The More the Merrier: Layering Jewelry

I hosted a Stella & Dot party at my house this week. Even though the kids far outnumbered the grown-ups, some serious jewelry shopping went down. I love Stella & Dot jewelry (and my stylist friend Annette Ultis who sells it) because it is on-trend, quality jewelry, with a TON of versatility. Jewelry plays a huge part when I get dressed everyday, so I love to switch up the jewels and get lots of different looks. S&D has several pieces that easily give you the coveted layered look, making it easy and fun with one clasp. But, what happens when you don't have it laid out for you? That is one of the most popular questions Kris and I get asked; what are the rules when it comes to layering jewelry?

First off, there really aren't "rules". To me, jewelry is very personal. It is a collection of old and new, splurge and steal, stories, memories, and gifts. It's all special, and when it comes to layering it on, I don't want to follow rules, but I do want a cohesive, put together look. I've put together some guidelines to help when it comes to stacking on the jewels!

My gorgeous friends are both wearing Stella & Dot. Kelli (left) is wearing the short On the Mark arrow necklace layered with the rebel pendant. Erin (right) is wearing the Fortuna 2-part necklace set that can be taken apart and worn separately. Love that!

My gorgeous friends are both wearing Stella & Dot. Kelli (left) is wearing the short On the Mark arrow necklace layered with the rebel pendant. Erin (right) is wearing the Fortuna 2-part necklace set that can be taken apart and worn separately. Love that!

The triangle shapes in both the short Mika necklace and the Mika lariat "y" necklace compliment each other and keep the layers cohesive. Both are designed by Gorjana, whose pieces are PERFECT for layering. The Jane Diaz longer link chain is a staple piece for me that layers easily.

The triangle shapes in both the short Mika necklace and the Mika lariat "y" necklace compliment each other and keep the layers cohesive. Both are designed by Gorjana, whose pieces are PERFECT for layering. The Jane Diaz longer link chain is a staple piece for me that layers easily.

I love mixing this short vintage crystal necklace by Stella & Dot with my Sam necklace by Kendra Scott when I want to dress up any look. Layering isn't exclusive to longer styles.. 

I love mixing this short vintage crystal necklace by Stella & Dot with my Sam necklace by Kendra Scott when I want to dress up any look. Layering isn't exclusive to longer styles.. 

Statement necklaces can be layered too. If you decide to layer a big piece of jewelry, I suggest not going too small or delicate on your added piece. You don't want a necklace to get lost (or tangled) in your statement look. This S&D statement necklace is sold out but you can find a similar style here. Its layered with the Jane Diaz necklace found here.

Statement necklaces can be layered too. If you decide to layer a big piece of jewelry, I suggest not going too small or delicate on your added piece. You don't want a necklace to get lost (or tangled) in your statement look. This S&D statement necklace is sold out but you can find a similar style here. Its layered with the Jane Diaz necklace found here.

Two pendant necklaces work when the shape of the pendants compliment each other too. I paired the Sterling Frasier tassel (similar here) with the Stella & Dot rebel pendant.

Two pendant necklaces work when the shape of the pendants compliment each other too. I paired the Sterling Frasier tassel (similar here) with the Stella & Dot rebel pendant.

When layering necklaces, varying lengths is key, even if they are just an inch or two apart in length. The marquis shaped Kendra Scott necklace has translucent stones (similar style on SALE here) that compliments the white topaz Anu chain (no longer available), without being too matchy-matchy.

When layering necklaces, varying lengths is key, even if they are just an inch or two apart in length. The marquis shaped Kendra Scott necklace has translucent stones (similar style on SALE here) that compliments the white topaz Anu chain (no longer available), without being too matchy-matchy.

Yes! Yes! Yes! You can absolutely mix your metals! Throw that rule out the window! Mixing your metals adds dimension and overall interest to your look. You want your collection of jewelry to look...collected! I've mixed my silver Kendra Scott necklace (similar here) with an oxidized silver Rebecca Lankford chain (similar here) with added cross here.

