BRACELET STACKING/LAYERING: 101

I love layering my jewellery, I do it a lot. Rings, necklaces, bracelets (especially when I’m trying to cover up my lack of  accessories). Call me crazy but  I love the way it draws attention to my hands (we use our phones in public all the time, be polite and make their view glamorous).Also, I can swap jewelry pieces in and out to suit my mood and outfit, this is one trend I don’t see getting old any time soon. So, why should your wrists and arms miss out on all the fun? Let me help you dip your toe or is it forearm? into the bracelet-stacking waters.

New York to Milan, its all Arm candy! Stacked bracelets are the perfect accessory to bring a unique energy to your style. Whether you have an eclectic style or are more of a traditionalist, even from that rock-and-roll glam to sweet and bohemian. To be really good at this,take some of your favorite bracelets in different sizes and styles and begin layering. Remember – they don’t need to match perfectly, they simply need to coordinate. If you prefer a more laid-back look, choose bracelets that have similar shades as those in your ensemble; they will add an extra element without being distracting.

Not sure you can “pull it off,”- keep these tips in mind and let’s party!! (you know what I mean).

START SIMPLE AND MIX MATERIALS.

If you’re really new to this trend, you might feel more comfortable starting with just 3-4 pieces that share a unifying trait, like going all bangles but varying their width and color. Or, more commonly,mixing chains, bangles and a cuff but all in gold or whatever colour you like. Experiment on one arm before you attempt both. And you know, a wristwatch counts as a bracelet too, so another easy starting point is to work on the arm where you’re already sporting a timepiece and see what looks good with it.A known favorite is mixing textures, such as Lucite and leather, in more neutral tones, and then throwing in a few pops of color.Select one statement piece (like a great watch) then add a couple of supporting pieces to the mix.

Another beginner’s trick is to get a matching set of plain, thin bangles to use as your base and then play around with “partners”.If you’re feeling bold, throw on multicolored bracelets that are in contrast with the colors in your outfit – just keep in mind that you shouldn’t go overboard. Feel free to mix metal colours or  textures for an eclectic look that isn’t overly matched.One arm of statement bracelets is  absolute perfection; however both arms full may overpower you and your wardrobe.Unless you can play it.  If you’re feeling bold and want a more dynamic look, add in a layer of color or two with a gemstone bracelet.You can also mix and match your nail color to complete the ensemble.bracelets1

Feel free to wear yellow and white gold together. Throw a thick leather cuff up against some chains – a bulky bracelet usually makes a great foundation for building on anyway.

 

DON’T OVER DO IT.

Honestly, if you’re piling on the bracelets, you might want to take it easy on wearing loads of other jewellery, especially heavy rows of stacked rings (imagine that mess). Extreme bracelet layering -now this sounds like a sport- tends to work best with more monochromatic outfits too.And if you’re accessorizing both arms, consider wearing fewer bracelets on each than you would if you were only layering up one.

Also, think about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. You don’t want to irritate people at the office by making it sound likes its Christmas every time you move your hands. You should always dress appropriately for your particular workplace, and that includes your jewelry choices. An armor of glamour won’t be welcome everywhere.

Stacking bracelets is an easy way to give old pieces a new purpose in life and play your style from day to day.

There’s a lot of planning that goes into this “effortless” look!. As you can tell, there aren’t many rules so pile them on. The key to this look is experimenting and wearing what you like! Does this mean you should dig every bracelet out of your jewelry box and throw them on at once? Well, you could… but it’s more about which pieces you wear, not how many.

Put your own twist on this trend, and just really have fun!

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