How to Layer Necklaces: A Guide on Style

Posted August 6, 2020 by in Fashion
woman wearing two necklaces

Do you have so many necklaces you don’t have time to wear them all? Why not wear them at the same time?

It’s fashionable to wear multiple necklaces, and they don’t all have to match. You don’t have to let your jewelry sit lonely at home. Wear several necklaces at once in an iconic style all your own.

Here’s how to layer necklaces to get the most out of your jewelry and make a fashion statement. Take a look!

woman wearing layered necklaces

Mix Weights and Textures

When you’re layering necklaces, it’s a good idea to put different varieties together. Make sure the weights and textures are different but coordinating. For example, beads can go with dainty chains and even medallions if you do it right.

Make sure that you style a shorter necklace with at least two others, a medium-length chain and a longer necklace. The rule of threes definitely applies to jewelry, especially when you’re putting pieces together that didn’t come that way.

Try putting a thinner necklace at the top. Don’t be afraid to switch it out if you don’t like the look. The thinner chain might be better on the bottom, depending on the pieces you choose.

With adjustable chains, you have some control over the length. Use a couple of extra links to pull the necklace shorter if you think it would work better that way.

While some longer necklaces don’t have the adjustable clasp, you can adjust the length another way. Knot the necklace near the bottom so that the end piece makes a loop. You can adjust the knot’s placement to work with the other two necklaces in the trio.

Length isn’t everything, though. Even chokers can be layered, with different styles or similar bands. If you have a plunging neckline, chokers can be a high-contrast way to make sure your whole outfit blends together.

Break the Rules

You don’t always have to layer necklaces from the same store or the same set. While some necklaces come in a set and they’re intended to be worn together, you can break the rules. Choose one necklace from the set and pair it with something else you have at home for a different fashion statement.

Pair them with several wholesale chains to give it a larger look without the expensive price. These come in many different looks, from Figaro chains to Rope or even Rombo style. Order multiple styles and lengths to make a statement, or go with matching chain styles for a classier, more reserved look.

Always Keep in Mind Your Purpose

Who are you modeling your style after?

For extra inspiration, find pictures of your fashion muse as you get dressed. The specific examples right in front of you may solidify your ideas and help you make decisions.

It’s also a great idea to check your invitation. What event are you attending? Often a clue about the style is given on the card, or in further details on the website if it’s a wedding.

Don’t Mix Silver and Gold

While some rules are meant for breaking, not all of them are. When it comes to mixing your metals, it’s best to stick with the same type when attempting necklace layering. A silver chain with a gold or rose gold chain makes it look like you’re color blind or aren’t quite sure how to pair your jewelry.

It is okay to mix gemstones, however. Make sure your precious metals match, and then you can go to town with the stone colors.

It’s always a good idea to include some diamonds or clear jewels, along with the other choices. The neutral stone brings the look together and helps it blend.

Make a Statement

You’ll already be the center of attention if you’re layering necklaces for a bold look. Yet if you’re specifically looking at how to wear multiple necklaces to make a statement and be the center of your outfit, there are a few different techniques.

Often pieces you wouldn’t expect work really well together. Hold up different statement pieces and see if you can find a combination you love. If you’re still not sure, try the largest beads or medallion in the middle, and the smaller pieces on the top and bottom to accent it.

You want the other necklaces to point to the statement piece so it can do its job. Try picking just two statement necklaces and neglecting the third. The pair can sometimes work together to give you just the right look.

Adding More: How to Layer Necklaces

Wearing multiple necklaces is an art. If you aren’t satisfied with a stack of chokers, a pair of statement pieces, or a trio of chains, then do something drastic. Add several more necklaces so that you have 5 or 8 of them when you’re done.

Trial and error will tell you if you have too many or not enough. When in doubt, go for an odd number, although this rule is also meant to be broken. Keep adding one necklace at a time until the look is exactly what you’re going for.

Decide on Your Other Jewelry

These necklace tips will only take you so far. The rest is up to you. There are plenty of other pieces of jewelry to worry about, too.

Will you layer the bracelets and the rings you wear with your layered necklaces? A ring on every finger isn’t too much, although some statement rings stand out more if they’re left on their own. Stacked bracelets aren’t just for bangles anymore; it works for any style.

After your efforts, the most important part of your fashion accessories is your comfort. If you like the way you look and you’re confident, then it doesn’t matter what other people think. Remember to hold your head high and own the look.

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Now that you know how to layer necklaces, you can decide on a new statement every day. Go with layers of chokers one day and a pair of statement necklaces the next. 

The whole fashion world is open to you when you can mix and match your jewelry to achieve the look you want.

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