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Wednesday, August 29th 2012

Ask Shopbop: How to Layer Necklaces

On Loni: necklaces from Vanessa Mooney, Iosselliani, and Heather Hawkins and a Clare Vivier clutch.

I love the look of layered necklaces but I struggle to find the right mix. Any tips?

Throwing a few necklaces over an outfit is a perfect extension of your personal style. The tricky part is making a cohesive grouping. The key is to give meaning to each piece. Varied chain textures and pendants create a look that feels like it’s curated over time. Strike a balance with similar colors and finishes. To keep the chains from clumping and tangling, layer different lengths with diverse shapes—think U shapes, with Vs, and Ys.

Another great tip is to use your neckline as a guide. A portrait collar begs for layers of necklaces. Just be sure to keep the lengths within the edges of the collar. Short necklaces will get lost on a boat neck or a crew collar, so layer long necklaces to create classic silhouette. With a button-down, you can either button it all the way up and stack short necklaces under the collar, or open the neckline to show off layers of mid-length necklaces.


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