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Would You Wear… a Backwards Necklace?


Celebs wearing backwards necklaces
Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Biel wearing the backwards necklace trend. | Photos via Pacific Coast News

We’ll admit it: though caught off-guard, we were pleased about Jennifer Lawrence’s accessory choice at the Oscars. We were also surprised than Anne Hathaway opted for a similar look at the same event! However, after doing some research, we realized that the backwards necklace trend has been struggling to surface for years and is now having its moment in the spotlight.

Back in 2007, Nicole Kidman donned the look in a Coco Chanel ad. Kate Hudson (pictured above) also memorably rocked back jewelry on the red carpet years ago.  With summer rapidly approaching, we predict that backless dresses will be as commonplace as sandals. We would love to see pretty back jewelry on the average college girl and not just the red carpet!

Here’s how we’d wear it…

How to wear a backwards necklace
Product Information: Dress, Necklace, Sandals, Rings | Hair Photo via Elle

When rocking this look, opt for something with an open back, such as this maxi dress from Urban Outfitters. That way, nothing else will complete with the long silver pendant necklace. For the same reason, remember to keep your hair up and away from your neck if it’s long — try a high pony tail or bun √† la Jessica Biel in the above photo.

Since this accessory trend makes a statement, keep the rest of the jewelry simple: some stud earrings or delicate rings are all you need. Lastly, add a pair of casual sandals to finish off this boho-chic weekend look.

Would you wear a backwards necklace?

What do you think of this trend? Would you ever try it out? What do you think of the outfit? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Posted on on April 16, 2013 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Backwards Necklace?”

  1. 1
    April 16th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I sure would wear this! Although it’d have to be a pretty cool/delicate necklace. Sadly I’m too scared to wear backless things because of the whole no-bra situation!

  2. 2
    April 16th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve done this and I got so many compliments! I had a long, very dramatic necklace and wore it to a wedding with a dress that had a low back and a front that wasn’t great for wearing necklaces. I wore my hair up to accent the necklace in back.

  3. 3
    April 16th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    No. It looks tacky.

  4. 4
    April 16th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Nah. I don’t like wearing backless things, I don’t even own a strapless bra at the moment, let alone one with no back. Not to mention, I feel like the necklace would constantly be choking me (or at least seem like it is).

  5. 5
    April 16th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    It looks really pretty, since the necklaces are delicate, but i can’t decide because i don’t know how it looks from the front.. i suppose it depends on the dress. although i have to agree with the comment above- i’m not sure about the no bra situation

  6. 6
    April 16th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Uh, no. I’ll pass on this one. Some trends look ridiculous on celebrities and even more ridiculous on people who aren’t.

  7. 7
    April 16th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    It looks kind of silly…

  8. 8
    April 16th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    All these pictures show the back view but I’m curious as to how the front looks like. If it looks like what I think it does, then I definitely don’t like the style.

  9. 9
    April 16th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I have a feeling this might be a look back and go “oh, jeez” kind of fad. Like wearing gemstones on the corners of your eyes or around your belly button.

  10. 10
    April 16th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I think it looks good on Jessica Biel as it feels more like a part of her dress, whilst on Jennifer Lawrence I thought that it looked a bit like it had spun around accidentally (so backless must be the way to wear it). I don’t think I’ll be wearing one any time soon as I reckon mine would look like the latter!

    One little point is that the necklace you’ve suggested has a clasp that would be very apparent at the front – surely the necklace would have to be one with no fastening?

  11. 11
    April 16th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Yeah, I agree with the whole no bra thing. If they could design necklaces that look like they are supposed to have stuff in the back, then I think I’d go for it tbh… I really love weird jewelry…
    I don’t really like the celebrity photos because I don’t think the pieces are designed to be worn backwards on purpose. If they looked more like they did it on purpose, it would look better.

  12. 12
    April 16th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Not sure what I think about this yet. It’s an interesting idea though!

  13. 13
    April 16th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I think it could be cute. If you are worried about how it will look in the front or have a necklace with a clasp you could probably pin it or stitch it to just the straps of the dress. That way it will look more intentional and part of the dress

  14. 14
    April 16th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I think it’s a more formal look…I am planning on doing this for my college’s annual Christmas ball next year, but only if I can find a backless dress (never owned one and a little scared of the no bra (or adhesive bra I guess) situation, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try and we’re in college, so why not?

  15. 15
    April 16th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Would love to see a post compiling nice backless dresses… I have such a hard time finding tasteful ones!

  16. 16
    April 17th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Backless dress yes. The necklace…. Looks little weird.

  17. 17
    April 17th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I sure love to wear them. I think It’s more elegant to see backward necklace if you were wearing a long stunning backless gown. It will really emphasize the necklace. We should try different fashion too for a change.

  18. 18
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I love the backless dress look, but I’m not sure about the necklace. If it was like a string of jewels from the dress then yes, but otherwise no.

  19. 19
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I really like this trend now, but I agree with one of the above comments. It looks like something we will look back on and just curse ourselves for wearing it. And I do think this looks best with a ball gown, so I don’t see myself wearing this in the near future

  20. 20
    April 17th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Kind of 1920’s inspired. Love it :)

  21. 21
    April 18th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Yes! I love these being seeing them on pinterest and pinning all of them!

  22. 22
    April 21st, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It looks beautiful on Jennifer Aniston, with her elegant, wide shoulders and smooth back.

  23. 23
    April 21st, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    sorry, I meant Jennifer Lawrence xD

  24. 24
    April 22nd, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I think it made sense for Nicole Kidman considering that it was done for an interesting look in photography and advertising.

    However, I don’t think I would wear a necklace backwards at a cocktail party or any social gathering of that sort with a backless dress since it doesn’t look great with my front part of the outfit. But, I really love the idea of flaunting the back of the body! My suggestion is, instead of wearing a necklace backwards, I would just sew a chained jewel (or make a detachable chained jewel) to the back’s line of the dress/shirt. Not only you give an accessorized visual interest to your bare back, but you would also be comfortable with your front neck too!

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