Layer it Up - 5 Tips on How to Nail the Chicest New Jewelry Trend

Layering necklaces are all the rage these days - from mixing dainty pieces with other dainty pieces, and even mixing dainty with more significant pieces. See the five tips below on the new 'everything goes' layering trend.

Diamond Wave Bar Pendant by Kate Alexandra

Diamond Wave Bar Pendant by Kate Alexandra

Moorea Diamond Pendant by Kate Alexandra 

Moorea Diamond Pendant by Kate Alexandra 

1) Mind the Length

First thing to note is the Length of the your layering pieces. When combining two or more necklaces together, make sure no two lengths are identical. Keep in mind that each piece has it's own place in the overall look, and you don't want two pieces competing for the same spot. We want to go for a polished look, and it just looks a little sloppy and unbalanced with two pendants or chains on top of each other - not to mention, you don't want to end up with a tangled mess! The image below is a simple layering example: a crescent shaped diamond bar necklace by Kate Alexandra Jewelry on a 16" Chain (Molokini Necklace, $905, Kate-Alexandra.com) , layered with a Tiffany & Co. hammered gold cross Pendant at 18". (Paloma Picasso Hammered Cross Pendant, $700, Tiffany.com) They lay nicely together, and also have a nice balance with the use mixed materials: One is encrusted in diamonds, while the tiffany cross is hammered gold.

PHOTO: Kate Alexandra Jewelry, @KateAlexandraJewelry

PHOTO: Kate Alexandra Jewelry, @KateAlexandraJewelry

KATE ALEXANDRA, Molokini Necklace 16" Chain, Kate-Alexandra.com

KATE ALEXANDRA, Molokini Necklace 16" Chain, Kate-Alexandra.com

2) Mixing Materials

It's nice to have a mixture of sparkle and shine - so go for it! Throw in Diamonds and gemstones, to bright gold pieces, to beads, etc. Mixing different materials and textures is great because you can really make a unique aesthetic. Check out the stack below by Roseark (www.roseark.com). Their use of beads, diamonds, gold, and different sizes and shapes of pendants makes a really interesting looking layer!

PHOTO: Roseark, @roseark

PHOTO: Roseark, @roseark

3) Mixing Metals

I personally don't tend to mix metals too often...For me, if it's a rose gold necklace, it's rose gold everything... but this just works if done the right way. I think mixing metals is great as long as there is a nice balance between what pieces you're putting together. The photo below from Roseark has mixed yellow, rose, and white gold, and I think provides a nice balance between the chains and the pendants. The white gold chain compliments the white gold of the butterfly pendant, and balances the diamond color nicely as well.

PHOTO: Roseark, @roseark

PHOTO: Roseark, @roseark

4) Layering Necklaces Are The New Charm Bracelet

It's as if layering necklaces is the new charm bracelet in that tiny pendants are being used to identify the wearers personality - These dainty pendants that are popping up contain everything from letters, to little icons, and anything that has significance to the wearer. Jewelry is so personal, so have fun with it and make it your own! See how fashion blogger Aimee Song (www.songofstyle.com) layers up her necklaces in her own personal style below. 

PHOTO: Aimee Song, @songofstyle

PHOTO: Aimee Song, @songofstyle

PHOTO: Aimee Song, @songofstyle

PHOTO: Aimee Song, @songofstyle

5) Balancing Larger Pieces & Dainty Pieces

Another facet of this trend that has been popping up is mixing larger more significant pieces along with dainty pieces. See the thick gold choker (Eddie Borgo Safety Chain Choker, $375, (www.eddieborgo.com)  that Emily Ratajkowski mixes with these dainty gold necklaces below. 

PHOTO: Emily Ratajkowski, @emrata

PHOTO: Emily Ratajkowski, @emrata

Eddie Borgo Gold Choker, ShopBop

Eddie Borgo Gold Choker, ShopBop