Actress Ryan Newman keeps it simple with basic hoops and a small pendant to complement her sweater.

What Jewelry Is Worn With Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters?

by Stacey Kole

You’ve waited all summer long to pull out that gorgeous off-the-shoulder sweater, and now that the clime is right, you’re ready to rock it. Because there is no interference with straps or collars, a number of jewelry options work with this type of open neckline. Whether it's a statement necklace or a dazzling pair of drop earrings, selecting the best pieces is all you need to take your off-the-shoulder look from good to great.

Long Layered Chains

Jewelry should not interfere with a neckline, so your chosen style should fall either above the fabric where the necklace rests above your chest, or below the start of the material so it hangs several inches lower than your off-the-shoulder sweater. If you opt for long, don’t be shy about piling on the pieces. Layers of mixed-metal chains -- think gold, rose gold, pewter and silver -- add edge to a sophisticated off-the-shoulder sweater. If you’re going for a boho-chic vibe, try layering colorful strands of beads -- especially if your sweater is a neutral like black, beige or white. You can also reach for a simple Y-style necklace that hangs low with an ornate cross, medallion or beaded tassels.

Notice-Me Necklaces

Collectively, a bare chest, collarbone and shoulders make an ideal canvas for an attention-grabbing necklace. Bib necklaces -- composed of thick strands and gems mimicking a baby’s bib -- beautifully fill in the space above an off-the-shoulder sweater. Similarly, a statement necklace that features twisted strands of beads or chunky rows of coral, turquoise, rose quartz and other natural stones are the perfect accent to a neutral-hued sweater. You can also opt for a choker style to draw attention upward toward your face and eyes.

Eye-Catching Earrings

The bareness created by an off-the-shoulder sweater allows for statement earrings that pull out all the stops. Try a 3- to 4-inch single strand of dangling rhinestones, oversized metallic hoops or colorful chandelier earrings that playfully hover above your shoulders. Be sure to keep in mind the overall look and occasion when selecting your jewelry -- save sparkles for a dressy evening affair and go with hoops for a casual lunch or shopping with friends.

Simple Statements

When a sweater is bold in color, embellishments or silhouette, sometimes it’s best to not distract with jewelry that has the potential to interfere. Leave your neckline open by finishing your look with a simple gold or silver cuff bracelet or a colorful cocktail ring. If you simply must adorn your neck, wear a thin metallic chain and single pearl or crystal drop. With a neckline this dramatic, you may find less is more.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. Stacey holds a Master's Degree in Education and currently writes for a number of online publications.

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