If you love the current trend of layering more than one necklace at a time, perhaps you are wondering how to make it look good and not create a complete mess when it comes to time to take them off.
Necklaces are not like putting your wedding ring next to your engagement ring London because in the first place they don’t have to go together at all. How do you go about making the layered necklace look?
You must have at least three
Wearing two necklaces doesn’t qualify as layering. It just looks as if you’re not sure which of the two necklaces that you always wear you want to wear today.
You have to have at least three for it to count as layering, and they will all three be different.
Next is lengths
The next point is that however many you wear, they all need to be different lengths. Necklaces start at about 14” which is approximately the size of your neck. It will sit either right at, or choker like above the jugular notch.
From here you will find that chains tend to go up in two-inch increments, all the way down to your navel (33” or 34” long). 30” will reach to the sternum for most people unless you’re especially tall.
Besides creating the look you want, having one of each length is going to help you take them off without them getting snarled together.
Start with the shortest chain and then add them one after the other, shortest to longest.
Although each necklace can be totally different, try and go for the same chain style and color. The effect will be to create a cohesive and obvious connection of necklaces which have something in common.
What you’re trying to avoid is a punk collection of mismatched items, or perhaps a Bohemian collection of items which came together by happenstance.
The effect here is to create something that looks curated. Keeping the chain style and color the same will do that for you.
Try and have an effect through the length
If you plan to wear a 16” and a 33” chain, the third needs to be somewhere between the two. You don’t want it to be either 18” or 30”. This too is about balance. Like the style and color, the balance will look organized and thought out. Imbalance will look like a hodgepodge.
This is where you can let your creative mind run free. Add different shapes and types of decoration. If you have a horizontal bar at say 18” then try to add something that will take the eye downward from there like a triangle or a pendant.
What does it say about you?
The real answer is that it says what you want. The way you construct can be bold or conservative. You can add a color in the form of a bead or colored decoration for interest. You could add a charm here as well.