There’s nothing we like more than a good arm party, but there is an art to curating the perfect wrist full of blinged-out bracelets. A few simple tricks will help you nail a complementary combination and prevent bracelets from toppling to the front of your hand every time you move your arm. To master the art of stacking of baubles, we asked accessory aficionado Shahrnaz Shifteh to give us a crash course in how to properly rock an arm party. Click through for Shifteh’s foolproof tips — your naked wrists will be glad you did.
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.
“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.
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
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.”
“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.