How to Layer Necklaces-Mix And Match Necklaces

Layering necklaces is trending again, but is it ever not? Plus, wearing multiple pieces in an ever-evolving collection of fun combinations lets you enjoy more of the pieces in your jewelry collection—and who doesn't like that? Here are our top tips on how to style layered necklaces.


  It seems like everyone has a different point of view when it comes to what constitutes the "correct" number of stacked necklaces to wear. Many people follow the "rule of three," while some assert it doesn't matter so long as it's an odd number. In our many layering try-outs, we've found that the mixture of three to five pieces is often the most aesthetically pleasing.

We suggest that you lay down your necklaces by length. For the quintessential layered look, add a choker, short necklace, and long necklace together. When stacking by necklace length, every piece in your chain gang ends up laying neatly. This way, you can see each detail and not end up with a jumble of charms vying for attention.


 The essential things to remember when wearing multiple necklaces is to not only vary the lengths, but also try mixing slender, dainty necklaces with longer, thicker chains. You might find that doubling a longer strand gives you just the effect you're hoping to achieve. 


Layer chokers is fun & easy, especially when they're the same style. Stack one right on top of the other, then let them cascade down with some more dainty charms to offset the statement-makers up top.


 Maintain a theme, choose necklaces with the same or similar shapes swinging from chains of different lengths. You can drape bright, primary colors of gems, beads or pearls with one another or stay within the same color family for a gentler look. 


You can opt to stay within the same metal color palette-like all rose gold or all silver- or go for a multi-tone combo. Mixing and matching a mashup of metals works particularly well when both stackable necklaces are similarly chunky (or slender).


Take into account your clothing, the top you're wearing will help determine which necklace you use for layering. Deep necklines lend themselves perfectly to framing your jewelry. Shirts and blouses with higher necklines can work nicely also. For example, a few shorter charm or pendant necklaces look great peaking out of a collared top. Also, layering chains is a great way to dress up a v-neck tee.


Like every wardrobe choice, when determining how to layer necklaces, you'll want to consider the occasion and the way the jewelry moves. Going to a concert or going out for a night of dancing? Opt for pieces that move and capture the light with the flow of music. In low light, a large gemstone pendant matched up with a shimmering disk necklace is a show stopper. We love a collection of superfine graduated chains for office wear or a simple top.


Layering necklaces is your opportunity to roll the dice and compose a look that is distinctly yours. No one else owns the exact assortment of jewelry as you, right? So play around with what you've got and when you're out shopping think about how necklaces might work with your existing pieces. You'll never settle for just one again. 

Some of the best looks come from combining contrasting styles with variations in weight, metal, color, stones, texture and cost. It's a blank canvas so mix and match as you see fit.


The above mentioned tips are fantastic, but if you feel overwhelmed by all the options and are pressed for time them opt for a layered necklace set. You can find multi-strand, pre attached necklaces that create this look for you.

Lariat necklaces are also a great alternative to add length and visual interest at the same time.

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