How to Wear a Pendant Necklace

So often, we throw on an outfit and out the door when adding a simple accessory like a pair of earrings, a belt, a bracelet, a chic scarf, or an exciting necklace that would make all the difference in the world. I’ve dished out ideas on how to wear necklaces. I’ve discussed the proper chain for the right neckline and the right color necklace for your skin, but we haven’t spoken much about pendant necklaces. So, let me share a few tips for how to wear a pendant necklace.


How to wear a Pendant necklace


Pendant necklaces can be worn with all kinds of necklines. They also look great on a plain top worn with a jacket.



The one time you might want to avoid a pendant necklace is when you have a big bust unless, for some reason, you want all eyes on your breasts. I can’t help but think of Joan on Mad Men with her infamous pendant pen!


  • If you are short and petite, you must watch the length of your pendant necklace. Too long a pendant will drag you down and make you look more straightforward than you are.
  • Don’t wear a pile of other jewelry or accessories with your pendant necklace. You want it to stand out and make a statement.
  • I think most pendants look best worn over a solid color top rather than a print so that it stands out, although I did see a red and gold pendant on a leopard print top that looked great.
  • In general, a bold, beautiful pendant is a wonderful thing. The extended V-shape creates a long, lean line that lengthens and slims your body.

So, go for it and have some fun with this popular accessory!

Do you own a pendant? Could you send a photo to to show me how you wear it, and I’ll post it?

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5 thoughts on “How to Wear a Pendant Necklace

  1. Isn’t the idea of wearing jewelry (or anything else) to highlight your face?
    As you pointed out, the placement of the pendant will funnel the looks towards the charm. If it hits your boobs, people will look at your boobs; if it hits your belly, people will see it.
    Ideally, you will want people to look at YOU and your face, and that’s why shorter necklace options are better.

    And what happened to the wisdom that pendants (and long hair) draw your facial features down – something to avoid when you’re past 40? Please do a post on this and other tacit “understandings.”

    1. Hi Juli,
      We all have parts of our body to highlight and features we want to downplay. If you have a nice bustline or want to draw more attention to your bust (instead of your heavy hips, let’s say), then you may want to wear a pendant necklace. It’s about balance.

      As for long hair drawing your face down, this can be true sometimes if you have a long look. But long hair may be fine if you have a round or broad face. These are only guidelines, not rules, so don’t get too stuck on any of them. The mirror always tells the truth.

  2. Great to know about not wearing a pendant that’s too long if you’re petite. That I am & that I didn’t know! Thanks, Glam Girls!

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