How to Choose the Right Necklace for Different Necklines

Michelle Powell-SmithMarch 17, 2010


Matching your necklace to the neckline of your blouse or dress creates a flattering look. Necklaces come in a variety of lengths and styles, and one may work better than another with a given neckline to complement both your top and the necklace. You can also use these guidelines to help build a versatile jewelry wardrobe that works with your clothing and avoid costly purchases that never get worn.

What neckline styles do you usually wear?

Identify the neckline styles you commonly wear and how much skin is typically exposed on the neck and upper chest. Plan to purchase necklaces that will work with a variety of items in your wardrobe based on the styles that best suit your usual attire.

Necklace should complement your outfit

Look for necklaces that do not compete with your top. Choose colors and styles that flatter your face and pair more elaborate jewelry with simpler necklines and tops.

Keep the necklace confined to the open neckline

Wear necklaces that fit within an open neckline. Opt for pendant style necklaces, like RedEnvelope's Heart's Embrace necklace, for a v-neck to echo the shape of the neckline and visually lengthen the neck. Wear any necklace style with a scoop neck, as long as it fits within the neckline.

Considerations for long necklaces

Save long necklaces for jewel neck tops, allowing the necklace to add vertical lines and interest to a simple top. Look for long lariat styles, like the practical and whimsical Eyeglass Lariat necklace at RedEnvelope or even bib style necklaces that finish low on the chest.

Considerations for small necklaces

Pair smaller, narrower necklaces with collared shirts and blouses. Choose a choker style necklace or pendant on a short chain if you have a long neck.


Consider accenting a halter neckline with a bracelet or earrings rather than a necklace, for a more flattering look. Avoid wearing a necklace with a top that has an embellished neckline.

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