The Secrets to Sophisticated and Stunning Layering

Bring an old outfit new life by artfully layering exquisite and elegant pieces of jewellery. Create a unique look everyday with the same staple pieces by expertly mixing and matching styles. Layering jewellery is an art form. It requires the perfect balance of creativity and restraint. There is a fine line between looking chic and looking overdone. That’s why we have decided to share all the best style tips and advice so that you can layer like an Olsen twin.

Pick your focus

The secret to layering is to focus on one key area. Stack on the bracelets and pile on the necklaces – just not at the same time. If you do choose to layer your bracelets, only do this extensively on one arm. Otherwise, you will appear too cluttered and over-the-top.

Choose your image

Once you have chosen your focus, you need to decide on the image you’re trying to portray. Are you after a bohemian, grungy look? Or a more classic, Audrey Hepburn appeal? Once you have choose your theme, it will be much easier to select the appropriate pieces to layer.

Use colour as an anchor

Make a simple and clean colour story. Pick a colour scheme that will compliment your outfit, style and skin tone. Focus on a single tone and use metals to create texture and pull the look together. When it comes to metals, it’s always safer to choose either silver or gold as a base. But if you are feeling adventurous, then feel free to mix and match metals at your own risk.

Mix textures

An effective look is to layer pieces that are made of different but compatible materials. Explore with different textures to add depth to your look. Why not dress up a plain tee with a beaded necklace, silver chain and pendant?

Explore sizes and shapes

When you’re layering necklaces, choose different lengths and shapes. Try pairing short, delicate necklaces with longer, chunkier pieces for a gradual effect. This look will allow every piece to be accentuated and feature. When it comes to bangles, a wide range of different widths will look fabulous. Feel free to mix it up but make sure that each bracelet fits your wrist similarly. Otherwise they will slide over each other and look messy.

Stacking rings

Layering does not have to be confined to necklaces and bracelets. Why not fill your fingers (and toes) with a range of different statement rings? Decide on a core metal and then play around with textures and gemstones. Pick rings that have special but complimentary features.

Don’t go overboard

Always listen to Coco Chanel and ‘before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory’. Don’t get overexcited when stacking on the jewels. Typically, three necklaces is more than enough to get the layered effect. With bangles, it’s a bit more flexible. Use your best judgment, depending on the thickness and width of the pieces. Make sure that each exquisite piece gets the attention it deserves and doesn’t get lost in the fray.