The celebrity 2-Chains is easily the most recognizable name, and it is the first thing that will come to mind when you hear these two words.
Today, however, we’ll be taking the more literal approach to this, letting you know everything you should know about how to wear and style two chains.
While it may seem straightforward, you need some important tips to learn how to style these chains appropriately. So, let’s jump right into this!
What does wearing two chains mean?
Wearing two chains, for most people, means that the wearer idolizes Mr. T, who is reported to actually be very intellectual and intelligent. In most cases, however, wearing the two chains is a sign of ostentation – the desire to be noticed, and most people who wear more than a single chain will always do this to show that they can afford the high-quality gold chains.
Unfortunately, this is not always the smartest approach, and it is even deemed to be counterproductive by some. This is because when it comes to accessorizing properly, you would be better off with a high-quality and carefully selected chain necklace that looks great. Often, a single or pair of chains are more admirable and look better than multiple pieces that are pretty much a (vulgar) display of wealth. At the end of the day, however, the choice is yours, and you can wear one or more pieces as long as you feel comfortable and like the chains.
It’s also important to remember that fashion styles come and go, and while wearing multiple accessories was deemed more fashionable in the past, it might not be the case today. But then again, it is a very personal choice when it comes to the number of chains that you wear.
Is wearing two chains OK?
Well, it is just fine, as long you feel comfortable with the two chains and if they represent your style and who you really are.
If you are not sure where to start, the easiest and the most effective way to wear two chains would be by layering the two chains.
If you have been thinking about layering your necklaces or chains, you should know that you can easily layer your chains with 2 or 3 chains, with or without a pendant.
And for a more put-together look, bear in mind that the thinner the chains, the shorter you’d have to wear them, and with the thicker chains, they are more ideal when worn longer.
You should also consider mixing and matching chains of different thicknesses and lengths.
Tips for wearing 2 or multiple chains
1.Always choose chains that are flattering in length
This might not seem like an important thing to note, but the best of chains should have a flattering length. Generally, the length of the shortest chain necklace should be the length that sits right on or right below the collarbone.
To ensure that the length of the chain is right for you, you have to take into consideration your height, keeping in mind that if you are short, the short chains will look long on you.
2.Consider the thickness of the chain.
Generally, if your chain is thin, you would have to wear it short, while thicker chains look great when they are long. This is an important consideration because the thickness of the chain and how you layer the pieces from the thin ones to the thick ones (closer to the neck and resting around the chest) will determine how well the pieces balance out. With this in mind, always layer your thin chains with the thicker ones.
Besides mixing chains of different thicknesses, you also need to mix and match the lengths of the chains. Some of the combinations you could try to include:
- One short, lightweight pendant chain paired with a medium-length, medium-weight pendant chain.
- Alternatively, you could opt for a single, lightweight short chain pendant with a medium-length, heavyweight chain with no pendant.
- Or even a short and small pendant chain paired with a medium length and a medium weight chain minus a pendant, and also a longer and heavier pendant chain necklace.
- You could also blend your favorite small, thin, short-chain pendant necklace with a lightweight, medium-length pendant chain necklace, then complete the look with a longer and heavier pendant chain necklace.
Just make sure that whichever option you choose, the shortest chain will always sit on your collarbone or just beneath it.
And with regards to the recommended options above, it is important to note that the medium-length chains are about 4 inches longer than your shorter chains, with the longer chain necklaces rest 4 inches longer than your medium-length chains.
That said, and based on your height and weight, the specific length and weight of the chains will vary, meaning that you always have to reconsider your weight/height over the years to ensure that the chains still fit right at different lengths/thicknesses.
3.Pair the plain chain necklace with a pendant chain necklace
To ensure the right level of balance between the chains, the most important thing to do would be to blend chains with different features, textures, weights, and thicknesses.
The simplest way to do this is by wearing one plain chain necklace with a longer piece with a pendant.
Wearing chains of the same length is not ideal, though, and you should only layer pieces of varying lengths.
4.Get a necklace spacer
To avoid tangling, you might want to get a necklace spacer. This is particularly beneficial to you if you find that you have to detangle your chains too many times during the day.
The necklace spacer creates the right amount of space between the chain necklaces, reducing the risk of tangling.
The spacer will also make it easier for you to reposition the chain necklace if the pieces move around the neck whenever the chains are worn.
The spacer works great for you if you are planning to layer three chain necklaces. The necklace spacer is often ideal for 3-5 necklaces that need to be layered
5.Start with the rule of 3s
If you are trying to pull off the perfect layered look and you don’t know where or how to start, you should think of starting with the rule of 3s.
This means chains that come in 3 different lengths in three different chain styles.
6.Embrace the idea of bold/ different colors and signature shapes
For a more unique and versatile layered look, consider getting one bold-colored chain necklace, perhaps one with a bold-colored pendant or one with a colorful figurine.
Opal or emerald pieces, for example, stand out quite beautifully.
7.Mix in some gemstones, including diamonds
You should think of layering with a few gemstone essentials.
Even if the gemstone incorporated is not a diamond, incorporating the right gemstones will create the right level of balance for your style and spirit. The right gemstone will also fill up empty spaces for a perfectly balanced look.
And the best part is that you could never have too many layered pieces, as long as the length, weight, and textures are balanced.
If you are going for the now trendy and fashionable layered jewelry look, you could choose to wear two or more chains with ease. You only need to make sure that the elements of the chains actually blend with each other. And don’t be afraid to throw in some color. Also, you could layer as many pieces as you’d like, as long as a cohesive look is maintained.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.