I read People magazine on Friday nights and usually find images or quotes to rip out and chat with you about later. Like the double necklaces worn by Chris Daughtry in this article about Chris and his wife. He came in fourth place on American Idol in 2006 and got himself a successful career.
Why did I rip this out to show you? A man who wears necklaces or bracelets will always catch my eye, but what I wanted to bring your attention to was how he really layered these two necklaces.
Double necklaces have double the impact if not more
I like the two different chains, I like the two interesting pendants. Your eye goes from one to the other appreciating them both, but when you stand back, the two necklaces together are doing a great job of creating a strong focal point. Try to imagine one necklace without the other. I don’t think either one would have nearly the impact or the interest as the two of them together.
The way his necklaces line up together repeating that V-shape, they look so friendly, so cuddly. It’s like they’re spooning or something.
Looking for other double necklace examples
I went looking for examples of women doing this and only had to scroll through my camera roll to find them.
Here are my friends Marj and Mariann. When Marj first entered my house she had her narrow scarf kind of wrapped through her tassel necklace which created a double necklace effect. She unwrapped the scarf later in the day so they hung close to each other. I love this look
two too. The scarf relates to the necklace and the two accessories are happy to be joining the Bellas for a fun time in Sonoma.
Mariann is wearing two pendant necklaces like Chris Daughtry was. The metals relate and it looks like they’re going steady. They like each other and are happy to hang out together. Great impact.
This combo is kind of fun in that I have two pendants on one chain. There’s a bee that I got in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on a summer trip back there. The other piece which you can’t see as well because the bee is sitting on top of her is a chunky lemon topaz. I wear those two pendants together a lot and not always with another necklace added to it.
When you see the full length of my tunic, you can see why I wanted to have another necklace hanging lower. I want to repeat that long line of the tunic.
This strong mandarin orange color can easily absorb the double necklaces.
Some necklaces come doubled already
When you’re out and about shopping, you could train yourself to start seeing double. Of course, I want you to start at home in your own jewelry stash first as you’ve probably got some necklaces that would happily couple and give you an admirable focal point for your outfit.
But back to shopping, you could get lucky and discover necklaces that come doubled already. Like this leather tassel necklace by Sol Sisters. When I first put this necklace on I thought, Genuis! How cool to have this kind of impact with these doubled, but relating to each other, strands. In one second your outfit is complete. Add earrings and boom, you’re done. Well, earrings and clothes of course.
One way to shop for this look is to look at one designer’s collection at a time. Do they have options that you could layer that works together for a stronger impact than just one?
Sneaking in a third necklace
Sometimes I have to push the limits so recently I wore this Sol Sister necklace in deep turquoise (sorry, I can’t remember the name of the beads and stone) over a blouse. I loved adding color to my black and white jacket, white shirt, and deep indigo bootcut jeans.
As soon as I pulled out the white collar over the gingham jacket I felt naked at the base of my neck. I looked in my stash and pulled out this turquoise pendant, put it on a chain and gave my collar some company. I quite like how I’ve created a whole stairstep of turquoise-colored necklaces moving up and down my chest.
I could have just worn the pendant inside of my collar or just the doubled beaded necklace and on another day I will. But for that day, I wanted to be entertained all day with the three of them.
You may have noticed that these necklaces aren’t small or delicate. We’ve certainly been through a phase of layering more delicate chains together. I love that too and will do it when some other part of my outfit is creating the focal point for me and the necklaces are just adding texture to my outfit.
There’s an example of that on the left. That’s a page I ripped out of a Swedish magazine from years back.
Sometimes bigger is just better
I’m feeling that women of substance and experience can show their strength when creating a strong focal point or wearing that little something extra in their outfit. That something extra could be double necklaces like these, bold print scarves, large totes, etc.
I like seeing you. Your family likes seeing you. Everyone likes seeing you. Consider adding a little something extra to your outfit so you’re visible.
What tips do you have for putting together outfits to be visible? Do you think double necklaces would work for you? Do share!