Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lace a lariat around my neck

To a cowboy, the word lariat means a long rope with a running noose at one end, used especially to round up livestock, also known as a lasso.


photo courtesy dkimages.com


When referring to jewelry however, the word lariat refers to a kind of necklace influenced by this roping technique.

A traditional lariat is a long, open-ended, single strand necklace that is typically worn looped in a knot or used with a slide so that the two ends dangle freely. The traditional lariat necklace is very versatile and can be worn in a number of ways however, there are many lariat-style, clasped necklaces available as well.

Despite my affinity for funky, bold jewelry, I prefer lariat necklaces with an unfussy yet eye catching design. The clean and minimalistic look allows them to be suitable for many outfits, casual, business or formal, and add to them a touch of sophisticated elegance.

Lariat necklaces are becoming increasingly popular and have even been spotted around the necks of a few Hollywood stars. Recent sightings include Paz Vega who pumped up the glamour with a silver and emerald lariat, Ashley Tisdale who kept it cool and casual in her beaded version and Anne Hathaway who looked lovely and chic in a striking diamond piece.


photos courtesy bastardly.com, celebrity-gossip.net and mimifroufrou.com


There are many beautiful and affordable lariat necklaces available, some of which I've listed below.


Women's Long Beaded Lariat Necklaces
Price: US$7.99
http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=39422&pid=521832




Tiffany Inspired Sterling Silver Open Star Lariat Necklace
Price: US$44.99
http://www.overstockjeweler.com/tiffany-inspired-sterling-silver-open-star-lariat-necklace-p-1954.html


Circle and Rain Lariat (Sterling Silver)
Price: US$31.50
http://www.ericaburnsdesigns.com/catalog.php?category=32


Simple Lolly Lariat (16" Sterling Silver)
Price: US$36.00
http://www.freshieandzero.com/simplelollylariat.htm






Samudra Raccolta: Treble Clef Lariat Necklace
Price: US$40.00
http://www.yesstyle.com/en/Product.aspx?pid=1011044786





42 comments:

La Clocharde said...

Danz, dear,

Thanks again for your excellent researchs.
You found the cuttest necklace...the ballerina shoes one!! I love it!! I want it!!

Have a nice day mademoiselle Danz :)

The Seeker said...

What a lovely post.
Love the lariat necklace as you say, dear, so versatile.
The ones you've chose are very beautiful.
Thanks for all this information.
Luv
xoxo

emma said...

i never knew that this is what they are called! very cool

Miby said...

I love the Leaf Lariat necklace! I think It has so many posibilities! Paz Vega look stunning as well with that necklace which goes so well with the gorgeous red dress! lovely post! :)

Sharon Rose said...

Hi danz-hope you are well today!! A great post and I love Annes-it's such a lovely look! This last one, the treble clef is really nice-a great price too!!

CoutureCarrie said...

Hi honey! Yay I'm first!!! (yikes that was so Perez Hilton). Anyway, welcome back, and GREAT POST today! I had not taken note of all these fab lariats until you pointed them out. Really like the diamond ones that all the stars are wearing, but glad I can afford one, too (maybe the silver stars!!). Btw, I am doing my corset post today and I am going to reference your recent history lesson; hope that's okay?? Smooches, CC

J e s s i c a said...

oh cool post !
i want the one with the leaves.

Cheryl Lynn said...

My sweetheart,

Hope you're doing well today. Those lariats are all beautiful, I think I fancy the ballet slipper one. Once again, and as per usual, a very informative and enjoyable post.

P.S. I made a boo boo and deleted your comment on my blog by mistake. Please come back and make a new one. You know I always love it when you visit.

Ciao my brilliant Bella.

p said...

love the last one. .always had a thing for the treble clef.

yiqin; said...

I actually liked how Ashley wore it! I might just go and get the ON ones! The leaves one is awesome though.

fashion herald said...

you always find the most reasonably priced, pretty options.
i always wanted to learn how to do that lasso thing.

Siljesfashion said...

Love this, the leaves are my favorite!

atelier said...

really good observation. the leaves one is the best for me

stilettostetico said...

Paz Vega's example is very GLAMOROUS , full of a precious discretion . . . like a delicate "hand-to-hand" with a subliming finery !!!

A Bientôt, Antoine

Nemerae said...

Nice necklaces!! I love thee one that Ashley Tisdale wore and also the "Lariat Chain Necklace" *.*
Byee
xx

Laurel said...

Hey babe! What's going on? How is my Danz? You are too good to me, you know that?! Thank you for the ridiculously sweet comment - got me smilin' over here as usual.

You definately sound like me when it comes to clubbing - not my scene. It's nice once in a great while, but super hard for me to do. I hope your camera situation works out! I want to see more of your lovely style posts! I have to say though, I love Anne Hathaway's lariat/knot necklace. It's stunning and looks so intricate.

Next time you go clubbing - I'll come with you. We'll wear something absolutely-ridiculously-amazing and blow everyone away! I hope you're having a great day, beautiful.
xo

Katelin said...

yeah i would definitely rock one of these necklaces, so cute and fun.

enc said...

I think the lariat would be really nice on you.

Cammila said...

You are so sweet! Of course I'd like to trade links, you are totally added. :)

And can I just say that I actually just learned a lot from this post. If somebody had asked me what that style of necklace is called, I would have had no idea. It's such a break from the pendant though, which I have a zillion of but they so frequently compete with my neckline. Thanks for once again keeping me in the know!

Lil Midget said...

gorgeous!!

Secretista said...

Reel me in! I love it! You're so amazing!

cupcakes and cashmere said...

this post was so well organized...you got me hooked on this trend, and then you gave me options...i'm surprisingly drawn to the one from old navy.

heather said...

lariat necklaces can be so pretty, but at the same time, they can be odd when worn with the wrong outfit. i'd have to say i love the leaves one the best!

AlicePleasance said...

Nice necklaces! The one vith leaves is my favorite :-)

pammish said...

i like long necklaces.. so this better work for me! :)

Debbie Shiamay said...

I LOVEEE the leaf and the one with the white and black pearls. So elegant and beautiful.

Imelda Matt said...

another brilliant and well researched post.xx

Miss at la Playa said...

I have a necklace like those, I think I'll wear it today :)

Flüge USA said...

The Star necklace is so beautiful!! I´ll try to order it for my girlfriend. And it´s great that it´s not expensive, allthough it´s awesome!

Cate said...

you always explain things so well! i love the way ashley tisdale wore her lariat necklace, it seems laid-back and elegant at the same time. from the affordable ones you pictured, i like the old navy one, the very first one, best!

thatgirl! said...

great post. I had no idea that was the name of those types of necklaces. :)

Taghrid said...

so informative, thank you!!

Nay'Chelle said...

Great post. I love lariat necklaces, and the first one is quite beautiful.

Budget Babe said...

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have a great day!

thetinylittlegirl said...

great post as always, i should start making some lariats....

jess said...

the necklaces are great. i never knew what those kind were called before

Belowen said...

Oh, I love that treble clef necklace!!

we wear things said...

oh now i totally want that Lariat Chain Necklace! great blog!

wewearthings.blogspot.com

Blicious said...

i like them all!

Paris said...

another great introduction to another great post!

Look how popular your blog has become! I'm so delighted for you! You deserve it girl xx

Psyche said...

Love the lariat! Great picks!

vogued out!!! said...

I find them so delicate and ultra feminine. Thanks for posting