The Jewelry Report: Layering Tips and New Trends
From deciding which pieces are worth your investment to figuring out how to style them, jewelry is a highly personal matter. Tastes are wide-ranging and what works for one person may not work for another. That said, there are a few things you can do to make your jewelry stacks look chic and, perhaps more importantly, effortless. Below, a few pointers—and the pretty, shiny things to put them into practice with.
Master the Neck Mess
When layering chains, there are a few things to consider. First, length: Start with the shortest chain you’re comfortable wearing (for some this will be 14 inches, which fits most people like a loose choker; others will prefer 16 inches), then make sure each additional chain is at least 2 inches longer than the previous one.
You also want to think about dimension. If you choose chains that are all a similar gauge (as on our model here), you want to opt for a variety of link shapes. This arrangement works nicely because the topmost necklace is visually different from the paper-clip links, which are different from the minimal rolo chain below. Last thing: If you want to throw a pendant in the mix, better make it the longest piece so that you don’t risk the medallion getting covered up.
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Wear It With
Assemble a Wrist Stack
The key to a successful wrist stack is to pair like with like: strands with strands, bangles with bangles. Strands have more movement, taking on different shapes and configurations throughout the day. Bangles, because they’re structured, will stay in the order you put them in and give you a more intentional look.
Take a glance at the velvet trays of new jewelry lined up in the goop fashion closet and you’ll notice a distinct lack of daintiness—there’s barely an ultrafine chain or a pair of dainty studs in sight. In their place: organically shaped pendants, jangly bracelets, and chunky rings that look like mini modernist sculptures. Because of their scale, these pieces are most impactful when worn alone—choose your favorite and let it be the focal point.
Dressing Down Pavé and Pearls
Gone are the days of saving things for special occasions. More and more, we’re seeing people pair traditionally fancy pieces—be it a pair of glamorous diamond-dipped earrings or a ladylike string of pearls—with decidedly casual looks, like jeans and a tee. It’s a high-low juxtaposition that just works.