The art of layering

The art of layering
05/11/2017 Alicia L.

The art of layering jewelry is an ancient art. Nowadays the statement jewelry has become a trend. The last years have been years of big chunky necklaces with bright colors.

This trend has been used even with the most classic and formal looks. There are no limits! Although I am a person who rarely wears jewelry, when I wear it I have no measure… or everything, or nothing.

the art of layering

So in order to achieve a statement look, we don’t depend on a single statement jewel, but we can get that look layering several pieces of jewelry.

It is great because we don’t need to buy a big piece that we rarely will wear, we can play along with what we already have in our jewelry box.

But be careful because you can’t put everything on, the art of layering is here to help you out. I give you some ideas.

You can (must) mix your metals

Pairing only gold with gold and silver with silver is not the holy bible. Play with different shades of gold next to each other, for instance.

You have copper, brass, yellow gold, silver, old silver, rose gold, platinum… are you going to miss it? The stacking trend lends itself perfectly to the mixing of metals. Try it with stacking different bracelets.

You can have a fashion-forward look just mixing metals, so feel free to play and create an edgy or natural look.

the art of layering

Try different styles or textures. Y our organic look

Jewelry is not like clothes. We collect jewelry, and they express our personality better that clothes. So each piece of our jewelry (no matter the style) is talking about us. People usually purchase each piece in their collection because they really connect with it in some way.

So, how about wearing your favorite pieces you’ve collected over the years? It will give you a look much more organic and interesting. Basically, your goal is to have fun with the jewelry and to let it help you express your personality.

Pick one place to focus

I recommend you to focus in one part of the body, or maybe two.  If you’re going to layer necklaces, only layer necklaces. Or if you want to layer bracelets, wear a shirt with short sleeves (or push the sleeves up) and don’t wear a necklace. Let these bracelets take center stage.

This keeps you from overwhelming your look with too many accessories and it will give you a sophisticated look.


Choose different lengths

When layering necklaces, you want to make sure your pieces are spaced out evenly, be sure to select different lengths. You can pair strands that are 1 to 2 inches apart in length.

Same for bracelets, you can have bracelets at different places along your arm, instead of a jumble down at the bottom of your wrist.

And, same for rings! Try mixing rigs with knuckle/midi rings. I personally love stacking rings.



Maintain some balance and have fun

Everybody loves the natural look, so avoid being too matchy-matchy. So don’t stress yourself out, you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard with jewelry.

Remember to maintain some balance with the clothes you are wearing, if you let your jewelry make the statement, don’t wear busy prints in your clothes.  The closer your clothing is to the jewelry, the more neutral it should be.

 the art of layering


Soooo…play around with it and have fun!  Tell me in the comments about how you like to mix and match your jewelry.

Comments (5)

  1. НАТАЛЬЯ 3 years ago

    Very like the layers of bracelets and watches

  2. Star of the East 3 years ago

    I love layering, so beautiful!
    The first is a little too much though 😀

  3. Anna 3 years ago

    Useful and interesting style guide!

  4. Tina 3 years ago

    I love layering! I agree that it is best to focus on one area, otherwise it can feel too much.

  5. Kat 3 years ago

    I wasn’t aware of any tradition surrounding layering jewelry. Thanks for sharing. I used to have a collection of different necklaces around my neck, but now I just go with one.

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