You've probably heard the phrase, "It's all in the wrist.” That statement certainly rings true when it comes to bracelets. In fact, one might argue that bracelets are just as important to your outfit as your shoes or handbag.
That’s because bracelets are arguably the oldest form of jewelry, having been around since 5,000 BCE when ancient Egyptians crafted bangles from bone, stone, and wood. Bracelet stacking is nothing new, either—you might remember the ubiquitous term “arm party” popularized by fashion bloggers a decade ago to describe the trend—but different styles and materials can make the look feel fresh by today’s standards.
Not sure how to stack bracelets? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Musician and former Disney star Laura Marano is an icon when it comes to bracelet stacking (and ring stacking, too).
How to Stack Bracelets
1. Opt for a monochromatic look.
This simple method of stacking will create a surprisingly bold statement. That’s because keeping your bracelets in the same color family can create a cohesive look that feels intentional.
To create this look, pick your hue: gold, silver, or rose gold. Or, if you’re not styling metal bracelets, pick resin or acetate bracelets in similar shades. Then, simply slip them on for a matching moment.
2. Or try mixing metals to make a statement.
We certainly love a mixed-metal moment. To create this effortless look, start gathering metal bracelets in different shades.
Metal stacking bracelets are a great way to add interest to your outfit without being too over-the-top. When it comes to layering them, just make sure you have something in common between each bracelet—this can be similar color tones, shapes, or materials.
For example, if you have one dark-colored bangle bracelet with an intricate design on it, then pair it with one other colorful bangle bracelet in the same color family so that they complement each other nicely once stacked together.
3. Play with texture and dimension by styling varied shapes and chains together.
To take this trend up a notch, mix and match shapes like circles, ovals, and squares for a play on texture and dimension. You can also do this by mixing up the chain types of your metal jewelry.
Different materials can be used to achieve this look as well. Think pearl bracelets or sculptural wood bangles that bring shape and dimension to your wrist.
If you're not sure what looks best together, go for a variety of hues within the same color family. You can also match them with other types of jewelry such as necklaces or earrings depending on the look you're going for.
4. Try pairing different textures such as leather, string, or even wood.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, try pairing different textures such as leather, string, or wood for an eclectic vibe. These mixed materials can create a laid-back, bohemian look that feels effortless.
5. Wear bracelets with a watch to put a new spin on an old favorite.
If you already have a watch, you’re halfway there! Slip on your favorite band and add coordinating bracelets for a style that feels (dare we say it?) timeless.
Add as few or as many bracelets as you like. Depending on the width of your watch band, you can also vary the width of your bracelets for a play on proportions.
Don’t forget to have fun with it!
Bracelets are an easy way to add personality to your outfit. They can be worn separately or stacked together in a variety of ways. If you're feeling bold, stack them up to your elbow. If you're feeling more reserved, opt for a single bangle or cuff.
The key is to have fun with it—and stay true to you.
At the end of the day, bracelets offer another means to express yourself. There are so many ways to stack bracelets, so you can create a look that’s all your own.