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How To Layer Your Necklaces Like A Pro

Layering necklaces is a effortless, elegant and trendy look that growing in popularity. But it can be a challenge to create a layered look that works for you. How can you create the look you want? Read on for our top tips.

The Rule of Three

The Rule of Three

Get the most out of your necklace layering look by combining a minimum of three necklaces, each in varying lengths. That's not to say you can't add MORE necklaces - you absolutely can - but start with three as a general rule and add from there as you desire.

Find the perfect balance to your look by mixing and matching different necklace styles.

Start with a choker style necklace first. Chokers are around 14""-16"" in length, so they fit closely against the throat. A delicate to mid-weight chain choker is a great base to build on.

Your next layer should be at least 18"" in length. Choose a bar necklace or a style that has a name or plate centered along a chain. You might also select a small pendant or solitaire, but the bottom of the drop on this second necklace should have adequate space away from the third.

Your final necklace in the Rule of Three trio should be 20"" - 24"" in length. A pendant is perfect for this look! Maybe add your favorite cross or heart to the mix - it's up to you. The varying lengths of the styles you choose will give you a fashion-forward look and, because the lengths are staggered, they are less likely to get tangled up.

Want more? Add longer length necklaces and rope necklace styles as you desire. Each addition should be 2"-4" longer than the previous necklace for good balance.

Layered Necklace Lengths:

  • Choker: 14-16 inches
  • Princess: 18 inches
  • Matinee: 20-24 inches
  • Opera: 30 inches
  • Ropes: 35 inches or more

Mix Your Metals and Materials

There are no rules that say all your necklaces need to be one colour, like sterling silver or yellow gold. Mixing metals and metal colours is a great way to add a bright pop of personality to your layered look.

And we can't forget about diamonds and gemstones! It's perfectly fine to mix chains with sparkling diamond and colourful gemstone styles. We would suggest adding a personalized name necklace or another personalized design to your look for a bit of fun!

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Make It Unique With A Touch of Whimsy

Sure chains, diamonds and gemstone styles are lovely, but adding a whimsical necklace to your layered look brings out your personality - and it might even be a conversation starter!

You'll find all kinds of adorable whimsical designs at Peoples. From dog and cat designs to other animals, florals, celestial styles and more, one or two whimsical styles adds something special to your layers.

Finally, our very best advice is to simply wear the looks you love. Try not to overthink your look because there really is no wrong way to show off your personal style. Whether you prefer the simplicity of layered chains or the bold look of colourful gemstones and sparkling diamonds, your layered necklace look is an expression of who you are. Wear your unique look proudly!

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