You know how to effortlessly wear your favorite pieces of everyday jewelry. For that, we applaud you. However, there’s more to being a fashion icon than just wearing a couple of pieces of jewelry here and there. Of course, you don’t have to go for icon status. Just looking put together doing your daily tasks is perfectly fine, too. Either way, knowing how to layer jewelry separates the good from the great. Read on to discover some helpful tips on how to layer your jewelry pieces.
Less Is More
You may see pictures of people with tons of rings or necklaces on. If they look aggressively bohemian, there’s no reason you absolutely have to take fashion advice from them. Of course, if that’s a look you like, feel free to lean into the maximalism of it all. For most of us, though, putting a few pieces of jewelry together in the same outfit is plenty. In fact, it’s really easy to make an outfit look busy by adding too much jewelry.
Getting into layering and stacking your jewelry can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to mix and match eight different pieces of jewelry. In fact, we recommend you stick to four or five at most, especially if you’re just starting out. If you really know what you’re doing and want to wear 10 different pieces of jewelry, have at it.
Adding another piece or two to an outfit is plenty for those starting out. Consider stacked wedding rings if you want to dip your toes into the water. Stacked rings give dimension and depth to your wedding ring without a ton of effort on your part. Plus, since they’re made to go together, they’re guaranteed to look good when stacked.
Keep a Consistent Theme
This is another big one if you’re starting out. You don’t want to grab a ton of different colors and throw it together. You wouldn’t do that in an outfit, so you shouldn’t do it in your jewelry. Well, maybe you do. We don’t know how you live your life. Point being, you want to keep a consistent look throughout all your jewelry pieces. The simplest way is to make them all (or most of them) the same color.
Starting out, consider adding a few gold or silver pieces. Classic colors are simpler to put together, and there’s a larger margin for error. You can also mix and match the two if you do it right. Usually, your best bet is to define a main color and use the other to accessorize. For example, most of your pieces are gold, and you have a silver ring or two to add some character.
There’s a Hierarchy
Could you grab a bunch of large pieces and throw them all on? Sure, you could, but we doubt you want to. You’re better off defining one larger or more prominent piece and working around that with smaller ones. Those pictures you see of people layering their jewelry really well? There’s always a visual difference in size between the pieces, even if it isn’t strikingly different. That balance is important.
Vary by Texture
Another fun way to mix and match your jewelry is to vary by texture. The texture of your necklaces and chains can be different, so even if they aren’t vastly different in size or color, a lot of depth is still being added to your outfit. This is a bit more advanced, in fairness, but if you want to make a jump, this is a good way to really look like you know what you’re doing.
Use All Available Options
While it can be nerve-wracking to branch out from the style you’re comfortable with, there are so many cool pieces out there that you have to try some new things. If you pick up a new kind of each piece, you’ve got many options now available. Even if you just add another ring, pick up a new necklace and get a different colored bracelet, you’ve opened up lots of choices for yourself.
Of course, you can take this one metaphorically as well. All available options include your very stylish friends. If you’re having trouble getting the basics of layering jewelry, consider recruiting a friend!
This is similar to the “less is more” tip but a little more pointed. You don’t want too many pieces in the same area. The way to wear a good amount of jewelry without your outfit looking busy is to vary where the jewelry is placed. A pair of rings, a pair of necklaces and a couple of sets of earrings can look great. However, six rings all on the same hand? Not so much. Balance is huge in layering your jewelry well.
If this is your first foray into the world of stacking jewelry, it can be a little intimidating. However, if you start small and slowly work your way through these tips, you’ll be a pro in no time!