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How to Layer Necklaces — 7 Pro Tips

 

There are no rules when it comes to nailing the coveted layered look. However, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with it! Try including on-trend necklaces or play around with your treasured collection — you may end up breaking out a piece you haven't worn in years! By experimenting with our tried and true tips, you can nail this must-have style in a cinch.


 

1. Layer in Levels

Italian Butterfly, Bee and Dragonfly Three-Strand Layered Necklace in Sterling Silver #932889

Length is key. By choosing multiple lengths, you create a cascade effect that shows off each individual necklace. Start with a short chain, like a choker or any chain ranging from 14"-16". Next, choose a trendy piece like a paper clip link chain or a more classic cross pendant necklace, ranging from 18"-20". Lastly, add a pendant necklace, between 24" to 36" long, for dimension and to elongate the torso.

Can't find the appropriate length necklace? Opt for one of our cable or rope chain necklace extenders in 14kt yellow gold or 14kt white gold. Attach to the existing necklace clasp and closure to add an extra 3 inches to your piece!

If your jewelry box is filled with long necklaces, give them an update with our sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold necklace shorteners. Simply fold your necklace in half and attach the shortener to the looped ends for an instant transformation. They're great for creating a layered look with just one necklace!

 

2. Combine Different Chains

Did you know that mixing weights between dainty and chunky chains can actually prevent tangling? With so many types of chains, it can be difficult to decide on the one you want to wear. Luckily, the layering necklace trend allows you to mix and match all your favorites! Pair a Cuban-link chain with a fun pendant on a rope chain or a long Figaro chain with a timeless omega chain. The possibilities are endless!

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3. Mix Your Metals

Wearing one type of metal is always a classic and chic choice. But, dare to be bold and don a multi-toned look. Even with the simplest outfit, integrating a variety of metals will make you stand out. Wearing a trio of necklaces? Try layering yellow gold, rose gold and white gold or sterling silver necklaces to enhance your ensemble.

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4. Add a Pop of Color

Once you're feeling more comfortable with your layers, it's time to add a pop of color. Throw in some eye candy by incorporating a multi-gemstone with your go-to gold chains or maybe a vibrant citrine pendant necklace with classic Byzantine links. However you decide to brighten your look, make sure you find a balance that feels right for you.

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5. Consider Your Clothes

Deciding on how you want to layer your necklaces can be easier when you know the type of outfit you'll be donning. Longer layers pair well with crew necklines, while chokers and shorter chains stand out with scooped or V-neck tops.

 

6. Express Yourself

Since there's no clear-cut rules on how to layer your necklaces, now is the time to show off your unique style and personality. Add in a personalized bar necklace for a meaningful touch or a birthstone necklace for some self-expression. By combining pieces you truly love, you'll feel confident enough to let yourself truly shine!

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7. Create the Look with Ease

Italian 18kt Gold Over Sterling Layering Clasp #923629

Don't let your masterpiece of layers become an unmanageable tangle! With our sterling silver and 18kt yellow gold over sterling silver layering clasps, you can simply attach up to three necklaces to the easy-to-use hook and springring clasp mechanism. They reduce the amount of time you spend getting dressed (or undressed) by combining all three necklaces into just one clasp!

Another way to take the work out of layering individual chains is with an all-in-one necklace. Our multi-layered necklaces or our layered necklace sets will allow you to achieve a layered look in an instant!

Now it's your turn to give the layering necklaces trend a try! Want more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram to see how we style our necklaces and tag us to show us your creativity!