When to wear necklaces?
Since centuries ago, jewelry has been used to enhance people overall look or to make a statement of status, specially necklaces. There are some basic timeless guidelines while trends come and go. There are things which are considered proper attire for each situation and you need to be aware choosing your jewelry accordingly to them.
The right jewelry accessories can take your outfit from boring to one that will get you all the attention. It is better to get noticed in a positive way. Of course, the right jewelry will help you project the fashion statement you want to make and enhance your overall look, but in the other hand, it might distract from your great personality or cheapen your appearance if you don’t choose it wisely.
We all want to wear accessories that sparkle and shine; but the key is to know when it is a good idea or not to do so. Some people say that “less is more”, but sometimes I disagree.
What necklaces are best for everyday wear?
There are some everyday jewelry items. Both a wedding band and a wristwatch, if keep time without a cellphone, are always acceptable. Not to mention a simple keepsake necklace, which you can wear most of the time.
In work environments, your jewelry must be simple and not distracting. Even if you want to show your personality , you might consider not offending the higher-ups or clients.
Moreover, you must consider the kind of office you are working in:
– Less conservative office: stud earrings are still an option or small hoops as long as they do not make noise with movement and do not sparkle too much. You can add some colors to necklaces but accessories’ size must remain on the small side.
– More creative environment: larger earrings are acceptable, but always try to keep noise as low as possible. The same apply for bracelets and necklaces. Always keep in mind you do not want to be the person that everybody knows when you come down the hall. Also, try to avoid sparkly rhinestones in front of your coworkers and clients. Save those for after work!
Remember a very important rule of thumb: wear a watch or bracelet, a ring, a pair of earrings and a necklace. Something more is presumably too much for most work environment.
What necklaces go with a strapless dress?
Your most special jewelry must be reserved for formal events, which is the right time to be as elegant as you can be. It is better to showcase your best features with one piece of jewelry, instead of adding sparkle all over. If you are wearing a strapless dress with your hair up, some stunning crystal earrings will remark your face features. Also, you can redirect all the eyes to your face with a statement necklace instead.
Keep in mind that you are accessorizing your outfit with jewelry. Overall look could be overshadowed with too much jewels, even for a formal event.
Here are a few tips to remember for a formal event:
– Is the right moment to wear diamonds, pearls and other precious stones.
– Do not overwhelm your appearance.
– Choose one statement necklace and downplay the rest of the accessories.
– Great opportunity to wear a set. You can customize necklaces to match a pair of earrings.
One of the most asked questions about formal events is: “what type of necklace I should wear with such neckline?”
Types of necklines and necklaces
A deep V creates a blank space between plunging neckline and neck. It must be filled carefully with a staggered necklace length without overcrowding it.
In the other hand, a turtleneck should be brought to attention matching its minimalism style with statement necklaces, like a geometric choker for example.
The conservative simplicity of a crewneck allows you to play up with an elegant necklace that hits right at the collarbone. On the other hand, an open off-the-shoulder neckline leaves room to experiment. Great for a striking jewelry in oversized shapes or a strand of pearls.
As for button down or button up shirts, they give you the perfect chance to wear a peak of sparkly necklace.
Let’s not forget long necklaces. They help us balance an asymmetric neckline. We will also need a statement pendant to draw the eye center and down.
Necklaces for everyday wear
Friday nights, a friend’s party or hanging out with pals give us the opportunity to be more flexible. The right moment to clanging bracelets or blinding flashes lovers. But always remember that any jewelry excess will overshadow your amazing personality. These moments are special for necklaces to become the center of the scene.
As well as with dresses, there are some rules to wear necklaces with different clothes:
High cut shirts are the perfect backdrop for a long necklace. High necks, high-low silhouettes, and high collars give you a nicely proportioned look when paired with a long, dangling necklace.
While long necklaces might work with some long dresses or oversized sweaters, a good rule of thumb is to avoid long necklaces with long clothes. It can give one the look of drowning in their clothes at worst, and just look a little off at best. Long lines are better contrasted with shorter pieces, which is why long necklaces work best with multiple pieces such as tank tops and jeans, shorter skirts (at the knee or above!) and flowy tops, shirts, or blouses, or the like. If you’re planning on wearing a long dress, try sticking with short necklaces that come to rest below the clavicle or just above the chest for a look that really works.
A great way to wear long necklaces is to layer them. The layering effect looks nice on both casual and dressy outfits, and always adds a little something extra to your look. We have a number of pieces that can work well when layered together.
Rules to wear necklaces over the time
Going back a little, we must say that not all these rules were the same regarding jewelry. Many years ago many etiquette rules was really intimidating, but those have faded or morphed, as you can see below:
– Today the rule about mixing metals is more flexible. You can wear any gold, silver and whatever other metal combination you like.
– Women were only supposed to wear an engagement ring or wedding band on their left ring finger. Now you can wear rings whatever finger you want.
– Nowadays you can mix real gemstones with faux stones, which was unacceptable years ago.
I hope you have enjoyed this article as I did writing it.