You keep buying crazy big statement necklaces that end up collecting dust on your shelf because you have no idea how to wear them?
You’re not alone!
You have your own jewelry collections, and there will be some you rarely wear.
There could be other reasons, but mainly, it’s two.
One, it doesn’t work with your overall wardrobe. Two, it doesn’t flatter you.
So how do you avoid making these same mistakes twice? Let’s look at a couple of options you should consider to find the best necklace for you.
If you have a specific outfit in your mind when you buy a necklace, then see what neckline the top or dress is.
When wearing a buttoned up shirt, the attention is already focused on your face. Because there is not much space available to play with, choose a short necklace. A delicate pendant is a right choice to accessorize this outfit if you are the conservatory type, but if you are a fashion trendsetter, you will wear no less than a choker or a statement/bib necklace no longer than 18 inch.
Wear Long with turtleneck.
For V-neck, you don’t want to cover it with a massive necklace. You will want your cleavage to be the center of attention, so choosing a small pendant is the best choice. Chokers or Y necklaces work great with V neck. Light layers of necklaces will be great too.
General ideas are here:
|LENGTH||STYLE||PLACEMENT||WORN BEST WITH …|
|14 inches||Collar||Tightly around the neck||Open-neck clothing such as scoop necks, V-necks, off-the-shoulder and boatnecks|
|16 inches||Choker||Tightly against base of throat||Almost everything|
|18 inches||Princess||On the collarbone||Almost everything|
|20 to 24 inches||Matinee||Between the collarbone and the bust||Great for both business and casual wear|
|28 to 36 inches||Opera||On the bust or an inch or two below||High necklines and evening wear|
|36 to 42 inches||Rope||Wrapped to sit on or just below the center of the bust||Elegant business and evening wear|
If you have a wide neck and are considering shorter lengths, you may go up an inch or two in length.
2. Your Neck
A choker on a short neck can make that neck look stubby — and possibly wider than it is. Unfortunately, a wide short neck can’t rock a choker, especially a wide one, so don’t try. Instead, choose a necklace 20- to 24-inches long; this will elongate your type of neck and make it more swan-like.
Wrinkled necks need to stay away from short and tight necklaces too. Unfortunately, they draw the eye to those wrinkles — use a longer necklace, perhaps with a stunning pendant, to draw the viewer’s eye away instead.
3. Your Face
Now, let’s see your face. The common descriptors are oval, round, square and heart-shaped.
Oval faces can wear any length of necklace (keeping in mind, of course, height, neck and body size).
If you have a round face, you want to pick a longer necklace, possibly with a pendant or charm, ideally something that creates a slimming “V” as it glides away from your face. Avoid the round choker as it will make your round face look rounder.
The recommendation is exactly opposite for heart-shaped faces. The roundness of a choker will smooth out the heart shape’s planes and angles.
Long, rectangular faces also benefit from the roundness of the choker.
4. Your Height
We easily forget about height when we choose jewelry.
Women of average height and taller can wear just about any length necklace (although if you’re taller, a short chain may get lost on you).
But, short women may be overwhelmed by long necklaces and any chunky designs. If you’re 5’4” or smaller like I am, choose a length that sits on your collarbone or just below, and avoid too many layers of jewelry.
What is your favorite type of jewelry you wear often? Please share in the comment.
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