Necklace Layering

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Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal. Necklaces from top: Mikimoto, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Sidney Garber. Top, Chanel

Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal. Necklaces from top: Mikimoto, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Sidney Garber. Top, Chanel

Perhaps you've spotted a woman who hangs heirlooms around her neck just so; or you fondly recall Carrie Bradshaw’s piled-on pearls and chains; or you just like browsing through the thousands of photos hashtagged #layerednecklace on Instagram. Doubling, tripling, even quadrupling up on necklaces has looped back into vogue as an irreverent way to wear jewelry. For the novice, balance is key, as demonstrated in the five approaches shown here. Don’t be afraid to adopt a high-low strategy: Your kids’ crafted beads are fair game, as is that fine jewelry piece you’ve never known quite how to deploy. So next time you leave the house, instead of taking off one piece of jewelry, as mom implored, consider putting another on.

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Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The Skeptical Minimalist 

If your taste skews less-is-more, stay within your comfort zone by juxtaposing just two delicate pieces. From top: Kataoka Necklace, $2,980, 180 the Store, 212-226-5506; Beach Stone Necklace, $1,800, cvc-stones.com; Rosetta Getty Dress, $890, Bergdorf Goodman, 212-753-7300

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Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The Avid Bohemian

Talismans lend themselves to gypsy excess, so it typically works to pile on meaningful lockets and chain-strung coins with abandon. From top: Eye Necklace, $1,493, litofinejewelry.com; Tassel Necklace, $3,750, Lalaounis, 212-439-9400; Coin Necklace and Chain, $2,200, azleejewelry.com; Horse Coin Pendant, $2,950, templestclair.com; Retrouva Necklace, $8,900, Ylang23, 866-952-6423; Monete Necklace, $20,000, Bulgari, 212-315-9000; Dress, $5,050, louisvuitton.com

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Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The Freewheeling Vacationista

If you like to incorporate a beachy aesthetic into your look (even when you’re stuck in the office), go multicolor and mix larger beads with subtler stones. From top: Emerald Necklace, $8,400, Jemma Wynne, 212-980-8500; U-Tube Necklace, $120, roxanneassoulin.com; Turquoise Bead Necklace, $6,490, Irene Neuwirth, 323-285-2000; Bead Necklace, $2,475, Carolina Bucci, 44-207-235-0051; Shirt, $55, everlane.com

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Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The Treasure-Hunting Gallerina

Curate your necklace stack as artfully as you approach everything else, by combining playful costume jewelry and more organic materials. Collar Necklace, $1,200, agmesnyc.com; Face Necklace, $165, ninakastens.com; Resin Necklace, $228, toryburch.com; Officine Générale Shirt, $280, saks.com

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Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

The Doyenne-in-Training

If you’re lucky enough to have classic heirlooms like pearl strands lying around (or some cheeky knockoffs), piling them on fearlessly will help make them look less matronly. From top: Pearl necklace, $16,480, mikimotoamerica.com; Tiffany & Co. HardWear Necklace, $9,500, tiffany.com; Blossom Necklace, $2,610, louisvuitton.com; Diamond Rope Necklace, $215,000, Sidney Garber, 312-944-5225; Vest, $1,500, Chanel, 800-550-0005

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