Hey beautiful! I often get queries from my readers on how to style necklaces, and how to select jewelry for different outfits. So I’m starting with some ideas on how to choose a necklace according to different types of necklines of dresses or tops.

As a general rule of thumb, your necklace length should not clash with the neckline. It should end at least an inch or two above or below the neckline.


Here are the different types of necklaces that you can style according to your neckline:

Necklace for High Neckline Dress/ Top

Collared Button-Down Shirts


For collared shirts, select short pearl or chain pendant necklaces or delicate chokers. Make sure the necklace is short enough to show inside the collar, but also doesn’t stick to or irritate your neck. Long chain or bead necklaces that end well-below the collar, or stacked pendant necklaces are also good ideas for buttoned shirts.



Medium length statement necklaces look great on turtlenecks. You can also wear stacked pendant or bead necklace or long bead necklaces. Avoid chokers and short pearl necklaces.

Short round necklines


Short to medium statement necklaces work the best. Long chain, pearl or bead necklaces also look great with high neck dresses. For short round necklines, you can also wear chokers, long stacked chains or bead necklaces.

Boat necks


My favorites for boat-neck dresses are medium length statement necklaces. You can also go for long or medium-stacked pearl necklaces or medium chain-bead necklaces.

Necklace for Low Neckline Dress/ Top

Sweetheart Necklines


Short or medium length heavy or statement necklaces look best with sweetheart necklines. If you want something more delicate, go for pendant necklaces. For drawing attention to the neckline or cleavage, wear a sweetheart-shaped necklace or choker.

Plunging V-Necks


With plunging V-necks, wear short bead or pendant necklaces. You can also opt for very long pendant necklaces.

Plunging Round Neckline


Short or medium length heavy or statement necklaces look great with low-cut round necklines. You can also wear stacked short and medium length pearl or bead necklaces, or very long pendant necklaces.

Necklace for Strapless and One Shoulder Dress

Strapless Dresses/ Tops


Most short and medium length necklaces look good with strapless dresses. You can wear a statement necklace or a multi-layered stacked pearl necklace. You can also pair a choker with a short pendant necklace.

One-Shoulder Dresses/ Tops


One-shoulder dresses are tricky because they have asymmetric necklines. If the dress has a broad shoulder strap, wear short pendant necklaces. For dresses with narrow or noodle strap, you can wear a statement necklace or a short necklace too. Avoid long necklaces with one-shoulder dresses.

So, hope you’ll find it SO easy now to choose necklaces! Lemme know which is your favorite type of neckline and what necklace you like to wear with that! CYa! :*

Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com