"Jewelry has become my daytime link to nature in an office with no windows." -Astrid Alauda
Tribal inspired necklaces first draped Spring runways (YSL and Lanvin both featured some heavy duty neck hardware) and so it's no surprise the look is now popping up in everyday wear as the perfect Winter-Spring transition accessory. It's not too unfamiliar, since we've seen the bib necklace and statement necklaces in past seasons, but the tribal inspired necklace is a bit more ethnic, intricate in design and varies in geometric shapes. Warning: This look is not for the accessory faint hearted. It can be a bold look, so it's best paired with a dark, simple silhouette and slicked back hair like both celeb trendsetters Olivia Palermo and Leighton Meester pictured left. The tribal necklaces would also look great with Spring's light, pale colored flowy tops to add some pop and edge.
Some tribal inspired necklaces that caught my eye for inspiration and found in the blogosphere worth sharing are featured above (left top, clockwise)
-Forever 21 Gothic Large Shield Necklace
At $8.80, this is a steal and a great way to try out the trend without breaking the bank if you decide you're over it. The silver and black one featured above was actually spotted worn by Kim Kardashian. I scooped up this one and a gold and orange version which is not available online but you could probably still find at stores. I love the bells at the bottom of the necklace which remind me of the jewelry classical Indian dancers wear, but is most likely quite annoying for those around me.
-Giles and Brother Luxor Necklace
This colorful green delight was designed for a Jason Wu fashion show.
-Mawi Sunray Tube Necklace
Seen above worn by Olivia Palermo at a film screening.
-Lauren G. Adams Egyptian Princess Necklace
-Topshop Metal Caps and Bar Necklace
-Sobral Flash Queen Necklace
Love this necklace because it stays on trend and is green. Each of the hanging pendants are made from recycled circuit boards; an eco-friendly jewelry concept RW posted about in 2008.
If you're still needing more inspiration to get your tribal on, on a trip to Anthropologie, to get this necklace, I actually noticed they carried a number of heavier, ethnic inspired necklaces (pictured above) in a variety of shapes and colors.
image source: forever21.com, gilesandbrother.com, maxandchloe.com, mawi.co.uk, topshop.com, anthropologie.com; celeb photos: leighton meester-INF, olivia palermo-getty images