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How to Wear Beaded Necklaces

by Maegan Crandall

A beautiful black and red beaded necklace

Beaded necklaces are very trendy in jewelry this season. Is it time for you to try some new beaded jewelry? Beaded necklaces can be very versatile: They add just the right touch of color to outfits old and new. If you are new to the world of beaded jewelry, follow these simple tips to wear beaded necklaces stylishly.

Wearing Beaded Necklaces:

  1. The long and the short: Bead necklaces are available in a wide range of lengths. Where other necklaces may be limited to just one standard length, beaded necklaces inject variety into your jewelry collection. Long bead necklaces may reach the button on your low-rise jeans. These dramatic necklaces make it easy to embrace the Bohemian trend. Wear long beaded necklaces with sheath dresses, trouser jeans or skinny cargos. Short beaded necklaces have the look of classic pearls, but they are much more unique. Wear short beaded necklaces with suits, V-neck sweaters and cocktail dresses.

  2. In color: One of the best aspects of bead jewelry is the amazing range of colors. Beads made of plastic, glass, wood and crystal can be found in all your favorite hues. Gemstone bead necklaces incorporate authentic gems in a rainbow of colors. Wear bright blue, pink and yellow beaded necklaces in the spring or brighten a winter day with emerald and sapphire bead jewelry. Shiny metal beads make for contemporary beaded necklaces. Wear metal beaded jewelry with skinny jeans and silk shirts.

  3. Size matters: Bead size is an important consideration when shopping for beaded necklaces. Large beads make for a dramatic piece of jewelry, while small beads are very delicate and feminine. Large beads are often separated by smaller beads on necklaces to minimize the impact of big gems or stones. Keep other jewelry to a minimum when wearing beaded necklaces with large beads in order to avoid looking weighed down. Beaded necklaces with petite beads, on the other hand, can be layered with other jewelry to create texture.

  4. The shape of things: You may think of beads as always being round, but many beaded necklaces incorporate square beads and gemstone chips. These necklaces are artistic and creative. Wear these textured necklaces with T-shirts, sundresses and long skirts.

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