Start with your shortest length necklace. Everyone has a certain necklace length that's most flattering, so it's important to test a few lengths and see which one works best for you. Once you have that base, think of it as the foundation on which you can layer up.
Keep it 2 inches apart for something more subtle or go super long with the second length for a dramatic look. Any way you go, having that foundation is always the start.
If you're a beginner less Is More. Even though the act of layering literally encourages you to add on to your look, the golden rule still applies.
If you're going for that 'cool girl who just threw these two together without even thinking about it' look, you'll want to stick to no more than 3 here. Anything more than that could be overdoing it.
Chain Type and Placement Matter. When layering three necklaces, you want the attention to go to the top necklace and the bottom necklace, adding that the middle necklace should be something clean and simple. If you choose to include only one pendant, go for the bottom. I personally love doubling instead of tripling because I like to give people the chance to focus on each piece individually.
Add a Pop of Color. If you've gone for a neutral or monochromatic look with your clothing, adding a vibrant pendant necklace or chain can serve as the pop of color you're missing. As for where in the stack said color should lie, focus on the shorter chain because it's the closest to your face, and therefore can highlight some of your features.
Also, you might want to incorporate just a hint of color when layering necklaces, to keep things from looking too busy. It will also make any stones seem more expensive if there is only one. Less is more here.
Experiment with Shapes. When layering pendants with different shapes, pay attention to how the shapes work together. Layering a pendant with a chain necklace is an easy way to get around that. Make the chain more of a choker with the pendant hanging down long or keep the pendant up high with a bolder chain around. This is a great way to freshen up a pendant or chain you've been wearing for years.
Wear stacked necklaces with Loungewear. Layered necklaces can upgrade an otherwise 'lazy' look. For example, if you're lounging in sweats, pulling a few necklaces together with a clean pair of studs is the perfect combination to take your comfy attire up a notch.
For a crewneck or V-neck, mixing chains with pendants to draw more attention to your jewelry than your outfit, while a crisp pullover calls for doubling elegant chains.
Layer Dainty with Formal Wear. We love a choker paired with an extra-long chain or lariat necklace for a formal event. The key is to go with something dainty, that way your jewels won't overpower your outfit. Unless you plan to make the jewelry the focal point of your outfit.
Purchase stacked necklace sets. This will help save time and frustration.
Thalia Snake Necklace Set