Layering Necklaces

layering necklaces

I’m bored…

With my wardrobe, that is. But not bored enough to go on a shopping spree yet. OK, I confess: I tried going shopping. I really need some new trousers, or jeans. So, I thought I’d just bite the bullet, hit the shops and get it over with… 

And after trying to squeeze into half a dozen pairs of jeans I gave up. The same old story: if my thighs fit, the waistline is way too wide. I’ll try again later. Maybe. 

But in the meantime, I’ll try something else to liven up my ‘look’ (a.k.a the current ‘style rut’): layering.

layering necklaces

mix and match jewellery

Of course, you know I don’t do layering, as far as clothes are concerned. I’m talking about necklaces.

I know it’s not exactly a new concept, but I seldom wear even one necklace, let alone two. For a self-proclaimed minimalist, this is revolutionary. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. It’s just that I haven’t really worn any jewellery for quite a while. 

But, this is about to change. I think it makes no sense to have nice things if I never wear them, so I’m going to make a conscious effort to wear more jewellery. Maybe even match my jewellery to my outfits. Or create an outfit around a piece of jewellery. Well, we’ll see.

Anyway… Whether I prefer silver-tone or gold-tone jewellery depends on the season, my outfit, or my mood. I tend to wear more gold in summer and silver in winter, but it’s not an absolute rule. And I also mix my metals.

However, my options are somewhat limited because I have nickel allergy. I know that most costume jewellery sold within the EU should be nickel-free, but I’m not taking any chances. So, most of my necklaces (or any piece of jewellery that touches the skin) are either gold, white gold or silver. And when it comes to costume jewellery, I prefer other materials, such as leather, glass, wood or even plastic over metal.

And here I’m layering two silver necklaces. Or, rather, a silver necklace and a silver-framed magnifying glass on a chain. A functional piece of jewellery, the perfect union of form and function, that’s what I like.

how to layer necklaces

Outfit details:
cashmere sweater: Repeat (old) /
short necklace: Kalevala Koru / magnifying glass necklace: old 


Do you prefer gold or silver? 

Linking up with:

Not Dead Yet StyleElegantly Dressed and StylishHigh Latitude StyleStyle ElixirA Labour of LifeCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunColor and GraceThe Wardrobe StylistNot Dressed As LambStyle NudgeLiving on Cloud NineA Well Styled LifeElegance and MommyhoodPosh Classy MomNancy’s Fashion StyleShelbee on the EdgeA Pocketful of Polka Dots Style SplashThe Fashionista MommaTina’s Pink Friday, Away from the BlueMummabstylish , Living on Cloud NineMutton Years Style and I


  1. 16 February 2020 / 10:51 pm

    I like the layered necklace look. I did it for many years. Then stopped. No reason why. But, am feeling a pull back to my jewelery box, again

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks. I think we go through these phases: sometimes we feel pulled towards a certain look, and then suddenly it doesn’t work anymore.

  2. q
    17 February 2020 / 6:37 pm

    I’m not picky, both gold and silver will do. To some extend I try to match the jewellery with outfit and vary according it. Like some outfits just need modest golden earrings or artsy silver ones. And I am not limited to only either silver or gold, I can happily have earrings with silver parts with golden necklace if they have other things like stones in common. What is you opinion on that?

    Also the magnifying glass necklace is awesome. I used to have unconventional necklaces, when I was younger. My favourite was a small old-fashioned alarm clock (it was only like 1,5 cm in diameter) in leather “chain”. That magnifying glass has the same feeling, but looks more sofiticated. I like also your layering even if the whole idea makes me uncomfortable. I’ve trouble at some days to tolerate the id badge + keys + necklace combination, so adding one more thing for work or using the similar amount at leisure is just not for me. -q

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 4:03 pm

      The alarm clock pendant sounds like a lot f fun! I have a necklace that looks like an old-fashioned handbag, I found it at a flea market long ago.
      And gold with silver is fine. Sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit.

  3. Arlene
    17 February 2020 / 10:57 pm

    I love the way those two necklaces work together. I also don’t wear jewelry that often. Well, I do wear earrings most days but that’s about it. Having this very casual lifestyle, I always feel a bit overly accessorized if I have very casual clothes on and then load up on the jewelry.

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks, Arlene. I’m trying to wear my jewellery more. Otherwise, what’s the point of having it?
      I love ear rings, but seldom wear any (they’re kind of wasted on me, with my hair…). My favourite pieces of jewellery are rings, and necklaces. I guess because they’re easy to wear and easy match with anything.

    • Tiina
      19 February 2020 / 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! Yes, the pendants are exactly the same size. Layering delicate gold necklaces always looks so pretty, and works with many outfits, too.

  4. mummabstylish
    20 February 2020 / 11:15 am

    Great idea! Makes use of more necklaces, i shall try it out! Thanks for sharing on the #linkup Jacqui x

    • Tiina
      20 February 2020 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui! I’m trying to wear my jewellery more, I find it’s such a shame to keep it hidden in the drawer.

  5. mireilleftm
    20 February 2020 / 2:59 pm

    Those are very pretty! I typically prefer silver. Now that I got rid of some of my jewelry, I find that I wore more of it now. I am having fun with adding a bracelet or a pendant. Love these two you are wearing! I also love layering necklaces in the summer when it is too hot for a layer or a scarf.

    • Tiina
      21 February 2020 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks! I found that decluttering (clothes, jewellery, whatever) helps me get more use out of the things I have. It’s as if I can actually see individual items better. and appreciate them more. Does that make sense to you?

  6. voguefauxreal
    24 February 2020 / 12:24 am

    Pretty much for decades I really only wore silver but lately I’ve been re-introducing the golds. I love the layered coin necklace look and have two coin necklaces that I think will be perfect together (one real gold and one very very inexpensive one that looks expensive – or so I was told by my 13-year-old niece. It was apparently worth every one of the $2 USD I spent on it). I’ve usually bought necklaces that came as a set for layering but, like you, I’m thinking I need to have a closer look at what I can pair together because I love the look and I love what you’ve done with yours. And what a beautiful color that sweater is!


    • Tiina
      26 February 2020 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks, Ruth! Yes, I think it’s good to start by looking at what you already have when choosing necklaces to match, you might come up with interesting or unexpected combinations!

  7. 24 February 2020 / 1:01 pm

    I really need to layer my necklaces more, I always like the look on others! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    Hope that your week is off to a great start ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tiina
      26 February 2020 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks, Mica! I love the look on others, but I don’t often do it myself (well, I don’t like layering, so…). This was definitely a one-off, but I think it works.

  8. shelbeeontheedge1
    29 February 2020 / 2:08 pm

    Tiina, your magnifying glass necklace is amazing! I love the functionality of it plus it is just a really cool piece. I also love the look of layered necklaces although whenever I try it, they get all knotted and tangled around my neck until I am nearly choking. If you have any tricks to make that not happen, Iโ€™d love to hear! I have a minor nickel allergy where it really only bothers me in earrings. So it isnโ€™t too difficult to avoid for me. Switching up jewelry and getting creative there is definitely a great way to add different interest to your outfits. Thanks for linking up with me and Monica.


    • Tiina
      1 March 2020 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the magnifying glass necklace is a very useful piece. And I understand what you mean about necklaces getting all tangled up; happens to me, too, at times. Or they get get all tangled up with my hair!

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