Can’t decide whether the stacked bracelets trend is contemporary or classic? We’d like to clarify and say both! The art of stacking bracelets in popular culture dates back to 1933 when Jean Harlow wore them in the classic Dinner at Eight. As she stacked glittering diamond bracelets crafted in the art deco style, her style was all the rage in an era filled with excesses.
Since then, the trend has kept evolving. Every generation has offered its varied interpretation of stacked bracelets. From the grunge look of the 1980s to the elegant and fitted cuffs of the early 2000s, women have loved stacking bracelets. Today, the art includes timeless pieces, customized designs, and mix-and-match versions to create stylish looks for a wedding to a night out with friends! Anything works on a stack – beaded bracelets, bangles, cuffs, charms, and tennis bracelets. If you’re confused about how to start building your stack, Gabriel & Co’s styling experts have some go-to pointers that will help.
Choose A Statement Piece, And Then Some ‘Enhancers’
When choosing a stack that looks graceful and interesting, use one main bracelet as the focus of the entire stack, flanked by a few simple ones. The easiest way is to wear a stunning statement bracelet with intricate detailing and use delicate bangles on the sides to enhance the look. As our in-house designers quickly remind us, ‘less is more, don’t attempt to add too many statement bracelets all at once. With one focal bracelet (or at the most two!), don’t use more than 3-4 bangles or bracelets at a time. How do you select your statement piece? Here are some ideas.
An extravagant tennis bracelet is always the perfect choice. This diamond three-row tennis bracelet in 18k white gold undoubtedly grabs all the attention whenever you pull out the stops for a party! Also available in rose gold and yellow gold setting, the bracelet gives the impression of added layers and stacks on its own, creating volume.
A 14k yellow gold Bujukan bead cuff bracelet with inner diamond clusters and gold pyramid connectors boasts an exquisite design. The broad bracelet is also available in a rose gold variant. Whether it’s a wedding, family celebration, or workplace event, what better way to make a statement than this?
Mixing Metals & Textures Is Always a Good Idea
While mixing too many colors and textures might be daunting, fearing a complete mismatch, remember that the first rule of thumb is to keep your stack individualistic – it should reflect ‘YOU’! The traditional rules of matching don’t apply. Experimentation is the key to getting your stacking game right. Having said that, some pairings do work better than the others. Experiment with different metals, finishes and polishes until you find your perfect stack. Start with two different metals and up the number from there.
Complete your stack with another tennis bracelet from the Lusso collection in white gold. In this pattern, circular links garnished with marquise-shaped diamond clusters are connected by single round diamonds. While this one is the highlight, breath taking piece, all bracelets in the stack stand out for their distinct beauty.
Personalize Your Stack with A Charm Bracelet
Is there anything more fun and feminine than charm bracelets? Wear your favorite design as the focal point of your stack – it could reflect your personality, life’s milestones, or simply the things you love. While choosing a charm bracelet for stacking, our style experts advise something sturdy and enduring, which will become your signature piece even as the rest of your stack keeps changing and evolving over time.
Add A Pop Of Colour To Your Stack
Bracelets in precious metals needn’t be boring. Incorporate ones featuring colored stones or your birthstones into the stack. These would add another dimension and layer of symbolism to your look.
When In Doubt, Keep It Simple
If you’re new to stacking and unsure of your skill, start with simpler pieces you can confidently pull off and work your way up slowly. A good thumb rule is never to stack more than one-third of your forearm when starting off. Another thing to keep in mind is practicality. If you’re at work, it’s not a good idea to have too many bracelets jingling and making noise. They might even come in the way of your work. Better to style them for an outing or occasion with friends and family. Comfort is key.
Accessorize your stack with this split 14k yellow gold Bujukan bead cuff bracelet with diamond pave spikes. This delicate piece can be worn with similar elegant bracelets or to enhance a prominent cuff.
Frequently Asked Questions on Stacking Bracelets
#1 How Many Bracelets Should You Wear at Once?
Try to incorporate at least three bracelets into your stack no matter how clean and functional your look is, and don’t opt for more than seven, even if you’re the OTT queen! Just wearing 2 bracelets fails to create an impact.
#2 Should Stacked Bracelets Be The Same Size?
Wearing designs in varied sizes adds a better personality to the stack. It should be a fine balance. A couple of bracelets can be thicker than the rest. If you plan to wear all in same size, then ensure that the size is not too big.
#3 Which Arm Should You Wear Bracelets On?
Since most women ususally wear their watch on the left hand, right hand is prefered for stacking bracelets. But again, there are no rules. You may even stack your watch with a couple of elegant bangles to heighten the effect.
#5 Should You Wear Rings and Bracelets On The Same Hand?
Wearing rings and stacked bracelets on a single hand looks high on style, in our opinion. But you need to hit the balance right. For a party look or brunch, do not hesitate to style your favorite ring and bracelet designs all on the one hand. But at work, keep the numbers minimal. You may stack 3-4 elegant bracelets with an eternity band (or your wedding or engagement rings) and leave it to that. You do not want to draw all office attention to your jewelry ensemble!
Remember that there is no perfect stack prototype. The ideal stack is practical, comfortable, and complements your style. If you wish to stack both arms – keep it different in terms of volume. And yes, you can include your watch in the stack if you don’t want to leave it out. Here is a parting tip from our in-house style experts. Don’t try too hard. Keep it effortless and enjoy the creative process. Browse the collection at Gabriel & Co. for varied stacking options, ranging from the glamorous to the sleek bracelets, bangles, cuffs, and more.