Bling It On: Layering Necklaces 101

by Megan Beauchamp

Overview

Mixing and matching sparkly statement necklaces is an easy way to take your look to the next level, but how do you pile on the bling without it being too much? Enter very stylish Shahrnaz Shifteh, eHow's resident style expert. From casual curb chains to posh pearls, she'll show you how to confidently layer your baubles for any occasion.

Dramatic Draping

To amp up the drama, layer two statement necklaces with similar characteristics. "Both of these necklaces are gold, feature similar gems and have circular baubles, so when worn together, they almost look like one necklace," explained Shifteh. If you go bold with your necklaces, keep your other jewels to a minimum to avoid overdoing it.

Camouflaged Collar

Statement necklaces don't always have to stand out. "This necklace isn't too loud and blends into the pattern nicely, which makes the look work-appropriate," explained Shifteh. If you don't work in bauble-friendly office, keep a statement necklace handy for when you need to quickly upgrade your look. "A statement necklace is an easy way to take a look from day to night for an after work happy hour," offered Shifteh.

Pearls Perfected

"Pearls tend to be under appreciated. Most people don't think about layering them -- instead, they think of a country club or Madonna," said Shifteh. However, there are a number of ways you can layer pearls without looking like you stepped off the set of "Like A Virgin," as Shifteh demonstrates here. For an elegant look, play up the classic pairing of black and white by wearing a single strand of pearls with a black statement necklace.

Casual Chic

Statement necklaces don't make a look any less casual, as Shifteh exemplifies here. The trick is to layer necklaces in colors that complement the shirt you're wearing. The blue skull necklace and the green gem necklace Shifteh is wearing blend well with her plaid shirt. "As funky necklaces have become more on-trend, people tend to button all the way to the top so all attention is on the necklace," said Shifteh. "Buttoning to the top makes for a clean look, especially with a necklace that lays right on the collar."

Graphic and Gold

Lustrous pearls and curb chain links make for an unexpectedly posh combination. "A multi-strand pearl necklace with a feminine bow detail balances out the industrial chain links," explained Shifteh. Gilded script is on-trend and allows you to express your mood in a completely chic way, and, when paired with pearls, the result is sweet and sophisticated.

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About the Author

Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.