Pairing Necklaces with Necklines

Pairing necklaces with various necklines can be rather tricky thus why I wanted to share with you a few ideas that may be helpful in solving this dilemma.  There are a few things to remember as you read on; these are just my thoughts, there are always exceptions (occasion, hairstyle…) to any rule, and you should always stay true to what works best for you.  My key to each necklace choice is balance – knowing when you need a thicker necklace, a more subtle look, or no necklace at all.  Keep reading to check out my ideas for what necklaces look best with these necklines:

1The crew neck is the easiest to pair with a necklace because it comes up to the neckline and looks great with most necklaces. Sometimes it’s best to go simple and forgo a necklace especially if the rest of your outfit is busy. A delicate pendant that shows up on the top can be subtle, yet elegant. Lastly, a round necklace (or a statement necklace) might add more style to a plain crew neck top.

2The scoop neck can be a little bit trickier. Depending on how low or high the scoop neckline is, there are a variety of options. Most of the time, a scoop neckline needs a necklace, which is why I don’t recommend skipping a necklace altogether. A delicate pendant looks nice, however, a round necklace that mimics the neckline looks even better. My favorite look for a scoop neck is a bigger necklace or statement necklace that fills up the space and adds some interest to your outfit.

3The v-neck necklace choice also depends on whether it is a high or low neckline. Most of the time, I don’t like round necklaces with a v-neck because it contrasts the shape of the neckline, however, I have seen it done well and a higher v-neck with a round necklace may work depending on the necklace. Sometimes with this neckline, no jewelry looks great and uncomplicated, especially with a more casual shirt. The best choice is a simple pendant that mimics the neckline and balances the skin-to-shirt ratio.

4The boat neck is one of my favorite necklines but it can be harder to style. A round, bib, or statement necklace tends to cut off the beautiful neckline leaving space between the necklace and ends of the top. While it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing look, I have seen it done well with the right necklace pairing. If you’re unsure about using a statement necklace with this neckline, opt for a simple pendant, or better yet, nothing. Boat neck tops are high and long, and look best with no necklace. Keep it simple and avoid creating a heavy look.

5The collared shirt can look great with any necklace, which is why most of my tops have a collar. Going with no necklace is simple, unfussy, and makes your look seem effortless in the best way. The delicate pendant necklace adds some interest without going overboard. The statement necklace looks great under a collared shirt because it can be tucked away while still dressing things up. Lastly, statement necklaces on the outside of a collared shirt is fun, just make sure the necklace hangs low enough to hit below one of the unbuttoned buttons.

6The one shoulder is a pretty off centered look that throws some interest into your top or dress. I’m pretty firm on my thoughts with this neckline – keep it simple. It’s already a unique neckline that cuts diagonally across you, so adding a symmetrical necklace cuts off the neckline. Big, pretty earrings are a much better way to add style into this look.

 

7Lastly, the strapless neckline begs for a necklace. This neckline shows the most skin, so it looks more balanced and classy when paired with a necklace. You can opt for the subtle pendant, but a collar, bib, or statement necklace adds far more interest to the dress while balancing the look out.

 

 

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19 Comments on Pairing Necklaces with Necklines

  1. Tierney
    August 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I loved this tutorial! You perfectly described what I always thought but never could articulate!

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    • thedressdecoded
      August 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Tierney!!!! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Fher
    March 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

    So if i have a boat necked dress that is very summery, i should use it without a necklase?

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    • thedressdecoded
      March 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm (2 years ago)

      I personally would, but I think if it’s on a delicate chain it might be subtle enough to work.

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    • thedressdecoded
      February 9, 2016 at 10:49 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you for reading!

      Cute dress! I would personally pair if with a great bracelet and statement earrings, but I don’t think it would be wrong to wear a necklace with it since it would lay on top of the lace. Hope that helps! 🙂

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      • Karen B
        February 9, 2016 at 11:50 am (1 year ago)

        It does help a ton. I was clueless as to what to do. Thanks again! And keep this blog up. It’s great 😀

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        • thedressdecoded
          February 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm (1 year ago)

          I really appreciate that! Thank you for the kind comment! 🙂

          Reply
  3. elle
    February 28, 2016 at 11:34 pm (1 year ago)

    How about a solid dark purple boat neck dress with some ruching on stomach area? Can I wear mmedium length silver sparkly necklace and or silver earrings? This is for wedding.

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    • thedressdecoded
      March 3, 2016 at 8:40 pm (1 year ago)

      I would have to see a picture of the dress, but it sounds like it would lay nicely on the dress and look great!

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  4. Kathleen Higginbotham
    March 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm (1 year ago)

    i have a royal blue dress with like 3 tiers and a rounded neckline can you tell me what type necklace and earrings to wear

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    • thedressdecoded
      March 29, 2016 at 6:14 pm (1 year ago)

      i would wear a simple single pendant so it doesn’t compete with the dress!

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  5. Angela D
    May 27, 2016 at 8:39 am (12 months ago)

    Hi I have a dark purple sleeveless evening dress with high neck ruched and empire waist with silver beading and basically all fitted. Is it possible to wear a necklace or just earrings and bracelet?? for a wedding (mother of the groom!)

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    • thedressdecoded
      May 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm (12 months ago)

      The dress sounds beautiful! It sounds like the dress already has a lot of pretty detail with the high neckline and beading, I would personally just wear earrings and a bracelet. If you can send me a link to the dress I could help further!

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  6. Michelle de la harpe
    July 17, 2016 at 4:13 am (10 months ago)

    I live this tutorial. I just wanted to check on what to pair my scoop neck gown and ended up learning all styles! Thank you! I have a question though. I’m going to wear this electric blue scoop neck gown that is plain so I would like to wear the big necklace as you suggested. But can I wear a thin belt as I don’t like the waist which shows the joint between top and gown. And should I wear earring at all?

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    • thedressdecoded
      July 17, 2016 at 10:14 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks for reading!!! I was thinking of re-posting this article because many have said it’s been helpful!

      I would do a thin, neutral belt, as not to add a competing color, and I always do earrings (I feel naked without them), but would keep it to simple studs. Hope this helps!! Your dress sounds lovely!

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  7. Tonya smith
    July 29, 2016 at 10:50 am (10 months ago)

    What about a high neck, sleeveless, mid calf black dress. I have a bold two chain gold necklace. Better alone or with the necklace?

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    • thedressdecoded
      July 31, 2016 at 9:27 pm (10 months ago)

      I think a necklace looks fabulous with a high neck! Just keep the earring simple! 🙂

      Reply

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