Part of a stylist’s job is choosing amazing jewelry to pair with an outfit. Jewelry is the flashy accent that seems to pull an ensemble together in an elegant, glamorous way. Jewelry is versatile, as it can be expensive and luxurious, or casual and trendy. Necklaces are a stylist’s favorite because they accentuate the eyes up and can add a statement to an otherwise simple outfit.
It’s important to keep a few tips in mind when pairing a necklace with your outfit. Certain tops look best with certain chain lengths or pendant sizes. Some women tend to think necklaces can’t be worn with turtlenecks, or that tops with a busy neckline can still be accented with jewels. Here are a few rules to remember when choosing an outfit for any neckline.
V-neck T-shirts, dresses and sweaters should be paired with V-shaped pendants. This is a great opportunity to experiment with trendy new geometric triangular necklaces, such as the Crystal Pyramid Necklace or Arusha Bib Necklace from Urban Outfitters. Halter top necklines look best with V-shaped pendants, but it’s best to choose a slimmer necklace with this kind of top.
Both collared shirts and strapless tops look best with a choker. With the resurgence of ’90s trends in modern fashion, this is a great time to dust off your old choker collection. If you prefer to try an updated style, the Box & Curb Chain Choker from Forever21 is a great option. Similar to the choker is the bib necklace, which hangs a little looser off the neck but doesn’t fall past the collar bones. A bib necklace looks best with a crew-neck shirt. The Sleek Plated Bib Necklace or Femme Filigree Collar necklace are great choices. These necklaces should fall right at the collar of your shirt and look like a part of the garment.
Long necklaces look best with turtlenecks and boat-neck tops. Both of these tops are a great canvas for long chains and bold colors. Beads and pendants are also fair game here. The elegant Charmed Lariot Pendant from Free People is a subtle option, while the Teal and Gold Seed Bead Necklace from World Market is a bolder option. The necklace should hang over the collar of the turtleneck, and it shouldn’t be any longer than your hips.
Scoop neck tops are ultra feminine, and they pair well with short necklaces with a lot of volume. This is an excellent time to show off your favorite statement necklaces, but make sure they don’t hang any lower than where the neckline starts on your shirt. The Coral Statement Necklace, Garden Rose Necklace and Dunbar Statement Embellished Collar are perfect choices that draw the eye to your open neckline.
Off-the-shoulder tops and baggy or embellished necklines can be tricky to pair with necklaces. There can often be too much clutter around the neck, which can weigh the outfit down and look too bulky. The best option with these kinds of necklines is to skip a necklace entirely and instead opt for bold, thick dangling earrings. They will still bring the focus to your neck, but in a more flattering way. The Khufu Chandeliers from Anthropologie is a great example.