Looking for a simple way to go from Frumpy to Fabulous after 40? Simply add a great necklace. Whether it’s a subtle accent or a giant statement piece, a beautiful necklace frames your face and completes your look. But getting just the right necklace takes some thought.
Here are 5 Do’s and Donts to help you look like a knockout in a necklace.
1. Don’t Wear a Necklace that is Too Tiny
This bold jacket and the matching top are a lovely, fresh color, but overall it looks a little too plain and bare without jewelry.
Add a traditional, delicate, tiny gold necklace, and it still doesn’t look right. The necklace is dated and looks lost on the neck.
Instead, try adding a fuller necklace to fill in the open space. A fuller necklace is more modern and it is more suited to the crispness and weight of this jacket. Also, because this necklace is a mix of gold, cream, and silver beads, it nicely picks up on the large cream and silver button on the jacket.
2. Don’t Wear a Necklace that Competes with your Top
Big round gold link necklaces may be in fashion, but that doesn’t mean they go with everything. This necklace is much too contemporary, geometric, and bold for this soft, flowing Grecian top with its smooth, draped fabric.
It might be tempting to wear this gorgeous top with a more refined classic flat gold necklace to match the snake pin, however, if you’re honest, you’ll see that the necklace competes with the pin and takes away from the stunning sweeping neckline.
|Simple and Elegant
This unique top is a showpiece itself. Leave well enough alone and in this case, forget about a necklace. The best way to accessorize this top would be by wearing a striking pair of gold hoop earrings or long dangles, and a stunning wide gold cuff.
3. Do wear necklaces that match your skin tone
The general rule of thumb is to match your jewelry to your skin tone. Deborah (shown here) has warm skin. See how beautiful the warm reds, oranges, and browns in her top complement her yellow undertones.
|Wrong color for skin
The silver necklace is very cold and icy on her and is a stark contrast to a very warm look.
|The right color for skin A better choice is a warm gold necklace. The little charms have gold and orange in them and blend in with her look. It all flows together very naturally.|
4. Do Theme your Necklace to your Outfit
This gorgeous tropical print is busy and so many may think to leave the jewelry out of the mix, but the opposite is true. This fun dress is calling out for a fun necklace.
See how this plain gold box chain adds nothing to the dress. It’s far too prim and proper to do this exotic theme justice.
|Perfect for the theme
Instead, you need to enhance the tropical feel and a large chunkier necklace is made of irregularly shaped beads, and stones that are more natural and earthy looking, so in keeping with this tropical theme.
5. Don’t Settle for Just One Necklace
Many women are confused about what kind of necklace to wear with a wrap dress and so often go bare.
A single long chain can look nice.
|Modern and Fashionable
But the layered look is really popular this season. So, instead of wearing a single chain that looks “just OK,” take it to the next level, and wrap it around your neck a couple of times. Then add a second chain for a fashion-forward look!