1. You're wearing exclusively chunky layers
Don't get us wrong, we love chunky jewelry. Chain necklaces to croissant rings, we simply can't get enough. But there's a delicate balance between weighing yourself down and really letting those thicker pieces take center stage without getting lost in the altogether look.
We love layering two or three chunky necklaces together - but have you tried mixing thin and thick? One of our favorite ways to wear a chunky necklace is by flanking it with a thin one, for instance, your favorite chain. This will let the chunky piece stand out while still adding that layering element we've been talking about. Plus, it lets you wear more of your beautiful pieces at once while not letting any of them fade into the background.
Chunky chain pieces are in and although they're brilliant flying solo, you can add that extra layer with a simple chain of the same material. Cinch it higher on the neck so that layered look is obvious like in the picture above.
2. You're not mixing materials
We feel like the instinct is to layer jewelry in only gold or silver, and further still, only layering similar pieces like chains. Although that will always look chic, if you want some diversity, start mixing the stones and material types of your jewelry.
For example, try pairing pearls with colorful beads and a curb, mirror, or paperclip chain choker like in the picture above. Why oh why did we ever leave the bright beads in the Kindergarten room? Next, add in a statement piece as the lowest layer. If you really want to step up your game, color-coordinate the beaded piece with your top layer of clothing.
If you have your chunky chain link necklace and a pearl necklace, wear the pearl piece cinched tighter for a choker style. Like what's pictured above, clasp the chain link on the chunky piece so there is a dangling section.
The best thing about mixing materials is that this style extends far beyond your necklaces. Stack your ear party to include pearls and studs while your neck boasts chains and charms. Better yet, pair a pearl and gold ear party with a pearl and gold chain necklace, and you get extra points for impressive coordination.
3. You're only layering two at a time
Good things comes in 'threes' - especially if you're doning a lower neckline. Three necklaces gives you so much more freedom in terms of the materials, styles, and lengths you can play with. In the above picture, Valeria is wearing three pendant pieces of varying sizes, and the heart and star pendents are sitting at an equal layered length so they compliment each other.
Pictured above: Verie, Arya Choker, Sutton Stud, Lou Cuff
5. You're not hitting the repeat button
When you know a jewelry piece works on you, why stop at one? A style we don't see often (which is honestly a tragedy), is doubling or tripling up of the same piece in a single outfit. Pearls and solid vermeil necklaces work perfectly for building this look.
6. You're not using 'layering' on your hands
Technically, this is referred to as 'stacking'; but just like layering, it's great to position certain pieces the right way to let each beautiful piece shine. Here are our top ring stacking techniques:
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Just like our approach to necklaces - we love bringing three unique pieces together. In the picture above, we have a statement diamond, an accent band placed above it, and a stunning 'broken link' take on what would normally be your standard stone band. When worn together, from afar this stack has the illusion of a diamond shape in the middle created by wearing each ring stacked on top of each other.
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Don't get us wrong, we love a 'boho' metal collection, but in our opinion, these stacks can be overdone. What's pictured above are separate statement pieces and bands that can work beautifully together, but won't get their full recognition when worn altogether like in the picture. Try the method from the paragraph above and stack a thinner band with a thicker statement piece, or wear multiple statement pieces on separate fingers.
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You didn't think we'd neglect the chunky rings, did you? Our love for chunky jewelry extends well beyond the neckline! Gold croissant rings, signet rings, the whole gang. If you love the look of multiple chunky rings together, try switching it up by mixing materials (like gold and silver like what's pictured above) so there's some separation between the jewelry on one hand. We don't want any of your pieces to get lost in the overall visual of the look.
When stacking these pieces together, be careful not to go overboard. If your preferred look is heavy on the rings, balance out the chunky rings with the thinner bands on each hand when you're stacking.
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Another essential hand look is created by stacking multiple bands. Who says you need a statement piece? No big diamond to be seen? Not a problem. Where are my single ladies at? Our inspiration is the picture above, where each band is slightly thicker than the one that came before it, and the stones aren't arranged exactly the same. Worn together, this stack is absolutely thrilling; worn separate, each band can shine. You don't need big expensive stones to stack correctly!
Pictured above: Verie, Corinne Diamond Hand Chain
We'll talk about body chains in a minute, but so many people forget that your entire hand can wear a ring, not just your fingers. Hand chains are blowing up everywhere, and the delicate nature of them is our favorite part. Like the Corinne Diamond Hand Chain pictured above, there's a small stone incorporated for that added accent, but the gold chain itself is what truly shines. You can stack it with statement pieces or simply use solid material bands and you've created a beautiful layered look.
7. You're not looking past your neck
Layering and stacking is not just about your necklace game - you have to envision the complete look. From wrists to chest to ear, you can create beautiful layers by mixing and matching materials that tie everything together.
If you're wearing a top with either a high neck or a lower neck line - body chains are our go-to. Even if you can't see the entire piece like in Valeria's picture below, it's still incredibly flattering and you can pair this piece with longer chains or chokers. We hear a lot of people say "body chains are for summer" because yes, they look killer with a swimsuit or summer dress, but that's the wrong mental approach to this style. Body chains on low-cut blouses will add that extended layered look and leave room for multiple jewelry layers closer to your neck. Throw a blazer on top and you have an instantly elevated office fit.