Layering Necklaces Is An Art— Here’s How to Do It

Layering necklaces can be tricky, especially when you don’t know which styles pair well together and how to properly wear them without dreaded tangling. You also want to layer them in a way so that if you have a custom name necklace, it is on display for everyone to see. Choosing pieces that display your children’s names, your wedding date, and of course, your personal style can really amp up your ensemble, so we’ve put together a quick guide on how to layer your favorite jewelry the right way.

Choose the Right Length

The key to keep your necklaces tangle-free when layering is to vary the lengths. If you’re layering two necklaces, start with a length that fits tightly around the neck-a 12″ choker style works beautifully-and pair with a longer length necklace like an 18″. If layering three necklaces, go with a 12″ choker, a medium 14″ length, and a longer 18″ necklace for that perfect tiered look.

14k Gold Choker, $249

If you’re unsure, stick with a shorter length. “I recommend going shorter, because you can always add 2″ extenders,” said Tiny Tags founder Melissa Clayton. “My favorite combo is the choker, a bar with Roman numerals of my wedding date, and a circle pendant with my three boys. My entire family is all there, my everything!”

Start Simple

When choosing which necklace styles to layer, start with a simple piece like a classic gold necklace and layer your statement pieces underneath. When there is a myriad of options available in the market for women accessories, it could be tricky to choose the right ones according to your body type and the apparel you would be pairing it with. Starting with a simple one, however, can help give you better insight into what suits you the best. For instance, pair a single gold necklace in a shorter length with a longer bar necklace with your children’s names. Pair your 12″ necklace with a 14″ bar necklace or a 14″ necklace with an 18″ bar or statement piece. If you’re not sure where to find such statement pieces, try checking in Macy’s. You may find coupon codes that could be redeemed and used in their stores on sites like Raise (for more info, check

24K Gold Skinny Bar Necklace, $125

Choose Meaningful Pieces

Layering necklaces can be as easy as sticking with one scheme-a single metal color-or being creative and choosing meaningful pieces. We suggest a script necklace like “Mama” or your child’s name combined with a single circle tag inscribed with your child’s birthdate, initials, or wedding date.

14K Gold Mommy Necklace, $425

How do you layer your necklaces? Tell us below!

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