The Style Guide: Pairing the Right Necklace with Different Necklines

Pairing an outfit with the right piece of jewelry is like adding a ruby-red cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. Whether it’s a necklace, pair of earrings, bracelet, or ring, the jewelry we wear can bring our outfits to a whole new level.

However, it can be difficult to determine which type of jewelry works best for which outfit. Specifically, I find there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to paring necklaces with different tops and their necklines. While I am all for creative expression and following your own personal style, there are some tricks to wearing the right necklace with different necklines that accent your outfit just right. Take a look:

Get creative with crew necks


A crew neckline is one of the most versatile clothing options. This type of top works well with just about any type of necklace length from short collar to long dangling pendant.

Jewelry pictured from left to right: Curly Bark Cleopatra Necklace, Oreo Cookie Collar, Large astro black and white disk necklace, Curly bark 9 East-west Necklace, Long tourmalated quartz and spinel necklace, Astro 2 lariat with white topaz, silver

Go long with boat necks

Wearing longer pieces with boat necks is a great way to elongate both your outfit and your look. There’s something playful about the boat neckline and a longer necklace adds a touch of sophistication to the overall outfit. The result is a fun yet polished look.

Jewelry pictured from left to right: 3 swirl Necklace, , Black and white astro 2 y necklace, Astro 2 lariat with white topaz, silver

Keep it short with scoop necks

Try pairing a scoop-neck blouse or dress with a shorter necklace or pendant—especially one that mimics the curve of the neckline. A bold statement piece works well here. While I do think that a scoop neck lends itself to highlighting a shorter necklace, a long lariat will work as well. However, avoid long chains without a central focus.

Jewelry pictured from left to right: Sunflower Necklace, Charm Necklace 4, Cala Lily 7 Lariat, Curly Bark Collar, Shooting Star collar

Avoid very short pieces with turtlenecks

Since the turtleneck itself is already accentuating the neck, wearing a choker is a no-go here. Instead, use the absence of a low neckline to display some of your bolder and chunkier pieces.

Jewelry pictured from left to right: Long Teardrop Necklace, Shooting Star collar, Desert Rose necklace 2

Try pendants and short pieces with v-necks


Similar to the scoop neck, a v-neck shirt or blouse is another fantastic choice for showcasing a favorite necklace. The necklace itself should end where you want to draw the eye—so keep that in mind when selecting your piece.

Jewelry pictured from left to right: Shooting Star collar, Charm necklace 8, Large wave necklace with diamonds, Graphic grey drusy necklace

Check out this four-in-one necklace

Oftentimes it’s easier to change the necklace than to change the outfit. With this in mind, I created the Astro2 necklace so it could be worn four different ways. You can simply adjust the necklace to suit the top, and head out looking your very best. Another great option is something like the Shooting star collar, which has an element at the neck as well as one further down. I find I can wear this with almost everything I own!

Do you have a special occasion coming up and need the right jewelry to perfect your look? Contact me today and I can help you select the right LoriMeg Design piece for your big night. 

Lori Gottlieb