Tips & Tricks: How to Layer Necklaces

How to layer necklaces

 

One of the best ways to accessorize an outfit is by learning how to layer necklaces properly. It can add dimension and interest to any look, whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or want to add a little something extra to your everyday style. But if you've never tried it before, stacking necklaces can be a little daunting.

Don't worry, though! It's really easy to do. And with a few of our best tips, you can create the perfect look for yourself. So whether you're just getting started or looking for some new stacking ideas, keep reading for everything you need to know about piling on neckpieces.

 

HOW TO LAYER NECKLACES:

We have a few different tips on how to layer necklaces, and each one has its own unique look. Here are a few of the most popular methods:

 

1. CHOOSE DIFFERENT LENGTHS


One of the easiest ways to create a stacked necklace look is to combine different necklace lengths. For example, try pairing a longer chain with a shorter necklace or several pieces of varying lengths simultaneously. The different necklace lengths will help add visual interest and depth to your look. Nowadays, most chains come with extenders for adjustable wear, making this a breeze to do.

Using negative space is essential when you layer your pieces. For example, when placing necklaces on top of one another, spread out the length, so they don't touch for a stylish, polished look. Playing with negative space means keeping necklace layers 2" apart. Ideally, include a short choker and longer chains in your stack. The choker will help frame the face while the longer pieces lengthen the neck, helping balance this look.

 

2. MIX METALS


The easiest way to start combining necklaces is by blending different metals. Wear a platinum necklace with a gun mental chain or mix metals in the same piece for a multi-tone look. If you're unsure how to mix metals, try starting with a platinum chain and adding a gold charm or pendant. This will give your layered necklaces a unique look because it doesn't follow the traditional "gold on gold rule."

It's also important to keep in mind the size of the neckpieces you are selecting. For example, if you're pairing a large platinum coin necklace with a smaller silver chain, the delicate piece will likely be overshadowed and disappear in your stack. So it might be better to go with all platinum or all silver necklaces instead.

 

3. MIX TEXTURES


Be sure to keep the textures of the metals in mind when layering, too. You don't want two pieces with entirely different finishes next to each other; they will look cluttered. Instead, try pairing a shiny rope chain with a hammered one or a matte piece with a brushed silver one. These different textures will give your layered look a sleek, modern feel.

It's great to work in different textures in your stack but be careful not to go overboard. When combining pieces, it looks a bit gaudy if you work in too many different textures or have too many different materials next to each other.

 


4. PICK A CENTERPIECE


A little trick to stacking neckpieces like a pro is to focus on one longer, more substantial piece that will sit in the center. It's best if it's something that contrasts with other pieces you choose, which are usually shorter and more delicate. Place this centerpiece at a spot where your clothes will naturally hit (usually above your chest) and then build around it, gradually adding shorter chains until you reach your desired length.

If you want to add a bit more interest to necklace layers, try different chains or textures as you build outwards. You can also blend in some charms or a pendant necklace to create a more personal look.

We also love a centerpiece with a pop of color! If you're looking to add a touch of fun to the different layers, try a colorful statement piece in the middle. Just be sure that the colors you select complement each other well.

 

5. CONSIDER YOUR OUTFIT



When you're stacking necklaces, it's important to be mindful of your outfit. For example, if you're wearing a high-necked shirt or dress, you'll want to avoid short pieces that will compete with the collar. Instead, go for longer necklaces or layer several long necklaces.

If you're wearing a low-cut top, on the other hand, you can get away with a shorter necklace or even a dramatic statement piece. Just be careful not to overcrowd your neckline with too many necklaces. Instead, a few well-chosen pieces will give you a stylish and put-together look.

 

6. CHOOSE SIMILAR METALS

 

When you layer your necklaces, choosing similar metals is important so that the overall look is cohesive. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, if you're looking to add a bit of interest to your necklace stack, try blending different metals for a more eclectic look.

 


7. LARIATS LAST


Make sure your lariat necklace is the longest layer when you stack necklaces. A lariat necklace is stunning on its own. When added into a multiple necklace look, this elongated piece adds a dimension other necklaces can't without being too extra, hence upping your neck game.

When it comes to layering necklaces, always start with choosing shorter chain styles according to size and gradually work your way down to your longest layer, which is the lariat.

Lariat chains look especially good paired with layered chokers and worn with a v-neck or low-cut blouse. Let the lariat hang down in front, and you've got an effortlessly chic layered necklace look. The layered chokers add the right edge to this otherwise delicate style.

 

8. SHIMMER IS A MUST


When stacking, a little metallic goes a long way! To make the layering of your jewelry more interesting, throw a sparkling necklace into the look. A sparkling necklace is a perfect way to add a touch of glamour to your necklace stack and make it truly shine.

Choose a neckpiece with just a hint of shimmer, or go all out with a full-on glittering piece. When you layer necklaces, a little sparkle will take your necklace game to the next level, no matter what you choose.

 

9. LESS IS MORE


The key to mastering the layering necklaces trend is not to overdo it in the neck region. Instead, a few well-chosen pieces will create an elegant and eye-catching look, while too many combinations can look cluttered and messy. Stick to three or four necklaces, and choose necklace pieces that complement each other in style, color, and size.

