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8 Ways To Wear A Lariat Necklace

Nov 7, 2007
Unlike a traditional necklace, a Lariat does not have a clasp. A lariat is actually one long strand that can be tied or wrapped in a number of ways to create a variety of looks. Here, Dasha Boutique's Fashion Director, Sarah Stephens, offers a few tips.

Layered Strand: Since most Lariats are long, you can usually wrap them around twice, regardless of which tie you settle on. Place the center of the strand at your throat, cross the loose ends behind your neck and bring them to the front again. Then tie the loose ends in one of the styles below.

Short Dangle: One of the characteristic elements of a Lariat necklace is the loose strand (or strands) that fall below the wearer's neck. A short dangle (where the knot is low) creates a broad V that will mirror and enhance a moderate V neck or button-up blouse. This style does not work as well with crewnecks, as it will tend to make the wearer look broader than she is. Similarly, a short dangle will get lost with a deep V neck. This is a casual Lariat style, appropriate for the office or a sporting event.

Long Dangle: The long dangle conveys elegance and complements a fancy top or gown. A Lariat made of white or clear stones can be a simple but strong contrast to a black gown. To dress the look down a bit, choose a Lariat made of less fancy material and wear colors that don't attract too much attention to the jewelry.

Quick Tie: For a casual but feminine look, tie one end of the lariat over the other as if you are tying your shoes. This works best with necklace chains that are not too stiff, so that the ends stay tied and drop.

Overhand Knot in Front: With the Lariat hanging around your neck so the loose ends are in front, take both ends together and tie them in a simple overhand knot. Adjust the position of the tie to adjust the length of the dangle. This usually works without a layered strand and can be worn with almost any top.

Overhand Knot in Back: Tie the necklace as you would for an overhand knot in front, but this time, move the dangling ends to the back of your neck. This is a chic style that works best with an open-back evening gown and an updo. Make sure to tie the lariat high enough on the back of the neck so that it does not drop in front.

Slip Knot: This look works best when the necklace has a loop built into one end, but can be done with other Lariats as well. With an pre-made loop, simply thread one end of the Lariat through the other, adjusting the dangle length as appropriate. When there is no loop, tie one end around the other with a single pretzel knot by wrapping strand A around strand B once, then threading strand A through itself.

Belt: One lesser known lariat style ignores the neckline altogether and dresses up the waist. If there are belt loops, use them. Otherwise drape the Lariat around the waist and tie any of the above knots about one inch center from the hipbone.
About the Author
Sarah Stephens is the Fashion Director for Dasha Boutique, which features customizable, handmade jewelry. Dasha designs are often seen in InStyle, People, Lucky, Brides, Bridal Guide, Glamour, Bazaar and more. Shop online today at www.DashaBoutique.com.
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