Typically, most women just look at their neckline and visually determine if a necklace is suitable. That usually works and your aesthetic sense actually drives most of your styling decisions anyway. Here are the rules of thumb to follow in cases where you are not sure, or if you want to vary your styling options. 

One focal point; remember to only have 1 focal point in your outfit. If you are already wearing something with an interesting neckline, be it lace, ruffles or just a unique cutting, you are better off letting it shine on its own. Topping it off with a necklace is likely to make everything look cluttered.

Sweetheart Necklines:

Sweethearts are most elegant either in a simple princess necklace or a bib style one for a more dramatic effect. The amount of skin revealed above the cleavage gives you ample options for dressing it up. You may also skip the necklace for sweeping chandelier earrings.

V Necklines:

These necklines vary in the degree of the plunge, though all have some degree of slimming effect since it draws the eye downwards. Regardless, you can choose a necklace that is big enough to cover half or more of the exposed area. This means a princess length necklace for a shorter plunge, or a matinee necklace for a deeper cut.

Plunging Necklines:

This one cuts right past your chest area. For such a look, it’s better to skip the necklace altogether. One pair of elegant earrings create the  maximum effect; you can go with drop earrings, clip earrings or stud earrings.

High Necklines:

Having the neckline at such a high level above your collarbone means no accessories over the neck. If you want to wear a necklace, pick a matinee or opera style to draw the eye down and balance with the high neck. Remember if your outfit is off shoulder just go for earrings, both clip earrings and drop earrings would work ; but no necklace of any type.

Boat neck:

These necklines cut over your collarbone. So, either wear something that goes way below it ; like matinee or operas necklace, or go for a statement necklace that goes right over it and doesn’t shift much. Just avoid those small light pendants on princess lengths that will end up either under your top, or worse, half under, which is just not right.


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