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A shopping guide to the best … party necklaces

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Buy, rent or thrift it – alternative ways to shop. This week, jewellery that will elevate your workaday outfit to a party get-up

A cocktail necklace – a bit bold, party-ready, not subtle – is the fashion pro’s secret addition to your jewellery box. With very little effort it helps make a statement with even the most nondescript outfit.

A lot of fun can be had by renting a cocktail necklace – go for one as ornate as Venna’s from Mywardrobe and that LBD will look much more interesting.

Vintage is a good market for a classic chunky gold chain. A piece like this one from Susan Kaplan brings a sprinkling of 1980s glamour and looks great with, say, a grey sweatshirt.

Investing in a cocktail necklace requires a little more consideration, with slightly more low-key designs a good idea. Think about the colours you wear a lot, the jewellery you already own and what you wear on repeat. It could feature pearls, charms or gold – whatever gives your outfit a lift.
Lauren Cochrane

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Pearl and gold, £39.50,
Layer a pearl chain with your gold necklaces for a luxe look.

Green glass pendant, £62,
Shyla’s beautiful bold designs are made from recycled metals.

Gold with blue charm, £249,
This chunky necklace will look eye-catching worn on its own - try it with a slip dress.


Sunray choker by Paco Rabanne, from £66,
Borrow this crystal choker for a black-tie event.

Gold with art deco clasp by Christian Dior, £60 for four days rental,
Chunky necklaces will stand out when worn with a simple silk blouse.

Spiked and jewelled by Venna, £34 for four days rental,
Layer over a shirt for a statement daytime look.


Craft heart necklace, £45,
Wear an 80s-inspired gold necklace with a bodycon dress.

Woven with large embellished pendant, £15,
Add to a black tea dress to add some extra neckline interest.

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Gold linked, £150 by Monet, pre-owned from
A chunky gold necklace will never go out of fashion – it’s the ultimate forever wardrobe addition.

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