Build a Jewelry Wardrobe: Add Interest with Layers

This is the third post in a series about how to build a jewelry wardrobe with pieces from Stella & Dot.

When putting together a working closet, you should make sure you have some dependable, go-to pieces you can throw on when you don’t have a lot of time to put together an outfit. For work, these might include a black pencil skirt, camel slacks, and a white, button-down shirt. On the weekends, you might reach for your favorite pair of jeans or your most comfortable ballet flats.

Like your clothing wardrobe, you should have basic pieces of jewelry that will make you look effortlessly stylish at work, at home, and on the go. In this post, I wrote about everyday essentials you should have in your jewelry box – delicate necklaces, studs, and hoops. They’re reliable, universally flattering, and can turn a plain dress or shorts and t-shirt into an outfit. You don’t want to wear only everyday essentials, though; you need to spice it up a bit! That’s where the next part of a jewelry wardrobe, layering pieces, comes in.

One of the easiest ways to add interest to an outfit is to layer necklaces and bracelets. I usually wear one or two bracelets to work, but if I’m going out at night, I’ll stack 3 or 4 to achieve a more casual, trendy look. I also like to layer necklaces for a fun, easy look.

To achieve a layered look, pick a color palatte or metal and vary the texture and style of your necklaces and bracelets within it. With a few complementary (not matching) necklaces in your jewelry box, you can create several different looks. Wear a short, delicate necklace with one of our long, station necklaces, or wear three delicates together for a subtle statement.

For this set, I chose gold as my color palette (yellow) and metal. Each of these necklaces is from a different line: the Rebel Pendant is one of our spring 2012 pieces, the Renegade Layering Necklace is from summer 2011, and the Revival Tassel is from last spring. You can add to your collection over time, keeping your look fresh without starting over each season.

You’ve got layers!

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I had a hard time choosing which bracelets to feature, but I decided to use gold and rose gold, with hematite to anchor the stacks. Any of these bracelets can stand alone, especially if you’re wearing them with a pair of statement earrings or a statement necklace (or with one of the layering necklace combos above), but for maximum effect, layer three or more, put on a delicate necklace and some studs or hoops, and you’re out the door in style!

Stack ’em up!

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For more ides on how to stack bracelets, visit my website; our marketing team has put together a seemingly endless variety of bracelet combinations.

Whether they’re from Stella & Dot or your jewelry box, stacking necklaces and bracelets creates a style that is all your own. I love combining sentimental pieces with current ones. A diamond pendant looks lovely with our Chelsea Necklace in hematite or our Annabelle Necklace in silver. Do you have add-a-beads from when you were a little girl? Wear them with a gold delicate necklace or one of our long station necklaces. Mix colors, metals, textures, and styles; wear long, chunky necklaces with short, delicate ones; layer shiny bangles, textured bracelets, and double wraps. Experiment with different combinations until you find one that expresses your unique style. I guarantee you will be a magnet for compliments, instilling more confidence in your ability to accessorize!

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