Gone are the days of heavy neckpeices with bold gemstones that evoke a old, traditional vibe. Instead, style pundits are snatching up delicate necklaces that, when worn solo, are feminine and simple. But actually these pieces are meant to be layered, a sort of DIY statement necklace you create by layering three or four pieces at a time. Daily dainties make everyone a jewelry stylist. And since you can change the look by replacing one necklace for another, the trend gives you amazing flexibility.
Keep it personal
Want to make it uber-personal? Use initials, zodiac signs or other engraved words (hometown, zip codes or favorite sports teams) to make your accessory style even more 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 lines of necklaces that are mostly vertical.
Long and lean
Make your longest piece a bit on the heavy side if you are filling in a deep V neckline. Pendants work great, since the weight of the bauble adds a long visual that frames the other two necklaces.
Now you’re ready to start your personality profile accessory. Add necklace number two, choosing a longer piece. Even 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 accessory element. If your base piece has a subtle, delicate chain, perhaps choose a bold link or a rice-bead chain. If you are fearless when it comes to fashion, mix it up even more with a different metal. Layer gold, rose gold or silver.
Start at the top
Your first piece should always be the shortest necklace of the bunch. A slim, 16-inch choker, a dainty pendant or a circle of gemstones or pearls is the starting point, if you are wearing a scoop-neck top, blouse or T-shirt. The only time you don’t want a shorter necklace as your base? If you are wearing a boat-neck top or any shirt with a high neckline. If your necklace “fights” the neckline of your shirt or top, start layering below the neckline.
More is more
Don’t think you have to 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. (Think Coco Chanel and her piles of pearls … timeless and oh-so-chic!)
Go ahead! Start layering necklaces for an easy on-trend look!