You might think that wearing a necklace is one of the most self-explanatory and ‘basic’ things that you can add to a look, but that isn’t the case when you discover the different and interesting ways that they can be used and incorporated into both casual and formal attire.
Every jewelry lover is constantly on the lookout for ideas and inspiration to take their style to the next level so it pays to keep an eye on trends. You may well have noticed that layering has become very popular. It applies to both bracelets and necklaces.
Layering necklaces and pendants can instantly transform the style and vibe of how you present them on your body. A layered necklace look is one of the easiest ways to add another focal point and dimension to your outfit. And, if you have a lot in your jewelry box, why wouldn’t you want to wear more than one necklace at once rather than just one statement piece?
You don’t need a professional stylist to teach you the art of layering pendant necklaces and chain necklaces. Here are some of the best tips that will show exactly how to wear and perfect the layered necklace trend. No matter what jewelry brand you prefer, we are confident your different chains will be ideal for the look.
Experiment With Different Lengths
From chokers, lariat necklaces, pearl necklaces, and more, the beauty of getting layering right are picking a handful of dainty necklaces that all sit at varying heights on your neckline. Do not select of group of necklaces that are all the same length, because this will only have a messy effect when you wear them. Quite simply, having necklaces hanging at the same length is the antithesis of layering.
Instead, opt for maybe three or four items of jewelry that all sit at different places on your neck and chest. The right combination will draw the eye to each individual element while still looking and feeling like a cohesive style choice that was always meant to be put together in that way.
This Valentino double-strand drop necklace can make an impact as one of the lower-hanging choices.
Valentino Double Strand Drop Necklace
Stick To A Single Tone
A layered look of necklaces will be eyecatching in itself but you can add an extra smidgeon of chich and style by sticking to a single tone or metal.
If you are going to layer frequently, sort your jewelry collection into various precious metals. When you have a pile of yellow gold white gold and rose gold chains or sterling silver, it will make it easier to find pretty and impactful combinations.
The trick is to keep those pieces together without mixing the metals too much. We’re not saying that mixing precious metals never works, but for a layered necklace trend where delicacy and fluidity are the most important elements, it is generally best to stick to one tone that you either like the best or think looks the best on your skin.
This kind of this rose gold multi-triangle necklace is the perfect type of necklace to use as a base to then build other beautiful rose gold pieces around it.
14K Gold Multi Triangle Necklace - Rose Gold
Start With A Pre-Layered Design
There are plenty of jewelers and jewelry brands that offer intricate long necklaces that by design have a layered look. This is helpful if you are not confident with your own selection choices and want to have a statement necklace that you can wear right out of the box to produce the layered look you crave.
Doing this can be a good starting point for people who want to experiment with a necklace stack but don’t necessarily know how to choose or combine the shortest necklace and the longest necklace. Pre-layered designs remove the stress!
This triple-strand Valentino necklace has plenty of layers and dynamism on its own without having to add any other chains. You can of course layer it with something else as your confidence in the trends grows, but on its own, it is a great starting point.
Triple Strand Valentino Necklace
Add A Pop Of Color With Gemstones
Keeping to one single tone or metal color can run the risk of looking a little bit bland, but you can remedy this. Gemstones can provide an instant pop of color and personality. With an amazing range of colors, you should be able to find the right one to go with your outfit. Remember, colored gemstones do not have to be precious stones. There are plenty of paste alternatives.
A pop of color can also be achieved by fun beaded necklaces or other costume jewelry pieces, but be careful about mixing and matching costume beads with more refined, fine jewelry because it’s important to get the balance right.
This white gold diamond cross pendant provides the kind of shimmer, bling, and sparkle that many people love in jewelry and it will achieve the wonderful balance of being a standout piece that also blends beautifully with the other necklaces you wear it with.
18K White Gold Diamond Cross Necklace Pendant
Don’t Go Over The Top
When you are trying to achieve a look that includes lots of different individual pieces of jewelry, it can be very easy to go over the top and move away from chic into clutter. With necklaces and chains, in particular, there is always the risk of tangling if you have too many competing items trying to occupy the space.
Coco Chanel always recommended that before you leave the house, you should look in the mirror and take off one item of your outfit to ensure that it isn’t doing ‘too much, and we think that this advice works well for the art of necklace layering. You want your layered creation to be eye-catching, but not at the expense of your overall look. It should be complementary rather than clashing.
Simple shapes and clean lines can help to keep things uncomplicated, with something like this wide triangle necklace being perfect.
14K Gold Single Wide Triangle Necklace
Pay Attention To Your Clothing
You must pay attention to the clothing that you choose to pair your layered necklace look with, particularly in the top department. Different necklaces will have different visual impacts depending on the neckline of your t-shirt or blouse, so experiment with trying on V-necks and crew necks to find the neckline that suits you best.
The lower the neckline, the more room you have to play with in terms of chain lengths, whereas a shirt that doesn’t show much skin is more suited to a layered look that features shorter lengths like chokers, etc. Ideally, you do not want your necklaces to disappear underneath clothing, as it will lessen the overall visual impact of the layers that you have carefully curated.
So those are our tips on how to get on board with the necklace layering trend along with a few example necklaces that would work in numerous looks. The important thing is to have fun but still love what you wear, because wearing jewelry shouldn’t be a chore. For more inspiration, just google the on-trend celebrities who have already embraced layering.
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