Matching Your Favorite Necklace Lengths to Your Favorite Necklines

After my last blog about ways to adjust your beaded necklaces to get the perfect fit, a couple of my co-workers here at Beading Daily asked me how I match up my necklaces with the different necklines of shirts.

What a great idea for a blog!, I thought.

You're probably like me — whenever I embark on a new necklace making project, I don't really think about what I have in my closet that will match the finished beaded necklace. I usually just finish the necklace making project and then take it shopping to find a new shirt with a neckline that works with it.

But knowing ahead of time how long your finished necklace making project will be, and knowing a little something about some popular necklines, can help you create fashion-forward looks that show off both your new beaded necklace and your shirt!

Crew neck shirt: The neckline of a crew neck shirt sits just at the base of your throat, covering your chest. Princess length necklace making projects are the classic way to accent these necklines, as the finished beaded necklace will dip down just below the neckline. Longer lengths are good, too. Both lariats and opera length necklace making projects will draw your eye down and create a longer, leaner silhouette.
Scoop neck shirt: Scoop neck shirts have a rounded neckline that dips well below your shoulders. These kinds of shirts leave a lot of open space between your neck and your chest, so you'll want to fill in that space with a necklace. Wearing a longer necklace (thirty inches or more) will help draw the eye down away from your neck. Avoid chokers with this kind of neckline, since their short length will only draw attention to all that space between your neck and your chest!
V-neck shirt: V-neck shirts can be tricky. For a shallow v-shaped neckline, necklaces around sixteen or eighteen inches will work very well. For a deeper v-neck shirt, think about necklace making projects that will be between twenty-four and thirty inches long.This is one type of neckline where you also want to consider the shape of your finished necklace making project. Depending on their length, you may want to avoid v-shaped necklace making projects and instead opt for shorter, rounder necklaces that complement the shape of the neckline.
Collared shirt: Whether you're wearing a pointy collar or a rounded collar, pairing a necklace with this particular neckline can be a challenge. Chokers can work sometimes with these types of shirts, as can simple beaded chains of princess length. It gets tricky when you start wearing necklaces around 20 inches long — they can easily get lost in the shirt. If you want to wear a longer necklace with a collared shirt, try going for something at least lariat length (around thirty two inches long) and slender so that it works with your shirt instead of against it.
Turtleneck shirt: A turtleneck shirt has a long neck that comes up close to your chin. Shorter necklace making projects like chokers are tough to wear with these kinds of shirts because the fabric from the high neckline can get bunched up or caught in the necklace. For accenting a turtleneck shirt, try necklace making projects that are more than twenty two inches in length. Lariats and opera length necklaces are even better!

Another way to keep up with the latest trends in fashion jewelry is to subscribe to Jewelry Stringing magazine. No matter what type of neckline you prefer to wear, you're sure to find lots of great necklace making projects to accessorize your look! With great step-by-step project instructions, resource guides, and product reviews to help you keep on doing what you love best — making your own handmade jewelry! Subscribe to Jewelry Stringing magazine today and get the inside scoop on great necklace making projects for all your favorite necklines.

Do you have a great tip for my co-workers who want to match their necklaces with their necklines? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!

Bead Happy,


P.S. You can also check out my handy reference guide to common necklace lengths over on the Beading Instructions blog!

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