Yesterday, the Burberry Prorsum show in Milan made a definitive case for the chunky-necklace-paired-with-a-coat theory. This refreshing take had me asking why this idea hasn’t been explored further. There is a natural affinity between a bold neck piece and the architecture of a coat. The ornaments Christopher Bailey, Creative Director for Burberry, chose are stone-intense or fringe-y, making them less like armor and more softly decorative.
Practically speaking, removing the necklace in order to take off the coat may be the only argument going against the look, yet how different is this from wearing a bulky scarf? And in truth, during the colder months when I am making my daily rounds, I rarely, if ever, have the time to shed my outer layers. There is a stylish sense to this notion of a jangling jewel paired with a chic, woolen shell. It’s a wonderfully complete statement. Rain, snow, or shine.