Funky necklaces break the ice

Ms Seah Yun Ting is into loud chunky necklaces, some with milk cartons and croissants hanging off them or acrylic bulbs that actually light up.

But looks can be deceiving.

In spite of her flamboyant taste in accessories, the 22-year-old media designer at a local digital marketing agency admits to being shy around strangers.

She says: "My necklaces help to break the ice sometimes."

Not only that, but they also help her stand out from the crowd.

"I can wear the same dress as someone else," Ms Seah says, "but my necklaces make my outfit look special."

The designer is inspired by British fashion blogger Susanna Lau, who goes by the moniker Susie Bubble and is known for wearing bright colours and mixing prints.

Media designer Seah Yun Ting  (above) wears unusual necklaces such as one with airplanes PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

"She makes me feel like I can match any colour and pattern together," says Ms Seah, who is single.

She loves quirky necklaces because "looking at one makes me feel excited about matching it with the rest of my wardrobe".

Obviously a fan of playing dress-up, she says she is drawn to such quirky pieces because they are "one-of-a-kind".

She recalls buying her first necklace from British brand Accessorize when she was 15 - a simple faux pearl necklace.

These days, she buys her pieces from SpunkPunkFunk at The Cathay and The Little Drom Store at School of the Arts.

She also buys them on her travels: One of her favourites, a cherry necklace, was from a trip she took to Hong Kong two years ago. She recalls: "It was from a roadside stall and was a steal at $8. I wear this only with striped tops."

Another with milk cartons and croissants (left); and one with acrylic bulbs (right). PHOTO: SEAH YUN TING

While the brands of her necklaces do not matter to her, she caps her budget at $200 for each accessory. She prefers accessories made of materials that will not tarnish or rust, such as acrylic.

The necklace she wears the most often has huge wooden beads as it matches most of her neutral- coloured outfits.

She has not tried making her own accessories as she does not have the time, although she would like to make something out of felt.

She also wears rings and brooches and makes it a point to put on at least one accessory every day.

"At the very least when I'm feeling lazy, I'll have rings or earrings on. It doesn't need to be obvious to others," she says, "maybe just a ring to make my outfit complete. I also believe in matching my accessories to my shoes and bag - I think it's all a set."

For example, she matches her lightbulb necklace with monotone shoes and bags and pairs more colourful footwear and bags with her airplane necklace.

She reckons she will never get bored of her funky necklaces. "I won't ever tire of them. I like wearing things that are unique and these necklaces make me feel confident."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2015, with the headline 'Funky necklaces break the ice'. Print Edition | Subscribe