When it comes to nailing fashion girl style, you’re going to need a lot of necklaces. We’re not talking about big chunky statement necklaces, oversized chains, or massive sculptural pieces, but instead, a handful of delicate little pendant necklaces will do quite nicely. Layered from choker-length to waist-length, a minimum of two layered necklaces and a maximum of five yields the perfect fashion look.
The art of layering your necklaces like a fashion girl lies in balance – you’ll want necklaces in the same tone, in a similar family of style, and in altering lengths to really get it right. Fashion girls especially love pendants that are quirky, irreverent, or maybe even a little bit ironic. Be on the lookout for necklaces decorated with hamza hands, evil eyes, ancient-looking coins, crosses, shells, tiny pearls, crystals, raw gemstones, wishbones, animals, birds, and other small, delicate charms.
To get you started on your own artfully layered look, we’ve combined an edit of fashion girl looks with a shoppable guide featuring cool pieces in a variety of lengths and at both affordable and aspirational price points.
Haze Khadra nails the layered necklace look with her own flair for mixing vintage, high fashion (we spied a Chanel pendant in the mix), and cool gemstones.
Tine Andrea mixes animal pendants in gold with a silver chained-choker in perfect proportions.
Kate Bosworth inspired layered-necklace envy by smartly doubling down on identical pieces in different lengths.
Sophia Roe picked a theme and stuck to it – in this case, Western-inspired jewelry helped bring a fashion-y edge to an otherwise basic look.
Initially, when we heard the puka shell necklace had made a fashion comeback, we groaned, but Alanoud Badr has convinced us of their cool factor.
Darja Barranik‘s well-known minimalist style extends to the way she layeres necklaces as well, with simple pendants mixed with even simpler chains.
Dua Lipa does a cool version of the layered necklace look by choosing a ring that spells “Mum” as one of her pendants.
Chiara Ferragni was one of the earliest adopters of the layered necklace look, and has subsequently favored the style ever since, with a knack for mixing and matching opposing elements.
Aimee Song also loves the layered look and wears it often. Here, her perfectly balanced pieces look like they may be all part of one unit, which is a cool way to solve how you’ll balance propotions.
Leave it to Aureta Thomollari to make a bold statement out of the layered necklace trend. Instead of delicate pieces, she chooses bigger pendants and thicker chains to really make the look pop.
If you’re wondering how to get the balance of chain lengths right, you can easily choose a style where the guesswork is done for you.
A 3D wire elephant image is a great longer piece to use in order to anchor your layers.
We’re totally convinced that puka shells are cool again, especially when they come dipped in gold.
Cool Arabic script will help individuate your look when everyone else is reaching for coins and crosses.
While evil eye pendants are ubiquitous in this part of the world, a bling-y version by Swarovski adds a layer of luxury to the look.
If you’re a bit bolder with your style, a maximal piece like this one will do just the trick.
We’re really digging the coin pendant look, especially when it comes pre-layered like this one.
Bag an extra bit of luck with a fun talisman that features multiple “lucky” symbols all one charm.
This cool Chloé necklace presents clichéd charms, like the hamza hands and evil eye, in a fresh, cool way.
Influencers are obsessed with Adornmonde, and it’s easy to see why. The brand’s line-up of ultra-delicate charm necklaces and chokers are also ultra affordable.