Often, we will get questions about how to select the right necklace for the outfit. That’s why we started the necklace of the week: to illustrate how the same necklace can be worn with many different types of outfits. A necklace can really compliment or even complete an outfit so it’s a good idea that you pick the right necklace for the right outfit especially if you are going for a statement piece.
In general, many girls pick their outfit first and then try to match back to a necklace. This makes sense as the outfit is heavily dependent on the weather, the occasion (i.e. work, girls night out, lazy Sunday, etc.), or even your mood. If you are wearing a simple necklace such as a little pendant, it will go with pretty much everything. But what happens when you want to wear something a little bolder. How do you pull this off? How do you pick the right necklace for your outfit?
We asked our designers to chime in with some general tips and here’s our round up. Let us know if you have any tips in the comments.
Tip 5: Color and Contrast
It really depends on the outfit I’m wearing. I like to select my outfit first and then try on a bunch of necklaces to see what works. I look for color and contrast of the necklace to my outfit. If I am wearing a solid color dress like red, I don’t mind if the necklace has red tones, but I don’t want the necklace to just blend into my outfit. I look for a some contrast so that the necklace pops out a little. -Tiffany, Jewelry Designer
Contrast is really important. My personal style is simple and laid back, but if I am going to wear a statement necklace, I really want the necklace to contrast against the outfit. If I wear a black dress, I am going for lighter colors in my necklace. If I wear a white dress, I am looking for a pastel color necklace. -Jenny, Jewelry Designer
Tip 4: Look of Real
I only purchase necklaces that have the look of real. The stones needs to be a good quality glass or acrylic that have good settings and shine. I don’t buy statement necklaces that have poorly dyed stones. Dead giveaway that it’s cheap quality. If it looks fake or too bling-bling, I rather not wear it regardless of what outfit I am wearing. I think a lot of the cheaper stuff on the market right now is catering to a younger girl who doesn’t mind if the necklace isn’t made with quality materials. The look of real may be a little more expensive, but it also more versatile when you are wearing a nice evening dress or want to look presentable. -Diana, Production Manager
Tip 3: Length
The right length of my necklace is really important to me. I hate wearing a semi-long necklace that keeps getting caught under my blouse. It’s gotta be short enough so that it either doesn’t fall down inside of my blouse or long enough that it stays out to begin with. -Jenny, Jewelry Designer
The extender chain is really important for me in selecting length. Most girls don’t use the extender chain and think it is just for show. And to be honest, it can be there for show too. I design most of my necklaces with at least a 3 inch extender chain so that you can really change the length of the necklace on the fly. It can dramatically change the look of the piece by raising or lowering it down a little. -Stephanie, Jewelry Designer
Tip 2: Silhouette
I think this is highly dependent on what you are trying to accomplish with your outfit. I see a lot of charts like the one below that give tips on choosing the right necklace for your neckline. But I don’t really agree. I think a girl can get away with wearing a bib necklace with a low cut collar blouse or even a collared shirt. Sometimes I wear a huge statement necklace to draw attention away from my bust especially if I am wearing a revealing dress. -Stephanie, Jewelry Designer
Tip 1: Situation
The right necklace for the right occasion is often overlooked. If I am going to a club, I don’t wear a heavy thick piece that’s going to be bouncing all over the place on the dance floor. I’ll pick something that is flashy and attention grabbing but simple enough that it’s not going to bother me if I decide to bust out on my groove. -Tiffany, Jewelry Designer