Interestingly, minimalist fashion and intricate layering are en vogue at the same time. While there’s a lot to be said for minimalism, there’s something about layering pieces that brings out the inner girl-in-mom’s-jewelry-box—it’s playful, whimsical, and joyful. Stacking or layering jewelry—whether that’s necklaces, rings, or bracelets—allows the wearer to customize her look and even artfully combine multiple styles.
Layering jewelry can be an art, and like any art, understanding a few fundamentals can take your craft to the next level. Although throwing on just any combination of pieces can lead to a cool look, there are a some loose guidelines that will have you stacking jewelry—in this case, bracelets—like a pro stylist.
How to Stack Bracelets
While necklaces may require more precision layering, you can get away with a lot when it comes to stacking bracelets, so don’t be afraid to go big! That being said, keep in mind the length and style of your shirt sleeves. The more elaborate (lacy, patterned, etc.) your sleeve, the easier you want to go with the bracelets. You don’t want your shirt sleeve to be competing for space or attention with your bracelets.
Start simple. Begin with 2-4 pieces.
Start with a staple—like your wristwatch or a bracelet you wear almost every day.
Experiment with one arm rather than tackling both at once.
When layering bracelets, keep in mind that mixing textures, thickness, materials, and metals will yield a more interesting and personalized stack. Also, don’t be afraid to mix fine jewelry with everyday jewelry—like semi-precious stones or even a friendship bracelet. In fact, avoid anything too matchy-matchy.
Keep the rest of your look fairly simple. Skip stacking rings and layering necklaces, and allow your wrist(s) to make your style statement.
Keep your nails neat. Stacked bracelets (and rings) will draw attention to your hands, so nix the chipped polish if you’re planning to layer jewelry around your hands.
Be mindful of where you’ll be wearing your stack. Any place (like the office) in which layered (i.e. noisy) bracelets may annoy those around you probably isn’t the place to sport your stack.
Ideas for Bracelet Combinations
Gold statement watch + delicate gold chain + charm bracelet with toggle closure + rose quartz beaded bracelet.
Colorful & Fun:
Multicolored bracelet(s) + wrap bracelet + beaded bracelet + bulky statement piece.
Studded cuff + silver chain + rhodium-plated (black) bangle or chain.
Beaded bracelet(s) with tassel + metal cuff + patterned piece + friendship bracelet.
Rose gold cuff + silver bangle + simple gold chain.
Are you a fan of stacking bracelets? What are your favorite combinations?
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What’s your favorite asymmetrical piece?
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Do you wear smart jewelry?
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