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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Layer it on thick...

Layering necklaces is a technique that has been around for years and is still going strong. It is understandable as it allows you to vary your look, be creative and create custom looks. So next time you are trying to decide which necklace to wear, consider wearing them all. OK, not really, that would be overdoing it. But with some editing and experimentation you can accomplish some interesting looks.

On this Fall’s runways designers showcased layered and stacked jewelry, really piling it on. Nested bib-necklaces closely circling the neck and stacked bangles from wrist to elbow were most dominant.

Here are a few pointers to consider when layering up:

  • Start with a long necklace and then add a shorter pendant.
  • Layers of stones work best if you stick to one color story. Definitely mix stone necklaces with metal chains for a textural look.
  • It is safest to stick with one metal - silver with silver, gold with gold. If you mix, which can be a very sophisticated look but harder to pull off, combine similar finishes, ideally antiqued gold and antiqued silver.
  • If you want to be more subtle, try layering delicate chains of various lengths but similar widths or thicknesses.
  • Wear all of this over solid basics to highlight the jewelry and not overdo it.
  • Remember, long necklaces create long vertical lines which offer a flattering look.

If you are uncertain, then look for necklaces that are already layered for you. And then, go ahead and pile it on!

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