Beautiful Baubles: Layering Bracelets 101

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Beautiful Baubles: Layering Bracelets 101
Luke Wooden

If you're a fan of the arm party approach to accessorizing, you know nailing the look takes a little know-how to avoid a tangled mess of beads and chains. To master the art of mixing and matching baubles, we asked accessory aficionado Shahrnaz Shifteh to give us a crash course in curating a wrist full of beautiful bracelets. Click through for her foolproof tips.

Mix & Match
Luke Wooden

Mix & Match

When layering bracelets, don't shy away from mixing and matching a variety of colors and materials. "The trick is to make sure they're all the same diameter so they don't topple to the front of your hand," advised Shifteh. "Gemstones, beads, rubber -- anything goes if you keep the diameter of your bracelets consistent." This trick also ensures that any charms are visible when the bracelets are stacked.

Similar Stack
Luke Wooden

Similar Stack

"Layering a bunch of the same bracelets results in a more dramatic look," said Shifteh. "To create this layered effect, you should stock up on bracelets when you find ones you like." In this look, Shifteh piled on rhinestone bracelets and pearl bracelets in two iridescent shades, pale green and lavender. Again, the bracelets should have the same diameters to prevent unwanted toppling.

Curating Classics
Luke Wooden

Curating Classics

For an updated take on a classic look, pair a variety of gold bangles with several of the same pearl bracelets. Gold bangles with simple details nicely complement pearl bracelets with black and gold accents. "This look works because the diameter of the bracelets are similar so they fall together nicely," explained Shifteh.

Time to Layer Up
Luke Wooden

Time to Layer Up

Incorporate a watch into a layered look by pairing it with several thick bangles of similar widths. Be sure to match your metals for a complementary combo. "Don't be afraid to wear large pieces on one wrist — or even on both wrists," said Shifteh. "If you have one or two bangles on one wrist, wear a watch on the other to balance it out."

Statement Bangles
Luke Wooden

Statement Bangles

"Animal prints can be mixed and matched much more manageably when it's done with jewelry because it's such a small amount of print," explained Shifteh. The key is to choose animal prints that play off your outfit's color palette. In this look, the leopard bangle complements the red skirt while the zebra print bangle is a variation of the stripe motif.

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