Who knew? Here we were, just walking around wearing our necklaces dangling in front of us, complimenting our neckline, when we should have been wearing them the other way! Say hello to the backlace and welcome to the new way of wearing jewelry! This trend sort of snuck up on the world because it certainly isn’t anything new. Audrey Hepburn wore a backlace in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Princess Diana pulled off the look flawlessly with pearls in 1985. The backlace is a trend of wearing a long necklace that drapes beautifully down the back.
Celebrity History of the Backlace
Many stars have aided in the popularity of the trend through the years by featuring necklaces backwards with their backless dresses at awards shows, premieres, and festivals. Jennifer Lawrence is a frequenter of the backlace, and Anne Hathaway is as well. Cate Blanchett, Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne, Kate Hudson, and Nicole Kidman have all perfected the look with their low-back dresses.
This wearing a backlace can be deeply sexy, and as an added bonus, even more subtle than your jewelry dangling in your decolletage. It’s also a sign of independence; you’re confident in yourself and your style and that my friends is incredibly attractive and something to be proud of! We’ve also found that the added weight of the necklace down your back will improve your posture. It encourages you to straighten your shoulders, raise your head, and subconsciously push your pelvis forward.
While wearing this style of jewelry was at one point limited to backless and low-back dresses, with current trends of shirts and blouses with low backs, you can now add this accessory as a sexy addition to your everyday look. We know you’re just as excited as we are!
The Best Styles of Necklace Turned Chic Backlace
Lariat styles are perfect for turning around and wearing backwards. They are easily adjustable, hang nicely and they can be knotted or looped at just the right spot. Wraps and bolos are good choices as well because they are also easily adjustable and are designed to hang. While simpler designs add a bit more panache to your ensemble a style with a pendant will add a little weight, which helps hold the necklace in place.
You can choose shorter pieces to wear with top styles that aren’t quite as low, you just want to be sure that it is long enough or has enough weight that it’s not going to fall forward or tangle with your hair (that’s just annoying and frustrating). Designers now also make necklaces that are specifically designed to be worn as a backlace. They are shaped for the shoulder and the clasp is not easily seen.
Now that you have been sufficiently introduced and educated in the ways of the backlace, go forth and experiment to find what works for you! We’re excited to see what you come up with and how you rock the backlace (because we know you will)! Share your pictures with us with the hashtag #mymelroso. Don’t have anything that will work as a backlace? Check out our stylish collection of necklaces that will do that job and show off beautiful you!