Style You: Up To Your Neck

Dear Maria,

What necklaces go best with certain necklines?

~ Jessica ~

Necklaces are my favorite accessory because they instantly change up an outfit. In fact, I’ve been known to build entire looks around a big statement piece! The bigger and brighter, the better. Here are two of my favorite “cheat sheets” for necklines (from two of my favorite places to buy necklaces).

(Image courtesy of Charming Charlie)


(Image courtesy of BaubleBar)

And over at Stella & Dot, you can learn how to accessorize various necklines with the latest spring trends here.

Finally, a few things to keep in mind:

  • The bigger the necklace, the smaller the earrings (or none at all). I prefer to keep the focus on one piece, especially if I layer a chunky pendant or collar necklace over a button-down or higher neckline.
  • On a budget? Necklaces add color and sparkle to every wardrobe. They can instantly dress up a simple top and pair of jeans, or liven up an old LBD. It’s amazing how one single piece can make you feel like you’re wearing a brand new outfit!
  • In addition to the stores above, Anthropologie, J.Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, and Francesca’s are a few of my favorite destinations for statement pieces.

Happy Accessorizing!

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  • Great post! This is so helpful. I find myself buying necklaces, and then not knowing what to wear them with. Thanks!

    • Erin,

      Thank you so much! It’s actually really helpful for me, too, as I’ve started wearing more button-downs and blazers and have wondered how to style some of my favorite necklaces over/underneath them. This style question couldn’t have come at a better time. 🙂

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Maria ~

  • This is SO helpful!! I absolutely love the gold piece on the Ballet neckline,I would definitely wear that! Great post MDog <3

  • Tara,

    Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found it helpful; I’ll be referring back to it myself on a regular basis. I can’t wait to scoop up more necklaces at Oasis the next time I’m in Ireland. 😉

    ~ M ~

  • This is a great post Maria!!!!

    • Jenna,

      Thank you so much! It’s given me all these new ideas on how to pair some of my necklaces with different tops and dresses. I love that at 31, I’m still all about dressing up. 🙂

      So glad you liked the post!

      ~ Maria ~