The No-Knot Guide to Layering Necklaces
The layered necklaces trend is here to stay. Discover our fool proof tips for layering necklaces – no tangling necessary
Learning how to layer your necklaces might seem an easy prospect in theory, but in practice, this isn’t a throw-on-and-go situation. The art of necklace stacking is one that requires a little strategic thinking. Here are Liberty’s tried and tested tips to achieving a fail-safe, tangle-free, statement stack.
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It’s not a one-size-fits all method. To stop your necklaces fighting for attention, try mixing up the lengths. Consider starting off with a choker, then add in a mid-length necklace (or two or even three) and finish with a long pendant.
Pick a Focal Point
Selecting one statement necklace helps to create a centrepiece for your look. Let this main attraction do the talking while the rest of your pieces work as the support acts. When picking your statement piece, it should depend on the neckline of your outfit (essentially it's like a frame for your necklaces). High and low necklaces are easiest to style around as they give you more of a canvas to work on. A long chain with a charm or pearl pendant will draw attention lower down, or a dainty, choker necklace will keep the focus on your collarbone.
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Lightweight vs Heavyweight
Opt for a mixture of chunky and skinny chains, as well as different textures (think beads and bobbles), to encourage separation. The heavier pieces will have a tendency to ‘anchor’ as a base, allowing the lighter weights to join the necklace party in harmony.
For a more disruptive approach to layered necklaces, try wearing different metals simultaneously. There is beauty in eclecticism, and you get more varied combinations so you can mix your look up on different days depending on the balance of silver to white, yellow or rose gold.
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Play with Colour
When layering in the summer, opt for a colourful curation of mixed materials to achieve a boho-chic vibe. You minimalists out there may be tempted to stick to your delicate golden layers, but summer is the time to experiment with colour. Pairings like pearls and colourful beads, and leather and woven cords and charms, can imbue a sense of casual cool. Natural materials like shells and raffia are also great for reinforcing the vacation aesthetic.
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Three is the Magic Number (Sometimes...)
If you're new to stacking necklaces, then layering three necklaces is a good place to start. This is because odd numbers create a nice variety and give you the option to sandwich your favourite pendant in the middle without it looking too cluttered. Of course, this isn’t a golden rule – by all means, go for as little or less as you like. Just ensure you prevent tangles with a simple rule: use necklaces with different chains or materials, mixing dainty and chunky. The chunkier chains will stay in place, perfectly socially distancing themselves from your more minimal pieces.