How to Accessorize by Neckline Type

Jewels that mimic the pointed neckline look best with V necks.
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Don't get strangled by the stress of choosing the right necklace -- necklines tell you how to jazz up your getup. The key is balancing the neckline's shape and style with a touch of bling. V-neck and scoop-neck tops look best with jewels that mimic their necklines; crew-neck cuts coordinate with almost any necklace but look especially sharp with statement collar pieces that follow the neckline; bold necklines look best with bare necks.

1 Necklines for Necklaces

Bare skin left uncovered by strapless dresses begs for chokers. Skin-hiding turtlenecks act as canvases for statement jewels, so try rounded necklaces with unique details, or long chains. Bedazzle button-down shirts by tucking one or multiple necklaces inside the collar and draping them down the front. Chokers, above-the-neckline jewels and low-hanging pendants complement boat-necks, which accentuate the collarbone. Crown crew-necks with round necklaces, bibs that hit between the collarbone and chest, or long strands. Mimic the V-neck’s split with pendants and triangular bibs that don’t dip into the fabric. Slightly V-shaped statement necklaces also complement sweetheart necklines. Scoop-necks sizzle with multistrand necklaces, chunky pieces and short lockets and cameos.

2 Collars Not to Clutter

Interesting necklines shouldn’t compete with loud necklaces or earrings. Pair keyhole dresses with cocktail rings instead. Necklaces clutter one-shoulder necklines, but a cuff on the bare arm balances the ensemble. Keep low-cut and plunging necklines dramatic; leave skin bare and wear earrings or thin bracelets. Top off halter and cross-strap cuts with drop earrings to accentuate your face. Square necklines, which also frame the face, look best with post earrings.

Lexie Delaney, a Chicago native, attended the University of Missouri, where she earned a B.A. in journalism (magazine writing) and a B.A. in Spanish. Delaney began writing and editing more than five years ago, for the "Columbia Missourian," "Vox Magazine" and "Retail Jeweler."