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Accessory Essentials: 18 Pretty & Inexpensive Necklaces


Girl wearing necklaces

As we mentioned earlier today in our back-to-school trend guide, fall is just around the corner! This is my favorite time of year – the colors get darker, the fabrics get cozier, and my notebooks look positively pristine. I love running around the mall or cruising through Target in search of items that will start my school year off just right.

However, this time of year can also be very expensive. Because of this, shopping for school requires some serious forethought. Before I leave to wreak havoc on my wallet, I make a list of what I want, what I need, and what I’d like to invest in this season. I research wardrobe essentials and fall trends to make sure that I’m buying things I’m going to love… and that includes the right accessories.

Today, I want to focus on shopping for the essentials, specifically, essential necklaces. Jewelry has the power to broaden our closets and transform an entire outfit. From long pendants to wear-everyday pieces, these necklaces will make your wardrobe bigger, better, and just that much more beautiful! The best part? They’re all budget-friendly, at under $50 each (with most costing much less than that).

Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces
Product Information (L-R, top to bottom): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

My personal favorite necklace type, statement necklaces are the perfect way to add color to an outfit, create an eye-catching look, or to transition a day outfit to night. On the weekends, I’m rarely seen without a piece of eye candy on my neck; even a simple solid-color shirt looks nighttime-worthy with a fancy necklace!

When picking out your staple statement necklace(s), keep the colors of your wardrobe in mind. For example, I wear a lot of neutrals (whites, blacks, grays, etc.) so I tend to gravitate towards more colorful necklaces. It’s also important to consider your personal style. Do you like edgy or classic jewelry? Gemstones? Something bulky? Flat? Statement necklaces come in all shapes and sizes, so find one that suits your personality just right!

Long Necklaces

Long necklaces
Product Information (L-R, top to bottom): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Statement necklaces are short and, as such, typically end up as a major focal point of an outfit. Longer necklaces, however, are more subtle, and make great additions to any look. Unlike statement necklaces, they do not immediately draw the eye, but rather enhance the colors or styles of our particular clothing choices. For these reasons, long necklaces are also very easy to re-wear!

One or two essential long necklaces can be great last-minute additions to a look. Whatever your personal style, there is a necklace out there for you. Like pendants? Flowers? Shine? Rope? Beads? Layers? Keep an eye out for something that really screams “you”! When you’re in a hurry, throw on one of your staples and you’ll be set.

Everyday Essentials

Everyday necklaces
Product Information (L-R, top to bottom): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Sometimes we don’t have the energy to change our necklace daily. Because we can’t always guarantee the time or energy to put together a fantastic look, it’s nice to have one wear-everywhere necklace. Often, these include small pendants, meaningful gifts, or family jewelry. Some girls have lockets; some have tokens of their faith. Others have tiny diamonds or precious initials.

Everyday essential necklaces are usually a piece of jewelry that woman, if they can afford to, tend to splurge on. After all, this is a necklace that you’ll be wearing daily! It may mean something special. But remember, a large price tag is not a requirement for an everyday necklace! You can find all sorts of classic jewelry at stores like Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and even Target. Or, ask your family and see if your mom has an old locket that she wouldn’t mind you wearing. Be creative!

Your turn!

As I get ready to back-to-school shop, I’ll be making sure that I’ve got the essential necklaces in my jewelry box. Statement, long, and everyday, these necklaces will take you from outfit to outfit and lessen the stresses of accessorizing a look.

Now we want to hear from you! Do you have staple necklaces in your closet? Do you have a piece of jewelry that you wear everyday? What do you think of the statement necklace trend? How would you wear these pieces? Make sure to leave your thoughts in a comment!

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19 Responses to “Accessory Essentials: 18 Pretty & Inexpensive Necklaces”

  1. 1
    August 5th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Long necklaces are my favorite <3

  2. 2
    August 5th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I asked for a sliver heart locket for my birthday, making it my daily necklace!

  3. 3
    August 5th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I’m glad to see you featuring delicate, simple “everyday” necklaces. Most sites and magazines tend to focus on statement necklaces and long necklaces. But I prefer simpler, delicate pieces, since my tops tend to be busier. But all of the jewelry you featured is beautiful.

  4. 4
    August 5th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’m catholic so my Everyday necklace is a small golden medal with the virgin’s image on it, i also love long necklaces, my favorites are heart-shaped, but for an edgier look try an owl or even an elephant :)

  5. 5
    August 5th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I wish I could wear “costume jewlery,” but my mom has always compained about “fake” stuff. I have 3 necklaces I wear: A silver locket, from my 19th, a treble clef necklace from Christmas (I’m a snger), and my most recent birthday present, a sapphire key necklace, all from my parents.

  6. 6
    August 5th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I have a tiny, hand cut silver umbrella necklace and an “L” typewriter key necklace, both gifts from my Mom. I wear them with almost everything. I have lots of other necklaces, but I always come back to those two.

  7. 7
    August 5th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    My favourite are the Statement Necklaces.

  8. 8
    August 5th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I have always wondered how you wear a statement necklace…like with what kind of neckline? I find them really cute, but I’m scared to wear one :/

  9. 9
    August 5th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I’m starting to think that my definition of inexpensive and your definition of inexpensive differ greatly. $25+ USD is a bit expensive for a college website. And that gorgeous blue peacock necklace hardly counts as inexpensive at $50+ (once shipping is said and done…). And the first one in “everyday essentials” is freaking $60. SIXTY!

    I don’t know. You just have to try harder to find something “inexpensive.” I mean, really. Charlotte Russe always has great and inexpensive jewelry and great deals as well. Or even look at Charming Charlie. The jewelry is never more than $20 and they even have everything organized by color. :/

  10. 10
    August 5th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I own at least one of all of these but I don’t have an everyday necklace! I just can’t pick one or I’m too lazy to put one on ;) Great post!

  11. 11
    August 5th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Great post! I really like the necklaces in this post, especially how you categorized them.
    I don’t wear a lot of statement necklaces, but I love long ones, and I have one necklace that I wear almost every day, even if my shirt covers it. It’s a small heart pendant that my friends gave me for my birthday a few years ago. It wasn’t expensive at all, but it’s held up very well for a long time. It even survived repeated soakings on my community service trip to Costa Rica! I love having simple, special pieces that mean a lot to me.

  12. 12
    August 6th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Maya: you can wear statement necklaces with a black dress :) or anything thats simple :) like a white top.

    I usually stick to delicate necklaces too, but every now and then I like to
    mix things up!

  13. 13
    August 6th, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Could you redo the link to the fourth statement necklace?

  14. 14
    August 6th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I can’t seem to find the key necklace in the everyday essentials. Could you redo the link?

  15. 15
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I really like interesting pendants as long as they go with my neckline. I have a giant silver, shiny TV pendant from Claire’s that I’m really fond of, and a gold apple locket from a boutique. Claire’s is great for inexpensive jewelery.

  16. 16
    August 6th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I am a huge fan of long necklaces.

  17. 17
    August 7th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I second Mel’s review. These are all cute necklaces. But not at all affordable. Not for a college student of my demographic.

  18. 18
    August 17th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I guess I’m just slightly poorer than the writers of this blog. I have a (fake) strand of pearls that I consider my everyday necklace that I only spent $15 on and even that was a hard time for my wallet. I’d be hard pressed to EVER pay $60 for a necklace.

  19. 19
    August 17th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    for more inexpensive pieces, thrift! even if secondhand clothes aren’t your thing, i’ve found some really fun and gorgeous jewelry pieces for not a lot of cash :)

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