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How to Wear a Necklace + Styling Tips


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Are you trying to up your fashion game? Learn how to wear a necklace with one of these 10 helpful necklace and styling tips.

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how to wear a necklace. pretty woman wearing a gold chain around her neck with a smaller necklace layered on top

Wearing a necklace is a great way to turn a casual outfit into something more put together, as well as enhance your formal wear for a dressier occasion. But do any of you have a problem determining which necklace would be appropriate for your ensemble? I do! It’s taken me years to feel comfortable with wearing fun jewelry and I still get hung up from time to time. So I’ve done a little research and come up with some simple rules that I follow to make it easier for me when I don’t have a lot of time to decide if I’m making, or breaking, my outfit.

How to Wear a Necklace

1. Big statement necklaces should be the focal point of your outfit. They look best with solid-colored clothing and simple necklines: strapless, v-neck, off-the-shoulder, and scoop necks.

2. If you are wearing colorful clothing with bold prints and patterns, wear a monochromatic  necklace – black or white beads, simple gold chains, dainty diamonds, etc.

3. Small necklaces look good with any top where the neckline or bodice is the focal point. If a shirt or dress has a fancy necklines, lace paneling, etc. add interest by wearing statement earrings.

4. Don’t over do it by wearing a big necklace with big earrings and lots of rings and dangle bracelets! Pair a statement necklace with small stud earrings, or a simple necklace with a fun ring.

5. Collared shirts can be tricky.

  • For a classy look, choose a necklace that falls right at the collar, button up your top all the way, then place the necklace under the collar
  • For a more casual look, choose a necklace that is slightly longer and leave one or 2 buttons undone so the necklace falls right down the center.

6. If you’re wearing a V-Neck, make sure your necklace is only touching your skin. It starts to look weird when the necklace falls on top of your v-neck.

7. A gold or geometrical necklace looks great with a blazer or jacket.

8. Neon necklaces look great with chambray or denim.

9. Match your necklace with a bold part of your outfit – a pink necklace with your pink purse, a red pair of heels with a fun red necklace, etc. 

10. Layering necklaces is a classic way to dress up an outfit, but here are a few layering rules –

  • If layering more than 2 necklaces, layer in odd number multiples.
  • You can layer contrasting styles and metals: pearls or pavé, geometric shapes, chains with different weights and textures etc.
  • Choose to layer chains in varying lengths.

There you have it! Necklace-wearing tips that will help you decide what accessories go best with your outfit! Have fun!

necklace styling tips. pretty lady wearing a white shirt and brown jacket and two gold chains around her neck.

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