It seems like all forms of jewelry have gone through a showoff phase: There were swinging chandelier earrings. Tough hunks of shiny metal masquerading as cuff bracelets. Massive cocktail rings. But lately, it’s the necklace’s turn—and the statement is major, teaming up bright, playful neons and cheery candy pastels alongside charmingly oversize rhinestones to create a piece that’s awesomely fun (and surprisingly versatile) to wear.
So how to style such a major showpiece, you ask? It’s easy: The key is to use these pieces to add a dash of unabashed glam and splashy color to solid-hued or simply patterned (think dots or stripes) pieces in classic, simple silhouettes. Wear one atop an ultra-casual white tee or a nautical striped top. A collared chambray shirt, buttoned all the way up, or the forever-elegant LBD. It’s an attention-grabbing piece; let these babies shine in the spotlight.
Click through the slideshow to see 20 necklaces that captured our attention—from budget-friendly baubles (a $38 sparkler from Macy’s) to fantasy splurges (a $945 heart-stopper from Dannijo).