It could work by itself, if paired with a patterned skirt or other bottom but, like I said, I mostly stick to solids. Otherwise, it needs a necklace.
Since I don't buy jewelry often, I didn't own any of the long, layerable necklaces that have come into style. I've been making my outfits work by borrowing my roommates'. The trouble with this is, I don't really like them. I like the way they look with the outfit, but I'm not wild about the actual pieces. I have a rule for myself that gets followed 98% of the time: if it's listed in the Lucky Charms song ("Hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, pots of gold and rainbows, and me red balloons") I will not wear it. The only exception that I can think of is the heart-shaped Pandora charm The Writer gave me for our first Valentine's day together, which I love and was super sweet and thoughtful on his part.
Anyhow, my point is that I broke my shopping ban yesterday. One of my Besties invited me to the mall with her so I made a deal with myself. I desperately needed to get out of the house and was sick of having to wear The Roommate's jewelry, therefore, I was allowed to buy some long necklaces as long as they were inexpensive. Thank goodness for Forever 21 when you're broke, right?!
I love the feathered jewelry trend, and was immediately drawn to the long gold necklace. It looked a little sparse by itself, so I layered it with the shorter feather necklace. Combined cost of this set? $6.60!
The next two are silver, though it's a little hard to tell due to the lighting in the photos (I'm not a photographer, in the least). The first one was only $5.80! It's hooked on the longest link of the extender, so it can be worn about three inches shorter, as well. I'm seeing a LBD in it's future! The second silver necklace was the most costly, at $6.80--still not bad! The end of the tassel hangs about to my belly button. I love that it's simple, yet still makes a statement. I foresee it being very versatile.
Since I was experimenting with layering necklaces, I tried both silver pieces on at once. Bestie liked the way they looked, but I'm not 100% convinced. It would probably work with the right outfit, something a little more Bohemian than my green shirt.
All in all, I've very pleased with my new additions. If I'd known I could get away with four pieces that I love for under $20, maybe I wouldn't have shied away from accessories for so long!