Jewellery Guide! Match Necklines to Necklaces

Getting the right necklace to suit your outfit can be tricky. There’s a fine balance between ultra-chic and unfashionable. Our fuss-free guide helps you make snap decisions to get your ensemble on point every time.

1. Halter with V-shaped Necklace

Offset a halter top with an elegant V-shaped necklace – the silhouette of which inversely mirrors the outline of the halter providing a soothing visual balance while the contrast lends a sharp edgy look.

2. Boat neck with Bib Necklace

This wide neckline is understated and classy. Give it a bit of oomph by pairing it with a statement bib necklace which plays along with the fabric’s subtle contours, which act as the perfect backdrop to bolster your neckpiece.

3. Strapless with Choker Necklace

90s style chokers are all the rage again and nothing compliments their minimalistic style more than a simple strapless top or dress. The effect of bare skin against an elegant high necklace evokes a mysterious sensuality. Whether it’s a tube top or strapless dress, pick a choker that accentuates your personal style – gold, silver, fabric or beads – and is an extension of your personality.

4. Buttoned-up Shirt with Statement Necklace

Layering up a nice chunky necklace under your collar is one style we love. While buttoned up shirts run the risk of looking too school-uniforms, this pairing banishes any academic insinuations. It’s preppy and business-like yet feminine and playful, toeing the line between conservative and sexy.

5. Buttoned-down Shirt with Tiny Pendant

For those who prefer the buttoned-down look, we strongly recommend a teeny tiny, delicate pendant on a thin chain – a whisper of elegance and class to your smart and cool outfit. From checked shirts to crisp white formals, a classic and delicate pendant may be small but has enough might to tie in any outfit.

6. Turtleneck with a Long Sautoir

Jazz up a high neck sweater, top or dress with a sautoir style necklace which mirrors the length of the clothing’s design, elongating your whole silhouette. This pairing lends a natural, organic elegance to your look as the necklace sways and moves along with your movements against the lengthened backdrop of your outfit.

7. Square Neckline with Angular Necklace

A square neckline can be quite stark; it can make quite a statement in itself. That is why finding the right necklace can be tricky. Our solution: match the hard angles with more angles – an asymmetrical, angled necklace softens the linear look yet is complemented by a perfectly square frame.

8. V-neck with a Statement Pendant

The V-neck is sweet and subtle. Pair this unassuming neckline with something a bit bold but not over the top – a statement necklace is perfect. The shape of this necklace mirrors the contours of the V, with a grand crescendo at the pendant. Whether it’s a cool and casual t-shirt or a sexy bodycon dress, accentuate your décolletage with an eye-catching pendant dangling off a sleek chain.

9. Sweetheart Neckline with Rivière Necklace

Classic rivière style necklaces work best with sweetheart necklines. A rivière necklace is a symmetrical, high neckpiece comprising gems, diamonds, metal motifs, etc of all the same sizes and shapes or gently graduating in size. This simple silhouette works well against the more elaborate curves of the sweetheart neck shape.

10. One Shoulder with Asymmetrical Necklace

The idea here is to find a balance – countering topsy-turvy with equally awry. With an irregular neckline like the one-shoulder, you will want to wear an equally asymmetric necklace in keeping with the overall theme. Different shapes and sizes within the necklace pattern add some wild fun to your ensemble.

11. Cowl Neck with Earrings

With its folds and draping fabric, a cowl neck has so much going on you wouldn’t want to overcrowd the area with a necklace. Instead, these garments are best worn with large, statement earrings to perfectly compliment the boldness of the neckline.

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7 Comments

  1. Ravindra Urmude
    June 22, 2018 / 11:33 am

    “Well here’s a conundrum! My wedding dress neckline is square and I’ve looking for a suitable necklace for weeks. I’m not keen on something too funky for a traditional dress so angular won’t work.

    • Nisha Modi
      June 26, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Square necklines are a lovely choice for wedding dresses, it frames your neck and chest area beautifully, leaving room for a classic collar or riviere necklace. We agree that going angular may not be ideal for a traditional wedding dress, so try a nice classic necklace that doesn’t hang too low – 14 to 16 inches is good – and isn’t chunky but substantial nonetheless. Our picks are pearls or diamonds set in white gold. Alternatively, show off your graceful neckline unencumbered with a beautiful tiara instead of a necklace.

  2. Nitika
    June 26, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    What about a v-neck off shoulder dress? Need some necklace tips – fast 🙂

    • Glynn
      June 26, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      V-neck, off-shoulder dresses resemble a sweetheart neckline so a classic riviere necklace works beautifully. For a more edgy, retro look you could try a low-key, slim sautoir necklace, too.

  3. Roshni
    July 25, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Do these work for sari blouses and other Indian outfits too? Trying to find a necklace for a sweetheart neckline blouse – would earrings be a better choice?

    • July 31, 2018 / 5:05 pm

      A reverie necklace would look lovely on a choli – this is a short-styled necklace that is usually symmetrical and can have a pendant too. But you’re right, a bare neckline can also be very elegant – especially if your Indian attire is intricate and elaborate. In that case, choose a striking pair of statement earrings. Maybe this statement Jewellery guide can help you. Have a look – https://jewellerista.com/guide-to-statement-jewelery/

  4. Nikki
    November 27, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Great info on necklaces and necklines. Thanks for the tips.

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