I am all over the multi layered necklaces trend as I get to wear more than one of my favourite vintage necklace at the same time. It has been great to rummage through my jewellery box to find hidden treasure to wear again. However if you don’t have lots of vintage gold or silver chain necklaces and you want to create the look from the offset, you can always buy ones already layered. Loads of high street brands have them but it is a good idea to look for unusual ones or indie brands who have created something a bit more unique, either as ready made layered necklaces or individual chain necklaces. Etsy also has vintage ones you can choose from too.
But how do you go about layering them up without looking like Mr T (vintage reference there!)? Here are my 7 steps (with some links to where I bought the modern ones) to how to wear gold layered necklaces.
Find all your fine necklaces
This is the fun bit as you will find necklaces that you had forgotten about. However beware, if you are anything like me, you will have to spend some time untangling them all! Find everything that you would define as gold and fine as we will layer in other textures and colour later. Group them together in lengths or types as this will make it easier when layering.
Start to position them together
Next step it to start seeing which sit together nicely in terms of length. Ideally you don’t want them all on top of each other. I do this on my dressing table as it saves time. They don’t have to be super even in distance from each other either; it looks more organic to have different spaces between them all.
Choose key pieces to stand out
I tend to choose a favourite piece and position other necklaces around it so my hero necklace has stand out. Right now this is my gold double St Christopher necklace by Katie Mullally that I received for Christmas. I also love my Orla Kiely flower pendant necklace which is a longer length which I bought from a preloved site on Facebook.
Swap in other pendants or chains
Remember that you can change a pendant from one chain to another to make it work. I look out for vintage pendants often in charity shops that have lost their chains; these were all bought this way and cost about £2
Layer in different colours and textures
It is OK to add in different textures and colours to your layered necklace look. My watch is silver and gold so I feel totally fine about mixing gold and silver loving the contrast. It also looks great to add in a set of fine small pearls which can also be found cheaply.
Decide if you want to be matchy matchy
I sometimes like to theme the look by choosing necklaces that match such as my 3 Ks. All are modern and picked up from the high street. I like the fact that the Ks are all different sizes and the chains have a different width to them.
Ignore the rules
I am never one to conform so I am a huge believer that when wearing gold layered necklaces – do what you want and what you love. For example I love to mix this 1970s chunky chain with the 1960s smooth one. They are both the same length which could be a no-no to some but I love it!
I then team this up with multi layered bracelets – but I will leave that to another blog post! Want to see more of my vintage jewellery – here are just some of my favourite pieces.
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