What are layered necklaces?

Layered necklaces, also known as necklace layering, is a popular jewellery trend that involves wearing multiple necklaces of varying lengths and styles together to create a stylish and personalised look. Instead of wearing a single gold necklace, to add more interest - layer several necklaces using varying chain lengths.There's something undeniably alluring about gold, and when it comes to accessorising, it's the ultimate showstopper. Imagine adorning yourself with layers of radiant gold necklaces, like our lock and key necklace with our dainty necklace each one adding a touch of elegance and charm to your outfit. Creating the perfect layered necklace look is an art that can transform your style from ordinary to extraordinary. In this blog, we'll guide you through the process of styling a captivating ensemble with gold necklaces as the centrepiece.

How to choose the perfect necklaces to layer: top 3 tips

Begin your layering with a statement piece. This can be a necklace with a pendant  or a chunky gold chain. It will serve as the anchor for your layers.
  1. How to layer necklaces:  We love to start with the shortest necklace, our dainty gold star choker necklace is a great choice. Then, work your way down, gradually increasing the length. This creates a harmonious flow from top to bottom.
  2. How to mix chain lengths: We find alternating between different chain styles really adds texture and intrigue. For instance, pair a dainty necklace with a chunky link chain, creating a delightful contrast.
  3. Think about neckline and occasion: It is useful to keep your outfit and the occasion in mind. A high neckline may benefit from a shorter, choker-style necklace, while a plunging V-neck can handle longer, layered chains like our gold goddess pendant necklace with ease.

How many necklaces should I layer?

The number of necklaces you should layer largely depends on your personal style, the look you want to achieve, and your own comfort. There is no strict rule for the exact number of necklaces to layer, as it's a matter of individual preference. However, see our top tips below:
  1. Start with three: A popular starting point for necklace layering is to begin with three necklaces. This creates a visually appealing odd number that is well-balanced.
  2. Odd or even numbers: You can layer an odd number of necklaces, such as three or five, for a balanced yet slightly asymmetrical look. Alternatively, you can go for an even number like two or four if you prefer a more symmetrical appearance.
  3. Consider your outfit: The neckline and style of your outfit play a significant role in determining the number of necklaces you should layer. For example, a high neckline may look better with fewer, longer layers, while a low neckline or off-shoulder top can accommodate more layers.
  4. Layer for occasion: The formality of the occasion also matters. For a casual everyday look, you can layer a few necklaces. For a more formal event, it might be best to keep it simpler with one or two elegant necklaces.
  5. Personal style: Your personal style and the statement you want to make play a significant role. If you prefer a subtle, minimalist look, you may opt for just one or two necklaces. If you want a bolder, more dramatic appearance, you can layer more necklaces.
Get the look. Here are our top 3 necklaces to layer:
Dainty 14K Gold Bead Choker Necklace - Necklaces - Elk & Bloom
14K Gold Plated Silver Lock & Key Necklace - Necklaces - Elk & Bloom


Don't forget to match your other accessories to your gold layers. Earrings, bracelets, and rings can complete the look.

How to detangle layering necklaces
Detangling layered necklaces is an art that requires a dash of patience, love, and a sprinkle of finesse. Remember that prevention is the best solution, so store your necklaces separately to minimise the risk of future tangles.   Before we jump into the detangling process, let's understand why layered necklaces are more prone to tangles. Several factors contribute to this issue, such as different chain styles, varying lengths, and constant movement and friction against each other and your clothing.  Here are our top 3 tips on how to detangle layering necklaces:
  1. Needle or pin precision: For simple knots or tangles, carefully insert the fine-tipped needle or pin into the center of the tangle. Gently tease the chains apart, being cautious not to apply excessive force to avoid damage.
  2. Consider lubrication (optional):If the tangle is stubborn, consider adding a tiny drop of baby oil or lubricant to the knot. This can create a slippery surface, making it easier to detangle.
  3. Slow and gentle pulling:As you make progress in loosening the tangle, gently pull the chains apart. Avoid sudden or forceful movements, as this can lead to breakage or damage.
For some more inspiration on how to style layered necklaces, take a look at our full collection. Happy styling!
November 08, 2023 — Elk & Bloom

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