Knowing what not to do is every bit as useful as knowing what to do. And when it comes to styling, this tidbit rings particularly true. Specifically, when is wearing a necklace not needed or simply impractical?
We believe that it comes down to one simple question: does the necklace add something to your look? If the answer is yes, it might be best to leave it on. If the answer is no, it is likely that the necklace is objectively unnecessary.
Here are two illustrations of this idea…
When Not To Wear A Necklace: With Competing Jewellery
Statement headbands, large and opaque earrings or an assortment of colourful cocktail rings - all these pieces create their own, attention seeking focus points. In such contexts, a dainty necklace could get entirely obscured and therefore become unnecessary. Similarly, a statement necklace would compete for attention, creating an alternative focus point and unbalancing your look.
When Not To Wear A Necklace: With A Busy Neckline
This one sounds obvious - and in a way, it is: if you’re wearing a sweater with a large overflowing neck, there is no practical way to put on a necklace. There is simply no more room, as it’s all taken up by that soft, pampering fabric.
But there’s also a less obvious consideration: glossiness. If the neckline is sparkly in itself, like that of a sequin dress for example, adding a necklace would result in too loud a moment.
So run this simple test whenever you’re unsure: put the necklace on, then take it off, as you look in the mirror. Does it feel like something is missing now that you’ve removed it? This is how you know for sure!