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:
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Lastly, 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.