in the world – Frames, Inc. in New Orleans – first introduced me to his jewelry years ago. While I always look forward to his new designs, his designs of yesteryear have staying power. Just the other day I wore a pair of Alexis Bittar earrings that I bought maybe a decade ago and they received many a compliment.
Recently, Alexis Bittar debuted a number of striking statement necklaces, several of which I find particularly splendid.
Take your pick: the Desert Jasmine Orchard Bib Necklace ($395) or the similar Desert Jasmine Orchard Pendant Necklace in Silver ($195). Both are hand carved, hand painted, and exquisite. If you put a gun to my head I would still have a hard time choosing between them. While the bib necklace’s symmetry is visually appealing, the pendant necklace’s single bloom is equally striking.
Sometimes a long pendant necklace completes an outfit. Until you take a closer look, you might not appreciate the complexity of Alexis Bittar’s Moonlight Lariat Pendant Necklace ($295). Only after taking in the separate elements of the stacked pendant, vine, and fringe can you appreciate the brilliance of this seemingly simple design.
When I admire Alexis Bittar’s Moonlight Draping Station Necklace ($345) many things come to mind – including playing with my grandmother’s necklaces and layering Bohemian jewelry. This necklace has an appealing and understated feminine flourish.
Alexis Bittar’s Multi Strand Bib Necklace ($225) may be my favorite. The multiple strands display modern simplicity. Although the nuggets appear to be placed randomly, they are completely balanced in the deliberate way of excellent abstract art.
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