 

Start by choosing a focal point—this will be the neckpiece that stands out the most and anchors the look. Then add a few secondary necklaces, keeping in mind that these should be smaller and less dramatic than the focal point.

 

Finally, add a finishing touch with a delicate necklace or chain.

When you layer necklaces, it's important to keep the overall look in mind. If you're going for a casual look, experiment with different combinations in different colors and styles. But if you're dressing up for a special occasion, stick to more classic styles and colors.

 

10. GO BIG OR GO HOME


A statement necklace is the perfect way to add an instant injection of glamour to your daytime or evening look.

We love layered statement pieces this season - pick two statement necklaces in contrasting styles and colors for a beautifully balanced look.
Avoid pairing a statement necklace with other bold jewelry. Instead, let the statement piece be the star of the show by keeping your earrings and other accessories simple and understated.

When you stack necklaces, don't be afraid to go for it and layer big & bold pieces! This look is all about playing around with more and more necklaces. Who says you can't play with proportion?

 

11. THE MORE, THE MERRIER


Don't be afraid to layer multiple necklaces of the same style or material. For example, if you have two thin gold chains, don't be scared to wear them both simultaneously. Wearing two chains (although not different lengths) will give your layered look a little more fullness and interest.
Or, if you have a few thin gold chains with varying lengths, try wearing them all simultaneously. By piling on these dainty necklaces, you will create a very on-trend, cascading look.

The key to being a pro at the layering necklaces trend is to make sure the styles are different enough in length. For example, if you have two thinner chains that are the exact same, it will look like you're wearing one necklace, not two. But if you have two different chains that don't measure the same length, it will give your layered necklaces more dimension.

 

12. AVOID TANGLES


 

One of the most frustrating things about wearing multiple chains is having them constantly become tangled. To avoid this, use small jewelry clasps to attach each chain to the one below it. These clasps will keep your chains from getting tangled together, and it will also make it easier to take them off at the end of the day.

 

13. COPY ESTABLISHED LOOKS


 

One of the best ways to learn how to layer necklaces is by looking at established looks and copying them. Of course, you don't want to steal someone's exact style, but you can use these ideas as inspiration for your own combinations.

It's fun to be your own fashion stylist, so inject some of your own personality into these looks.

Necklace Layering Ideas:

A. Here are some tips on how to layer chunky chains:
One of the most popular ways to wear multiple necklaces is layering chunky chains. This trend has been around for a while and shows no signs of slowing down. So if you're looking for a way to add some edge to your look, chunky layers are the way.

1. Choose a heavy chain as the centerpiece, the piece that stands out the most and anchors the look.
2. Add a few secondary necklaces, keeping in mind that these chains should be different weights but always smaller and less dramatic than the centerpiece; for this, two necklaces are usually enough.
3. Finally, finish your layered look by adding a demure finishing touch, such as a delicate chain. This delicate piece will add some contrast to the look and help balance the overall aesthetic.

B. Here are some tips on how to layer pearl pieces:
Pearls are a timeless classic, and there's no better way to wear them than by layering multiple strands. Layering pearl necklaces are perfect for any formal occasion but are easily dressed down for a more casual vibe. Layering pearl necklaces are all about mixing and matching different sizes, lengths, and colors of pearls.

1. Start with the shortest necklace, choose a shorter strand of pearls as your base.
2. Add a second layer of pearls, ensuring that this strand is longer than the first.
3. Finish your layered necklace look with a third layer of pearls. For this final look, choose either a strand that's the same length as the second piece or a little bit longer.

C. How to Layer Pendant Necklaces
Layering pendant necklaces is a great way to add personality and beauty to your outfit. Whether you decide to wear a simple brass piece or a more intricately designed one, layering pendant necklaces is a great way to make a statement.
1. Choose your favorite piece as the centerpiece; this will be the star of the show, so make sure you really love this piece.
2. Add a second piece, keeping in mind that this one should be different in style from the first.
3. Finally, add the third row; choose a neckpiece that complements the first two but doesn't compete with them for this final look.

D. How to Layer Coin Necklaces
Layering coin necklaces is a great way to add some bohemian flair to your look. This trend has been popular for a while, and it's easy to see why. Layering coin necklaces is all about combining different sizes, colors, and textures of coins.
1. Start with the heaviest chain as your base.
2. Add the second row of coins, ensuring that this strand is lighter in weight than the first.
3. Finish your layering necklaces with the third row of coins. For this final look, choose either a strand that's the same weight as the second piece or a little bit lighter.

 

14. FILL YOUR JEWELRY BOX


It is advisable to carry a good stock of jewelry available to pair with different outfits. Concentrate on a few core pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe.

 

15. HAVE FUN!


The best way to achieve a truly unique stacked necklace look is to get creative and have fun with it. Be inspired by your outfit, the occasion, or mood, and incorporate different styles and colors. The possibilities are endless!

 

WRAPPING UP


With these tips, you should be able to mix and match different kinds of jewelry to create a variety of looks. Remember to have fun with it and experiment with different combinations. The most important thing is choosing pieces that you love and that reflect your personal style.