Winters Past

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Wear a Vintage Beaded Necklace

When I was a kid, there was a candy store next to my elementary school. Let that sink in: a candy store. Next to my elementary school. As you can imagine, this was incredibly thrilling stuff.

It was a fabulous old timey shop with wooden floors and a vast selection of sugar delivery devices: wax lips, pixie stix, atomic fireballs, sugar daddies, and those pastel sugar buttons that were inexplicably stuck onto rolls of paper and could only be removed with your teeth. It was enticing and exciting, and it made my breath catch every single time I walked in.

I want my shop to feel just like that, only instead of candy I want it filled with fabulous sparkly vintage costume jewelry.

There are some  pieces in the shop that have a similar visual and tactile appeal as the treasures in that old candy store. They are multi strand necklaces made of wonderfully detailed faceted beads. These confections were made in the 1950’s in Hong Kong or in what was then called West Germany. Made of either glass or plastic, they are bold, chunky, colorful and very fun.

vintage multi strand bead necklaces

Faceted, frosted, graduated multi strand bead necklaces in a range of colors

So, how to wear them in a modern way?

To my eye, they look great mixed with simple solid color  tops or dresses. I especially like them with a chambray button down.  You can wear the necklace outside or inside the collar. Try one with a crew or vee neck top, too.

how to wear vintage multi strand beaded necklaces

Here’s how to wear vintage multi strand beaded necklaces

A few more thoughts:

  • Mixing vintage beaded necklaces into your modern outfit is like decorating your living room. You might want a sleek modern couch but adding a vintage lamp on the end table elevates the whole look.
  • Vintage multi strand necklaces can add that “wow” factor to an otherwise basic outfit.
  • The key to these is the mix of textures and lengths. No other accessories are really needed.
  •  The phrase “pop of color” seems to fit these  baubles perfectly. Do not be afraid! Go outside, look at nature and see how gorgeous the redbud blossoms are against the blue sky, then wear the boldest piece with your most washed out sky blue denim.
  • My prediction: fifties multi strand beaded necklaces are going to be the next hot collectible vintage jewelry. You heard it here first.

Author: Winters Past

I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.

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