Layered jewelry is all the rage right now, from long boho-inspired necklaces to stacked rings to chunky gold links to big bangles, but this is one trend that you need to get right for full effect — and it’s a trend that’s all too easy to get wrong. How can you best layer your favorite necklaces, bracelets and rings for a stylish look without getting into gaudy territory? The Yamron team has a few tips.

How to Layer Necklaces

Layering necklaces takes skill. You need to choose the right necklaces that work well not only with one another, but also with your outfit and neckline. There are a few things you can do to make achieving the look you want easier.

Look for inspiration

If you’re a visual learner, look to Instagram for inspiration and guides on how to best layer your necklaces. Search the hashtag #neckmess and you’ll find loads of influencers and fashionistas showing off their best layered necklace looks.

Follow a Theme

Whatever necklaces you pair together, try to follow a theme. Maybe you pair all gold together, but mix and match link types and lengths. Maybe you do a boho-chic beaded theme, but you blend an array of bold hues.

Start Small

There’s no need to wear six different necklaces to achieve a fashionable layered look. You can layer just two or three necklaces to start. Just make sure that they vary enough in length. Go with a choker necklace paired with an opera-length necklace, for example.

You’ll also want to only layer two or three necklaces if you’re not following a theme and if you’re instead pairing very different pieces together. Otherwise, your look may end up as more overwhelming than eye-catching.


Mix bolder necklaces with more toned down options

Try only using one statement piece with a larger array of non-statement pieces. Maybe you pop a bold necklace with some vintage enamel and or a large gemstone over a few plain chains or simpler diamond or pearl necklaces.

Don’t Mix Your Metals

While you may want to mix your gemstones and other colorful accents, the one thing you don’t want to mix when layering all of your necklaces together? Your metals. Adding a mix of gold, rose gold and silver all together can make your stacked necklaces look messy, rather than well thought out.

Don’t worry about event spacing

When you first start layering your necklaces, you may feel like you need to perfectly space each necklace apart, but don’t — that can make your style seem forced. Let your necklaces lay where they naturally fall, for an easy, natural look.

Do worry about a natural progression in size/width

One thing to look out for? Make sure that you’re layering your necklaces from smallest to largest, lightest to heaviest. So, the top layer, closest to your neck, should be the lightest and smallest. The bottom layer, which hangs the lowest, should be the heaviest, unless you’re wearing a choker.