We went out for lunch and dropped into a local boutique and discovered this great necklace, which she had to take home. I though it appropriate that I take her photo to share with you some ideas on wearing long necklaces and also about the scale of the necklace.
Upscaling jewellery to match personality and scale.
The benefits of a long necklace is that they feel casual and fun. Jan loves a distinctive piece. She has large eyes and a generous mouth, large beads work for her scale. She also has a dramatic personality. For those of you who haven’t met her before, she’s also 60 years old, but always comes across as much younger. Her attitude to life is youthful, and so is her dress, yet there isn’t a scerick of mutton dressed as lamb is there?
What Jan did with picking this piece is that she pulled the colours out of her outfit, they are not exactly the same, but there is a reminiscence of the colours, the red is not exactly the same the cardigan and top, the brown beads go with the boots, the yellow that work with Jan’s hair and the silver spacers make the piece more casual than gold would, and make it feel less heavy.
Jan’s body shape is very H, and the dominant beads are a similar shape to her body shape, they are long soft rectangular shapes.
The long necklace also creates nice slimming verticals through Jan’s middle, which is where she carries her weight.
Longer necklaces often work better with higher necklines and can be more difficult to carry off with a larger bust. If you have a larger bust you’d want a shorter one that doesn’t droop over the end of your bust peak (otherwise they tend to flap).
What a great hero this necklace is, it makes her otherwise plainer outfit pop, but without feeling fussy or overdone.
Have to apologise for the quality of the photo – my camera died yesterday and I had to take this with my mobile phone.