I was asked last week why we post statement pieces on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and it was followed with, “don’t you plan events?” I’m sure I gave a deer-in-the-headlights look for a brief moment. It’s always felt like a natural way to find creative inspiration while working on a project. Once I found my composure, I said, “A statement piece is all about personal branding. For some it gives a shot of confidence, like a talisman, which is helpful for any event host.” He then nodded and said, “Seems safer than a shot of whiskey.”
Many people have or find an item – a watch, necklace, tie, home decor accent – which seems to jump-start their creative process. For example, a friend told me she hit the creative wall while trying to find the right color of orange for a client’s logo. She told me, “I didn’t want just any orange. But while browsing at Nordstrom and I saw it on a scarf. It was The Orange.” Apprently she was also very excited she actually had her Pantone book in her bag so she matched the color immediately. Proof you never know what will inspire you.
The figurative cherry-on-the-top of a statement piece is it can be almost anything as long as you’re comfortable wearing it. If it’s something you’re tugging, constantly fixing, or showing any sign of discomfort, my advice is to remove it. Statement pieces, like signature looks, should be worn with graceful ease. If you’re combining pieces, find the balance and listen to your inner Coco Chanel: “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
Past speakers, clients and event hosts have asked me for my opinion about an item they’d like to wear to the event. I usually ask a few questions of my own: is it like a new acquaintance or an old friend? Does it have a story? Does it offer a boost of confidence? Can it be worn comfortably? These questions greatly help guide the discussion since the piece not only makes a statement about the individual, but often serves as a conversation starter, hence the story question. It’s equally important for you to wear the piece, not have the piece wear you. (Pause to let that sink in for a minute.)
One of my favorite statement pieces worn by a conference speaker was a simple blue jeweled brooch. It looked incredible on the large screen behind her since it brought out the blue in her eyes. After her talk, many people complimented her on the brooch. Apparently the piece once belonged to her grandma and had been handed down. The piece had such a great story – and I wish I had a picture of it.
What about you? Do you have a favorite statement piece? Do you wear it often or for special occassions? Is it a home or office decor accent? Does it have sentimental value or is it something you found on a lucky day? Please feel free to share.
Santé!(Photos: our own; Shop Around; The Cordial Churchman)