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Q. Layered necklaces are so hot right now….I’ve seen both Lauren Conrad & Heidi Klum sporting them lately. I’m dying to replicate this look in gold but not sure where to start. Can you offer some suggestions?

A. Layered necklaces can look chic and studied or effortlessly “thrown together” depending on which look you are going for. There are no strict rules as this is all about personal style and having fun. It’s also a great way to give new life to some pieces you may already own. Here are some guidelines:

1. If you prefer a neat look, try layering delicate necklaces of varying lengths. The chains should be the same metal (gold with gold) and approximately the same thickness (delicate with delicate; thicker chains with thicker chains). This is, perhaps, the easiest way to layer necklaces.

2. For a more bohemian-inspired look, try layering beaded necklaces of varying lengths and materials together.

3. Try layering a simple chain or beaded strand with a longer pendant style necklace for a look that is easy to accomplish.

Get inspiration from these layered necklaces below, or better yet, buy one that’s already layered if you don’t trust your own layering skills!

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1. Juicy Couture ‘Admiral’s Daughter’ Long Layered Necklace, $128 at nordstrom.com
2. tuleste market Layered Ball & Chain Necklace, $140 at shopbop.com
3. Lucky Brand Love Layer Necklace, $95 at luckybrandjeans.com
4. Kenneth Cole New York Double-Layer Necklace, $40 at dillards.com
5. Bead Multi-Strand Necklace, $29.99 at target.com
6. Merona® Multi-Strand Faceted Pendant Necklace, $9.99 at target.com
7. Square stations necklace, $49 at bananarepublic.com
8. Moroccan Haze Layered Illusion Necklace, $35 at lizclaiborne.com
_5622850.jpgQ. I am attending a Black Tie Wedding this weekend. I purchased a black halter style gown. My question is …Do I wear a necklace? What type of jewelry would go with the dress?

A. Generally, you should not wear a necklace with a halter style dress. Instead, go for dramatic earrings and a cuff bracelet or cocktail ring.

Breakfast at TiffanysQ. For my 40th birthday, I plan to do the Holly Golightly, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look. I have the perfect black dress, the tiara and gloves, but am struggling to find something similar to the triple strand pearls with the brooch in the middle that she had. I’m wondering what ideas you might have to recreate her stylish look. I would prefer the jewelry to be fake so it doesn’t cost a fortune.
-Look-a-like

A. An homage to Audrey, much fun. I searched the net for affordable options to imitate the necklace and, while they are not an exact match, they should do the trick. They range in price from $49-169. Just add your own brooch for full effect.

100 inch Freshwater Cultured Pearl NecklaceCrystal Vine and White Simulated Pearl Multi Row Bib Necklace 	
Pearl Multi Row Crystal Deco Clasp NecklaceThree Row White Pearl Collar Necklace

1. 100 inch Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace, $95 at ice.com
2. Crystal Vine and White Simulated Pearl Multi Row Bib Necklace, $150 at carolee.com
3. Pearl Multi Row Crystal Deco Clasp Necklace, $125 at carolee.com
4. Three Row White Pearl Collar Necklace, $45 at carolee.com

Q. Can you advise me what kind of earrings I should get to go with my halter style wedding dress? I will probably have my hair up somehow, but nothing too formal. I’m not wearing a veil and was thinking about a small hair accessory instead. I decided not to wear a necklace, but I am clueless as to whether I should go with a stud or small drop or some mid-sized chandelier earring. What kind of earring shape should I be looking for with a dress like this? I’m not very tall (5’2") and my wedding is being held at the Forever Grand Chapel at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July with a guest list of about 50 people.
-Not so Traditional Bride

A. Petite gals need to stay away from oversized jewelry.  Since you’re skipping all the other traditional accoutrements you do, however, need a little more shine on the ear. Skip the studs and choose something with a little drop from the lobes.

Aquamarine, Whisky Topaz, and Garnet EarringsIsharya Libra Earrings L-1CC Skye "Jackie O" Baguette HoopsJuliannes's Bow Earrings - Gold

2 Carat Olive Quartz and Citrine 14K Gold Earrings1/8 Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Flower Drop EarringsCubic Zirconia and Ivory Quartz Oval Earrings

1. Aquamarine, Whisky Topaz, and Garnet Earrings, $115.60 at blueluxe.com
2. Isharya Libra Earrings, $188 at maxandchloe.com
3. CC Skye "Jackie O" Baguette Hoops, $165 at maxandchloe.com
4. Juliannes’s Bow Earrings - Gold, $29.99 at emitations.com
5. 2 Carat Olive Quartz and Citrine 14K Gold Earrings, $195 at ice.com
6. 1/8 Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Flower Drop Earrings, $250 at ice.com
7. Cubic Zirconia and Ivory Quartz Oval Earrings, $126.40 at blueluxe.com

Q. I’m in my early twenties and I was wondering what accessories and what kind of shoes would go well with a black cap sleeve turtleneck sweater dress for casual wear as well as dressing up for Winter?
- Accessory Uncertain

A. The shoe part is simple: knee high boots, ankle boots, heeled oxfords and even embellished flats with opaque tights. As for jewelry, go with longer length necklaces with big charms or bolder pieces in color. I loathe the thin necklace dangling out of the top of a turtleneck so please don’t even consider it. Wear smaller earrings while adding a chunkier bracelet on your wrist or a contemporary twist to the cocktail ring for evening.

To dress it up:

Pave cabochon cocktail ringPave-stripe enamel bangleSilk pendant necklacePave cabochon teardrop necklace

1. Pave cabochon cocktail ring, $55 at jcrew.com
2. Pave-stripe enamel bangle, $49.99 at jcrew.com
3. Silk pendant necklace, $38 at bananarepublic.com
4. Pave cabochon teardrop necklace, $85 at jcrew.com

Casual chic:

Inlaid square bracelet Argento Vivo Multi Circle Silver Necklace Betsey Johnson Charm Pendant Bracelet Juicy Couture Ladybug Pendant Lip Gloss Necklace

5. Inlaid square bracelet. $34 at bananarepublic.com
6. Argento Vivo Multi Circle Silver Necklace, $98 at nordstrom.com
7. Betsey Johnson Charm Pendant Bracelet, $50 at nordstrom.com
8.  Juicy Couture Ladybug Pendant Lip Gloss Necklace, $72 at nordstrom.com

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