Layering necklaces has become a go-to fashion trend that continues to stand the test of time, perfect for adding a touch of sophistication and individuality to an outfit. But while the look is effortlessly chic, achieving the perfect layered necklace ensemble requires a bit of finesse. If you want to try necklaces layering yourself but aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the expert guide on how to layer necklaces, which explores the art of necklace layering, expert tips, style inspiration, and the do's and don'ts that will help you master this chic look.
Choosing necklaces to layer
Invest in essentials
Start your necklace layering journey by sourcing a few essential necklaces, either from your current jewellery collection or investing in some new pieces. These will be your foundational pieces for your necklace layering look. Opt for simple, versatile pieces in various lengths, such as chokers, mid-length chains, and longer pendants. Pieces like our Halia Sapphire Necklace and our Leucia Silver Necklace are stunning options.
Mix metals & materials
Don't be afraid to mix metals and materials when necklace layering. Combining gold and silver, and incorporating different textures, like pearls or gemstones, adds depth and personality to your layered necklaces.
Personalise your look
Consider incorporating personalised aspects to your layered look by adding initial necklaces, zodiac necklaces or meaningful pendants into your collection. These pieces add a touch of sentiment and individuality to your layers.
Crafting your layered look
Now you know which necklaces to choose for layering, it’s time to discover how to layer our pieces.
Start with a focal point
Layer your necklaces in graduated lengths, with the shortest one closest to your neck and the longest hanging the lowest. This creates a harmonious flow that's visually appealing and also helps stop all your necklaces from becoming tangled. Our long chain necklaces are a great base to every necklace layering look.
Mix pendant styles
Experiment with various pendant styles and shapes. Combining geometric, abstract, and organic designs can create a balanced, eclectic look.
Play with widths & sizes
Experiment with mixing necklaces of different widths, thicknesses and sizes to create an overall balanced look. Combining dainty chains with bolder statement necklaces creates an aesthetically pleasing contrast that will earn you big style points.
The Do's & Don'ts
Do Layer Thoughtfully
Plan your layered look with intention. Stand in front of a mirror to see how the necklaces interact with each other and adjust as needed. You may also find that different outfit necklines work better with some necklaces than others.
Resist the urge to overlayer, however tempting it may be! Sometimes, simplicity can be more impactful. Leave room for your necklaces to shine individually.
Do Mix Styles
Feel free to mix necklace styles, from chokers to pendants, and chunky statements to delicate necklaces. Experimentation is key to finding your unique, layered look, so play around and see what works for you.
Maintaining your layered necklace
You’ve taken the time to perfect your layered necklace look, so it’s even more important to take proper care of your pieces so that they last for many more wear’s to come. Regularly clean your necklaces to keep them looking their best, using a soft cloth or a mild jewellery cleaner. When your pieces aren’t in use, make sure to store them safely in an air-tight jewellery box or pouch to prevent tangling, and minimise tarnishing and damage. Read our guide to jewellery care to find out more.
The beauty of necklace layering
Not only does it give a modern and stylish touch to an outfit, but necklace layering is a creative way to portray your personality and personal style. Curate a collection of necklaces that are your go-to layering pieces, working as your secret weapon when it comes to adding elevated sparkle to your look. Discover our collection of layering necklaces to get you started.