Amid all the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards red carpet there was one style that really stood out. Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway, decked out in a pale pink Prada column dress, wore a major Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace backwards so that the swagging and decorative motifs twinkled at the base of her neck. Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence — one of the Beladora team’s favorite actresses! — draped a long, slender diamond chain by Chopard down her back. A little bit of glitter at the back of the neck or down the back is an unexpected flirtation with elegance that takes a plain outfit (even if it is Lawrence’s Dior Couture ball gown) from meh to magnificent.
Wearing a necklace down the back instead of down the front can be a great way to draw attention to the line of a dress, or to a sexy scooped back. The look was popularized in the 1920s when long strands of pearls, or diamond set sautoirs would be worn either at the front or the back for an elegant look that seemed a little out of the ordinary. The style was recently brought back in to fashion as a new and interesting way to incorporate jewelry into modern styles. It’s part Bohemian, part classic elegance and all sexy.
For a Boho take on the back necklace, we love this feather lariat design in yellow gold by Tiffany & Co. It’s fashion without the fuss and can be draped around the neck several times to adjust the length.
For a more red carpet ready style, this sexy lariat pairs larger and smaller South Sea pearls with diamond caps on a simple and sleek white gold chain. Wear it down the line of the back with the pearls at different lengths for a sexy update on the 1920s long pearl strand.
This look works well with bigger and bolder necklace styles as well but we prefer a luxe lariat because it’s understated and adjustable so that you can find the perfect length to fit your outfit.