Mystified by the ambiguous world of necklace layering? You are not alone which is why we decided to demystify the art once and for all. Before you start throwing the contents of your jewellery box around your neck, a few tips are in order. You want to look effortlessly chic. We know this is ironic since you are actually taking the time to fasten several necklaces which is the very definition of effort. However, a careless approach to layering may not result in the on-trend look you’re after. Not to mention that different clothing styles require different necklaces. Here’s what you need to know to achieve this trending look:
1. Start at the base
Your first piece should always be the shortest necklace of the bunch. A slim, 16-inch choker, or a dainty pendant is a good starting point. The only time you don’t want a shorter necklace as your base is if you’re wearing a boat-neck top or a high neckline.
2. Change up the chains
Now you’re ready to add necklace number two, choosing a longer piece. Even just an inch or two longer will work, but if you are filling in a deep V neckline, you can drop down several inches. Keep things interesting by choosing a different chain for your second piece. If your base has a subtle, delicate chain, choose a bold link for your second layer. If you’re feeling really fearless you can even mix up the different metals layering gold, rose gold or silver.
3. Long and lean
If you are filling in a deep V neckline you will want your longest piece to be more on the heavy side. Pendants work great for this since the weight of the bauble adds a long visual that frames your first two layers.
4. Keep it personal
Once you understand the basics of length and layering options, you can play with jewellery designs to create a one-of-a-kind accessory. If you want to make the piece very personal you can use initials, zodiac signs or other engraved words to make the style even more of your own. For a sophisticated style, try simple chains in varying lengths for a subtle, but sexy, look. For an interesting visual contrast, add a horizontal bar necklace to break up the line of the necklaces that are mostly vertical.
5. Less is not more
Don’t think that you have stop at three necklaces. Adding piles of necklaces is one of the oldest tricks in the style book to give you a sophisticated, slightly boho look.
Gone are the bib-like necklaces with bold gemstones that evoke a Cleopatra vibe. Instead, style experts are snatching up delicate necklaces that are meant to be layered. Since you can change the look by subbing one necklace for another, this trend gives you amazing flexibility. You never again have to question how to layer necklaces and your jewellery game will be strong every time from here on out. Visit J.H. Young today or shop our necklace collection online and start trending.