When you think of Great British Bake Off's Prue Leith, it's likely that the first things that come to mind are her jazzy glasses and statement necklaces to compliment her colourful outfits. And if you've ever taken a fancy to Dame Prue's accessories when watching her on the telly, you may be wondering exactly where you can buy them.
“Growing up in South Africa, I’ve always been used to strong, bold colours, and I’ve never been one to shy away from adornment,” says Prue. “My love affair with necklaces started over 50 years ago and they have been a consistent obsession. I have a story for every necklace.”
Prue Leith's glasses and necklaces at a glance:
• Best for animal print: Tortoiseshell Resin Necklace - View offer on Boden
• Best for fabric: FungiStudio Statement Bib Necklace - View offer on Etsy
• Best for dual tones: Scout Emma 2 - View offer on Glasses Direct
Where to buy Prue Leith's necklaces
Prue Leith has previously explained that while she has typically worn "jolly necklaces" made of plastic for years, she went on to fall in love with semi-precious stones, particularly the coloured polished stones of Lola Rose necklaces. This led her to approach the brand in hope of a collaboration. Prue soon got her wish and the Prue x Lola Rose collection was born in 2019.
"We’ve ended up with a collection of big bold and vibrant necklaces and bracelets, colourful drop earrings, stackable wristwear and bold pendants in a colour palette to suit every personality," the Bake Off judge explains.
While you can sadly no longer buy Prue's collection from Lola Rose, here are a few others we're sure she'd love. We've also included some necklaces from other retailers that are in a similar style to Prue's signature statement necklaces.
Best for animal print
Like the wave of a magic wand, this necklace instantly transforms a minimal outfit into one
- Flowers add a bit of sparkle
- Durable clasp
- Only available in one size
Best for gemstones
Full of vibrant colour, this necklace sure will add stunning statement to any of your outfit. The
- Available in a broad range of colours
- Easy to clean
- Perhaps not as durable as other designs
Best for fabric
For a softer piece, why not try this fabric number from FungiStudio on Etsy? Based on Shibori (a
- Soft satin texture
- Different sizes available
- Could gather dust due to the layout
Best for multicolour
Gorgeous colourful geometric wooden beads necklace with chunky geometric hexagon shapes, each
- Thick chain
- Nice variety of beads
- Possibly too bright for some
Best for texture
Make a statement with this dark blue and gold necklace from Marks and Spencer. The rope design
- Gold metal adds a shine
- Decent length
- Metal could tarnish over time
Where to buy Prue Leith's glasses
If you fancy getting your hands on a pair of Prue's specs, she often wears ones from eyewear designer Kirk & Kirk.
In 2019, Prue also launched her own range of glasses with Ronit Furst. While you can't buy them online, the Prue by Ronit Furst collection is available in independent opticians across the UK and Ireland.
Talking about her love of glasses, Prue said, "I’m often asked how I can justify owning so many different glasses. I generally counter with ‘And how many handbags do you have? Or pairs of shoes? And where do they spend most of their time? On the floor, under the table, that’s where!’ Glasses are visible 100 per cent of the time, on your face."
6. Scout Emma 2
Best for dual tones
If you are after a lightweight pair of glasses with dual tones, you'll love the Emma 2 from Scout.
- Lightweight frames
- Case and cloth included
- No varying colour options
Best for narrow frames
Available in Rainbow, Purple, Blue, Pink, Leopard and Black we love these colourful statement
- Option to go lens-less
- Variety of colourways
- Quite thin
How long has Prue Leith been on Bake Off?
Taking over the reins from Mary Berry, Dame Prue Leith joined The Great British Bake Off as a judge when the show moved over to Channel 4 back in March 2017.
She has also appeared on several over cooking shows including Great British Menu, Junior Bake Off and Cook Clever, Waste Less with Prue and Rupy. Prue has also filmed several documentaries such as Prue's Great Garden Plot, where she appears with her husband John.
Known for her bold and creative sense of style, Pure encourages other people to do the same. She says: “What does please me is, I get a lot of people saying, ‘I wore colour when I was young, but I’m now too old. I’m too embarrassed. I’d never buy a yellow coat.’
“I say: ‘Why? A yellow coat cheers you up.’ If I'm encouraging older women to be brave about their dress, then good.”
Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby and Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.