Trying new trends isn't always easy but, with the new year so close, it's the perfect time to get inventive with your style and we know of just the thing! Necklace layering is becoming bigger and bigger on the catwalks of many high-fashion designers, so why not take inspiration from these and try your hand at accessorising in a way you've never done before?
Despite what you might think, necklace layering doesn't have to be loud. If you're more comfortable with a simplistic style, you'll be pleased to hear you can still keep an understated look when trying this trend. Here, I'll be talking you through five tips for layering necklaces that'll get heads turning.
Consider the look you're going for
Necklace layering can produce so many different looks so, before you start taking things off your jewellery stand, you'll need to decide what kind of style you're going for. For example, if your outfit is already quite busy, you might want to stick to more simple and dainty accessories, whereas if you're wearing a plainer outfit you can afford to add some extra details with statement accessories.
You might also want to consider the neckline of the outfit you'll be wearing your necklaces with. Typically, high-necked tops or dresses aren't the best foundations for lots of necklaces, as it can look a bit too busy, but that doesn't mean you can't add a few simple chains to these kinds of pieces. Similarly, if you have a lower neckline, you'll have more space to fill with your necklaces so you can think about longer chains.
Incorporate varying lengths
if you're considering buying some new necklaces so you can wear them together, you'll want to focus on choosing ones that vary in length. This could include a mixture of chokers, short chains, and much longer ones to create the beautiful layered looks we see on catwalks. Plus, having so many different styles will only add a luxury element to your accessorising.
If you weren't previously big on necklaces, there are a few staple pieces you'll need to purchase to allow you to layer your necklaces. We'd advise purchasing two or three chains that vary in length, and make sure they differ by at least two inches in length. For example, an 18" chain accompanied by a 20" and a 23" will create the stunning cascading effect you'll need to nail this trend.
Identify your favourite piece — and work around it
With so many beautiful necklaces out there, it can often be hard to find just one you absolutely love. But, if you do have a firm favourite in your collection, make sure this isn't overshadowed by the other necklaces you pair it with. If your best necklace is rather small in size, you'll want to keep the rest of your neck jewellery quite simple and understated. This could mean choosing shorter chains such as chokers to avoid distracting from your favourite piece.
If your top pick has a charm on it, you don't have to completely avoid similar styles, but make sure they are on a shorter chain and are smaller in size. This will add subtle detailing to your neck accessories without drawing focus from your favourite piece.
The beauty of layering necklaces is that everything doesn't have to be completely uniform, so it gives you a great opportunity to pair things together that perhaps you wouldn't usually. So, if you love pearls as well as yellow gold chains, why not team them together for a necklace layering effect that looks great and also has plenty of depth to it?
You can get as creative as you like with the textures, whether it's metals or gemstones you're interested in using. For example, raised textures you'd find in rope and curb necklaces will work perfectly when layering necklaces, especially when juxtaposed with flatter chains. You could even add texture with the addition of some gemstone pieces.
Have fun with it
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to accessorising, and things that may not have been seen as fashionable in the past, like mixing metals, are now more popular than ever. What makes your style unique is that it's solely based on what you like and, while trying new trends is always great, don't forget to make them your own!
If you love adding a pop of colour to your accessories, pick more necklaces with gemstone details. Similarly, if you want to try the trend while sticking to a minimalist style, that's totally okay, too. Trying new trends and styles can sometimes be daunting so, by going your own pace with it, you'll soon find a balance you feel comfortable with.
Wanting to try something new ahead of the 2021? Learning how to layer your necklaces like a pro can really elevate your looks and gives you the perfect opportunity to be creative and add your own spin on the trend.
To help you make the right purchases, why not check out our jewellery buying guide? It'll show you how to pick quality pieces that'll last and fit in with your lifestyle. We also have plenty of advice in our jewellery and watch guides section, and don't forget to keep up to date with our blog for even more inspiration!