How to layer like a player: 4 tips for accessory addicts

by - Thursday, April 11, 2013

I was always that girl in the “Pretty Pretty Princess” game who loved to load-up on the jewelry (and probably cried when I didn’t get the most). And some things never change, because to this day I still have to keep myself in check when I realize I just left the house wearing six necklaces, big dangly earrings and five rings too many. If you're loving this new accessory layering trend but aren't sure how to avoid looking like a 6-year-old playing dress-up, read on for some helpful tips from someone who has conquered this challenge.

1. Hang them up

Try on multiple combinations of your necklaces to see what works? Ain't nobody got time for that! If you'd rather test out a few combos before you reach the final result, try hanging up your necklaces first. Store your necklaces on a key rack, so you can hang necklaces of similar lengths on different hooks. Then you can usually put together a winning combination by glancing at the key rack and seeing what pieces look good together.

2. Buy extra-long necklaces

Versatility is key when it comes to layering, and extra-long necklaces offer more versatility than any other style. Wear them long and pair with medium and shorter-length necklaces, or wrap them around as many times as you want for an easy layered look. Try not to choose styles that are too intricate, though, since this can quickly weigh on your neck with a long chain.

3. Mix without clashing

Mixing styles is always a bit risky, but it's definitely not as hard as you might think. First, start with color. Some girls were born with the ability to properly match colors, but for the rest of us, it helps to consult some color palettes before putting pieces together. Once you've got a color scheme down, make sure to pay attention to texture and style as well. For example, instead of wearing bangles up to your elbows, opt for a stylish gold watch, followed by a flurry of colorful friendship bracelets, a simple statement bracelet on your opposite hand and a couple of rings to finish it off.

4. Choose one unifying element

One great way to bring your look together is to choose at least one unifying element. For example, if you want to create a nautical theme for a trip to the beach, layer a short necklace with an anchor pendant, followed by a medium-length word pendant necklace that says "beach" or "sail away," and add a simple long necklace lined with small blue and red beads. 

You can also choose a color as a unifying element or even just a metal (gold, silver, etc.) to create a cohesive look.
Layering jewelry can be tough to pull off, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on this awesome style opportunity! Experiment – and ask a friend you can trust what she thinks of your look before you wear it to that important summer party. 

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