It’s often said that less is more when it comes to accessories, but sometimes, a single piece of jewelry just isn’t enough to bring your outfit together. Layering your jewelry can make a bold statement that really sets your look apart. But that doesn’t mean you should just throw on every necklace, bracelet, and ring that you own. The key to a successful layered jewelry look is selecting items that share a common element and creating contrast with different lengths, thicknesses, and placement. You can create the perfect look by layering necklaces, bracelets, or rings, so your jewelry always looks stylish and chic no matter what outfit you’re wearing.
Picking the Pieces
Aim for the same style. When you’re new to layering, it helps to choose jewelry that all has a similar style. You might opt for all antique or vintage pieces, or go for an edgier look with studded or spiked items. Select pieces that all have a similar aesthetic so they look like they belong together.
- The easiest style to start with when you’re layering jewelry is minimal pieces. Choose necklaces with small, delicate pendants, fine chain bracelets, or rings with thin bands.
- If you really want to make a bold statement with your layered jewelry, you can pair contrasting styles. For example, you might layer an antique ring with a studded modern style. Keep in mind, though, that it’s a more dramatic, risky look so it’s best for an evening out rather than a casual, everyday occasion.
Choose a common element. If you’re new to layering jewelry, you’ll have an easier time if you select pieces that all share a common element or theme in addition to a similar style. Choose pieces that are all made of the same metal or material, or go with pieces that all feature the same type of gemstone. Pieces that all have the same shape charms can also work.
- The easiest way to find a common theme is to stick to jewelry that’s all the same metal or material. For example, choose all gold necklaces or all silver rings.
- If you want to mix metals or materials, select items that all feature the same gemstones. For example, you might choose gold and silver necklaces that all have pearl details.
- Utilizing a similar shape can also help when you’re mixing metals. For example, you might mix gold and rose gold rings that all feature heart-shaped designs.
Mix weights. While you want to choose jewelry that has a similar style and some type of common theme for layering, you don’t necessarily want all of the pieces to look the same. To add some variety to your look, use items that have different weights, such as pairing skinny rope chains with chunkier beads.
- For example, you might pair a thin gold chain with a small pearl pendant with a strand of large chunky pearls.
Keep your look balanced. When layering jewelry, you want to focus the attention in one area or you may wind up with an overdone look. If you’re wearing several necklaces, opt for a single bracelet and simple ring. If you’re wearing a stack of bracelets, choose a delicate chain necklace. That will give you a more balanced look.
- If you’re headed out for the evening or a special occasion, you may want to make a bolder statement and layer your jewelry in more than one area, such as wearing multiple necklaces and stacked bracelets. It’s still best to keep the rest of your accessories minimal, though.