How to Beautifully Layer Necklaces

What’s the oldest type of jewelry?


Shell beads found in Israel and Algeria, date back 100,000 years, and it’s believed the shells were worn as pendants. The discovery is a major one since it means humans began evolving and expressing themselves, a lot earlier than we thought!

If you want to express your sense of style, you should try layering your necklaces. Not sure how to create a cascading masterpiece? No problem!

In this short guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to layer necklaces like a pro. From the do’s and don’ts of mixing and matching to exploring different gold colors, we’ll cover all of the bases.

Are you ready to step up your jewelry game? Read on to learn the secret to layering necklaces.

Exploring Necklace Styles

Before you start throwing necklaces together, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with all of the different necklace styles. Here’s a shortlist of the most common types of necklaces:

  • Bib
  • Chain
  • Choker
  • Collar
  • Festoon
  • Lariat
  • Lavalier
  • Pendant
  • Princess
  • Rope
  • Statement

Once you’re familiar with the different looks each style can deliver, it’ll be easier for you to see what necklaces pair well together. For instance, bib necklaces are large and wind up covering the majority of your breast bone. Instead of trying to layer a bib necklace, you’d be better off using a choker and pairing several rope necklaces together.

Next, pendants are great when you want to create a focal point for your layering technique. You can even use a hidden message necklace pendant, to create a meaningful centerpiece.

Necklace Chains That Make Great Layers

Chains are hands down one of the best necklace styles for layering. Here’s a list of our favorite chain styles for layered looks:

  • Cable
  • Curb
  • Marine
  • Figaro
  • Wheat
  • Bead
  • Omega
  • Box
  • Herringbone
  • Snake

Are you going for a timeless layered look? Then you’ll want to use a variety of classic cable, curb, marine, or Figaro chains. On the other hand, if you want to add in a dash of texture, rope, wheat, and bead chains would be your best choice. Lastly, omega, box, herringbone, and snake chains are great for achieving a modern, sleek look.

Creating the Layered Look

Now you’re ready to learn how to combine the different necklace styles. Start by choosing a necklace that will rest close to your neck. For instance, you could choose a choker, or collar styled necklace. You could also opt for a shorter chain that comfortably hugs your neck.

Once you have your first piece picked out you can start building your look from there. As you choose more necklaces, make sure they’re different lengths. The variety of lengths will help you get the cascading look that layers offer.

Do you have a few necklaces that are your favorites, but they’re all the same length? No worries! Simply use chain extenders to make each of your favorites the perfect length.

Match Necklaces to Necklines

What type of outfit are you going to wear with the necklaces? Will you be wearing a high neck, short neck, or the ever-popular v neck? Your outfit matters, since different necklines will impact the way your necklaces will appear.

If you’re using a high neck top, we suggest you try pairing it with 1 chunky necklace, and several thinner ones. The result will be a bold fashion statement, that’s sure to get the right kind of attention.

How to Layer Necklaces Without Tangling

Now you’re ready to learn how to layer necklaces, in a way that they won’t tangle. Earlier we mentioned that you should get different necklace lengths to create a cascading effect. However, the differences in length will serve a double purpose, by helping prevent tangling as well.

Next, you’ll also need to wear necklaces that have different weights. Piling several thin chains on top of each other is almost guaranteed to cause a tangled mess. Whereas, using a mixture of heavy, light, and medium weight chains, will help each piece stay in place.

Do you want more freedom with your necklace choices? Then buy a spacer. A necklace spacer will free you up to mix and match any type of necklace together. For the best experience, we suggest you get a detangler that can handle 3-4 necklaces at once.

Matching Different Materials

Using a variety of materials is another way to avoid tangling, plus you’ll be adding texture to your look. Here are a few of our favorite necklace materials:

  • Beads
  • Knitting yarn
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Leather
  • Pearls

Leather necklaces are a great material when you’re looking to break away from the norm. After all, you can find leather necklaces in different textures, widths, and even colors!

If you’re going to use a leather necklace, we suggest you have it be the foundation you build your layers off of. You can dress up even more by finding a leather necklace that uses beads or charms.

How to Layer Gold Necklaces

If gold is your go-to material, you’ll want to pick necklaces that have a variety of textures. For instance, you could pair a chunky cable chain, with a thinner, longer snake chain. Next, add in a couple of slightly longer wheat chains, and you’ll be good to go!

Different Gold Shades

Yellow isn’t the only color gold has to offer. To create a visually pleasing array of shades, try branching out with white and rose gold necklaces too. Rose gold, also called pink gold, uses a unique blend of copper, silver, and gold.

Of course, if you want to stand out, you can never go wrong with green gold. Green gold also called electrum, blends gold and silver together, and sometimes use a bit of copper.

What’s in Your Jewelry Box?

Now that you know how to layer necklaces like a pro, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test. Later today, lay out all of the necklaces you own. Pay close attention to the different types of chains you have, since chains are so helpful in creating layers.

If you don’t have a variety of textures, and lengths, it’s time to do something about it. Pick 1 new necklace style you can add to your collection this month, and gradually add in more overtime! For more helpful tips, read another article.