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Best necklaces for layering: The chokers, mid-length and long necklaces perfect for layering

Wear all your favourite chains simultaneously

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27 July 2019

his season has seen the return of one of our favourite necklace trends.

The hugely popular coin or medallion necklace is still very much on our necks and feeds. But you may have already noticed a whole host of other ubiquitous styles shining through.

Colourful beads reminiscent of our childhood jewellery collections, seashell accents, 80s inspired chunky chains and sparkle chokers are everywhere this season. But, if you’re anything like us and you simply can’t choose just one of these covetable styles, we suggest wearing them simultaneously.

For SS19, we have had a very real obsession with accessories – from headbands, to barrettes – and this more is more approach has now extended from our hair to our necks.

Push minimalism to one side by mix and matching your favourite necklaces all at the same time.

The layered look is easier than you think to achieve. Use your staple necklace – the one you would never leave the house without – as your focal point and build it up from there.

Start with necklaces of three different lengths as you can always add more in later.

Don’t be afraid to inject a pop of colour with gemstones or beads and play around with combinations gold, silver and rose gold. Mix chain styles to ensure that each piece stands out in its own right – this also helps reduce that dreaded morning detangle session.

We have gathered a range of necklaces that will elevate your jewellery box collection. With chokers, mid-length and pendant options, wear alone or better yet, one or more of each to create a carefully curated layered look.

Chokers – Layer 1

Arielle Beaded Choker Necklace

For a versatile first layer, you can’t go wrong with this beaded option from Urban Outfitters. No matter your ensemble, the choker will bring a summery feel with its tan seed beads and gold-tone accents.

£18 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now

Miu Miu Star crystal-embellished choker

Add instant sparkle to your layering look with this Miu Miu choker that is embellished with crystals set on silver-tone metal. The fashion piece has a stars motif and will be sure to make a statement amongst the rest of your necklaces.

£405 | Matches Fashion | Buy it now

Sophia Choker

This choker is embellished with pink opal that is designed to promote calm and rid you of your fears and worries (probably because you'll look incredible).

Handmade with 24ct yellow gold plated silver and can be layered to tap into the trend.

£240 | Soru | Buy it now

nawa necklace

This handmade piece takes the once masculine associations of chain jewellery and turns it on its head by offering a chunky piece that full of femininity. The silver rope design nods towards that of mariner chains.

£225 | Brigitta | Buy it now

Mystic Coin Choker in Silver

This choker from Astrid & Miyu will kick start your layering collection by offering not one but two chains with a simple and a coin-embellished design in one.

Designed to be stacked, it is made from 14k Rodium plated brass and can be extended from a tight 15-20cm fit to 30cm plus 5cm. It is available in gold, rose gold and silver.

£55 | Astrid & Miyu | Buy it now

Shell and starfish necklace

No matter the weather, this necklace will bring a summery feel to even the darkest of winter days. The piece is made up of colourful beads, shells and starfish accents to bring a playful pop to your jewellery collection.

£50 | Smell the Cactus | Buy it now

Orbs Pearl & Sterling Silver Choker Necklace

For a modern twist on classic associations of pearl, we love the Orbs collection from Links of London. The traditional string has been reimagined as a chic choker with a mix of round and tear-shaped drop pearls. The piece can be adjusted to four lengths and is made up of sterling silver and Freshwater Pearls.

£395 | Links of London | Buy it now

Rainbow Moonstone Gold Lena Choker

This jewellery piece takes inspiration from the painted streets of Colombia with pastel Rainbow Moonstones. The understated design sets the gems on a bobble chain detail as a subtly chic layer in a beautiful stacked look.

£98 | Missoma | Buy it now

White Cowrie Shell Braided Choker Necklace

Shell jewellery is everywhere right now and while they will bring a holiday feel to any look, we are not opposed to bringing the style into the realms of the everyday, paired with minimal chains as a way to break up similar hues.

£2.99 | Shein | Buy it now

Roxanne Assoulin Mykonos enamel choker

This choker from Roxanne Assoulin may remind you of the jewellery that you may have worn in your childhood and we are all for that.

Bringing a touch of nostalgia to your look, it is composed of the brand’s signature brightly coloured enamel beads that takes inspiration from the hues of Mykonos.

£92 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

Mid-length – Layer 2

Gold Interstellar Star Drop Necklace

For the middle layer of your stacked look, we are heading all the way to space with celestial themed jewellery. This Missoma piece combines crystal and gold stars with Rainbow Moonstone gems and has an extendable chain length.

£135 | Missoma | Buy it now

Have a Nice Day Diamond Necklace

Marie Kondo your life and jewellery collection and only invest in items that bring you joy – and we can say without a shadow of a doubt that this will be one of those pieces. Sure to put a smile on your face every time you wear it, this luxe emoji design is offered in silver, gold and rose gold.

£600 | Roxanne First | Buy it now

Opal Star Necklace

This dainty piece will become an easy focal point that you will be able to mix and match equally minimalist creations or chunky chains depending on your style. It features a star pendant with an imitation opal and sparkling cubic zirconia gems.

£15 | Accessorize | Buy it now

Blade necklace

The Blade necklace will become a treasured piece in your jewellery collection. The versatile, minimalist design ensures that you can wear alone for a formal look or easily pair with a whole host of the other pieces on this list.

