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Layering Necklaces 101

by Jill Manoff

Layering clothes? You’ve got it down. Layering necklaces? That’s another story. While the trendy look appears throw-on-and-go-easy, there are some rules to wearing it right….

For starters, you want to work within the same color family—like silver and gunmetal, or gold and bronze. Then, be sure your choice styles will leave space. About one-and-a-half inches between strands is perfect! Finally, remember to strike the right balance: One of two necklaces should always be bold. Wearing three or more? We’ve got your guide.  

Start Small
Start with a choker (Indeed, the ‘90s style is back!) or a short chain necklace that rests right around your collarbone. Go for a sleek, minimalistic style—with a small charm pendant, if any. It should set the tone, not steal the show.

Add Interest
Your “middle” necklaces should be about 22- to 24-inches long, and should be used to add interest. We love the idea of incorporating a built-in pendant, like a horizontal bar or chic, sideways cross. Or, mix in a bold-colored pendant, which is unexpected and right on trend.

Go Long
You final strand will serve as the anchor of your look, so should be the chunkiest and longest (think 30- to 32-inches) in your collection. As for its pendant? Go big, or go home.