Yes! Yes! Yes! You can absolutely mix your metals! Throw that rule out the window! Mixing your metals adds dimension and overall interest to your look. You want your collection of jewelry to look...collected! I've mixed my silver Kendra Scott necklace (similar here) with an oxidized silver Rebecca Lankford chain (similar here) with added cross here.

You can even layer two pendant necklaces. When doing this, I think its important that the styles compliment one another. This hippie-ish tassel necklace by Frasier Sterling (similar here) compliments the wire-wrapped style of the Rebecca Lankford piece (similar here).

You can even layer two pendant necklaces. When doing this, I think its important that the styles compliment one another. This hippie-ish tassel necklace by Frasier Sterling (similar here) compliments the wire-wrapped style of the Rebecca Lankford piece (similar here).

This Stella & Dot Rebel Spike Cluster piece is a versatile set that can be taken apart or worn together for a layered look. I love the mix of the horizontal and vertical bars.

This Stella & Dot Rebel Spike Cluster piece is a versatile set that can be taken apart or worn together for a layered look. I love the mix of the horizontal and vertical bars.

Some of the same guidelines apply when it comes to stacking bracelets. I tend to stick to a similar bracelet style when layering. For example, I might mix and match different widths, shapes, and colors of bangle bracelets, but they are all bangle style. In the pic above, I went with a mix of tighter fitting cuff-like bracelets. 

Here I mixed oxidized silver, black and gold (my favorite color combination) fitted elasticized bracelets by Dogeared and Bauble Bar, a cuff by Lola James, and Mizuki starburst macrame bracelet (similar here).

Here I mixed oxidized silver, black and gold (my favorite color combination) fitted elasticized bracelets by Dogeared and Bauble Bar, a cuff by Lola James, and Mizuki starburst macrame bracelet (similar here).

Here I mixed a silver bracelet my dad bought for me in Mexico when I was 10, with a new gold Kendra Scott piece (similar here). The Abalone shell in both pulls the look together.

Here I mixed a silver bracelet my dad bought for me in Mexico when I was 10, with a new gold Kendra Scott piece (similar here). The Abalone shell in both pulls the look together.

Mixing rings can be just as fun. Don't be afraid to mix shapes, stones, or metals. I like mixing a larger stack ring, like the S&D arrow ring, with more dainty pieces. You can find the Kendra Scott Skylen ring here.

Mixing rings can be just as fun. Don't be afraid to mix shapes, stones, or metals. I like mixing a larger stack ring, like the S&D arrow ring, with more dainty pieces. You can find the Kendra Scott Skylen ring here.

Love the personalized cuffs and charms from Stella & Dot. They personalize your stack...and, in my case, serve as a daily anniversary date reminder! The other gorgeous pieces in these stacks can be found here, here, and here. The build your own charm bracelet can be found here.

Love the personalized cuffs and charms from Stella & Dot. They personalize your stack...and, in my case, serve as a daily anniversary date reminder! The other gorgeous pieces in these stacks can be found here, here, and here. The build your own charm bracelet can be found here.

For an easier layered look, Hipanema makes these fun bracelets that are already put together for you with one big magnetic clasp. It's a Summer go-to for me!

For an easier layered look, Hipanema makes these fun bracelets that are already put together for you with one big magnetic clasp. It's a Summer go-to for me!

Be confident when it comes to trying a new mix. The dainty necklace you got when you graduated high school might look beautiful stacked with your current everyday favorite. I encourage you to look at what you own. Dig into that old Caboodle with the origami dollar ring and Mickey Mouse watch (guilty!) or your Grandmother's collection (with consent). You might be surprised at what you find. Try mixing designers, collections, time periods, and  different metals...let your accessories tell part of your story. And just have fun with it! Jewelry is the perfect addition to any outfit so pile it on, the more the merrier!

xo,

j

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