It started with bracelets and bangles. For several seasons, street style bloggers piled on a motley crew of jewelry and dubbed the look an “arm party.” Maybe the neck got jealous, because now the on-trend look is all about the dainty dailies, layered, of course.
Gone are the bib-like necklaces with bold gemstones that evoke a Cleopatra-like vibe. Instead, style pundits are snatching up delicate necklaces that, when worn solo, are feminine and simple. But fashion being fashion, that cunning creature that forces us to reimagine and create art and identity with what we wear, is not content with simple.
The pieces are meant to be layered, a sort of DIY statement necklace you create by layering three or four pieces at a time. Daily dainties make everyone a jewelry stylist. And since you can change the look by subbing in one necklace for another, the trend gives you amazing flexibility.
Before you throw the contents of your jewelry box around your neck, a few tips are in order. You want to look effortlessly chic. Weird, I know, since you are actually taking the time to fasten several necklaces around your neck, which is the very definition of effort. However, a slapdash approach to layering will result in more crazy-Aunt-Edna than on-trend. Not to mention that different clothing styles require different dainties. Here’s what you need to know to achieve the look:
Start at the top
Your first piece should always be the shortest necklace of the bunch. A slim, 16-inch choker, a dainty pendant or a circle of gemstones or pearls is the starting point, if you are wearing a scoop-neck top, blouse or T-shirt.
The only time you don’t want a shorter necklace as your base? If you are wearing a boat-neck top or any shirt with a high neckline. If your necklace “fights” the neckline of your shirt or top, start layering below the neckline.
Now you’re ready to start your personality profile accessory. Add necklace number two, choosing a longer piece. Even an inch or two longer will work, but if you are filling in a deep V neckline, you can drop down several inches.
Keep things interesting by choosing a different chain for your second accessory element. If your base piece has a subtle, delicate chain, perhaps choose a bold link or a rice-bead chain.
If you are fearless when it comes to fashion, mix it up even more with a different metal. Layer gold, rose gold or silver.
Long and lean
Make your longest piece a bit on the heavy side if you are filling in a deep V neckline. Pendants work great, since the weight of the bauble adds a long visual that frames the other two necklaces.
Keep it personal
Once you understand the basics of length and layering options, you can play with jewelry designs that will create a one-of-a-kind accessory.
Want to make it uber-personal? Use initials, zodiac signs or other engraved words (hometown, zip codes or favorite sports teams) to make your accessory style even more your own.
For a sophisticated style, try simple chains in varying lengths for a subtle, but sexy, look.
For an interesting visual contrast, add a horizontal bar necklace to break up the lines of necklaces that are mostly vertical.
More is more
Don’t think you have to stop at three necklaces. Adding piles of necklaces is one of the oldest tricks in the style book to give you a sophisticated, slightly boho look. (Think Coco Chanel and her piles of pearls … timeless and oh-so-chic!)
Go ahead! Start layering necklaces for an easy on-trend look!