This guest post is written by co founder and editor of The Women's Room blog, Jane, who besides writing the popular blog aimed at women over 35, is also a trained womenswear designer who specialises in colour and trend forecasting... I have always been a fan of a statement necklace. The art teacher/textile lecturer look has worked for me right from the 80's, when it was all about a diamante necklace or strategically placed brooch teamed with head to toe black, through to the noughties when I favoured New Age crystals with a white hoodie, 501 jeans and hi tops. So the current trends for bold neckwear is perfect for me and I love the way that this time round it’s all about casual styling with OTT jewellery. Simple sweatshirts, angora or cashmere knits or denim shirts are the perfect backdrop for a statement necklace– and if they feel too dressed up for daywear, you can just stick them in your bag and pop them on for an evening out. The perfect desk to dinner look – as we say in the fashion business! They are also perfect to dress up a simple black or navy dress for Christmas occasion wear. No-one needs another party dress, but stick on a pair of these earrings or a brightly coloured necklace and you’re good to go."