Bib Necklaces

Though it has a rather infantile name, celebrities and tastemakers alike are going ga-ga for a decidedly grown-up accessory: the bib necklace. As we mentioned in Looking Forward To: Spring Trends, this key piece of jewellery had a major presence in the season's shows. Now much-discussed fashionphiles like Natalia Vodianova and Mischa Barton are translating that runway look into their real-life style and are opting for everything from baby bibs to full-blown breastplates!

Speaking of Ms. Barton, we must point out that she was one of the first paparazzi-favourites to try this trend. She started piling on these theatrical pieces back in late fall, choosing a sinuous silver-and-neon-beaded number for a Guitar Hero party. Barton's selection-a Tom Binns Design Dumont Florescent Collection Necklace ($2325, 917.475.1412)-added a bright pop of colour to her all-black outfit.

Barton may have been an early adopter, but she's certainly not the only one who likes this accessory. Last month at the New York shows, it seemed like nearly every single attendee had tied one on! For example, The City's impeccably coiffed Olivia Palermo showed up at Zac Posen's Fall 09 show in an ultra-glamorous version by Roberta Freymann. The navy Wine Drop Necklace ($220, 212.585.3767) appears to be one of Palermo's favourite pieces as of late, as she's been spotted wearing it with both dressy and casual outfits with great results.

Of course, not every woman in the world wants to wear bold pieces à la Barton and Palermo, so we also included a few subtler style examples in today's story. If you prefer your baubles to be a little daintier and less dramatic, just take a cue from Natalia Vodianova and Molly Sims. Spotted at Marchesa and Diane von Furstenberg, respectively, the two women both opted for bibs that are smaller in size but no less intricate and stylish than the supersized runway versions.

But enough with the examples-let's talk about products! No matter what you're looking for, we've sleuthed out the best statement-making styles on the market. Vintage aficionados will love J. Crew's Jeweled Palm Leaf Necklaceicon ($175); it's got a gorgeous old-world look and is the perfect piece to dress up a simple t-shirt or sheath. Banana Republic-always one of our favourite spots for exceptional costume jewellery at a great price-has several can't-miss options right now. The coral Bold Bib Necklace ($69) is a stunner, so snap it up as soon as possible!

On a completely different sartorial note, we would also like to point out By Malene Birger's ($295). It reminds us a bit of Palermo's go-to piece in terms of its shape, though it has a completely different spirit! This bib has a futuristic feeling and is encrusted in chunky Perspex beads in jolly shades like neon lime and grape. Another excellent option is Dannijo's Ettalita Necklace ($320), a neat bib woven from interlocking rings. We love how it has a mesh-like chain mail look, yet manages to be completely modern at the same time. All in all, a drool-worthy option!