I love statement pieces, whether they be clothes or accessories. I’m attracted to unique, artistic, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Sometimes I will see something that stirs my creativity and I become slightly obsessed with making it. That is what happened with this DIY bold feather and floral necklace.
I blame Dries Van Noten.
The inspiration for my extreme bold feather and floral necklace creation.
I made mine with a vintage brooch. I added a velvet tie and a pin so it can be worn as a brooch, necklace or belt.
I adore the outfit I created here but admit freely that it was overwhelming for my 5’4″ frame.
So I decided to try it as a belt.
This didn’t photograph as well as I’d hoped. I hate it when that happens.
The biggest catch with wearing this oversized accessory was wearing a coat over it. I was worried I was crushing it.
I might try it again as a necklace but cut a few of the feathers that are so close to my face so it isn’t so overwhelming.
I like statement belts because they emphasize my waist, give my frame definition and add interest to an outfit.
12 Ways How To Wear A Statement Belt
Anthropologie is a good place to buy a statement belt. That is where I bought the jewelled version above. Here is a similar one on sale.
Isn’t this massive leather statement belt above insane? I bought it as a consignment store.
Jeanane wrote a great post about wearing belts when you are considered short waisted.
“If you are short waisted, do not let fashion rules determine what you can and cannot wear. Wear those belts! Tuck those shirts in! Find a way to make the body that does so much for you feel like something special and not something you need to hide or try to mask.”
Sylvia from 40+ Style is teaching a course on accessories if you are looking for advice on how to use accessories to add interest to an outfit. She has lots of great examples and demonstrates with diagrams and images how proportions, size and style of accessory can greatly influence your look.