How to Style Statement Necklaces

By Camryn Rabideau

Statement necklaces are a must-have in any fashionista's closet. These bold, eye-catching jewelry pieces often make a perfect addition to both everyday and special-occasion outfits.

However, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to style a new statement necklace. After all, the bold nature of the piece means it can easily overwhelm an outfit. Here are some tips to help you incorporate your favorite statement necklaces into your look:

Consider the Neckline

Perhaps the most important consideration when styling a statement necklace is what neckline you're wearing. It's important to choose a neckline that flatters your necklace—otherwise, the "wow" factor may be lost.

For instance, when you pair a V-shaped necklace with a square-neck shirt, the two shapes will clash a little. You're better off wearing the same necklace with a V-neck top so the shapes complement each other. You may have to experiment with different necklace and neckline combinations, but the effort will be worth it when you find that perfect pairing.

Give Statement Necklaces the Spotlight

Because statement necklaces are inherently bold, it's best to let them shine on their own. Don't overdo it by trying to layer on other accessories or having another part of your outfit compete for the limelight.

It's best to keep things simple, so choose a solid-colored top and minimize the number of colors you incorporate into your look. Similarly, opt for understated earrings and bracelets so your necklace is the main focal point. If you try to do too much in one outfit, it can just end up looking messy.

Look to the Pros for Inspiration

Statement necklaces are popular among fashion bloggers and celebrities, so if you need help styling your jewelry, you can always turn to the pros for a little inspiration. This is also a great way to get ideas on how to mix up your look if you're finding yourself wearing the same outfit and jewelry pairing over and over again.

Plus, fashion bloggers are generally up-to-date with the newest jewelry trends, so you'll be able to see what the next popular statement necklace style will be. For instance, collar necklaces have been having a moment, and many bloggers wear this style with a high-neck top or sweater to emulate the look of a collared shirt.

If you've recently purchased an amazing statement necklace but aren't sure how to style it, the key is to play around with different options and keep things simple. Your bold necklace might not be the most versatile piece of jewelry, but it will quickly become an essential part of your collection once you figure out how to incorporate it into your style.