Shall we check out some layering necklaces?

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I love the look of layered necklaces, especially as my style has skewed increasingly tomboyish: they always add a nice touch of femininity to the proceedings. This pearl & black diamond number is really understated and elegant.

Were I in a position to splurge right now—and I am decidedly not, as I’m about to move to a new place, which always ends up costing a fortune—I’d go for this knockout diamond cluster necklace.

I like the cheeky French-ness of this one.

A tiny ruby on an ultra-thin chain would be an excellent addition to any necklace menagerie.

This looks like it’s Jill Platner and expensive, but it’s Madewell and it’s not.

I do love a coin pendant, and this one is so authentically ancient-looking.

For a while now, I’ve wanted a gothic initial necklace, and this one is so good.

A thick toggle chain makes a mighty statement.

A tiny diamond nestles so gracefully in this crescent.

I just love the slightly unexpected starbust here.

And the graphic stars on this one are appealing.

Why not a 14k gold-and-diamond initial necklace for somebody special on your list?

Opals are always so beautiful, and I like the simple setting here.

Black and white diamonds are an unbeatable combination, no?

Everyone should have at least one evil eye in her jewelry box, and this one is so good.

And finally: the pop of turquoise here adds a touch of brightness to the party.

 

I do love a Fair Isle sweater

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They’re preppy, obviously, but also kind of tribal, and you can have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with them, like here.

This one has a really hand-knit feel.

This would be way too busy were it more than one color, but in classic red and white, it works.

The light blue juxtaposed with the brown is so good (and unexpected) here.

A well-priced very classically preppy specimen from L.L. Bean.

Stark black and white takes this one in quite a graphic direction.

I like the zigzag business here.

Here’s a good choice for those who like prints, but like to keep things on the safe side—it’s pleasingly minimal.

This is made of extra-soft ragg wool, and looks super-cozy.

This merino wool number is the most sophisticated of the bunch.

 

It’s a new Marimekko/Uniqlo collab

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I don’t adore this collaboration as much as I did the one they had last April, but it’s still got some pretty good items, like this long puffer; I also like this shorter one. Additionally, I think this flannel shirt is pretty cute, and I’m dying for this Heattech turtleneck and matching leggings. This flannel dress is worth checking out too, as well as this adorable padded scarf. And I’m definitely going for some of these Heattech socks.

 

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