June 21, 2011

4 Ways to Wear a Statement Necklace

Accessories are a great and inexpensive way to change up an outfit, and nothing has a more dramatic effect than a statement necklace. They first appeared in retail stores a few years ago, but their continued popularity is proof that they are here to stay! Not sure how to wear them? Here are four ideas for styling statement necklaces with what you already own.

1. With an open neckline. Open necklines such as v-necks are very flattering to many body types, but what should you do with all that empty space? Fill it up with some gorgeous jewelry, of course! A statement necklace adds texture, detail and even color to an open-neck look.
Necklace (left) Stella & Dot, $89
Necklace (center) Aldo, $20
Necklace (right) Stella & Dot, $198

Just like J:
1. Hive & Honey Wood Bead Drop Necklace, $42 at Piperlime
2. Stella & Dot Casablanca Bib Necklace, $89
3. Stella & Dot Metropolitan Mixed Necklace, $198

2. Over a collared shirt.  Do you feel boring in your collared shirts at work? Add a statement necklace around the outside of the collar to spice up your base and add sparkle and texture. You can think of it as a gorgeous necktie for girls!
Necklace (left) Stella & Dot, borrowed
Necklace (center) J.Crew, $45
Necklace (right) JCPenney, $20

Just like J:
1. Worthington Trend Stone Necklace, $14.99 at JCPenney
2. Hive & Honey Mixed Metal Knot Necklace, $25.99 at Piperlime
3. Stella & Dot Musette Necklace, $79

3. With a high neckline. High necklines like turtlenecks and bateaus make great foundations for a statement necklace. Layer one over your shirt or dress to create a fun color combo and make your necklace really pop.
Necklace (left) Stella & Dot, $198
Necklace (center) Stella & Dot, borrowed
Necklace (right) JCPenney, $9

Just like J:
1. Mixit Pearl Flower Necklace, $24.99 at JCPenney
2. Stella & Dot Charlotte Statement Necklace, $89
3. Zad Gold Tone Metal Bib Necklace, $31.99 at ShopItLA on ebay

4. With embellishments. It may seem like too much at first, but statement necklaces actually look great paired with other embellishments like ruffled collars or sequin tops. Give it a try today!
 Necklace (left) Banana Republic, $35
Necklace (center) Banana Republic, $30
Necklace (right) Banana Republic, $25

Just like J:
1. Mixit Shaky Motif Necklace, $24.99 at JCPenney
2. Tasha ‘Electra’ Jeweled Bib, $48 at Nordstrom

[This is a guest post for Shecky's.com. You can see this article on their website here.]


  1. Great tips J!  I usually don't wear a necklace with an embellished neckline, but after seeing your picks, I can't get over how fab it looks!  I also don't wear a big necklace over a button-up collared shirt.  If I do, I wear it UNDER the collar, and your really can't see it.  I will DEFINITELY be rocking the 'gorgeous necktie for girls' look!

  2. Great tips


  3. These are some great ideas and anything plain becomes upgraded with a nice piece of jewelry!  This is a great post! :)

  4. Thank you for doing this post. I always get so nervous on how to wear statement necklaces 

    Thank you so much :)


  5. Awesome post!  I love every single look!

  6. I love this post! I've been dying to incorporate some statement jewelry into my wardrobe, I'll definitely be coming back this for inspiration!

  7. Thanks! Love this. I need to start wearing more necklaces :)

    Mus(eum)ings: Musings from a Museum Intern

  8. amazing tips! I think I wear a necklace everyday to work - it just adds that ooph to the outfit.

    xo nav

  9. Jewelry necklaces is that
    they sometimes have a greater role to play than provide accessory to the
    human body.


  10. Great post! Any suggestions for layering necklaces? You know lighter weight chains with charms or pendants.

  11. jseverydayfashionJune 22, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Thank you Patti! Like with most things in fashion, it's tough to give "rules" since it's all so subjective. I love layering pendants though - and think it's really about trying it on and seeing if you like it. I've layered 2 pendants that are very far apart (one short, one long) but also 2 pendants that were almost laying right on top of each other. I think there is no wrong way of doing it so don't be afraid to try! :-)

  12. Everything looks great except the last one... sorry. Embellished necklines are best with earrings or bold bracelets in my opinion.

  13. jseverydayfashionJune 23, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Kennedy, fashion could not be more subjective so the only fashion rule I believe in is that there are NO rules! I think what you might be describing are fashion "preferences" where we make rules for ourselves, but there's no reason the rest of us can't wear it if we like it that way! :-)

  14. This was a really timely post. I bought a necklace and just loved it but didn't know what to wear it with...this happens often because I don't have the gift of putting things together (I'm getting there thanks to your blog). I ended up wearing it with a cute black dress with an open neckline to let it stand out. I'm going to try it with a collared shirt next to see which I like better. Thanks for the examples!

  15. your blog is so inspiring!following you now from prague

  16. You know, I always wondered if I was crazy for wearing my necklaces outside my collared shirts...or maybe we're both crazy? ;) Thanks for the great ideas, will definitely be trying them!

  17. Heather O'CainJuly 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Great tips here! Thanks : )

  18. You got me hooked on Zad's jewelry! Just love their necklaces! Everything is a statement piece!

  19. Hi J.  I've been following your blog for a couple months now and love all of your ideas.  I have a question - I notice sometimes you layer a couple of different necklaces.  Any tips for knowing when this works and when it doesn't?  I can't seem to get it right but I'm always trying!

  20. Thank you Leah, so glad you like the blog! I've been considering doing a post on layering necklaces. I usually just try until I find something that works but if I come up with some "rules" that can be passed along I will definitely post them! Just keep trying though, that's my best tip. :-)

  21. Serena FockelmannApril 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I like those tips that you have shared for wearing statement necklaces. Those necklaces that you wore are also beautiful and of good value. 

    designer rings

  22. J, how would you wear this necklace? I bought it on ebay, was impressed by the look on internet, but in reality it's quite big. Sure, you'll find a way

  23. http://www.ebay.com/itm/180875551086?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_1045wt_1094

    sorry)) the picture

  24. I love this post!  So helpful.  I always follow your tip #1 and #2 but I have never thought about #4.  I have a ruffled cardigan that I now can't wait to try with one of my statement necklaces.  In response to layering necklaces, I have a tip to pass along.  As a style advisor with Guy & Eva I offer style advice and tips on how to best style your jewelry.  One of the tips we share is that when layering pendants keep them separated by about 1.5 inches.  And when you wear a chunkier necklace or one that really stands out keep the biggest chains hanging the lowest.  Think of gradual layering to keep your necklaces looking put together but not "busy."

  25. necklaces are so pretty, but how do you wear them with earrings without looking too matchy-matchy or mismatched?  or do you go without earrings when wearing a statement necklace?

  26. Carolyn, I don't usually wear earrings when I have on a necklace, and especially a statement necklace. It can be done though, and like with all things fashion I'm a big believer in trail and error and personal preference! :-)

  27. i just want to say that i wore a necklace for the first time in about 15 years because of you, and i felt so pretty and feminine all day :).  AND the necklace was from old navy for $10!  win win!

  28. I LOVE the matt black dress with the ruffley sleeves your wearing in the second to last set of photos.  Can you tell me where it's from?

  29. That dress is from Express! Purchases in 2007, I believe.

  30. I love the cognac shoes and belt. Do you have ideas as to where to buy similar items? Thanks!