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Layered Neckwear: Explained

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As Jewellery Month on QVC draws to a close, we’re back one last time with stylist and blogger Alex Stedman from The-Frugality.com, who has been working with us talking about influential trends in the jewellery world for summer 2015.

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Over the course of the month we’ve explored the trends for earrings, rings and wristwear, and for our final instalment we’re looking at neckwear. If you’ve read about the other trends, by now you’ve probably noticed there’s a common theme: more than one is just the right number. Alex explains:

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Glossy mag readers will have seen this look on A-listers including Sandra Bullock, Mila Jovovich and Heidi Klum, and as Alex says, it works equally well with a T-shirt or vest as it will a summery beach dress – and yes, wearing jewellery to the beach is totally acceptable behaviour in 2015.

You’ll want to keep lengths different so that each piece gets equal billing, and (perhaps counter-intuitively), less is more when it comes to this trend; you don’t want to go OTT, and going too big on any single piece could distract. Instead, invest in several finer chains, as in this combination:

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Pictured (clockwise from top left): Aurora Dew Drop 51cm Necklace with ExtenderEpiphany Platinum Clad Snake Chain 60cm Necklace Sterling SilverAdornMe Statement Curb Chain NecklaceStatement Mesh Lariat Necklace Sterling Silver

The temptation to go overboard is strong, but must be resisted unless you’re going to a genuinely red carpet event. Stick to no more than five necklaces, and go for fewer if they’re bigger, chunkier designs.

We’ve pulled together a selection of ideas from brands including Diamonique, Lisa Snowdon, Nour and others, which can be mixed and matched together with pieces from your jewellery box to create literally countless possibilities.There’s often more than one colour option available too, so just search for the item number on the website to take a closer look.

Whatever pieces you pick out, here are our top tips for creating a fab look:

  • Mix styles, lengths and weights of chain to create texture and interest – Eternal’s five-piece set of assorted chains (pictured below) offers you huge versatility, and don’t be afraid to mix mesh and other fine chains alongside more industrial-looking box and snake chains

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  • Pendants should be kept low on sparkle. If you’re including gems, limit them to one piece so they are the focal point and several necklaces aren’t clamouring for attention; we think the muted tones of semi-precious stones strike a perfect balance between colour and understated luxe
  • Tone matching will create a harmonious look, as demonstrated by our example here. If you must mix and match colours, create commonality by keeping the weight of your chains similar

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Pictured (clockwise from top left): RJ Graziano Multi Coloured Crystal 42cm Necklace with Extender, Frank Usher Horn Pendant 78cm Chain Necklace, Bill Skinner Honeycomb Bee Pendant & Long 80cm Chain Necklace, Veronese 18ct Gold Plated Diamond Cut Beaded Chain Sterling Silver.

  • A beaded necklace is a great way to introduce colour, but keep the beads small and regular – this Lola Rose design (pictured below) is a great place to start, and has the added benefit of an adjustable length

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And now you’re ready to have a go!

Share your Layered Neckwear look with us on Instagram, tagging @qvcuk and the hashtag #JewelleryMonth so others can see how you’ve styled it!

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