The Hungarian Brunette my favourite dainty necklaces for layering (all under $10)

I feel like this post is long overdue, since I talk about dainty jewelry at least once a week on here. I do have a few statement pieces in my collection, but they’re mostly sentimental items that I refuse to throe away, even though I almost never wear them. On the day-to-day (and even for more glam events) I’m almost always wearing a bunch of different stackable rings, some chain bracelets, as many delicate earrings as I have holes to fill (that sounds WRONG, lol) and, you guessed it… A few dainty layered necklaces.

Now before I go on, I want to make a small disclaimer. If you’ve been a THB reader for a while, you might remember my post about my favourite jewelry brands for quality pieces on a budget, which featured brands that make jewelry that sells for up to about $200. In that post, I also said that usually, I try to invest in jewelry, considering that quality is more important than quantity. So you might be asking yourself “necklaces under $10?! What the hell???”. Well, here’s the truth: Although I wish I could buy a bunch of different necklaces at $100 a pop, I just can’t. I don’t have the budget right now to do so, and I still love switching up my jewelry and mixing and matching stuff.

So although I do appreciate craftsmanship and high quality materials, I simply can’t shell $1000 for a few necklaces right now. That being said, I stay away from cheap rings and earrings, because green fingers are my worst pet peeve, and anything that isn’t made out of gold irritates the crap out of my ears. So I guess you can call that balance: I splurge on higher quality rings and earrings, but I like to save on necklaces and bracelets. I do still have a few more expensive bracelets and necklaces, but this season, I wanted to try something different.

So I went to Forever 21, and took a good look at their jewelry selection. And you know what? They have some pretty AMAZING stuff. And no, none if this is sponsored. A few seasons back, I was looking for a gold ankle bracelet, and for the love of me, I couldn’t find one that I would want to wear… Even though I was ready to shell good money for it. Someone then suggested I check out Forever 21, which I was really skeptical about, because I never take off my jewelry, and didn’t want to have a piece of rusted metal dangling around my ankle.

The Hungarian Brunette  my favourite dainty necklaces for layering all under $10

But after a few weeks of sheer desperation, I said f*ck it and decided to give it a go. I went all out (lol) and bought myself a $3.80 ankle bracelet, that I assumed I would wear for 2 weeks before throwing it out. WRONG. I wore that thing everyday for the whole summer, including in the ocean, pool, jacuzzi and shower. It didn’t rust, discolour or stain my skin at all. Then, one day, it just broke and we said farewell.

That got me thinking “maybe it’s worth investigating a little more”. So this season, when I wanted to get a few new pieces for layering, Forever 21 popped up in my head and I decided to give it a go. I got myself 5 sets of necklaces, and paid less than 20$ total. Yes, a few of them were on sale, but still. That’s why I wanted to make this post everything under $10, because a) that’s what I paid, and I wouldn’t recommend things that are 10 times more expensive than what I had to spend, and b) because I want to show that it’s possible to recreate expensive trends for a fraction of the price.

So last week, when I hung out with my friend at a Venice café, I dressed super casual but still wanted to look like I tried a little. I mixed these 3 necklaces from Forever 21 and ended up really loving the look. Here are 20 necklaces that I found that would make it super easy to recreate something similar (and keep scrolling for my tips on how to layer necklaces like a pro).

OK, so now that I want to buy all these necklaces (lol) here are a few tips that I like to stick with when I layer necklaces:

1- Don’t make it too perfect

I personally really don’t like the look of 3 necklaces with the same kind of pendant in the middle, all separated by the same distance between each chain. Don’t be afraid to mix different types of pendants and necklaces, and different lengths of chains as well. If you look at the first picture above, I did a choker with a bunch of stars, then a lock pendant, and then a coin pendant. This also goes for mixing metals. This time, I went for an all gold look, but I also love the look of 3 necklaces in shades of gold, silver and rose gold. Fashion is about having fun, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

2- Pay attention to separate necklaces VS attached layers

This might be harder if you’re shopping online, but try to keep in mind that some stacks of necklaces are actually just one necklace with several chains but only one clasp, making it look like layered necklaces. This is super cool if you don’t want to go through the trouble or if you want help styling them, but it gets annoying in the sense that you always have to wear the same look, you can’t mix and match. I usually like to get sets of 2 or 3 necklaces in the same vibe that are actually all separate necklaces. For example, if you look at the third necklace on the first row above, this is the set my gold lock pendant came from. But it’s actually 3 necklaces, so I can mix and match them with other pieces or wear them all together.

3- Be mindful of your neckline

This tip goes for any jewelry you wear, not only layered necklaces. If you’re wearing a really plunging neckline, you might want to dress it up with a longer Y-shaped necklace, like the second one in the third row above. If you’re wearing a low V-neck like I am in these pictures, you might want to keep your necklaces above the breast line. When I’m wearing a higher neckline, I like to layer a chocker with longer necklaces that I keep out of my top, so they don’t get lost under the fabric, because then you can only see the awkward chains on each side of the neck. But once again, this is all up to you. Rules are meant to be broken, so wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident.

I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and these super cute necklaces! Are you into layering necklaces? Please let me know in the comment section below!!

Love you guys,

Jenny xx

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