Fashion bloggers Bonnie Barton of Flashes of Style and Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life

Fashion trends come and go–while some are keepers, others fade away before we even get the chance to decide whether we like them or not.  One trend that I’ve been on the line with lately is the collar necklace.  If you’re reading this article, then odds are you too are stumped on how to pull off this intimidating (but oh-so-adorable) accessory.  As an avid follower of street chic blogs, I’ve been noticing more and more trendsetters donning these fashion-forward detachable collars.  Whether covered in sequins, pearls or even studs, one thing’s for sure–they’re an instant statement that will add panache to any outfit.  Pair it with a sleeveless blouse, an effortless knit sweater, or one of your favorite dresses–they’re that conventional!

Since I know it can be a bit scary test-driving new trends (no one wants to make a fashion faux pas!), I’ve come up with some outfits to help get you started.

Summer Date Night

A sequined collar is just what you need to turn a pretty dress into fabulous. 

I’m overwhelmingly in love/obsessed with sequins and want you to be too!  Really though, what girl doesn’t want to add a bit (or a lot) of sparkle to her everyday wardrobe?  If you feel the same way about sequins that I do, then say no more.  Enter the always practical, never drab sequined collar.  Out of all the collar necklaces that you can choose from, I like to think that sequined ones are the easiest to pull off.  Taking you from day to night, a glistening topper such as the one above looks amazing when paired with an equally feminine lace dress or satin top.  With coral continuing to be an “it” summer hue, accessorize with a coral cocktail ring and cute clutch.  Finish off your ensemble with turquoise nail polish and black pointed-toe flats for a fun and flirty date-worthy look.  Remember, a little sparkle goes a long way!

Fun in the Sun

A pearl collar necklace is the perfect accessory to make a casual dress elegant.

I’m a complete Kate Spade devotee and am always thinking “colorfully.”  Let’s just say that I’ve been eyeing KS’s color-infused collection of handbags, shoes, and accessories for far too long.  As much as I love color, however, I realize that it is possible to wear too much.  To avoid appearing like a walking rainbow, you need something neutral (like a classy pearl collar necklace) to offset the blinding hues.

With summer almost here, there’s no time like the present to don your most floral frocks, oversized shades, and straw tote bag.  As attached as you may be to your traditional strand of pearls, change can be a good thing.  For occasions when you’re feeling extra adventurous, consider opting for a pearl collar necklace; it’s more eye-catching and will complement any dress.  To complete your summer-tastic ensemble, throw on a pair of coral strappy sandals and paint your nails in that shade of neon polish that is so Summer 2012.

A Walk in the Park

An easy-to-style outfit for the easy-going girl!

Despite being a super-coordinated dresser, I do have a motto for the days that I decide to go the more effortless route:  Comfy, cute, and casual.  Throw in one statement-worthy accessory (in this case an impeccable metal chain-link peter-pan collar) and now we’re talking!  While nothing says casual more than a white t-shirt, I can’t think of anything cuter than pink (okay, maybe mint!) jeans and printed floral denim.  Because the chain-link collar featured above is so intricate, you want to make sure that you let it be the focus of your look.  Slip on a few bracelets, bangles, and your comfiest flats and you’re good to go!

A Day in the City

A gold statement piece, animal print linen shorts, and pops of green and orange along the way are just what you need to rejuvenate your summer attire.

This season, I am all about animal print shorts.  They’re cute, practical, and basically a neutral (just think of all the outfit possibilities!).  What better way to add some major oomph to an ensemble than a decadent gold collar necklace?  Whether you’re looking for a bold statement or something a bit more modest, one of the collar necklaces above is sure to garner some attention.

While a pointed flat collar necklace looks best when styled with basic tops, a curved one looks superb when worn with any round neck dress, shirt or sweater.  As if gold wasn’t enough to do the trick, leopard print really comes alive when juxtaposed with bold surges of color.  Finish off with an eye-catching pair of orange wedges and a green handbag and you’ve just styled an oh-so impeccable ensemble!

Still wondering if you should take the plunge and invest in a collar necklace?  Uber chic and practical, collar necklaces are currently dominating in the accessories department.  Not to mention that they’ll transform any run-of-the-mill outfit into something truly spectacular.  If you feel like the collar necklace is just meant to be, then it is!  You’re a confident and savvy lady–don’t doubt yourself. You can pull off this fashion-forward trend!