I walked past them at Walmart (shortcuts through the jewelry section are always dangerous) and immediately wanted them. Those turquoise beads called my name, but I held back. I only own one skirt they’d match. Still, I thought I saw a similar pair on my friend Ana and I knew they’d blend well with the plethora of peach things I own, so I bought them.
The Value Lies in the Versatility
1. A simple string of light-colored beads (think light pink, ivory, or opaque) can contribute an understated classiness. Jacqueline Kennedy’s timeless pearls come to mind. Even without the white gloves, you can achieve the same Classic look with a quick clasp of faux pearls.
2. In addition to being classy, beaded necklaces go with just about anything. With shirts that boast high necklines and a long line of buttons, beads may detract and even look gaudy. But that cow neck cap-sleeve blouse that leaves your neck bare or even the simple turtleneck may benefit from the beaded necklace.
3. A bright pop of color around one’s neck shouts happy. They don’t necessarily have to “match” the outfit you’re wearing, but they do have to “blend.” In other words, the peach wrap I’m wearing looks even more summeresque when paired with my favorite faux jade beads.
4. The potential for versatility abounds. Try pairing a strand of thin beads with thick. Consider braving several loops or going with one long rope. A simple shirt turns into an outfit with the right pairing of beads.
How To Choose the Right Beads For You
1. Know that you don’t have to spend a fortune. Pearls are expensive, but the faux kind work just as well (and you’ll be more likely to wear them if you’re not afraid of breaking them!).
2. Choose colors you actually like. If you cringed at my pairing of peach and turquoise up there, don’t buy turquoise. Perhaps you would prefer a pale pink or ivory. Maybe darker colors such as purple or navy blue make you smile. If you like it, you’ll wear it.
3. Think about your closet. If you don’t have a blouse that navy blue beads would “blend” with, pick the purple ones instead. Perhaps visit your closet with the express purpose of tabbing a few tops and dresses that you think would go well with a beaded necklace. What colors would look well with all or most of them? Try checking out color swatches on Pinterest.
5. Watch the weight. Hold the whole necklace in the palm of your hand to gauge whether or not it will be too heavy to wear. If you’re still not sure, try supporting the necklace with your ring finger (your weakest finger) midway between your nail and your knuckle. If your finger shakes, the necklace may be too heavy.
4. Be brave. I almost didn’t buy those turquoise beads because I wasn’t sure they were entirely “me.” Now they’re one of my favorite necklaces. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new. You may just find your new favorite accessory.