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Stacking, Layering & Styling 101

Stacking and layering your jewellery is a great way to revive some of your favourite pieces. Follow this simple guide and get your layered look right every time.

Stacking and layering jewellery is a timeless trend that is the perfect way to elevate any outfit. However, mastering the art of layering and stacking is not something that comes naturally to everyone. In fact, it can require a great amount of thought and might be a little tricky to get right sometimes.

You shouldn’t let that scare you away from trying it out though. When done well, layering jewellery creates an effortless look that says ‘I totally just threw this on’ - even though you spent almost an hour switching necklaces and adding rings, then removing them... then putting them back on different fingers.

It might add some extra time to getting ready in the morning, but layering and stacking your jewellery is the perfect addition to any outfit, casual or dressy. To help fast track your morning routine, we have put together some simple styling tips for you to follow so you get your layering pursuits right the first time - and every time!

Style tips for Laying & Stacking

★ When layering necklaces, spacing is key. You want your layering to look as balanced as possible, so layer with chains that fall to various lengths. For example, try layering smaller choker chains with longer drop chains - as long as there is a small even space between each necklace then you’re on the right track.

★ Each piece should complement the next. Avoid layering too many pieces or you risk having a tangled mess at the end of the day. Make sure each jewellery layer is clearly displayed and looks like it fits naturally to the next piece.

★ Pair bold statement pieces with finer delicate pieces. However, avoiding pairing too many chunky pieces together or this will weigh you down and look unnatural. When it comes to layering delicate pieces it’s safe to opt for more, as long as you keep the spacing in mind. This applies for all jewellery types. For example stacking a statement diamond ring with finer delicate rings looks amazing, however many statement rings will look too busy.

★ Consider your outfit. Things like the neckline of your top or dress can affect how you layer your necklaces. In this case, layering works best with simple necklines so the effort you’ve put into your jewellery is the focus. You can definitely be more adventurous when stacking rings or earrings though. Layering will always work well with a simple outfit but vibrant patterns and colours won’t be tarnished by stacking rings and earrings as they are not at the centre of focus like necklaces are.

★ Mix textures, metals and tones. This is where stacking and layering works at its best. A well-coordinated collection of different textures and tones creates a unique look and feel. Yas it’s okay to pair gold and silver necklaces - we even love the look of yellow gold paired with rose gold jewellery. There’s no need for each piece to match perfectly, just keep our previous tips in mind.

★ Consider the length or your fingers when stacking rings. If you have shorter fingers, rather than stacking your rings up and on top of each other, try spreading your rings across other fingers. This still encapsulates the same stacking-effect without making your fingers look stumpy, and even works to elongate a smaller hand.

★ Mix pendants when layering necklaces. Opt for pendants of different sizes, colours and stones. This is great for achieving that boho feel, particularly when mixing stones. Again, just keep our previous tips about spacing in mind.

A general rule when layering and stacking is to stick to one or two areas on your body. We like to follow this guide if opting for the two option:

Do pair

★ Rings + Necklaces

★ Earrings + Bracelets

★ Necklaces + Bracelets

★ Earrings + Rings

Avoid pairing

★ Rings + Bracelets

★ Earrings + Necklaces (these areas are too close together which will look cluttered)

That's it - all you need to know about stacking and layering your jewellery! For even more inspiration and tips, don't forget to check out our latest blogs too. Read more about April's birthstone, classic wardrobe essentials and the Pantone colour of the year for 2019

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