Choosing the right necklace for varied necklines

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Published: 21st February 2011
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Wearing a necklace is an easy and popular way to accessorise anything from a basic T-shirt to a fancy party dress. But wear the wrong necklace for the neckline you sport can definitely spoil the look of both the clothes and your accessories. With the amazing amount of silver, gold and costume jewelry available nowadays, accessorising has never been so much fun and playing around with necklaces are a quick and simple way to dress up. There are definitely no hard and fast rules when it comes to jewellery but finding the most complimentary piece adds an extra edge. Here’s some tips on some of the more common necklines -

Strapless - Strapless dresses and tops can be an awesome canvas for a beautiful necklace. A necklace that lays close to your neck looks especially elegant. Not only do chokers and shorter necklaces play up a strapless neckline but they also do wonders for accentuating your collar bones and decolletage. This works for off the shoulder necklines too. You could also show off a beautiful pendant, since there’s so fabric competing with your jewelry around the neck.

V neck or scoop neck - V neck and scoop neck tops or dresses are also very easy to accessorise. One foolproof way is to adjust the length of the necklace you choose according to how deep your neckline is. Don’t crowd or overwhelm your neckline. V neck tops also look really pretty with necklaces with interesting pendants like a dainty silver necklace or even chunkier beaded or wooden neck pieces.

Turtle neck and high necks - Long necklaces and swingy, multi-strand necklaces pair really well with high necklines and turtle necks. And since you tend to wear these kinds of necklines in colder months a long necklaces adds a nice shot of cheer and fun too. Accessories like strands of colorful stones, a long silver or gold rope necklaces, a long string of beads or a sparkly multi-strander with crystal accents would stand out against the more severe lines of a turtleneck.

Collared neckline - Collared blouses and shirts are another main staple especially when it comes to a work wardrobe. Both chunky and delicate necklaces that lay flat on the collarbone work with collared blouses especially if you don’t have too deep a neckline. Filling the space between the collars with an eye-catching piece looks very chic and often dramatic.

Collecting different types of stainless steel necklaces and jewellery in general is a good idea. Having necklaces of different lengths and materials like silver, beads or pearls at hand makes dressing up easy and fast!

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