Dos and Don’ts for Stacking Bracelets Lauren December 11, 2015 FASHION, Jewellery One of the hottest jewellery trends at the moment is mixing and stacking bracelets, a stylish way to wear all of your jewellery at once and create a bold fashion statement. However, stacking bracelets isn’t just about throwing every bangle and bauble you own on in a willy-nilly way – there is quite an art to creating the right look. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes to stacking your bracelets: Go With a Theme When you are stacking bracelets together, they should all have the same overall theme – such as bohemian chic, punky and edgy or multi-coloured bangles. The bracelets can all be different, but as long as they still fall within the same general theme or look they will mix well together. If the bracelets don’t have a theme and don’t go together visually, it can look like they were just thrown together in a haphazard way. In the same way, be wary when mixing metals together. Sometimes silver and gold can look good together, but usually it is best to keep similar metals together and wear your silver jewellery with other silver and your gold with other gold. Choose Similar Colours How do you make your stacked bracelets look like a fashion statement rather than a strange amalgamation of too much unrelated jewellery? One of the strategies is to wear bracelets that are all within the same colour scheme. Even if the bracelets are different, the colour similarity will tie them together visually. For example, you could wear bracelets all in shades of reds and oranges, or blues and greens – or bracelets that all have turquoise as the featured stone. Using an Accent Colour Another technique to use when coordinating your bracelets is to wear mostly bracelets with a neutral tone, then wear one contrasting bracelet in a bold and trendy colour as an accent piece. This will create a very bold and eye catching look while still being elegant and refined. For example, you could wear a series of silver bracelets and bangles, then add one statement bracelet in a bright pink or vibrant blue as an accent piece. When you are choosing the accent piece, the more eye catching and unusual it is – the better. It could be a unique piece of handmade jewellery or a very special one of a kind vintage piece. Be Careful When Bracelets Hit Each Other One of the risks when stacking your jewellery is that your bracelets have the potential to bang against each other, which can possibly damage your more delicate jewellery. For example, if you have a delicate charm bracelet made of a soft metal such as gold and it is banging against a bracelet that is made from a harder metal, the gold bracelet could become scratched. Keep this in mind whenever you are layering charm bracelets and other types of metals together. Also another reason to avoid wearing several bracelets at once is because they will jingle and jangle together and create a lot of noise – which can be distracting and annoying. To avoid this, wear cloth or leather bracelets between the metal ones so that they do not clink together. Pay Attention to the Size of Your Wrist When you are choosing bracelets to fit together, it is also important to select the right bracelet for your wrist size. If you have a large wrist, wearing thin and dainty bracelets can sometimes look odd. Try wearing thicker, larger and bolder pieces of jewellery on your wrist which will look more balanced. However, if you have very thin and dainty wrists you can wear small and dainty jewellery – large and chunky bracelets might look too big on you and might exaggerate the thinness of your arms. These are just a few things to keep in mind when you are stacking bracelets and wearing multiple pieces at a time. Of course, these are just guidelines and fashion rules are always made to be broken. It’s fun to experiment with many different styles and try putting a wide range of bangles and bracelets together, in order to create a new and innovative look. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and play around with different types of jewellery – you might just find a new and bold look that really makes an exciting fashion statement!