Whether you’re in a rush to get ready or taking your time curating the perfect look, it helps to have an understanding of the fundamental aspects of layering. Once you have the basics in mind, you can easily create a stunning layered necklace set.
Before we begin, you should know layering necklaces is not a one-size-fits-all method. But that makes it more fun to incorporate the tips that compliment your unique style. You can make a subtle statement with delicate layered chains or channel a bold essence with a few gorgeous unmistakable styles.
Start by taking stock of the necklaces you already have in your collection. Then decide which new pieces might coordinate from there. Here are some tips for styling your next layered look:
Pick a Centerpiece
Start by choosing a necklace that will be at the center of your layered look. This can create ease when deciding on the rest of your necklaces because you can style around this piece. A foundational piece is one that you can wear solo every day. Pick a style that will stand out such as this blooming gemstone necklace.
Vary the Length of Your Necklaces
Getting the lengths right when layering doesn’t have to be tricky. Start with a 15–16-inch chain that highlights your collarbone, and then pair it with two more styles. Or, pair a longer necklace such as a 24-inch length with just one shorter 16–18-inch necklace. When shopping for necklaces, look for styles with adjustable lengths, they are a style maven’s dream!
For a foolproof plan layering your necklaces by length, choose these three classic styles: a choker, a standard chain, and a long chain necklace. Together they form the quintessential look. Our best tip to keep in mind—we suggest wearing necklaces 2” apart from each other. However, if you are layering more than three chains, it’s best to style them 1” apart.
Mix Styles and Textures
There are no rules that your necklaces should be the same metal or finish. Play around with bold colors and mixed metals. Wear smooth gold or funky statement chains. Instead of a plain gold or silver chain, try picking a chain that has delicate detailing like a gemstone teardrop station necklace. This is the time to get creative! Go for playful additions such as geometric shapes, beads, or chunky chains.
When choosing necklace lengths keep your blouse’s neckline in mind. You’ll want to pair longer chains with necklines that will show off your styles such as deep v-neck. However, various layered necklaces will work with scoop necks. High necklines can also benefit from a layered necklace set, but remember to go with daintier chains no longer than 18 inches.
Style Tip: Opt for plain solid color tops rather than ones with bright colors or patterns. Your neckline can be thought of like the frame for your pieces, your tops and necklaces should work together and not fight for attention separately.
How to Prevent Tangles
Although necklaces are inevitably going to get tangled, there are a few ways to prevent unmanageable knots. Layering your necklaces by thickness can help to weigh down the daintier pieces while keeping the heavier ones in place. By pairing necklaces that are different in texture or material, your necklaces also won’t tangle as much.
Find New Layers at Barons Jewelers
Family-owned and operated, BARONS Jewelers has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1967. We pride ourselves on assisting our customers in finding high-quality pieces that create excitement. Our friendly staff is ready to offer styling advice and recommendations based on your personal style. You can visit us in-store at our Dublin jewelry store or online for more jewelry styles and expert tips.