How to Layer Necklaces

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Here is a simple style tip to help you look chic this holiday season and beyond.

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If you’re new to wearing jewelry, or looking for a new way to wear jewelry, then you may wonder how it is that the most stylish woman that you know always wears perfectly layered jewelry.

Layered necklaces elevate the look of almost any outfit, and they are the perfect way to make your casual weekend brunch outfit look like you spent forever putting it together.

Layered necklaces also make a great accent look for holiday party outfits. Try layering a choker necklace (as your foundation necklace) and gold chain necklaces over a little black dress or jumpsuit.

Layered necklaces have been in style for a while now, but although the look is simple, the getting there can be complex if you don’t have a few guidelines to follow—like not layering only thin necklaces unless you want to end up with a tangled mess.

How to Layer Necklaces

Here are a few easy tips on how to layer necklaces for an easy, chic look.

1—Choose your jewelry.

Often, you will see necklaces of the same metal (like gold chains) worn together, but you can mix your metals and also mix materials and fabrics.

A few examples include mixing gold and silver chains, or mixing gold chains with a strand of pearls, for a slightly edgy look.

Necklaces that are woven with metal and ribbon are also a fun look to mix with other jewelry.

Pendant necklaces are also great for layering. If you use a pendant necklace, then it is common to make the pendant necklace the shortest one that you wear.

2—Don’t use necklaces that are the same length.

Use necklaces of different lengths to give your jewelry a cascading effect. If you wear three necklaces, then you should have three different lengths.

Common lengths for necklaces include 16” (choker length), 18” (at the collar bone), 20” (below the collar bone), 22” (at the neckline), and 24” (below the neckline).

The places where each necklace length falls are estimation; your height and size can effect where different lengths of necklaces land around your collar bone or neckline.

In general, each necklace length should fall at a different place on the chest, giving the desired layered look. The shortest necklace length will be your foundation. If you can, try a few necklace sizes to find your best lengths.

3—Use different chain widths.

Mix up the widths of your necklace chains or strands. If you use all thin necklaces, then you risk having your jewelry tangle together more easily. Mixing the weights of your chains creates interest—and it can help prevent the jewelry from sticking together. Chains come in widths that commonly range from 1 mm to 21 mm.

4—Keep it simple.

For many people, a good starting distance is to stack necklaces about 2 inches apart. Once you’ve had some experience, then adding a really long necklace for a dramatic look can be fun.

At first, you may find it easiest to limit the number of necklaces to two or three necklaces stacked for a great look. But you can also layer more necklaces together.

5—Add a pop of color.

Colorful jewelry makes a great accent for many outfits. Use a statement necklace to add a pop of color to an all-black or monochromatic outfit. A pendant necklace is another way to add a pop of color to a layered necklace look.

More Layered Jewelry Styling Tips

  • Choker length necklaces tend to look good with rounded, scooped, or draped necklines.
  • Longer necklace lengths may fit more comfortably over bulky sweaters and shirts in winter.
  • A layering spacer clasp may help to prevent necklaces from getting tangled up.

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