Imogen Lamport Shares How to Choose the Right Necklace

Posted on 08 July 2016How to Necklaces Style Tips

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a Necklace to wear. There are two important factors we are going to focus on today, the first is selecting the right length and style of Necklace to compliment the neckline you are wearing and the second is to be mindful of the areas that you do and don't want to draw attention to.

Someone that knows all about styling accessories is Imogen Lamport. Imogen is a Melbourne based Style blogger, published author and internationally certified image consultant. Her blog site, Inside Out Style is jam packed full of useful style tips covering all the essential elements to help you get it right.

I've joined forces with Imogen to bring you some Necklace tips. Firstly, I asked Imogen to share her tips on choosing the right style Necklace to suit the neckline you are wearing and she was kind enough to share the below image that sets it out so clearly for us.

A Turtle neck looks best with longer necklaces; think Opera, Rope or Lariat, perhaps a Matinee.
A Crew neck looks best with short necklaces such as a Collier or Bib style that sit high on the neckline.
A Scoop neck needs a fuller necklace to fill in the space, look for multiple strands of beads or larger scale pendants.
Strapless tops or dresses look great with chokers or short pendants, leaving your décolletage bare. Alternatively, you can add more drama with layered beads sitting high on the neckline.
A Square neckline works best with pendants that have an angular finish to harmonize with the angular neckline.
Asymmetric necklines need necklaces that are not symmetrical, instead a necklace that has itís own asymmetry can work. Alternatively a long string of different sized and shaped beads can work well.
Halter necks can create a narrow V neck, so look for a narrow pendant with a sharper end.
V necklines call for a necklace that follows the V shape, choose a size that suits the depth and width of the V.
A Buttoned down Collared shirt does not allow for a large piece, so opt for a small pendant that sits on the collar line or a choker style works if you have a long neck.
Boat necks demand a long string or two of beads.
The Cowl neck is a neckline that is already detailed and has volume, so opt for either a short and small pendant, or a pair of feature earrings instead of a Necklace.
The Sweetheart neck calls for a curved necklace that has width that will balance the open décolletage of this neckline.

Now, it's great to have this information, however, we can go one step further by ensuring we are wearing styles that draw attention to the right areas of our body, or more to the point, draw attention away from the areas we are not so keen on. If you are dressing for your body shape, then there may be some styles of necklines above that you should avoid. Same goes for some styles of Necklaces...

Imogen refers to our "Portrait area", which is usually where we want to draw peoples eyes to. If you refer to the image on the left you will see I've marked the portrait area with a black box.

Some quick tips when considering the length and style of the Necklace you are going to choose :

1. Do you have a short and/or thick set neck? Do not go for a "Choker" style Necklace as it will draw more attention to this area, cutting it off and make it appear wider. Only those of you with a longer necks should go for this option.

2. Do you have a large bust? Be cautious when choosing long Necklaces. Having a Pendant attached to the end of a long Necklace will simply draw more attention to that bust line as well as that annoying "bouncing of the Pendant" when you walk and move around. Instead, opt for a piece that sits above your chest. If you really want a longer piece, choose something with some detail in your portrait area to draw the focus up and steer clear of a Pendant on the end.

3. Do you have a large tummy? As with the large bust scenario, you want to avoid Pendants on long chains or oversized/chunky beads at the base of a long Necklace as it will draw attention to that area. Again, if you want to wear a long style piece, opt for something with detail in your Portrait area to move the attention up and ensure the piece it is acting to elongate your Portrait area.

4. Do you want the Necklace to be a focal point of your outfit? Trends change constantly when it comes to Statement Necklaces vs the Fine chains; however I always say, ignore the trends and go for YOUR personal style. So, depending on your mood and your style of outfit, choose your Necklace based on whether you want it (and possibly you) to be the centre of attention, or if you are going for something simple and understated and let your outfit (or another accessory) do the talking.

4. Is it appropriate for the occasion? Formal occasions usually call for "bling" and quality statement pieces. In a more casual setting you want to tone in down and opt for more relaxed or perhaps quirky pieces, depending on your mood.

5. Colour!!! One thing you will notice when you visit Imogen's website is that she is all about colour! And she does it so well. Imogen is considered a "colour expert" and co-created "The Absolute Colour System" consisting of 18 colour groups. In my last blog article "How to Make Your Features Pop with the Right Jewellery" I talked about choosing the right colours for your skin tone; if you want more information in this area then be sure to visit Imogen's "Discover Your Colours" blog articles.
Get the colour of your Necklace right and it can really make a difference in your overall appearance; get it wrong and it can drown you out and take away from your overall look.

For more tips on accessorising, dressing for your body shape, choosing the right colours, fabrics, and much, much, more, visit Imogen's website Inside Out Style Blog.

Thanks for sharing your tips Imogen!

To view Imogine's original blog post : "How to Choose Necklaces to Work with Your Neckline"
click here. To view her video blog on "5 Quick Tips on How to Choose Necklaces" click here.

All images courtesy of Imogen Lamport.

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Comments (2)

nat·08 August 2016 - 01:48pmYou're very welcome Pascale, thanks for the feedback!

Pascale·10 July 2016 - 04:33pmA very helpful article. Thank you!

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