Jewels & Chains

Dress - Elizabeth & James, similar here (on sale),
also here and here
Neckpiece - Haute Hippie

I scored this dress at an Elizabeth and James sample sale recently.  There's no better feeling than finding a basic piece that you can wear over and over-- and on sale.  From the front, it's a simple black dress, but in the back there's a sneaky little cutout that is just low enough to give this slinky piece an extra bit of sexy. 
As for the neckpiece: I've discovered that Haute Hippie has an amazing collection of them- who knew? I fell in love with this gorgeous jeweled accessory, which adorns the chest and shoulders in a draping pattern that somehow turns layers of metal chains into a shape that is delicate and feminine.  And with my new sample sale find, I knew they would be perfectly coupled. Love at first wear.

I think neckpieces are a great way to change up your wardrobe and try out a new trend.  Haute Hippie also has simpler pieces like this one, which you can layer over a classic button-down or any basic outfit that's already in your closet.  It will add an automatic wow-factor, and make any outfit look completely different without having to go out and buy several new pieces.

Photos by Greg Routt