Y-Shape Necklaces: Beyond the Lariat

Once again this season, fashion has taken a shine to the sensuous look of Y-shape necklaces. This is a graceful shape for a necklace, sinuous as it drapes around the neck and then downward toward or into a woman’s cleavage. The Y-shape necklace is all about allure.

The lariat is a classic example of a Y-shape design. The June 2012 issue of InStyle pictures a gold-plated lariat necklace from Theodora & Callum with a pair of layered tank tops and shorts as a look appropriate for a summer concert. Also pictured with the ensemble is a gold-plated ring from Melinda Maria. An alternate look, seen to the right, features a pair of sterling silver and gold plated bracelets from Sarah Chloe and a cubic zirconia and silver necklace from Boy NYC.

The August 2012 issue of InStyle features a metal lariat necklace from Luv AJ that creates the Y configuration. Worn over a button-front shell top, the effect is surprisingly demure.

The visual Y-shape effect also results from other necklace designs and configurations:

In the August 2012 issue of InStyle, a brass-plated statement necklace with Swarovski crystals from Lionette Designs by Noa Sade creates the Y shape. Also shown on the page with jade green-hued fashions is a leather and metal cuff from Paige Novick.

In the July 2012 issue of Glamour, a delicate Y-shape necklace from Manon von Gerkan is pictured with an open jacket from Blumarine. The model also wears a cuff from Michael Kors, a Campbell ring, and sunglasses from Cutler and Gross.

The April 23, 2012 issue of People pictures Beyonce in St. Barts, wearing a low-cut black bathing suit with an unidentified long, slender Y-shape necklace that falls between her breasts.

A version of the Y-shape necklace created in diamonds by Harry Winston worn with diamond earrings from the same designer and a ring from Dior Fine Jewelry accompany a formal dress from John Galliano in this photo from the June 2012 issue of Marie Claire.

The Y-shape effect can also be created via a long vertical pendant on a chain:

A long clothespin-shape pendant creates the visual look of a Y shape as seen in this pendant necklace from Ted Baker London in the August 2012 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.

A slightly shorter version of the Y shape is created with a rigid sterling silver necklace with a rock crystal pendant from Georg Jensen, as pictured in the June 2012 issue of Elle. The silver necklace and a Citizen stainless steel watch are accessories suggested as accompaniments to menswear pieces at work.

Finally, here’s one indisputably alluring choice in Y-shape necklaces: On the cover of the May 2012 issue of Marie Claire, actress Zooey Deschanel wears a low-cut Gucci ensemble with a Van Cleef & Arpels zipper necklace.