Trend Watch: The One-Shouldered Dress with a Choker-Length Necklace
The trend-setters in the mainstream fashion media love to make pronouncements as to what is in and what is out, and then seemingly like nothing better than to break their own rules. A great example of disregarding a style taboo appeared recently and prominently in two American fashion magazines.
The taboo of which I speak is the rule that one should not wear a necklace with a one-shouldered dress. Back on August 31, 2009, I wrote about this rule, which had been so widely accepted as to be repeated in a consumer brand advertising montage included in a number of fashion magazines:
“I was intrigued, therefore, to see a four-page advertising spread from five consumer brands (CoverGirl, Secret, Pantene, Venus Embrace and Olay) in some of the September 2009 fashion magazines, including Vogue focusing upon one-shouldered garments and giving cautionary advice about how to style the look with jewelry.
“Generally I agree with the statement that one should avoid necklaces with one-shouldered looks. A diagonal neckline on a garment gives an illusion of height and flatters the neck and shoulders of the wearer. Keeping the neck bare and polishing the look with earrings is always an attractive approach. To add more sparkle, add a brooch or two on the shoulder or shoulder side of the asymmetrical garment.
In the May 2010 issue of Elle magazine, the first page of the lead fashion story features a draped chiffon dress by Valentino Haute Couture paired with a yellow and white gold necklace with pearls and diamonds from Buccellati. The necklace lays over the edge of the gown. I have no doubt that the necklace is finished so smoothly and beautifully that the back of the necklace feels like satin and poses no risk whatsoever to the dress.
-JCK Online By Cynthia Sliwa