Dressing to Convey Strength: Styling Perfection with a Necklace

Every once in a while a photograph catches my eye in its demonstration of how one item of jewelry can perfectly adorn an ensemble and flatter the woman wearing it. Here’s an example of how thoughtful jewelry styling choices can support the powerful image the wearer wants to project.

Noting that “there are those who dress by the book and those who never do what they’re told,” the October issue of Elle magazine profiles “12 of the most stylish women we know,” asking them “to let us in on their subversive fashion secrets.” One of these women is Malika Saada Saar, attorney and founder of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Saar relates her style philosophy: “As a human rights lawyer, I’m very mindful of dressing in a manner that conveys strength. I choose the black suit, of course! With heels. And my hair in Bantu knots—or, as my daughter refers to them: ‘mommy’s swords and shields.'”

Saar’s eye-catching statement necklace relates to the pattern of the Bantu knots in its design, and conveys a powerful look that does indeed make a statement. The necklace and also Saar’s earrings are identified only as “her own.” She also wears a white gold wristwatch with alligator strap from Patek Philippe, an unmistakable testament to professionalism. Her blouse and skirt ensemble are from Stella McCartney, worn with a wool jacket from Michael Kors, and matching suede belt and shoes from Yves Saint Laurent.

Through her thoughtful jewelry choices, Saar conveys the sense of gravitas and strength she wishes to project. Professional women might look to her for inspiration, finding their own creative ways to utilize fashion and jewelry choices to make a unique personal statement of power and strength.