Metal Collar Necklace (and a DIY Attempt)

One of the more interesting statement necklace trends I’ve seen recently has been the collar necklace. Love wearing collared shirts? Then why not “collar” everything with a necklace! Genius!

The bad part…these things are expensive. There’s a lot of metal or chainmail going on in these necklaces, and even if they’re not a precious metal, all that can get expensive. I decided I wanted a mesh version, but by the time I was fully committed to buying one, the cheaper versions were nowhere to be found. I watched this BCBGMAXAZRIA (full retail $78! Ouch!) version online, waiting for a sale, but then it too disappeared.

After fruitlessly calling around & popping into stores looking for this necklace, I decided to try to make my own. I found a really big image of the necklace, and saw it was just a series of jump rings…not too bad. An afternoon at the craft store later, and I was knee deep in a DIY project. The results:

Hmm…not quite like the photo. My collar necklace wants weren’t satisfied.

Then one afternoon, while leisurely strolling through a beautiful outdoor mall, I walked past a BCBGMAXAZRIA store and decided at the last minute to see what jewelry they had. Lo and behold, there she was…on sale…and looking a million times better than my sad DIY version at home.

Side by side:

Yeah, the BCBG version is much better…

For more collar necklace eye-candy, check out Khatu wearing hers from ASOS, and Anh wearing hers from Topshop.

Outfit Details - BCBGMAXAZRIA Collar Necklace (tag) (rhinestone version) :: J.Crew Honeycomb Sweater, size xxs :: 7 For All Mankind “Gwenevere” Skinnies, size 24 :: Christian Louboutin shoes, size 35 :: GAP boy’s braided belt

Is anyone else sporting collar necklaces? How are you styling them?

35 Comments

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Well Heeled Blog

    I like it… reminds me of little polo collars. :)

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Girlie Blogger

    The necklace is fantastic. Looks like a collar, but it’s not.

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    SewPetiteGal

    Kudos for going the DIY route!  I think it just needs to be filled in and evened out but your skeleton looks good!

    I purchased a pearl collar necklace that I still need to photograph for a post!  I’ve been unimaginative with it though and have only worn it with a black sweater.

    • Reply January 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks! Coming from a DIY guru such as yourself, that’s a big compliment! Can’t wait to see your little pearl one on the blog! I’d imagine it would look wonderful with all the pretty mints & pastels coming for spring. Very girlie. =)

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Katherine

    Love these necklaces! I really like the BCBG one you purchased and it must have been a great feeling to find it on sale :)

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    SS

    BCBG one looks really good on you! Even though you were not happy with your DIY necklace, it is great you tried!

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Jessy

    Loveee collar necklaces! I really like your BCBG one

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Anonymous

    I think you did a good job on your DIY. That’s a hard DIY. The BCBG necklace is beautiful.

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Anonymous

    You are so cute Kelly!   Thank you so much for sharing!  I just ordered the ASOS one =)

    • Reply January 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Fun! You and Khatu will be twinsies. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it’s grand appearance on your blog. I’m counting on you for more styling inspiration. ;)

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Rebecca

    Surely it must feel better to wear the one you made yourself!

  • Reply January 11, 2012

    Carrie

    It looks great with that sweater! :) If I decide to get one, I’m definitely going to try eBay for a hopefully more affordable option. :)

    • Reply January 12, 2012

      Alterations Needed

      Good idea! I’ve seen some really pretty vintage ones that I bet are all over eBay.

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Lisa ChenNg

    I though the DIY necklace was cute! If you don’t like it, you could give it away ;). I’ll enter :)

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    JJ, Pocket Sized Fashion

    Your DIY didn’t turn out half-bad! I would totally wear it. :) But I do love the BCBG one, too – terrific find. It’s the best feeling when you run across an item in-stores that you’ve been looking for. 

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Aubrey Dang

    I love these, but haven’t committed to the trend yet.  I  like your DIY.  i’d wear it.

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    New Petite

    Love your sweater and the collar necklace!

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Kim

    Lovely! I actually like the shape of your DIY, particularly the curved/concave bottom part where the two collars meet! Great job!

    Kim
    http://www.aprettythought.com

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Angie

    that’s awesome! of course i was actually wearing chainmail for nerdier matters in high school, but this is a great accent. you did a fine job on your first DIY chainmailing regardless :)

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Pencil Skirts and Lattes

    I LOVE it!! I have a collar necklace and just don’t have the perfect crew neck sweater to wear it with (darn, I’ll have to just go buy one) ;)  

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Michelle

    Not a bad try, but glad you found the one you were lusting for…and on sale! 

  • Reply January 13, 2012

    Anonymous

    Kelly that is sooooo cool!!  You did a great job!

  • Reply January 13, 2012

    Cltrinh

    That’s so creative!  It’s looks pretty good for a DIY project

    http://funsizeclothes.wordpress.com/

  • Reply January 13, 2012

    Niomehulett

    I just ran to mall after reading your post and….bamm, there it was 40% off plus 20% off!!! So it the necklace ended it up being 24.95+tax!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply January 13, 2012

    lorena

    I think yours turned out quite well – and with this post you just reminded me of several vintage collar necklaces I have had for almost a year that remain unworn !

  • Reply January 17, 2012

    caramilk

    I absolutely love this idea! I have so many beads just sitting in boxes at home. I might make this when I have the chance…

    http://www.alteliercaramilk.com

  • Reply January 17, 2012

    Sandy a la Mode

    love the necklace!!

  • Reply January 17, 2012

    Sandy a la Mode

    love the necklace!!

  • Reply January 18, 2012

    SouthMoltonStStyle

    Eeek lucky you, this is so cute and so versatile. Very jealous. xxx

    South Molton St Style

  • Reply January 19, 2012

    Couturecoco5

    Kelly, your outfit here is one of my favs and this necklace is now my most fav accessory on you – besides your Chanels :-) One of your best discoveries! OOoooh if only I could find one too, keep dreaming!

  • Reply March 26, 2012

    Mahyaimura

    I always interested with your style, it really fit to my style. I’ve been loving this chain collar necklace but it’s hard to find the similar one and BCBG is too pricey to me. Do you happen to know or recommend me the dupes with affordable price beside  asos, lanvin, dannijo? thanks in advance :)

  • Hey, I kinda like the one you made more, because of the more pointed collar ends..:) so from me thumbs up on yours!! ;)

    I also made my own collar necklace, but not from chain, I would appreciate an opinion, so please have a look at:
    http://whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/party-or-casual-detachable-collars.html

    :)

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