How to Stack Bracelets Like a Fashion Pro – A Quick Guide

The trend of stacking different types of bracelets has been ‘in’ for a while and is still going strong. The reason we love stacking bracelets is because you can really flaunt your personality and style with this trend.

Let’s take a look at why layering bracelets has become so popular and how to stack bracelets so it’s stylish without being tacky.

Why Is Layering Bracelets So Popular?

girl wearing different textured bracelets
Ready-made stack of bracelets. See these here.

One reason stacking bracelets is so popular is because these days our hands draw attention more than ever before. We’re constantly using our devices and this brings our hands to the forefront.

Most people prefer to take their favorite bracelet and wear it with a variety of others, mixing colors and styles. When these different bracelets blend together, they produce a unique and bold look that you cannot get with just an individual bracelet. But you can also purchase a ready made stack of bracelets, which takes the guesswork out of it.

When we say bracelets, we also mean watches, Fitbits or even allergy bracelets! Pretty much anything that you wear around your wrist. Not only do you get to jazz up pieces that you have to wear everyday (like a fitness band) but you can also revamp an old piece by layering it.

Say you’re tired of an old watch that you have. Instead of throwing it away, give the old watch a new look by stacking it with some trendy bracelets and suddenly, it has new life!

What Types of Bracelets Can You Stack?

girl with same style layered bracelets
Blue stacking bracelets. See them here.

It’s handy to know what type of bracelets are available on the market so you can make the most of them. Here’s a brief overview of the types of bracelets commonly available.

  • Charm bracelets: These typically a metal bracelet with symbolic charms attached to it. You can add or remove charms as and when you like.
  • Bangle Bracelets: Bangles are solid circular bracelets that can slip over the hand. They typically don’t have clasps.
  • Cuff Bracelets: These are metal bracelets that have an opening which you slip over your wrist.
  • Tennis Bracelets: These are typically simple wristbands comprised of a row of crystals.
  • Pearl Bracelets: One of the most popular types of beaded bracelets, pearl bracelets are comprised of a string of pearls.
  • Gemstone Bracelets: Like gemstone bracelets, these are bracelets with a series of gemstones.
  • Leather Bracelets: Leather is used as an alternative to metals for lightweight and style. These can be further embellished with gemstones and other materials.
  • Beaded Bracelets: These are made using a series of linked beads.

Most of these bracelets look amazing when stacked. But to achieve a cohesive look, here are some guidelines to follow.

How to Stack Your Bracelets

There are really no rules to stacking your bracelets, and you can do it any way you like. If your style is to throw on any of your favorite bracelets, then go for it. But if you need some guidance, here are three ways to choose to style your stack.

1. Choose a Theme

man wearing large bracelets of similar theme

You can keep the look cohesive by choosing bracelets that all have the same theme. For example, some popular themes include ocean, bohemian, ancient symbols, and Viking, to name a few. In this way, even if the bracelets are wildly different, the theme pulls them all together.

2. Equally Eye-Catching Pieces in One Color

woman wearing different bracelets in one color

By picking several equally beautiful pieces, you get to show off your favorite bracelets. But you can pull the look together by choosing the pieces from one color. The color will maintain a cohesive overview, while still letting each piece shine.

3. One Stand-Out Bracelet

woman with layered bracelets with one large one

You can choose to go with one attention-grabbing statement piece combined with a few other simple bracelets. This keeps the attention on your main piece, while still featuring texture and movement.

Tips On Stacking Bracelets

If you’re just starting out with stacking, keep it simple. You could try mixing a few different bracelets that have some common traits, such as color. Perhaps a rose gold cuff with a couple of rose gold bangles and a rose gold bracelet or two.

Or choose matching colors that go perfectly together, like rose gold and navy. So maybe a rose gold cuff with navy leather bracelets and a couple of navy and rose gold tennis bracelets. Using complimentary shades will really boost the look.

As you get more comfortable, start mixing them up. Try different textures, colors and shapes. Look for clean cuts and geometric shapes– circles, pyramids, triangles – to add some edge to your stack. Pair beaded, cuffs and chains together. When thinking of stacking you won’t like the concept of matching things all the time.

How to Incorporate a Watch

woman wearing bracelets made of leather with watch
Layering bracelets with a watch is stylish and practical. See this here.

Most of us love watches and bracelets equally. It can get annoying when you feel you have to choose one or the other, but there’s no reason for that. Stack them all up together, choosing complimentary colors or materials for a stylish yet practical look.

How Much Is Too Much?

It’s not about the number of bracelets you put on, it’s about achieving a winning combination. For the best look, try about one third to half of your forearm. More than that could look heavy and overdone, unless that’s the look you’re going for.

If you wear bracelets on both your arms, it is best to keep the number of bracelets at a minimum, layering a quarter or a third of each hand.

If you have longer arms you can wear thicker bracelets and cuffs, but if you have petite arms, try wearing thinner bracelets. It’ll create the illusion of longer arms.

Also consider practicality. If you type a lot for work, bracelets clanging against your keyboard is annoying and keeps you from being productive. Try wearing delicate combinations, such as fabric, leather or thin metal bracelets to keep the comfort level to the maximum. If you are right-handed, wear stacked bracelets on the left arm and vice versa.

Wrapping Up

The secret of stacking a bracelet is only known by you; you are the one who will decide what suits you. You can go as classical as you like or as wild as possible if that is what makes you satisfied.

Having said that, having some tips and guidelines to follow can make the process easier, especially if you’re new to stacking bracelets.

Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years in the jewelry niche. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education. She has always been interested in expression through fashion and accessories, and her extensive experience in the field has made her a respected voice in jewelry trends and education. As the chief editor of Jewelry Shopping Guide, she not only leads the content strategy but also shares her insights through engaging articles. Her passion for storytelling is reflected in every piece she curates, exploring the intricate relationship between jewelry and personal identity.

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