Layering NecklacesMake a Statement Piece


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{first chain to the left above is actually a belt}
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see how I wore it here

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{the longest white and silver beaded one is actually a belt}

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I’m lucky enough to have inherited much of my grandma’s jewelry but I’ve also been collecting key pieces since I was about 19. One of the first places I check in a thrift shop or flea market are the jewelry counters. Something about old costume jewelry is just better made than newer costume jewelry and still has some weight and extravagance to it. Also, it’s usually under 10$ …or even $5. And you can’t beat that!

It’s easy to mix it up …just pile on similar color shades and remove what doesn’t work. Make chains longer by attaching them onto other chains or add ribbons {as seen above}. I also use pins/brooches on occasion just to make it a bit more fun. Get creative with what you already have and turn your old pieces into new works of art you can wear! …however, keeping the outfit simple is key when accessorizing to the max …you only need one focal point and a statement necklace is just that.

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

64 Comments

  • {eleise}

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! You have such great style & I always am looking forward to your next posts to see what you are wearing! =) I wish I had your style!

  • Martina

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    your taste is absolutely amazing, and you are really original

  • Miss Anne

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    you + geekery + jewelry = sexy.
    woot.

  • Hanako66

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    I love to clip pins and brooches on necklaces too! …such an easy way to mix things up! fab tutorial as always!

  • Piglet

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    Oh love that look!
    I really want to try it now.

  • heyLyss09

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    I love all these looks! Unfortunately I’m allergic to several kinds of metal so my collection is real and very small.

  • daniB

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    i absolutely love all of your ideas! especially your DIY’s(:

    but i really like statement pieces 2 and 4…
    loving the gold!

    *dani

  • TeeTee

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    amazing!

  • Darla: Retro Ways

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    Gorgeous post such great ideas! I love how thrifty you are yet you always look like a million bucks hunny!

    Take care.

  • madame b fatale

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    These are fabulous!! I really love your DIY posts!

    Madame B
    xoxo

  • Gina

    June 24, 2009 | Reply

    Layering necklaces… the thought has never even crossed my mind! And it’s such a simple, yet great idea that I need to take into practice starting NOW.

    Thanks for yet another awesome post!

  • Fabi

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    haha your DIY skills never cease to amaze. This is suuuuch a great idea!

  • zoe aka drinkupthefashion

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    i love this post! you are so working these necklaces.

  • Ben

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I truly shouldn’t admit how much some of your posts make me want to be a girl. Or be you. Or just wear necklaces.

  • drollgirl

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    i want all of that jewelry. seriously. I WANT IT ALL. i am so greedy. and it is all so great!!!

  • Polka Dots Stationery & Gifts

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love this post! Wondering- how/where do you store all your jewelry? I have the hardest time keeping mine organized that I just can’t seem to find the right pieces & then get frustrated and end up getting rid of it when I declutter.

  • Polka Dots Stationery & Gifts

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love this post! Wondering- how/where do you store all your jewelry? I have the hardest time keeping mine organized that I just can’t seem to find the right pieces & then get frustrated and end up getting rid of it when I declutter.

  • K.Line

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Of course, you do this look terrifically. My question is: doesn’t your neck get sore? I can barely wear a silver chain without developing a headache…

  • Lily G.

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I loooove this look of layered necklaces. Awesome post!

    liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

  • hautepocket

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I admire how much time and effort you put into your website. Maybe I’m just lazy!

  • Bayjb

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I absolutely love layering necklaces and having it be the statement piece of the outfit. That is my favorite look, except in the blazing hot of summer.

  • Iva

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    your jewelry is so strong! yes strong! each piece is so unique. They come together and create such great statement pieces, but they also stand fabulous alone. I love the mix of old and new. I love mixing silver/white,black/gold, and I think you did a great job with the silver/gold mix. That must be so beautiful for you to have pieces from your grandmother.

    <3

  • Chessa!

