Necklaces for Every Outfit

Baffled by boatnecks? Stumped by one-shoulders? For a guide to what’s both chic and flattering, here’s your ultimate necklace-to-neckline checklist.

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Artfully mix sizes and shapes (Granny’s pearls are just a start).


R.J. Graziano bead necklaces, $65 to $125; 212-685-3737. French Connection glass necklace, $35; Eileen Fisher silk-charmeuse top, $129;

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Stay above the neckline (and accentuate those collarbones). A choker gets it right.


Pono resin and Swarov­ski choker, $245; Rexer-Parkes, 631-549-1810. Ann Taylor knit top, $48;

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Use the expanse of fabric as a backdrop to showcase one big, exquisite piece.


Rara Avis By Iris Apfel bead and wood necklace, $60; hsn​.com. Ann Taylor viscose blend turtleneck, $58;

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Behind the Scenes: The 91-Year-Old Designer

Iris Apfel is the fashion icon you may never have heard of. She and her husband ran a hugely successful textile business, and her own clothes and accessories became legendary (the 2007 book Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel chronicles her style). Now a Manhattan socialite and philanthropist, at age 91 she has added “designer” to her dossier. Her new line, Rara Avis by Iris Apfel, includes pieces that, like the necklace pictured in the previous slide, are inspired by treasures in her personal ­collection; all are available on HSN or at

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One shoulder

Wear something weighty that lies on both the skin and the fabric, uniting the two.


Lulu Frost crystal, resin and gold-plated necklace, $335; David Meister matelasse dress, $510;

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The deep V creates a frame, and she who hesitates is lost: The necklace should fill the whole space. (Bonus: This one’s lightweight.)


LOFT tortoise necklace, $75; Autumn Cashmere cashmere sweater, $242; 888-628-8866.

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What’s modern: necklaces worn inside the collar and hanging to the waistline. Tip: Buy two in different colors and wear them together.


R.J. Graziano beaded necklaces, $55 each; 212-685-3737. Lafayette 148 silk blouse, $298;

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Where to Buy Fab Faux

For an eclectic range of style and prices...


For only the hippest designers...


For a curated mix of one-of-a-kind pieces...


For a huge selection under $100...


For a kaleidoscope of colorful stones...

First Published Fri, 2012-09-07 14:36

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