I’ve had my eye on the headpiece trend since it first started popping up this spring, even though as far as I can tell, the last person who successfully pulled one off was Xena Warrior Princess. But this DIY for upcycling old necklaces into your own 100% original headpiece made me think twice – I had to try it firsthand.

The Trick
I learned quickly that styling your hair with a headpiece requires a center part (which, with my straight blonde hair, makes me look unnervingly like Bret Michaels). A great way to soften up this look? Let your hair air dry and use some product for beachy waves. It also helps to tease your crown for a bit of body.

The Wardrobe
Keep it basic – you’re already working a headpiece, don’t get over ambitious. I kept it light and breezy with a tiered ivory chiffon dress, wedges, and a stack of bangles for harborside drinks with friends. As for makeup, go easy on the eyeliner and opt for a pink or nude-colored pout.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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August 11, 2012