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How to Choose a Necklace for a Special Event

Choose a Necklace to Flatter Your Ensemble

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Necklaces for V-Neck, Scoop Neck and Boat Necked Ensembles

Wearing a strand of beads or pearls is the perfect way to accent a V-neck, scoop neck or boat necked dress or other ensemble, and it isn't hard to find beads and pearls in one or more colors that will match or blend with any dress. If you're going to prom or another dressy event, look for something with a little sparkle to complete your glam look -- Swarovski crystals will do the trick, and they won't break your budget.

Necklaces for Strapless Gowns

Sometimes it's best for leave the necklace at home when you're wearing a strapless gown, and focus instead on killer earrings and maybe a hair clip.

It's your call, but if you are wearing a dress with a straight, revealing neckline, it doesn't take much jewelry to draw extra attention to your bosom. Try a choker with your strapless gown -- maybe a strand of small glass beads, or a choker made from crystals and gems.

If you can't find a necklace you love, choose a pendant and grab a length of sterling silver or gold chain to match it. A heart or star-shaped pendant is always a classic, especially when it's a locket.

Keep it to a Minimum with Delicate Ensembles

If your ensemble is delicate, keep your neckline in sync with the look by avoiding big, clunky necklaces. Instead, try stacking three or more delicate necklaces of varying types and lengths, maybe a simple chain, a chain with sporadically spaced small beads, and another with beads or adornments that are slightly larger.

Fashion Jewelry

Department and specialty stores stock affordable fashion jewelry that will help you build a collection of necklace styles. Watch for sales and buy the basics. You'll be surprised how easy it is to develop a collection of affordable jewelry to choose from for you next special occasion.

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