£395 | Georgina Boyce | Buy it now

Baby Queen Water Drop Moonstone Necklace with Full Pavé Halo

This necklace from US jewellery label Logan Hollowell may just be the focal piece that you have been searching for. Composed of 14k gold, it features a diamond and pear shaped moonstone with 0.15 carats.

$1,700 | Logan Hollowell | Buy it now

Trilogy Necklace

Some people only wear gold, others silver but if you like to mix and match all your pieces, the Trilogy necklace is an easy way to combine the different hues in a simple but stunning way.

The piece is made from 925 Sterling Silver with 18k Gold plating, 18k Rose Gold plating and Silver rhodium plating.

£34 | PD Paola | Buy it now

Gold Axiom Chain

You may have already spotted the Missoma Axiom chain on the neck of Gigi Hadid. The supermodel donned the piece with colourful bead and shell necklaces that offered a lesson in layering mastery.

The versatile chain is a statement piece yet somehow still remains easy to mix and match with other necklaces. It is composed of 18ct gold-plating.


£165 | Missoma | Buy it now

Elephant Necklace

Estella Bartlett offers a whole host of necklaces starring the likes of pineapples, bees, cactus, lightning bolts and more but our favourite lucky charm design has got to be this elephant that will make the perfect gift for your loved one, or yourself.

£18 | Estella Bartlett | Buy it now

Hamsa Fine Biography Ruby Pendant Necklace

At Astley Clarke, the Hamsa – a symbol of protection – is adorned with single-cut 0.09ct white diamonds and a 0.014ct ruby, set in 14 karat yellow gold for a truly exquisite piece. The chain is also adjustable.

£495 | Astley Clarke | Buy it now

Beaded Monogram Necklace

Bring the personal touch to your layered necklace look with an initial necklace like this option from Anthropologie. It features a gold-plated monogram pendant with a 12ct gold-plated brass casting.

£40 | Anthropologie | Buy it now

Pendant and long necklaces – Layer 3

Rachel Moon Necklace

This elegant, handmade necklace is crafted from silver with 18ct gold plating and features a celestial-inspired pendant of a round moonstone alongside White Topaz in a crescent moon shape with a sparkly touch.

£135 | Maya Magal | Buy it now

Mini Saints Necklace

Taking the medallion trend to the next level, this necklace is adorned with a pendant featuring Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travellers that is designed to keep you safe throughout your excursions.

The piece is a reproduction of an antique design and is offered with a polished or 14k gold finishing.

£775 | Miansai | Buy it now

Lucy Williams Gold Roman Arc Coin Necklace

It is fair to say that the style set have a slight obsession with this Roman-inspired coin necklace from Lucy Williams’ collaboration with Missoma. The piece often takes a starring role alongside a carefully curated layered necklace look. It is composed of 18ct gold plated on brass metal and has an extendable chain.

£139 | Missoma | Buy it now

Pelagia Multi Gemstone, Gold Vermeil & Black Onyx Necklace

Mix up your all-gold, silver or rose gold layered look by throwing in a black onyx dark horse number. The stone is believed to transform negative energy to strength.

The piece is further embellished with a mix of coloured gemstones set in 18ct Yellow Gold Vermeil.

£198 | Auree Jewellery | Buy it now

Pearl Bee Pendant Necklace Gold

This delicate 3D bee pendant has been taken one step with the addition of a freshwater pearl, giving it a vintage and timeless feel.

£70 | Olivia Burton | Buy it now

Latelita Turquoise Star Multi Strand Gemstone Necklace Gold

The beauty of this multi-strand necklace from ethically sourced and sustainable jewellery label Latelita is that you can create a layered look with only one piece.

The necklace is made up of three strands of metallic stars and turquoise gemstones.

£99 | Wolf & Badger | Buy it now

Karl Lagerfeld Crystal Star and Lighting Gold Necklace

Embellished with Swarovski crystals, this gold-plated y-necklace features an adjustable length drop chain accent with a sweet little lightening pendant alongside a sparkly star.

An ideal option for jewellery hobbyists and novices alike—it's a versatile choice that also makes for a lovely gift.

£69 | Ernest Jones | Buy it now

Alighieri The Spellbinding Amphora gold-plated necklace

One of the fashion editor’s favourite jewellery label Alighieri celebrates its fifth anniversary with this necklace.

The handmade piece is crafted from gold-plated bronze with a tear-shaped pendant. We love it layered with the brand’s long, slender linked Paola and Francesca gold-plated necklace to make it stand out.

£225 | Net-A-Porter | Buy it now

White Sapphire Medium Astley Locket Necklace

This Astley Clarke locket necklace will become a treasured part of your jewellery collection. It features a white sapphire set in a star on a rose gold, sterling silver or yellow gold pendant. You can also add a personalised engraving and adjust the chain with three different lengths.

£165 | Astley Clarke | Buy it now

Floral Letter Necklace

Spell it out with Alex Monroe and the label’s covetable range of initial necklaces. The brand offers the letter of your choice in sterling silver with 22ct gold plating, embellished with an intricate floral and leaf design.

£105 | Alex Monroe | Buy it now

Glass Pearls Long Necklace by Chanel

Create serious jewellery envy with this Chanel necklace that will add instant elevation to your look. The piece combines natural stones with glass pearls and crystals and of course, the brand’s signature double C logo.

£1,300 | Chanel | Buy it now