Making a Statement (One Piece, Five Ways)

I’ve seen so many fashion bloggers rocking big ol’ statement necklaces over the past few months, and although I thought they looked awesome wearing them, I was not a personal believer. I’m all about tiny, delicate jewelry, remember?

Well, then Wild About Jewelry contacted me and generously wanted to send me a piece of their jewelry. With nothing to lose, I jumped at the chance to try out a big fat statement necklace. I went with the Red Bib Necklace, and the moment it showed up and I tried it on, I was a believer.

In fact, I’m so much of a believer, that I immediately starting formulating all sorts of outfits around this necklace, and the millions of ways I could wear it. It’s so simple — throw it on to add a punch of color, unify an outfit, add visual interest, or just complete an outfit.

 And so I bring you. . .edition three of One Piece, Five Ways (here are editions 1 & 2).

1. casual

t-shirt: target, jeans: h&m maternity, wedges: old navy

 Jeans and a t-shirt is like the easiest thing to throw on, right? But since it’s so basic, it typically looks plain and a little under-done. Adding a statement necklace and some wedges makes it a super cute and put together outfit. And since the necklace and the t-shirt are monochromatic, it makes a little bit less of a statement and keeps it casual.

2. Maxi

button up, maxi dress, & sandals: target

 I’ve seen people knotting their chambray shirts for a while now, but this is the first time I’ve done it. It adds some visual interest, and is the perfect way for me to continue using my chambray since it currently barely buttons over my stomach. But even with the knot detail, the ensemble is too simple. Add a big statement necklace and BAM. You have a complete outfit.

3. Neutral

striped shirt: lucky brand via sams club, jeans: ross (altered), flats: payless

There is definitely a place in this world for neutral outfits, no doubt about that. But with a very simple and neutral ensemble like this one, a statement necklace adds a perfect pop of color and completes the outfit nicely.

4. Color Blocking

purple top: gap, red pants: f21, sandals: target

 I love a good color blocked outfit, but adding the statement necklace (in a color similar to the pants) here creates some unity in the outfit that doesn’t exist in the before outfit.

5. Dressy

black dress: downeast basics, heels: target

The little black dress is a classic, perfect for any dressy occasion. But a simple black dress such as this one definitely calls for a little something extra. A big red statement necklace fits the bill perfectly — no other accessories required.

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So there you go. Five reasons to go out and get yourself a statement necklace.

Go check out Wild About Jewelry’s awesome selection of jewelry (especially those statement necklaces!). They have a weekly auction on their facebook page with super affordable prices and free shipping anywhere in the US. Go check them out!

This is not a sponsored post. The jewelry was received complimentary from Wild About Jewelry, but all opinions were mine.



  1. Ivanna says:

    Really Pretty πŸ™‚

  2. Ivanna says:

    Really Pretty πŸ™‚

  3. Lins says:

    I love the red necklace! It's something I would have never picked out either. You've made me a believer. By the way, you are so freakin' adorable prego.

  4. I love statement necklaces! They really do go a long way! xoxo

  5. missT says:

    Love the necklace with the simple black dress – makes such a difference! πŸ™‚

  6. you really nailed styling the statement necklace!! all of these looks are great — and gave me some inspiration how to wear my own, thanks!

  7. Ash says:

    I love each look! And I just recently got brave enough to tie my chambray shirt over a maxi, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yours looks adorable. (And I have that same Lucky shirt in yellow… Gotta love Sam's! πŸ™‚

  8. So cute! I wish I had some fun jewelry like that, but alas, I don't. Ha. Someday I will learn to buy and wear awesome bold necklaces. Till then, I guess I'll stick with earrings.

  9. you are just the cutest person ever. i'm wearing a similar outfit, striped shirt, and some pants, now i wish i had a necklace on πŸ™‚


  10. LOVE that necklace!!! You wore it with some outfits that I have wondered about wearing my own with…thanks for posting this, now I can see that it works πŸ˜‰

  11. yes yes that necklace is definitely the cherry on top of all those outfits and gives them the kick they need. i'm glad you transitioned into being a believer.

  12. i love them all! you are the cutest pregnant girl, merrick!

  13. Kayla says:

    So cute merrick! Also, you shouldnt be allowed to be that adorable while pregnant…you make the rest of us look bad! πŸ™‚

  14. Emily says:

    I love this statement necklace on you! It was fun to see it styled all of those different ways. Great post!

  15. Brittany says:

    That's a great necklace! I "refashioned" a statement necklace a while back with nail polish, and I'll admit I've been wearing the dang thing everywhere. I even justified it for a 10 mile walk once… hey, we were walking TO the zoo so I thought what the heck? I love the one you chose πŸ™‚

  16. Chelsea says:

    Very cute! Kind of amazing what the right piece of jewelry can do to an outfit!

  17. Daph says:

    You rocked this bib! I love every outfit, great post! Your amazing with DIY style

  18. newpetite says:

    I love it when you do the 5 ways post!!

  19. Aimee says:

    I think that you can pull off any look, you always look so cute in anything! and this necklace is no different. i especially love the neutral look. The pop of color looks simply stunning with the black and white…. also, I need some red pants and white pants too now. darling.

  20. Shea D. says:

    So cute! I've actually been pondering statement necklaces…I have to admit I'm not a believer. YET. I think I might be one step closer now though!

  21. I seriously love every single on of these outfits, although I don't need any encouragement to get a statement necklace. I have plenty already (and one on the way to me in the mail). Anyway, point is, I give you an A+ on this styling project (and I am a tough grader)!!

    Sarah's Real Life

  22. Awesome, Merrick! My favorite is the white outfit. I loooove the pop of red with stripes, and I think I'm just a sucker for white jeans right now.

  23. Jenn @ PSP says:

    Can I just say how much I love your style…and your tutorials…and your blog in general? I love how you put clothes and colors together! These five might be my absolute faves!

  24. Wow, Merrick! Not only does that necklace look terrific, but each of the five outfits you created are amazing, too! It is amazing how one piece of jewelry can unify an entire outfit. Thanks for the tips and thanks for shopping at Sam’s Club! – Ramona from Sam’s Club

  25. tricia says:

    Was so excited about this post I bought the necklace from Wild About Jewlery! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration on going bold with my first statement necklace.

  26. That necklace really does add some major kick to each of your outfits!!

  27. Nathyness says:

    Boy, are you talented! So glad I came across your blog!

    Greetings from Miami!


  28. Vicky says:

    Your idea is really so good and the five dresses are really so nice, love them

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