The right accessories can make or break an outfit, whether you’re trying to elevate a basic outfit, or adding extra frills to a statement piece to pull your look together.
Today’s accessorizing focus is necklaces, or in other words, a “neck mess”. Necklaces have been around for plenty of years and never fail to stay on trend. Of course, everyone has their own taste when it comes to jewelry—while some prefer dainty, elegant pieces, others have a soft spot for chunky chains. However, what these two aesthetics have in common is their ability to layer beautifully. Over the years, we’ve seen several A-listers, It girls and models hopping onto the layered necklace bandwagon. These days, wearing just one solitary necklace is no longer enough. The trend is all about piecing your favorite chains together, and carrying them all off at once. There’s no need to leave any behind! The beauty of a neck mess is that its a form of daily expression. It tells your story. One great example of a “simple” neck mess would be the one spotted on Sarah Jessica Parker. The And Just Like That… star was recently caught on the sets of her new show wearing Marlo Laz’s 14k gold Southwest inspired beaded necklace, with an 18 inch textured chain featuring a medium pendant, and lastly, a 20 inch beaded chain necklace centered with a slightly smaller pendant. Her layering clearly translates the persona of Carrie Bradshaw, New York’s favorite fashion lover.
The question remains, how does one create the perfect neck mess?
While this look may seem artfully created, it’s actually quite simple and easy. Pick one necklace that you want to wear, and build your mess around it.
Tip 1: Play with different lengths
Don’t forget to take into consideration the different lengths of chains when planning your neck mess. A recommended combination is to play with even numbers. If your starting chain is 14 inches, your layers should go from 16 inches to 18 inches, and lastly, 20 inches, for a good balance.
Tip 2: Don’t be shy of textures
For a little added drama, don’t be afraid to play around with textures. Go crazy with beads, ropes, cable, or mesh! The sky is the limit!
Tip 3: Just have fun!
The easiest way to ruin a look is to overthink it. Yes, certain lengths look good together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with your own combinations and permutations. All it really takes to carry off a cool trend is confidence.