How to Choose the Best Necklaces for Every Neckline

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Learn how to choose the best necklaces for every neckline!
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Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Necklace

Accessorising doesn't have to be confusing - here are a few simple tips to remember when choosing necklaces, followed by examples of the best necklaces for each neckline. 
Choosing the Right Necklace:Don't compete with the collar line.
For most necklines, choose a necklace length that is either at least an inch higher  or at least a few inches below the neckline.
Fill in empty skin space.
Wherever skin shows at the neckline, that's a great place for a necklace. Take note of the shape created by your neckline, and choose necklaces that mimic the shape of your exposed skin.
Experiment with over-shirt necklace styles.
For oversized or more complicated collars, it is often best to wear a necklace over the shirt, but under the collar. This adds contrast and interest to your outfit.Now that we've laid a few simple ground rules, here are some suggestions for how to accessorize each neckline:
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1. Boatneck Neckline

The boatneck style of shirt has a wide, open neckline. 
Best Necklace: A long necklace is the best style for this neckline: it doesn't compete with the collar, and it creates a long, elegant line on your body.
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2. Closed Collar Neckline

Wear a button-down top closed to the neck, and accessorise with a necklace that goes OVER the shirt. 
Best Necklace: A large statement necklace looks great with this style, or a focal pendant that sits at the throat like a brooch.
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3. Cowl Neckline

This style of shirt or sweater has an oversized, draped neck. Instead of wearing a necklace under the sweater and pulled out through the collar, wear a necklace over the sweater, but with the cowl arranged over it. 
Best Necklace: A long necklace looks elegant and doesn't compete with the neckline.
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4. Crew (or T-shirt) Neckline

A crew neckline is a versatile canvas for many types of necklaces. If you are wearing a plain-colored t-shirt, don't be afraid to go bold with a large statement necklace. 
Best Necklaces: Large bib or statement necklaces, chunky collar necklaces, long elegant necklaces.
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5. Deep V or Plunging Necklines


A daring neckline can be intimidating to wear, but the right necklace makes all the difference. You will feel less exposed with a necklace filling in the open area. 
Best Necklaces: A bold, chunky choker works well for the confident fashionista. For everyone else, try a focal pendant or a bib necklace inside the shirt, covering the skin.

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6. Open Collar Neckline

If you prefer to wear your collared shirts with a button undone, you will take a different approach than we did for #2. Fill in the open throat area with a shorter necklace. 
Best Necklaces: Bib choker, double-strand of chunky beads, or a small pendant.
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7. Square Neckline

A square neckline can be a challenge to accessorize, but it also provides a unique opportunity for style. 
Best Necklaces: A long lariat necklace is one of the most stunning necklace options for a square neckline. Other good choices are a geometric collar necklace, or a small pendant.
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8. Strapless Neckline

A strapless neckline provides a unique opportunity to make a statement. Your skin is the canvas for any number of bold necklace choices. It's best if most necklaces hit at least 1 inch above the neckline (exception: the long, elegant necklace.) 
Best Necklaces: Long and elegant, short chunky chokers, an expansive large collar-style statement necklace, or a bib necklace.
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9. Turtleneck Neckline

When you wear a turtleneck, don't choose a necklace style that is too short. A longer necklace will give the appearance of a longer neck and a more elegant look. 
Best Necklaces: Large statement necklaces, or long necklaces.
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10. V-neck Neckline

Many necklace styles work for the v-neck neckline, which is one of the universally most flattering collar styles. Avoid chokers, however, as they will appear to shorten the neck's length. 
Best Necklaces: A bib necklace that fills in the skin space, or a focal pendant. A small gold or silver pendant will look understated yet pretty.
Where do the different necklace lengths hit on your chest? Here's a handy guide.
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