5 Tips for Layering Link Necklaces

5 Tips for Layering Link Necklaces

At Foundry, we are consistently studying the latest trends in the world of fashion and jewelry. One trend that consistently stands out is the art of layering link necklaces. This trend has been gathering momentum, captivating the fashion-forward with its unique blend of style and versatility. There is something inherently captivating about link necklaces – their simplicity, their timelessness, and their ability to transform any outfit from ordinary to exceptional.

Layering link necklaces isn’t merely about wearing multiple necklaces. It’s about creating an ensemble that tells a story that reflects your personality and enhances your style. Each necklace you layer could be a statement about who you are, the mood you’re in, or the style you aspire to. This is why link necklaces, with their wide range of designs, sizes, and materials, have become the go-to piece of jewelry for those seeking to express their unique fashion sense.

In this blog post, we aim to guide you through the process of layering link necklaces effortlessly. We will share five crucial tips on how to navigate necklace lengths, mix and match various link necklace styles, choose necklaces based on your outfit and neckline, and balance between simplicity and complexity. We’ll also cover how to care for your treasured link necklaces so that they continue to complement your style for years to come.

1)  Understanding Necklace Lengths

One of the fundamental aspects of successfully layering link necklaces is understanding necklace lengths. Different lengths not only sit differently on your neckline but also create various aesthetic effects. Here’s a quick breakdown of necklace lengths and their typical names:

  • Collar: 12-14 inches
  • Choker: 14-16 inches
  • Princess: 16-20 inches
  • Matinee: 20-24 inches
  • Opera: 28-36 inches
  • Rope or Lariat: 36+ inches


The beauty of layering involves using various lengths, each adding a different dimension to your ensemble. A choker-length link necklace might highlight the elegance of your neck, while a princess or matinee length necklace could accentuate your outfit or draw attention to other jewelry pieces you’re wearing. Going longer, opera or rope-length necklaces add a touch of drama and can even be doubled over for additional layers.

To start layering, you might want to begin with a base of a choker or collar-length necklace to draw attention up to your face. Add a princess length necklace for the middle layer to create a balanced look, and then a longer necklace, such as an opera length. The key is to create enough space between each length to let each piece shine without overcrowding your neckline.

2)  Mixing Different Types and Styles of Link Necklaces

Diversifying your choice of link necklaces is key to creating a visually captivating layered look. Each link necklace style, from chunky and bold to delicate and subtle, adds a different element to your ensemble.

To start layering, try pairing a heavier link necklace like the Foundry Rectangular Diamond Link Necklace with thinner ones. The contrast will add depth and visual interest. Mix different link shapes, like round with square or oval, to create a unique look.

While mixing styles, remember to maintain some cohesion. This can be achieved by having a common element like the same metal or finish across all necklaces.

Remember, the art of layering is all about experimenting and personalizing your look. So don’t hesitate to mix, match, and create a style that’s uniquely you.

3)  Neckline and Outfit

When layering link necklaces, your outfit and neckline play crucial roles in determining the right necklace combinations. The goal is to create harmony between your necklaces and your clothing.

For example, a V-neck top pairs well with a layered look that mimics its shape; try a choker with a princess length necklace to create a ‘V’ with your jewelry. On the other hand, a high-neck or a turtleneck top can serve as a great canvas for longer, opera-length necklaces that stand out against the fabric.

For a formal occasion, keep your layers simple and elegant; perhaps a delicate link choker with a single longer necklace. On casual days, feel free to mix multiple lengths and styles for a more eclectic vibe.

Remember, your layered necklaces should complement your outfit, not compete with it. Consider the occasion, your clothing, and your comfort when selecting and layering your link necklaces.

4)  Balancing Simplicity and Complexity

Striking the right balance between simplicity and complexity is key to successful layering. It’s about understanding when to keep it minimal and when to dial up the drama.

For an everyday look, a minimalist approach often works best. Layer two or three simple link necklaces of different lengths for a subtle yet stylish effect. This could be a delicate choker with a slightly longer princess necklace like the Foundry Diamond Alexander Necklace.

In contrast, special occasions or events may call for a more elaborate arrangement. Feel free to layer multiple necklaces of varying styles and lengths. Just remember to maintain a cohesive element, like a similar color or material.

5)  Layering Link Necklaces with Other Pieces

While our focus has been primarily on link necklaces, it’s worth noting that layering doesn’t have to stop there. Incorporating other types of jewelry can add another level of depth and interest to your look.

Try interspersing link necklaces with pendant necklaces or lariat styles. The difference in texture and design can create a unique and appealing visual contrast.

Don’t be shy to play with color too. At Foundry, we specialize in yellow gold, white gold and rose gold link necklaces that can be layered beautifully for an elegant look. 

Remember, jewelry is a form of self-expression. Whether you want to highlight a favorite pendant or coordinate with the colors of your outfit, adding other jewelry types into your layering can further personalize and elevate your look.

Embrace Your Style: The Final Word on Layering Link Necklaces

As we wrap up this exploration of layering link necklaces, we hope you’re eager to try out these tips and express your unique style. From understanding the different necklace lengths to mixing various types of link necklaces, considering your outfit and neckline, balancing simplicity with complexity, and even incorporating other types of jewelry – each tip offers a way to personalize your layered look.

Remember, the beauty of jewelry layering is that there are no strict rules, only guidelines to help you get started. The real magic happens when you start experimenting and discovering what works best for you. So go ahead, start layering, and create your signature jewelry style. If you’re looking for the perfect link necklaces to start your layering journey, do check out our collection at Foundry. Our versatile range of link necklaces is designed to inspire your creativity and enhance your personal style.