Unlike a typical necklace, a Lariat does not have a clasp; rather, it is characterized by one long strand that can be tied or wrapped in a number of ways to create a variety of looks. Here, one fashion professional shares a few tips on when, where and how to wear a Lariat.
Layered Strand: Since most Lariats are long, you can almost always 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 back to your chest. Then tie the loose ends in one of the fashions below.
Short Dangle: One of the characterizing elements of a Lariat necklace is the strand (or strands) that dangle below the wearer's neck. A short dangle (where the knot is low) creates a broad V that will mirror and enhance a medium 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. Likewise, the short dangle will get lost with a deep V neck. This is a casual Lariat look, appropriate for the office or a sporting event.
Long Dangle: The long dangle conveys elegance and can be expected to enhance a fancy top or gown. A Lariat made of white or clear stones can be a simple but exciting contrast to a black gown. To dress the look down a bit, choose a Lariat with a more casual material and wear colors that don't draw too much attention to the jewelry.
Quick Tie: For a casual but delicate look, tie one end over the other as with the first step of tying your shoes. This works best with materials that are not too stiff, so that the ends stay tied and drop.
Overhand Knot in Front: With the Lariat positioned around your neck, take both ends together and tie them in a simple overhand knot. Adjust the knot position to create a long or short 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 the knot is placed high on the back of the neck so that it does not shift or droop in front.
Slip Knot: This look works best when the necklace has a loop built into one end, but can be adapted for other Lariats as well. With an existing 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 final option is to ignore the neckline altogether and dress 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.