Layering Necklaces – Here’s How to Do It With Style

Layering necklaces is an art form that aims to give you an effortlessly chic look. While there are no rules for how to layer, here are some guidelines to help you rock the look!

Stacking Necklaces

The point of layering necklaces is to stack. So don’t be afraid to pile them on. But how much is too much when it comes to layering?

If you are just venturing into the world of layered necklaces, double layers may seem less intimidating. Simply choose two necklaces that complement each other and you’re good to go.

Three layers seems to be the sweet spot and most people’s favorite. It gives a perfect symmetrical feel to your overall appearance. If you want a dressier, more noticeable style, go above four layers.

Choosing Necklace Lengths

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4-layered necklace. See this stack here.

Choosing the lengths of your necklaces is important to distribute the layers right. If they’re all the same length, they won’t really stand out from each other, and can just end up bunching around your neck.

One tip is to begin with a chain at the base of your neck, just at your collar bone. For most people, this will be a chain of about 14 inches. From there, you can layer upwards and/or downwards. The neckline you are wearing will be a deciding a factor whether you need to go up or down.

To easily add length to your stack, you could choose a lariat necklace, and layer around it. Long pearl necklaces are also great to add length, but they don’t work with all types of other necklaces, so you will have to choose carefully.

Mixing Up Textures

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Mixing up textures in this dramatic layering. See this here.

You can choose to stick with one texture for a cohesive appearance but mixing up and playing with the textures of your necklaces adds an extra dimension to your layered necklace look.

Choose from a variety of textures such as beaded, smooth, knotted, fabric or wood. There are many chain types which also give you the option to mix things up while still keeping it minimalist and classy.

Choose Different Types of Necklaces

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Different types of necklaces in a 3 layer stack. See this here.

Combine delicate pieces with chunkier necklaces to fill out your neck. If you have a statement necklace that is quite eye-catching, layering this with smaller, delicate chains will blend it effortlessly with the rest of your outfit.

Mixing Up Metals

If you’re a confident accessorizer, try mixing up your metals for a unique and modern vibe. Combining silver, gold and rose gold tones adds to the bold, statement style of your layer.

Adding In Some Color

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A colorful stack of necklaces. See these here.

Don’t be afraid to add some color when layering your necklace. You can do this by adding a necklace with gemstones or choosing fabric. Mixing up metal with other colored materials also adds texture to your stack.

How to Layer Necklaces

It’s important to consider your neckline when deciding what kind of necklaces you need to layer. If you are wearing a high neckline, such as boat, jewelry or halter tops, consider starting your layers lower, so that it does not clash with the neckline. For off the shoulder or strapless necklines, a choker stack matches perfectly.

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1. Where to start your layer.

Whether you start at the top and work your way down or vice-versa makes little to no difference. The first piece in your stack should be the shortest while the rest should be of graduated lengths. This helps keep the pieces from tangling and makes for a clean look.

2. How to layer necklaces without tangling.

This is one question we get asked a lot! There’s nothing worse than carefully layering your best necklaces, only to have them get into a jumbled knot of metal. To layer your necklaces without tangling, it’s best to leave each necklace at least one inch apart.

3. Choose an already layered necklace.

If you’re reluctant to create your own, why not go for an already layered necklace instead of multiple single necklaces?

Layered necklaces are designed to simplify the process of layering! They contain multi layers joined at a single clasp. This helps to prevent tangling as well and makes for a cohesive, easy item to wear.  The flip side is that you don’t have the same flexibility as you do when you create your own stack.

Wrapping Up

Layering necklaces is fun and stylish, giving you a modern vibe while still keeping it classic. Whatever your style, you can find a way to layer necklaces to complement your look and make you feel great.

Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years in the jewelry niche. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education. She has always been interested in expression through fashion and accessories, and her extensive experience in the field has made her a respected voice in jewelry trends and education. As the chief editor of Jewelry Shopping Guide, she not only leads the content strategy but also shares her insights through engaging articles. Her passion for storytelling is reflected in every piece she curates, exploring the intricate relationship between jewelry and personal identity.

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