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
I like it… reminds me of little polo collars. :)
The necklace is fantastic. Looks like a collar, but it’s not.
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.
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. =)
Love these necklaces! I really like the BCBG one you purchased and it must have been a great feeling to find it on sale :)
BCBG one looks really good on you! Even though you were not happy with your DIY necklace, it is great you tried!
Loveee collar necklaces! I really like your BCBG one
I think you did a good job on your DIY. That’s a hard DIY. The BCBG necklace is beautiful.
You are so cute Kelly! Thank you so much for sharing! I just ordered the ASOS one =)
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. ;)
Surely it must feel better to wear the one you made yourself!
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. :)
Good idea! I’ve seen some really pretty vintage ones that I bet are all over eBay.
I though the DIY necklace was cute! If you don’t like it, you could give it away ;). I’ll enter :)
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.
I love these, but haven’t committed to the trend yet. I like your DIY. i’d wear it.
Love your sweater and the collar necklace!
Lovely! I actually like the shape of your DIY, particularly the curved/concave bottom part where the two collars meet! Great job!
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 :)
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) ;)
Not a bad try, but glad you found the one you were lusting for…and on sale!
Kelly that is sooooo cool!! You did a great job!
That’s so creative! It’s looks pretty good for a DIY project
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!!
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 !
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…
love the necklace!!
love the necklace!!
Eeek lucky you, this is so cute and so versatile. Very jealous. xxx
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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!
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 :)
Hi Mahyaimura! The ones I know of right now are this one from Jewelmint:
This one from an Etsy seller:
And this one from Topshop, which is sold out online, but you might be able to find in stores:
Also, the BCBG one is at outlets now, so it’s probably only about $30 if you can find one. Good luck!
BCBG is $30? I thought it’s $79, okay i’ll check to the outlet. Thank you also for the other references
I was $79 when it was full retail. It’s gone on sale a few times. The last time I saw it, it was about $30. But they may be hard to find since they’ve already gone on sale & have been sent to the outlets. Good luck!
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: