What Kind of Necklace Should I Wear With a Strapless Dress?

Necklaces often embellish strapless dresses on the runway.

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When you wear a strapless dress, your neck and shoulders are left bare. This is the perfect stage for a stunning necklace, but be careful not to overdo it. With this style, less is truly more. If you are wearing your hair down, keep your look elegant with an understated necklace; chunkier styles are for long necks and hair up. If you are wearing a necklace with your strapless dress, either skip the earrings or wear small styles, such as studs.


Pearls are an elegant way to dress up a chic black number. Go for a small size and a single string if possible. Pearls are timelessly elegant and unbelievably chic. Pearls are the perfect choice for a black-tie event; wear your hair up with pearl earrings and you'll be channeling the iconic Audrey Hepburn. Pearls work with black and other subtly colored clothes. This radiates a classic and mature vibe.


Diamonds truly are and always will be a girl's best friend. If you don't have the real deal, fake it till you make it. A fabulous embellished diamond (or cubic zirconia) necklace really turns up the glamour a notch on your look. Diamonds work for a variety of colored dresses but should be kept for black-tie events. This style of large diamond necklaces is most appropriate for long necks since it can be chunky.


Pendants are among the most elegant styles for a strapless dress. A simple gold chain with a small pendant is perfect for a subtle occasion such as dinner or a wedding. Select silver of gold chains and simple pendants if your dress has a noticeable design and go for larger ones if your dress tends in the simple direction.


Beads are a must for a casual strapless dress -- perhaps you are more earth mother than diva star. Team a long strand of cool beads with your strapless maxi; choose wooden or glass depending on the mood you want to create. Go for neutral shades rather than matching your beads to your dress.

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