How to Layer Necklaces

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by Leslie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

Layering necklaces can seem tough. How many necklaces do you wear to achieve a balanced, stacked look? What length of necklaces do you need for layering? Are there certain necklace styles that work best for stacking? Master the trend of layering necklaces with some helpful tips, and achieve this look showing up on catwalks and celebrity necks alike.


Honestly, there aren't a lot of rules to this jewelry trend and it's easier than you may think. The first aspect to consider when layering necklaces is what clothing you'll be wearing. Clothing can help you figure out what necklace lengths to wear since you don't want any of the designs to disappear beneath clothing or get hidden in ruffles. High collars or plunging necklines are great for this trend since all the necklaces are guaranteed to either end on the fabric or your skin. This isn't to say you can't wear layered necklaces with a V-neck, scoopneck or any other neckline. Just try to make sure the ends of necklaces don't land on or near the neckline so they won't end up behind the fabric.

Design Idea G83T Necklace and Earrings As far as how many necklaces to stack, the truth is you can layer as many as you want, but we tend to see 3-5 as the magic number. No material seems to be off limits, and metal color is completely up to the wearer.


Now, what styles of necklaces work best stacked? At Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Valentino and other high-end designers, the style of necklaces greatly range in looks, but there is an underlying theme: personalization. Charms, pendants and more adorn chain and pearl strands to create a wholly customized result. The chain tends to be petite, reminiscent of the continuing ''barely there'' chain trend, though designers such as Moschino went for bulky chains and large round pearls.

Here is a list of some common styles and pendants we've seen:

Which lengths of necklaces do you choose to achieve a balanced look? Pick varying lengths, or even pick two of the same to create a bit of a jingle when you move. The key is to make the result seem casual, so try not to pick the exact same distance away for every necklace. For example, instead of picking 16-, 18-, and 20-inch necklaces, try 16-, 20- and 30-inch necklaces. Instead of 14, 16 and 18-inch necklaces, go for 14-, 16- and 24-inch necklaces. You get the idea. For a visual reference of about where necklaces land on the average adult, this infographic will help you decide which lengths you want to try together.

There you have it: the ins and outs of layering necklaces. Confidently suggest necklace stacks for customers to wear together or step out in your own favorites. Layer on the look and the fun!

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