Pairing the Perfect Necklace with Different Necklines


Hi guys,

So I’ve got a confession to make .. sometimes when I’m getting dressed in the morning, I use my cheat sheet as a reference to pairing the perfect necklace to my outfit. With all the necklines and necklaces out there, it gets confusing! That’s why I finally got together with my favorite model Erika Fermina to create a visual guide version of my cheat sheet to make necklace pairings super easy for everyone.



Halter neck with a Triangle Pendant

The halter neck is best paired with a triangle shaped pendant. If you look at the lines of the sides of a halter top, they go up toward your face in almost a triangle shape. So I like to offset this with a triangle shaped necklace pointing down from your face for the perfect balance.



Crew Neckline with a Bib or Collar Necklace

The crew neckline is the most unassuming neckline. Pair this with a bib or collar because the curved neckline helps support and enhance the shape of rounder necklaces.



Tube Top with Choker

Keep things minimal by pairing your tube top with a simple choker. The straight line cut of the tube top is perfect for showing off the simplicity of your choker and also helps to elongate your neckline!



Button up with statement necklace

Pairing button-ups with a statement necklace is one of my favorite pairings. I love how the statement necklace comes out from under the collar as though its almost one piece. It’s the perfect combination of subtle and statement!



Turtleneck with a Long Chain

Now that Fall is coming, I expect to see a lot more of this pairing. It’s simple and elegant, and this is also one of the pairings that helps elongate your neck in a sophisticated and understated way.



Square neckline with Angular Necklace

A square neckline is one of the hardest necklines to pair because there are so many hard lines going on. But for this reason, it’s perfect for bringing out the shape of an angular necklace. Did you notice that it also enhances the jawline?



V-neck with Slim Pendant

This pairing is simple and sweet. I love pairing a V-neck with a simple slim pendant for a classy and understated look. Less is more in this case.


Photography by Karen Chen

And to make things easier, I’ve compiled all the information in this post into a simple chart for you guys to refer to in times of neckline trouble. Happy pairing my loves!

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  • Sabrina says:

    Wonderfully written article, but I must say that the necklace worn with the tube top is not a choker, but in fact a torc. Chokers are closer to the neck, and fully closed, whereas a torc is usually open at the front, and may or may not be close to the neck. (Interesting fact: Originally torcs were part of many European cultures from around the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD, and featured very prominently in Celtic culture.)

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  • Perfect lesson – thankyou!!
    Very useful.


  • Gosh, thanks for the guidelines ! I’m not much of a fan of necklaces tbh – ’cause they keep staying annoying when I’ve got to run – but as much as I’d like to refrain, they just look too fabulous and detailed, and knowing how to style them is definitely just another reason why I should get back to necklaces.

  • Anne says:

    This is great Chriselle! I also love the statement necklace and button up. It’s my favorite. Thanks for the cheat sheet! Finally!

    Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles

  • Ally Gong says:

    This is amazing and makes so much sense!! You’ve saved me time in the morning Chriselle!! 🙂
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  • Janine says:

    Great post! Thanks for the tips! 🙂


  • ALINA says:

    These are so gorgeous Chriselle! I love all the looks but my favorite is the Tube Top Choker. Awesome post!

    xo, Alina

  • Melissa says:

    Great idea for a post Chriselle!

  • Kesly says:

    This is such a helpful post! I usually don’t know what to wear with my necklaces since their shapes vary and some I can’t wear like the other! Very helpful! Thank you!

  • Van says:

    I absolutely needed this! Thank you! One of my favorite post by you!

  • Kim says:

    Great reference guide! I especially like the halter necklace. I usually don’t wear any necklaces when I wear a halter top/dress. I haven’t thought of a triangular pendant necklace. I’ll have to make one! Lol

    Thanks for the awesome ideas!

    Hope everything is going well with your pregnancy!

  • Donna says:

    This post is a lifesaver, Chriselle! I love the halter neck/triangle pendant and square neckline/angular necklace pairings. Definitely bookmarking.


  • Patricia says:

    Great tips! Love the button up shirt with the statement necklace look!

  • Liz says:

    This post is SO helpful. Thank you so much for posting this!

  • Deborah says:

    Great guide, thanks for sharing!


  • Janine says:

    Hey Chriselle!

    I was wondering what lipstick Erika is wearing. The color is gorgeous!
    Love this post!


  • lioness says:

    OMG thank you, thank you, thank you, these tips would surely come in handy, why did i not thought of that. 🙂

  • Alena says:

    Oh wow, how super useful is this! Amazing post idea hon!
    Love, Alena | meet me stylish

  • This is super useful Chriselle! I always find it hard to pair necklaces!

    Continue reading…

  • Temi Truly says:

    Great post! I really love the crew neckline and button up pairings!!!

    ❤ Temi Truly
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  • Cindy Khor says:

    Thanks for the guideline because I always problem finding the right top for my choker and long chain necklaces… I think the pairings are spot on and they look effortlessly chic and sophisticated. Guess black and white tops suits all types of necklace though…

  • Diana says:

    Super cute, love the variety of necklaces!!

    xoxo, Diana

  • Kiara King says:

    I have never ever thought about pairing particular necklaces with necklines. What a fabulous idea! I’ll definitely be using this super cool cheat sheet in the future!

  • Juliana says:

    These are all great and on point!!! It drives me nuts when a wrong necklace is paired with a wrong top, they both clash each other and don’t trully showcase their beauty. Thanks for sharing!!!

    XOXO JuJu

  • Dilek says:

    Just what I needed. Thanks, Chriselle! ^^

  • Barbara1923 says:

    I wear a lot of button down shirts to work so I recently unearthed my accessories collection and started doing necklace pairings. It is really exciting, brings some colour to my work outfits too. Will be trying out more especially with this cheatsheet.
    Thanks Chriselle.
    Lagos, Nigeria

  • Ilia Mura says:

    This post was great! Am always a bit insecure when it comes to pairing necklines with necklaces, but this has definitely put an end to it 🙂 cheers!

  • miri says:

    WOW! This is an amazing and very helpful post! Thank you for sharing!
    Great post!
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