May 20, 2015 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style, Style Challenges

Summer Preview: The One Must-Have Accessory that Changes Everything

What if I told you there was just one accessory that could instantly transform all of your summer outfits into something special?

There really is.  We’ll get to that in a minute.

In the meantime, last week I polled the Spring 2015 GYPO Style Challengers to find out what they want to see on the summer challenge shopping list.  One question came up over and over again.

I want cute ways to look pulled together in the heat.  How can I complete an outfit without adding more layers?”

Today I’m going to share with you one of my must-have accessories for my summer 2015 outfits.  The holy grail of accessories – the multi-color beaded necklace.

Now you’re thinking, “really Alison?  A necklace can make the much of a difference?”

YES!  I got one myself a few weeks ago and it instantly transforms the simplest t-shirts and jeans or maxi skirt and tank into an outfit you’ll love.

Consider it your summer scarf alternative.  It adds color and panache minus the sweltering heat. 

Here’s one starring in a sneak peek sample outfit from the Summer 2015 GYPO Style Challenge (more on that later!). Summer-Outfit-1

[Eyelet Tank/Beaded Necklace/Statement Ring/Bright Shorts/Neutral Wedges/Bright Tote]

Shopping Options

Old Navy has some great options in store but not online.  That’s where I got mine.  Here are a few others that have caught my eye.

[Large Beads]

[Small Beads]

[Multi Strand]

[Multi Strand]



Registration for the Summer 2015 GYPO Style Challenge opens in just two days on Friday, May 22nd at the early bird rate of just $29.  You’ll get a shopping list of summer wardrobe essentials plus 21 days of mix and match outfits.  This challenge includes two special bonuses including access to the Summer 2014 challenge and a 14 piece/10 day vacation packing list made up of pieces from the 2015 challenge.

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  • I really loved the tassel necklace, I can totally rock that with a variety of look!

  • I need to add one of these to my closet!! I love it with the white tank and shorts! Thanks for the link up! Susan

  • That’s a great tip! Now I’m all about finding a colorful beaded necklace. I love the Target one.

    • Happy shopping Jo-Lynne!

  • Love these pretty necklaces definitely to add one for my summer wardrobe!! Thanks for hosting Alison:)

    • I’m so glad you like it!

  • Love a multi-color beaded necklace! You’re right! It’s a game changer!

    • Great minds think alike! 😉

  • So agree, fun colors via a necklace will definitely dress up a summer outfit. Love your pretty selections!

  • well now I need to go find me a necklace like this!

    • It won’t be too hard. They are all so pretty.

  • Amy Ann

    Accessories make such a difference, especially in the summer months when it is too hot to layer! I love that tassel option at the end.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I agree completely Amy Ann.

  • Love the boho vibe of the tassel necklace – Happy Midweek Alison!


    • Hope you are having a fabulous week!

  • The first necklace is so cute! I love al the colors and how perfect they it is for solid color outfits.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • I couldn’t agree more Alice!

  • Charity

    Yes!! I so agree. My favorite is my African paper bead necklace. It is long enough to double up and still be plenty long. If you have never seen them, look them up – so pretty and they support a good cause. If you are interested, I can give you contact info for a missionary in Africa who works with local ladies to make necklaces and other accessories to help them support their families. They do “trunk show” type parties to sell the products here in the US.

    • I’ll research online. Sounds so beautiful Charity. Do you have pictures of you wearing it?

  • Anna

    this is so simple and such a great idea! I do find myself wearing a lot of plain tanks and tees in the summer and a colorful necklace is perfect. I may have to pick one up asap!

    • It’s just the perfect alternative for summer.

  • Love the last option with the tassels! Super cute!

  • It’s official…I need a multi colored necklace!

    • Aren’t they gorgeous Kacie?

  • I love finding a good piece that can really transform or jazz up any outfit! This necklace is gorgeous and I love the different variations of it! Such a great find.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Thank you Denise. I LOVE this necklace so much!

  • Totally love the target tassel necklace! Just gorgeous! Andrea x

    • They are beautiful Andrea.