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I was just thinking about this in my head today and I swear I was going to email you for tiparoos. You read my mind!!

  • Fell4fashion

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love all these! thanks for sharing your diy’s!!

  • Chelsea

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love how you make everything seem so attainable and simple.

    Also, I love Ben’s comment above. Priceless.

    http://my-life-in-style.blogspot.com/

  • Underfunded Heiress

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love this look. You wear it well!

  • Violet

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Im amazed by this post lol

    i love how you mixed the necklace… ill try this sometime

    XX
    Vi from Cali

  • Style Porn

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, you have an enviable collection of jewelry!

  • FrancoB.

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love bulky jewelry, i hate when a girl only wears like little gold earring and lame tiny necklaces.

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    your DIY posts are my fave. so inspiring!

  • ***

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    great necklaces!

  • paquita

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love your blog and your style¡¡¡

  • Elizabeth Marie

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love it. The more the merrier. I inherited most of my Nana’s jewelry too…and I like to think she gets happy when I wear it rather than it just sitting there, you know?

    XO

  • Victoria

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love these kind of posts you do, they’re brill!
    Amazing blog.xxx

  • Midtown Girl

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    your. hair. is. fierce. XOXO

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    When I’m hiding from the office, I love to do this. But I completely agree – no mixing gold and silver. I’m so weird about that.

  • LENORENEVERMORE

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Definitely agree, old costume jewelry is better made…they don’t really make them like they used to…& when they do, $$$ che-cling!!!

  • janettaylor

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Cool selection!

    X♥X♥

  • janettaylor

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Cool selection!

    X♥X♥

  • Cathy Voyage

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Great combinations!

  • jennine

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    so inspiring! love this!

    oh man, this makes me wish i kept my costume jewelry, it all breaks on me… i guess that means i should stop doing whatever it is that i do that makes it break. :/

  • Pattie

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve always loved those partly ribbon necklaces :)

  • Brown Girl

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love those, so cute!

  • Stacy

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    love all the necklaces and the feather one too

    http://fashionhandglide.blogspot.com

  • Fashionista

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    love all the statement necklaces!!!

  • Blicious

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love all the layered necklaces! great pics as always! :)

  • anhesty

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    lovesss it! great pics!

  • Tara Gibson

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    gorgeous! I bet your collection is amazing!

  • Dila

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    yaay I’m 950. follower

  • ~alison

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Loving the black and gold set…

  • Fashionista*

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    i so love it

  • amoramor

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    OMG, YOUR BLOG IS UST THE BEST, LOVED IT

  • smartscruffyfashion

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Just found your blog, can’t wait to get reading x

    Lauren
    smartscruffyfashion

  • Grace

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    This is exactly why accessories are my favorite part of dressing up!!!

    Love Grace.

  • Lucinda

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, nice work!

  • Amy

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    and I thought I could design jewellery!

  • down and out chic

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    you have some gorgeous pieces here and i really like the layered look. my stuff tends to get tangled so the chunkier the better.

  • Candi

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    I love your jewelry!!!!

  • Bruce

    June 25, 2009 | Reply

    That is quite the bling collection.

  • lamandahugnkiss

    June 26, 2009 | Reply

    love love love! i am wearing the most rad necklace right now totally inspired by you. um, also, my hair is in a cute little side bun. i always look forward to reading your posts.

  • TheBeautyFile

    June 26, 2009 | Reply

    amazing! you totally rocked this!!

  • ZombieLace

    June 26, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous! I love layering a necklace or two but you take it to the max! I love it, especially the idea of adding broaches and pins. I definitely have a stock pile of old costume jewelry I can play with!

  • Angeles Almuna Design

    September 14, 2009 | Reply

    Nice , nice , nice, you have a really good taste, fabulous blog!!!!!

  • slauslau

    March 2, 2012 | Reply

    This post is from 2009 but i find that i can apply it today (Mar 2012). Great ideas. Looking for ways to layer my new silver Juicy couture choker. :)

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