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Stacking Bracelets: Mixing Metals and Materials

Wrap your wrists and arms with stacks of bracelets from funky to formal.

Wearing multiple bracelets is a great look that continues to be popular. It’s a versatile way to showcase your unique style — and you can do it to accent any outfit or occasion, from funky to formal.

Keeping it casual

Start with three basics: a yellow gold chain bracelet, a yellow gold rope bracelet and a white gold link bracelet. Chain construction creates a fluid bracelet, so they’ll also feel good when you wear them and work with other styles. You may have heard some outdated rules about not mixing colors of metals or different metals, but forget that — the more colors and textures you can put together will guarantee your style is all your own.

Carefree weekend looks are just perfect for the stacking, layering look. Start with your three basics. Then add:

  • Color, with a leather cord bracelet with turquoise or other earthy gemstone beads — long ones are great, because you can wrap your wrist a couple of times or use a couple short ones.
  • Two or three sterling silver bangles.
  • A leather bolo bracelet or two, with charms or without.
  • Stretch bracelets, which are both comfortable and elegant.
  • A delicate chain bracelet with a horizontal, nature-inspired motif like a dragonfly.

Take it to work

You can dress up your stackables for work, too. In more formal office environments, opt for a single color statement. Yellow gold is a classic choice for work-appropriate jewelry, and it is also having a fashion moment. Take your yellow gold chain bracelet, the yellow gold rope bracelet and add some yellow gold bangles. Or add a thicker element like a bold cuff or gold-tone watch with a metal bracelet.

Make it elegant

The stackable trend also works when the occasion calls for cocktail or formal dresses. Update the look with a stack of pearl bracelets in white, gray and black. Or pick a byzantine bracelet in sterling silver, or white gold chains and a tennis bracelet with white diamonds set in white gold. To add a bit of color, pick a thick cuff or bangle with colored gemstones in yellow gold.

You’re on your way

Once you get started with these ideas, you’ll see the possibilities are endless. Mix, match and collect more!

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