Gentlewoman style: The chain necklace
One of my personal ‘style signifiers’ is a short gold chain necklace. It’s a delicate slither of a thing with dainty handcuffs as a clasp and it gets a big mention in my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman (*cough* perfect mothers day gift idea *cough*).
For something so discreet it gets a lot of compliments! And it’s an easy thing to wear to add just enough interest if your day-to-day uniform is a bit too
For me, gold works in a similar way to a bright white tee worn underneath a dark crew neck knit. It acts as a skin-illuminating light reflector, adding a semi-circle of life to your face. A small detail that makes a big difference.
I like the chunky ‘Forte chain’ by Laura Lombardi (below), but for something a bit longer and daintier Shinola has started doing some gold chain pendants, designed by Pamela Love, while this Vrai & Oro circle necklace is ethically made but its straight-to-consumer model means it’s fairly affordable.
If you don’t like gold, then I’m a big fan of Sophie Buhai’s chain necklaces in silver (top and below). These are made to order but I think they’re worth the wait, they’re real classic pieces…
Below: Vrai & Oro
Shinola coin edge locket and gold pendants
Laura Lombardi chain necklaces
Sophie Buhai silver egg necklace
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