The Simple Detail Fashion People Use to Make Their Outfits Look More Elevated


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Chiara Perera wears Heavenly London's Diamond Collar with a bandeau maxi dress by Dissh.

I’ll admit, I'm a self-confessed magpie. Anyone who knows me will know that I’m rarely without pearl drop earrings—sometimes I even pop them on before my morning walk. They've become part of my uniform; a piece I feel incomplete without.

I rarely wear necklaces, but for years I’ve been searching for the perfect chain to complete my jewellery capsule. Now, I think I’ve sussed the brief, and what I'm after is a demure piece that skims the clavicle and complements all ensembles. That's not to say there isn't a place for showstopping jewels, too—you are speaking to a fan of Harry Winston's designs, after all—but my favourite pieces of jewellery are those you can wear daily that become something you're seldom seen without, like a wedding ring. 

Having become part of the welded-bracelet crew, I’m slowly adding to my permanent jewellery stack with pieces that speak to me. Jewellery lends a charming intentionality. I adore the allure of jewels and the ambient glisten of a snaking chain that subtly catches the light.

Minimalist jewellery usually refers to finer pieces, but the common thread across price points is a slimmer or smaller chain. The appeal of a simple necklace is the ability to wear it for a myriad occasions and layer it with others for your desired effect, so there’s fun to be had. 

The notion of simplicity is personal, of course, and I believe in dressing for individual tastes and desires. The characteristics of tennis chains, for example, may not represent simplicity for some, but there’s something timeless and undeniably delicate about this style, especially when paired with classic apparel like a crisp poplin shirt and jeans. The same goes for dewdrop chains when styled with a scoop-neck T-shirt and straight-leg jeans. The styling opportunities are endless and entirely personal.

Keep reading for 22 minimalist yet impactful necklaces, and see how some of our favourite fashion people are styling necklaces this season.


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A barely-there chain with an alphabet pendant is one for your everyday uniform.


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Danielle Jinadu stacks dainty silver chains aplenty (and matching arm candy) for a subtle nod to the silver accessories trend.


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Make like Sylvie Mus and complement a form-fitting slip dress with gold accents.


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Rachael Clifton shows that drop pendants never go out of style.

Shop My Necklaces Edit:

Pearl Necklaces

Fine Chains

Choker Necklaces

Pendant Necklaces

Snake Chain Necklaces

Droplet Necklaces

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Avalon Afriyie is a freelance writer and storyteller based in London. She specialises in sustainable fashion, health and the narratives of marginalised communities.

She has a background in fashion show production and styling, having previously worked on The Clothes Show and with the Lyst Group. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English and contemporary media, she’s worked as a feature writer for an independent publication and a contributor for Quill’s creator network. She now marries her passion for words and style, writing for some of the most esteemed fashion and lifestyle publications, Who What Wear UK and Stylist.

Avalon also provides copywriting services, creative consultancy, and visual media for independent businesses, including travel guides, interviews, press releases and blog posts. Her work has been featured on Lush, Contiki, Youswim and Ohne.

She spends her days writing to her heart’s content for business and pleasure, shooting on film and dreaming of residing a stone’s throw away from the ocean with her love and a pup (clad in a sweeping frock, of course). She’s currently penning ideas for a book of personal essays and free verse poetry on love, life and the stages in between.