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How to Choose Jewelry for Your Body Shape

November 15, 2021 by Author Maria Nicola

Ever wonder why some necklaces or earrings look amazing on the first try and why certain pieces always stay in your jewellery box even though you thought you loved them?

While sentimental value does play a part here, there's a big chance that some of those neglected items are simply not suitable for your body type. Yes, you heard right, jewellery, just like clothes, also falls under certain styling rules.

Want to find out which jewellery pieces highlight your best features and which ones - not so much? Keep reading! 

Body types 

First, let's get acquainted with the most common body types. It’s true, each body is different and unique, but you probably can relate to one of the types at least partially, and that will help you make the best fashion choices!

Inverted triangle. Broader shoulders, chest, narrower hips and, often, a flat bottom. Many athletic and sporty women have this body type.

Hourglass. Shoulders and hips around the same size. Women with this body type often have a slimmer waistline, rounded bottom and hips.

Apple. Shoulders and hips around the same size. Women with apple body shape have a wider waist, average or larger bust and slim limbs.

Pear. Shoulders are narrower than hips. Women with pear body shape often have fuller and muscular legs and full hips.

Rectangle. Hips, shoulders, and waist all around the same size, there's very little waist definition, the hips and bottom are straight.

Jewellery for each body type 

Inverted triangle. If that's you, focus on accessorising your chest and neck region with statement necklaces. 

Choose longer necklaces that elongate your figure and also create an illusion of a slimmer and taller figure. 

To keep balance and not go overboard, opt for stud or minimal earrings. Pearls, diamonds or crystals will work perfectly.

Hourglass. If you have an hourglass figure, focus on your bust and cleavage. Shorter, structured, cuff or statement necklaces will all look great. Also, consider a necklace that has a drop or a pendant.

In this case, hips tend to get all the attention, so by bringing focus to your upper body, you balance everything out.

Drop or hoop earrings are a great choice, too, as they elongate your neck and create an illusion that you are taller and slimmer.

Apple. Women with this body type often want to achieve the illusion of a taller, slimmer figure and elongated body. If you're one of them, focus on your neckline and collar bone and wear long necklaces with pendants or tassels. They will look great with V-neck tops, and if you prefer wide necklines, a layered necklace is ideal. 

A great way to create visual balance is also to wear drooping, dangling earrings and stacked chunky bracelets. The bracelets create a difference between the waist and wrists and achieve the optical illusion of body elongation.

Pear. This body type benefits from large statement necklaces and delicate bracelets. Women with pear body shape have a lot going on in the hip area, and we love it, but you might need a little something to balance it all out. You can do this by accentuating your shoulders and neck with a statement necklace.

Avoid chunky bracelets as they will only draw attention to the hips. Instead, opt for something minimal and subtle. 

This body shape looks great with turtlenecks and high necks, so choose a layered style or something short with an accent like a pendant.

Rectangle. Hey, you can wear pretty much anything you want! 

If you're a shorter lady, layered and long necklaces will elongate your body and create a slender look. If you're taller, be careful with longer pieces, though, as they can create a distorted view!

Pair your layered necklace with a round-neck top, it’s a truly great look!

Lastly, because women with rectangle-shaped body types often have straight hips, a great way to bring attention to them is to wear large bracelets and bangles. 

If you're still trying to discover your style or love mixing things up, consider the versatile Maria Nicola 10 Way Necklace that can be worn ten different ways and will work for all body shapes and any outfit. With just one piece you’ll be able to try out endless looks and figure out which one works best for you.

Watch Maria style the 10 Way Necklace with some of her stunning Kimonos and get tips on how to accessorise to flatter your body.