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7 Ways to Wear Necklaces for a Modern Layered Look

The layered necklace trend has been popular for a while now, but it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. The great thing about this look is that you can take your outfit from bland to enviably stylish with just one easy accessory. I've put together some of my favorite ways to wear necklaces for the layered look and how to keep them looking neat and stylish all day long.

1. Two (or three!) is better than one

There's a reason they say more is more, especially when it comes to necklaces. My go-to trick for achieving a fabulous layered look is to wear two or more necklaces of varying lengths. It's all about creating depth and visual interest. Picture this: a delicate short chain paired with a slightly longer pendant or charm. The result? Effortless chic that adds a touch of personality to any outfit. I often find myself mixing metals here, throwing in a gold-filled piece with a sterling silver pendant. It's like creating a mini masterpiece around your neck!

Now, don't be afraid to experiment with different styles. Try combining a simple chain with a beaded necklace or even throw in a choker for that on-trend vibe. The key is to strike a balance between simplicity and intricacy, creating a look that's uniquely yours.

2. Play favorites

Confession time: I do have favorite pieces in my collection, and you probably do too. The good news? Playing favorites is not only allowed but encouraged when it comes to necklace layering. Take that standout statement piece—the one that turns heads whenever you wear it—and make it the star of your layered ensemble.

Let me give you an example from my own collection. I adore the Lola collar necklace; it's bold, it's beautiful, and it demands attention. So, what do I do? I play favorites by pairing it with the Adalene sapphire bar necklace. The result is a match made in jewelry heaven. The key here is to let your favorite piece shine while complementing it with others that enhance its beauty. It's like creating a symphony of style that celebrates your unique taste.

adalene sapphire gemstone bar necklace



lola choker necklace

Lola collar necklace


3. Mix it up

Now, let's talk about my absolute favorite thing: mixing metals and textures. Gone are the days of sticking to a single metal—embrace the boldness of combining gold with silver, or throw in some leather for that extra edge. The secret sauce to a killer layered look lies in the unexpected pairings.

For a playful yet elegant vibe, try pairing gold chains silver snake chains or silver pendants with pearls. The beauty of mixing materials is that it allows you to create bold looks while maintaining an air of sophistication. And here's a little insider tip: don't shy away from incorporating chunkier jewelry styles, like those statement earrings you've been eyeing. The contrast between big and small adds a dynamic touch to your layered masterpiece.

Oh, and sparkly items? A definite yes! Consider layering some glittering bracelets on top of your necklaces for an extra dose of glam. It's all about creating a layered style that reflects your personality and keeps things interesting.

4. Simplify

Now, let's take a breather and simplify things a bit. Yes, you heard me right—sometimes, less is more, especially when it comes to achieving effortless elegance. If you're working with delicate pieces that tend to tangle, consider wearing a single long necklace. This not only adds a touch of sophistication but also prevents those delicate chains from playing twister throughout the day.

Here's a nifty trick: if your outfit boasts an open back, wear your long necklace backward, aligning it with the seam of your open back. It's a subtle yet unexpected detail that adds a touch of flair. And let's not forget about pairing that long necklace with statement earrings; together, they create a dynamic duo that's bound to make heads turn.

5. Double the fun

Double up on pendants by pairing two simple styles in one layered look - this works especially well when mixing materials like leather cord and silver chains. You can create something modern while still keeping things classic at the same time, resulting in a gorgeous unique piece. Try mixing and matching personalized disc necklaces.

Personalized disc necklaces


6. Get creative

Layer them on your wrist. This is a great way to switch up the look if you can’t decide what necklace will work best with an outfit or which one you want to wear. I don't know about you, but I love looking at other people's jewelry boxes - especially my friends who have taken the time to mix different styles together to create unique, eclectic looks! If you are just starting out in the layered style world or want some new ideas on how to wear necklaces for a modern look - spy a friend's jewelry arsenal and get feedback on your own ideas!

7. Add a touch of flair

Mix different lengths and styles together for an interesting mix that's sure to catch people's attention. We have all worn our fair share of single layer necklaces so getting away from that everyday necklace can be quite refreshing. The best part about this layering trend is the fact that it can be done with any type of jewelry; whether it's earrings, bracelets, rings, etc., as long as there’s more than one piece being worn then you’re in business!


I hope this has helped you find the perfect necklace to layer with your favorite outfits. The options are endless when it comes to layering necklaces so have fun playing around and experimenting with different styles, lengths, colors and materials until you find a combination that works well for you - I promise it's worth all of the time spent styling yourself before heading out the door!

Mastering the art of necklace layering is all about expressing your personal style with confidence and creativity. With these seven tips, you're well on your way to becoming a pro at creating stunning, layered ensembles that reflect your unique taste. So, go ahead, have fun, and let your jewelry do the talking—because when it comes to necklace layering, the options are as endless as your imagination!

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