This £0 Styling Trick Always Makes You Look Rich

There's one thing that all fashion enthusiasts agree on—that accessories can make an outfit. That's why we're launching a monthly column, Successorise, charting the latest extras that stylish girls will want to know about. From the smart workwear add-ons that could seal the deal in the office to the most of-the-moment tweaks that can spin a basic outfit into a high-fashion trajectory, this is Who What Wear UK's regular guide to the most important accessorising rules to know now.

Is your bank account weeping quietly in a corner? Ours too. We spent all of our pay-cheque on really sound sales pieces (honestly, we don't do silly purchases anymore now that we're all grown up), and, erm, workout classes we haven't yet made it to. Which is why it's nice when the fashion gods show a little kindness and proffer a styling trick that is free, and makes you look really wealthy. 

January is a time for tweaks and updates, and not a single one is better—or can transform an affordable outfit to seem more expensive—than the following simple jewellery trick. We've noticed a selection of cool girls we follow on social media layering long gold necklaces (sometimes one, sometimes many more) over their favourite (usually roll-neck) knits. It's something my grandma used to do and has been relatively out of favour over the past few seasons when choker necklaces and statement earrings have ruled the jewellery roost. 

Keep scrolling to see the impact of this small outfit idea, and then shop some of my favourite jumpers and necklaces to do it with (just in case you need a teeny tiny update).


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Anna Vitiello is an accessorising queen (as you can see when we jumped into her closet for the Best Wardrobes in Britain) and she wears this cream roll-neck and gold chain pile-up on repeat—so we trust her that this is the winning formula.


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Monica Ainley knows what's what: Gold jewellery really does stand out against navy knitwear.


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Nnenna Echem's keeping it subtle with her chunky knit and trinket pendant.


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Circular medallion-style necklaces are enjoying a moment in the sun, but Camille wears the summery piece oh so well with a black polo-neck and padded jacket.

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It's Anna again, and this time she's taking the idea a step further by styling a longer chain over her blazer as well.


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Maria Bernad got the memo: Cream and white knits are your nana jewellery's best friend.

Next up, the biggest trends of S/S 18.

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.