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The Style Secrets of Your Face: Necklines, Collars, Jewelry and More

The Style Secrets of Your Face: Necklines, Collars, Jewelry and More

Your eyes are the window to your soul and your face is the window to your style. When you understand your face from an artistic point of view, shopping for a top, scarf, necklace or pair of earrings is a cinch. What do you think about when shopping for one of these things? I’m sure price is part of your decision, but before you even look at the price, the two essential questions you need to say “Yes” to are:

  1. Do I Love It?
  2. Does it Love My Face?

Loving a fashion piece worn near your face means you are drawn to it and it makes your heart sing. You put it on and it feels really good. You find yourself saying “This is so me!” Finding the perfect garment or accessory not only empowers you, it can put you in a happy space for days!

But…the perfect garment is much more than your feelings about it. You may love a scarf, top or pair of earrings, but if it doesn’t enhance your face, you are settling for far less than you could have.

Knowing and wearing what makes your face go “wow” means others will notice you in a good way. They may even smile and say, “Wow, you look great!” This is a far cry from people saying, “I like your necklace” or “that’s a cool top,” which means what you are wearing is stealing your show. If you want people to see you, your neckline, collar, and what you wear at your neck or ears needs to resonate with the shape, line patterns and tones of your face, eyes and hair.

I know what you are thinking…“I can’t find anything I love that much, let alone expect to find something that really works for my face.”

You are right in one way. Finding a “love” isn’t always easy, especially with so many options out there. Maybe you haven’t been dazzled by anything in a long time because you don’t know where to look or what to look for. This is a big part of why so many women hate to shop.  They walk away from stores feeling frustrated with nothing to show for their hard work.

When I shop for clients, I use multiple resources and can pick one piece in a corner of a store to work with something else in the other corner. But even with 20 years’ experience as a personal stylist, I sometimes have to do some serious digging to find the right thing. Believe me, I feel you.

But, here is the GOOD NEWS!

The more you know about what works for the shape, line patterns and coloring of your face, the easier it will be to find the perfect love.

Here is what you get in my style and wardrobe consultation that makes it easy to select the best jewelry, necklines, collars and scarves:

  1. Your facial shape.
  2. The line patterns and scale of your facial features.
  3. The textural quality of your skin and hair.
  4. The undertone of your skin.
  5. The contrast and intensity levels of your skin, hair and eyes.

“HOLY SMOKES!” you say. “All that?” Yes, and more, but for now, the important thing for you to remember is that our eyes love to see pattern.

You can enhance and bring out your face by repeating its line patterns and shapes in your necklines, collars and jewelry. Adding more of the same shapes and lines creates resonance with and supports your face in a harmonious way. By contrast, if you wear the opposite shape like a round earring next to a square face, it doesn’t relate back to your face and can easily steal attention away from it.

Take a look at these two faces:

The Style Secrets of Your Face: Necklines, Collars, Jewelry and More



  • Chiseled contours
  • Rounded contours
  • Square, rectangle, triangle shape
  • Round or oval shape
  • Square, flat forehead
  • Round forehead
  • Straight or angled brows
  • Rounded brows
  • Straight, sculpted nose
  • Soft, rounded nose tip
  • Prominent cheekbones
  • Round, full cheeks
  • Straight or angled eyes
  • Rounded eyes
  • Angled jawline
  • Curved jawline
  • Straight, firm mouth
  • Soft, full mouth
5 or more is Yang

Yes! My face is more Yang

5 or more is Yin

Yes! My face is more Yin

The face on the left is Masculine Yang and composed of strong straight and angled lines. She has a face like a faceted gem stone. Her visibly high cheekbones, angled jawline, straight flat forehead and straight nose create the flat and angled planes of her face.

The face on the right is Feminine Yin. Her face is composed of all curved lines with no visible bony protrusions. Her round forehead, eyebrows, nose tip, cheeks and full lips flow together in a sensational curved line pattern.

Count the number of Yang features you have and the number of Yin features you have. Is your face composed of more angles or curves? You may have some of each and that’s perfectly fine.

So, what the heck does all this mean?

Your best necklines and collars resonate with the shape of your jawline, chin and cheeks.

Your best earrings and necklaces resonate with either your face shape or the shapes of your facial features.

(You also need to consider the length and width proportions of your face and neck to choose the right length and width of your accessories and necklines, but that’s another article for another day!).

The YANG FACE LOVES straight and angled lines, squares, rectangles, and triangles.

Jewelry – repeat the shape of face and facial features                                                                                  Modern, edgy, avant-garde, hard angles, geometric shapes (squares, triangles, rectangles), faceted diamonds and gem stones.

Prints – (in scarves and tops) repeat the shape of face and facial features                                      Modern, edgy, avant-garde, vertical and horizontal stripes, plaids, geometric shapes, arrows, chevron, crisscross lines.

Necklines – repeat shape of jawline, chin, cheeks
V-neck, straight (boat) neck, one shoulder, squared neck, mock neck, crew neck.

Collars and Lapels – repeat shape of jawline, chin, cheeks                                                                    Pointed, notched.

The YIN FACE LOVES curved lines, dots, oval, circles.

Jewelry – repeat the shape of face and facial features                                                                                  Circular lines, scroll, feather, floral, teardrop patterns, round beads, pearls, round chain link necklaces.

Prints – repeat the shape of face and facial features                                                                                      Floral, vines, scroll, paisley, feather, teardrop, dots, circles.

Necklines – repeat shape of jawline, chin, cheeks                                                                                      Scoop, deep scoop, sweetheart, jewel, bateau, ruffled, gathered, keyhole.

Collars and lapels – repeat shape of jawline, chin, cheeks                                                                    Mandarin, round, peter pan, shawl

If you have questions about the artistic design of your face, click here for a 30-minute free consultation or you can e-mail me directly at I would love to hear from you!

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