Over the last few years, many style trends have come and gone so fast that we barely recognised they existing. From bike shorts to fur lined loafers, there have been many concepts that have been hard to embrace, but the layered jewellery look definitely wasn’t one of them.
The goal, of course, is uncomplicated expression, and one of the most forgiving and adaptable methods of achieving this goal is the effortless layered necklace look. Matching basic, elegant pieces with a centrepiece statement pendant can pull focus to your jewellery in a way that elevates your entire outfit. This look is also appropriate for work as well as play, with the varying elements rendering themselves equally well in situations of varying degrees of casualness.
When assembling a necklace stack, the oft-written rule is to choose pieces of different lengths. You should get a cascade effect from the variety of length in your necklace sets, perhaps with a pop of colour to give the layered look some life to emphasise its character. What’s more, chunky chains paired with dainty chokers and a pendant necklace in a mix of sterling silver and rose gold can flatter each other in surprising ways that just may turn a few heads.
Truth be told, the layered look isn’t at all limited to your necklaces. Statement rings stack beautifully, and even earrings can be layered to create unique looks. When you get down to brass tacks, there is no wrong way to layer your jewellery. Be that as it may, you probably shouldn’t wear everything in your jewellery box at once.
Mix metals, blend styles, break rules, but also aim for a consistent tone and vibe that ties it all together. Perhaps there are pearls or diamonds coordinated throughout, or a signature charm that is repeated by different jewellery pieces. Play around and figure out where your limit is for how many different styles you’re happy wearing simultaneously, and when in doubt try three: three necklaces of different lengths and textures; three bracelets of varying complementary styles; three rings that sit nicely next to each other; three earrings that spark interest in their own ways.
Even symmetry isn’t necessary – instead, statement pieces will be what creates a cohesive look. Giving your aesthetic a focal point will keep it feeling intentional and chic instead of sloppy and overdone. Alternated textures and designs create intrigue while making you seem like a veritable couturier.
Unfortunately, actual personal stylists – such as the human marvels that deck out the likes of Kim Kardashian West and Gigi Hadid – tend to be beyond the budget of most of us. The good news is, our new arrivals include a wealth of stackable necklaces and stunning jewellery that you can use to create a look entirely your own.