Stack Em Up: Layering Rings 101

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Stack Em Up: Layering Rings 101
Luke Wooden

When it comes to layering accessories, we have yet to master the wear-every-ring-you-own-at-the-same-time look. So, we consulted style expert Shahrnaz Shifteh to find out how to pull off wearing numerous rings on multiple fingers. Take style notes from Shifteh to pack the most sartorial punch into your accessory layering.

Master Understated Style
Luke Wooden

Master Understated Style

When layering rings, it's a good rule of thumb to pick a metal and stick with it. In this look, Shifteh has layered gold rings -- some with stones, some without. Stick with rings that have similarly sized stones and gems to ensure the rings stack up nicely. "You can stock up on relatively inexpensive rings to create this casual effect. One ring might not look nice on it's own, but you may be surprised by how chic it looks when it's stacked with several rings," said Shifteh.

Keep it Effortlessly Cool
Luke Wooden

Keep it Effortlessly Cool

"Pinky rings are trendy again and they are so easy to wear that you never have to take them off -- you can always have a touch of jewelry on," advised Shifteh. They are also very versatile so you can pair them with larger, more elaborate rings, just be sure to match your metals. Spiky rings, like the ones Shifteh is wearing here, are timeless and exude an effortlessly cool vibe.

Get Cocktail-Ready
Luke Wooden

Get Cocktail-Ready

As their name suggests, cocktail rings are great accessories for occasions that call for dressy attire. "If you're going to wear a big statement ring, you have to have clean, polished nails because it draws so much attention to your hands," advised Shifteh. "Even something as simple as a coat of clear or iridescent polish will do the trick."

Make a Statement
Luke Wooden

Make a Statement

"You shouldn't be afraid of wearing multiple statement rings or even wearing a few on both hands," said Shifteh. To make it work, pair rings in similar shades that complement your outfit. You can mix and match metal and plastic rings as long as they're all in the same color family. "I keep a statement ring or two in my everyday purse because they're very light and easy to put on later -- you never know when something will come up that requires you to be a bit dressed up."

Play with Layers
Luke Wooden

Play with Layers

Pair a statement ring with a pinky ring and a midi ring -- a smaller-sized band worn above the first knuckle -- for a dynamic look. "A midi ring is an accessory you can easily wear all the time because it's so delicate," explained Shifteh. "And a pinky ring is a simple piece that you never have to take off." Wear them all at once, or separately -- it's hard to overdo it with these rings.

Related: For more styling tips, check out Bling It On: Layering Necklaces 101

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