When it comes to accessorizing, there's a time and a place for chunky chokers and bold bangles. But with the rise of fine, lightweight, layered jewellery for the summer season – now is it not. While seashell-inspired rings lined up asymmetrically along fingers at Valentino on last year's spring 2015 runways, dainty pendants and thin chains have made a modest statement in more recent seasons. Whether it's multiple piercings stacked alongside earlobes or something as simply as interlocked bracelets, there's one thing we can be sure of: our newfound love of this carefully curated layering technique.
Jewellery layering is a chic way to add a subtle hint of shine to your look, but we admit, it isn't always easy (more bling = more problems). It's a detailed art form that requires an understanding of the big picture (and the ability to problem solve when all of your necklaces become tangled into one). That's where Get The Look comes in to show you how it's done.
HOW TO WEAR THE LAYERED JEWELLERY TREND
ODD NUMBERS, ALWAYS
When choosing ear bling for the day, try to keep the numbers odd to prevent your jewels from looking too styled and orderly. Three is the perfect number to keep the balance on your ear, while maintaining and edgy, statement look.
While mixing n' matching different shapes and styles can create a playful contrast, your fave pieces can often get lost in the shuffle of daintiness when layered next to the rest. Opt for two similar bracelets or rings to show off the style and create a pretty connection.
Stagger rings individually anywhere from the base to the top of your fingers, and stack one digit more heavily than the next to create a cool contrast. The negative spaces creates an interesting balance that keeps things from feeling too symmetrical and styled.
KEEP PIERCINGS TO A MINIMUM
Remember the stick-on earrings of our childhoods that prevented our ears from suffering several painful stabs? Today, we're spared the same pain as multiple dainty cuffs and clip-on earpieces become the new norm.
ADD A POP OF COLOUR
A pretty pop of colour adds a subtle bold hint to your dainty look, helping your carefully curated stack to stand out. Pick one signature piece in a statement hue and keep the rest as neutral stones and metal chains.
MIX SHAPES, SIZES, AND LENGTHS
Small hoops and edgy cuffs are a chic way to rebel against a sleek, dangling earring and ensure that all eyes stay on your ears!
MIX N' MATCH
With dainty pieces, less isn't always more. So don't be afraid to pair earrings of different shapes and styles next to one another on your ear. Hoops, arrows, spikes, diamonds – if it can sit in, on or around your ear, go for it!
DON'T STOP AT THE WRIST
That's right, our arms need a little lovin' too! Besides, who needs a man as arm candy when you can have a killer cuff sitting somewhere along your forearm?