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Mastering the art of layering jewelry

How To Layer Necklaces & Bracelets With Style: A Step-By-Step Guide

Layering jewelry is one of the hottest trends around. If you want to get in on this look but aren’t sure how, have no fear! We’ll help you learn how to layer necklaces, bracelets, and more. 

Start with a Foundation or Centerpiece 

If you’re unsure where to start, it’s best to begin with an emotional connection. Pick one of your favorite pieces, or perhaps one with special meaning, and use it as your foundation piece. You’ll then look for other pieces that complement your foundation.

Choose a Dominant Metal Or Mix Metals 

There are two schools of thought when mixing layered jewelry metals. Some people choose to use one metal tone for all their layered pieces. Others blend several metals. So you might pick only white gold layered necklaces, or you might want to layer one rose gold, one white gold, and one yellow gold piece together. 

Balancing Textures 

Just like mixing metals, textures can be blended and mixed. Look for chains with different textures, from dainty looks to chunky links. Braided, cable, herringbone, mesh, and even beaded necklaces can all work together beautifully.

Experiment With Color & Style Combinations 

Again, mix and match colors & styles to your heart’s delight. Mix clear stones with opaque. Blend traditional motifs with playful modern imagery. Pendants, charms, tennis necklaces, and more are all fair game here. The more variety, the better!

Avoid Tangles with a Detangler 

When many people first start layering, they spend all day trying to detangle their look. If you run into this problem, try choosing necklaces of different thicknesses and lengths. Several dainty chains together will be the most likely to tangle, so be sure to mix it up a bit. 

If that doesn’t work, there’s another fix you can try. Connect your chains to a detangler, and you’ll find that they lay much more evenly with no tangles in sight!

Find Your Unique Style 

One of the best things about layering is that it’s a great way to express yourself. You can combine several diverse pieces into something unique to you and your personal style. So have fun with your layering, and make it your own!

The Benefits of Layered Necklaces & Layered Bracelets

Beyond just being on-trend, there are several benefits to laying your favorite jewelry pieces. 

Personalization & Individual Style 

Layering is a perfect way of expressing your own personal style through jewelry without needing custom pieces created just for you. You can create a distinct look featuring your favorite pieces with minimal effort.

Versatility For Both Day & Night 

Daytime looks and evening pieces don’t often overlap, except where layering is concerned. Layer several pieces together and then wear the look to the office and out on the town. 

Layered Necklaces Offer Opportunity for Stylish Flair 

When you want a look that will draw more attention than just a single necklace or bracelet, layering offers limitless possibilities. Recycle favorite pieces from the past and blend them with modern pieces for a stylish look that is timeless and personal.

Fashionable Layering: A Modern Trend

How Layered Necklaces Fit Current Fashion Trends 

It seems like all the top fashionistas are on board with the layered necklaces trend. We’ve seen this look on everyone, including Cara Delevingne, Rachel Zoe, Zoe Kravitz, and Justin Bieber. Layering jewelry is truly a versatile look that everyone is keen to wear this summer.

Designer Style & Fashionable Designs 

Of course, the style trend goes far beyond your favorite celebs. Layered jewelry has graced runways the whole world over. Designers like Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, and Paco Rabanne have all used layered necklaces to stunning effect.

Adding Texture To Your Necklace Stack 

When you’re looking for a stand-out style but bored with the options at your disposal, layering comes to the rescue. Refresh your jewelry collection by finding new and unique ways to combine your favorite pieces and make your jewelry feel new again!

Create a Dynamic Look With Different Textures 

Different textures can give a different feel to your jewelry layers. 

  • Smooth chains and polished gems are elegant and sophisticated.

  • Rough textured beads and leather are edgy and natural.

  • Shiny textures reflect light and draw the eye.

  • Matte metals and stones can create an understated look.

Why Is Texture So Important? 

Of all the factors to consider when choosing necklaces or other pieces to layer, texture is probably the most essential. Carefully choosing the right textures can create a visually interesting and balanced look.

Embrace Different Necklace Lengths

Using Various Lengths in Layered Necklace Styling 

While you can layer several necklaces of similar lengths, they are more likely to tangle. The trick to avoiding this problem is mixing necklace lengths. Pick several different lengths to draw the eye and add a bit of interest. In doing this, you will also add more interest to your look.

How to Stylishly Combine Different Lengths 

If you’re layering plain chains, you can choose lengths that are closer together. If you’ve chosen pendants and charms, look for lengths that fall far enough apart to separate each individual design and give each its own place.

Lengths to Consider 

Layering necklaces works best if you choose different lengths for each piece of your collection. Here are a few lengths you might consider in your layering efforts:

  • 14" — slightly longer than a choker, but high on the neck.
  • 16" — looser than 14” but still remains along the neckline. 
  • 18" — lands roughly midway between the chest and collarbone.
  • 20" — a little longer than 18 “ but still well above the chest.
  • 24" — upper chest level, best with lower neckline shirts.
  • 30" — a long chain that falls to the lower chest.

Create a Balanced Aesthetic With the Layered Effect 

No matter how you choose to layer, it’s all about balance. The best way to determine this is to try on the look you’ve chosen and edit from there. Consider your top's neckline and tailor your layering around it. Remember, you can layer almost any type of jewelry you like, so have some fun and play around with your look.

Ylang 23’s Layered Necklace Jewelry for Shoppers

Ylang 23 has a vast collection of necklaces that are perfect for all of your layered looks. Below, we’ll list some of our favorite pieces for layering, but remember: this is all about personalizing your look! You could build a perfect layered necklace look around nearly any piece in our collection.

Craftsmanship, Quality, & Unique Designs from Our Designers 

Our designers make truly spectacular pieces that are perfect for layering. Check out our FoundRae necklaces and Heart Beats for a modern classic look. Gigi Clozeau necklaces feature tiny beaded accents that add a textural and colorful flair. Our Marla Aaron necklaces and lock charms feature plenty of mixed metals and funky, chunky designs to create a playful vibe. And our collection of Ileana Makri necklaces include chunky beads, fun pendants, and dazzling chains that you’re going to adore.

Are you trying to buy your first piece of jewelry? Start your luxury jewelry collection with Ylang 23.