Bracelet Stacking Tutorial: How To Layer For Every Style

As pleasing as it is to see an overall outfit, it’s the details that add up to a cohesive—and chic—whole. So it’s easy to see why stacked bracelets have had such sartorial staying power over the past few years. This trend showcases your personal sensibilities and adds color, dimension, and intrigue to the most basic look.

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  • But assembling a stylish stack is no easy feat--after all, you’ve got to take various metals, textures, shapes, and hues into account--so we’re here to help. Whether you’re a free-spirited bohemian or a polished prepster, we’ve got you covered. Click through our slideshow to follow our step-by-step guide to a perfectly stacked wrist.

  • The Trendsetter

    From bottom to top:


    1. Start with a multicolored bracelet. Try: BaubleBar Carla Bracelet ($24) in Green


    2. An eye-catching wrap bracelet with built-in color-blocking offers a two-in-one effect. Try: CC Skye Gold Double Wrap Portico Bracelet ($155) in Neon Pink & Orange Colorblock


    3. Build your other bracelets around a bulkier, architectural piece. Try: CC Skye Kelly Bracelet ($130) in Gold


    4. A beaded bracelet with a bright tassel adds dimension and a burst of color. Try: gold & gray Jewelry Dark Wood Tassel ($26) in Seafoam Green


    5. For a true street style effect, you need a little edge. Try: Vita Fede Titan Bracelet ($275) in 24kt Gold


    6. Polish off your stack with another punchy bracelet for an ultra-colorful wrist. Try: Lia Sophia Tightrope Bracelet ($38) in Lemonade


    Nail Polish Pairing: LVX Nail Polish ($16) in Viridian


  • The Bohemian

    From bottom to top:


    1. Give your stack a DIY feel with a bright, beaded bracelet. Try: Pearl Collective Omerta Bracelet ($95) in Neon Green


    2. A geometrical triangle bracelet looks like a treasure found in an open-air marketplace. Try: Madewell Metal Fan Bracelet ($38) in Vintage Gold


    3. A tasseled wood bead bracelet injects your stack with exotic allure. Try: gold & gray Jewelry Dark Wood Tassel Bracelet ($26) in Cobalt Blue


    4. Next, slip on a visually intriguing patterned piece. Try: Dezso by Sara Beltrán Anadara Mexican Bracelet ($55, 704.366.0477) in Sterling Silver or Dezso by Sara Beltrán Small Anadara Mexican Bracelet ($170) in Fluorescent Flamingo


    5. Slip on a bangle with an interesting detail, like a brass ring. Try: Vanessa Mooney The Rainbow Sky Friendship Bracelet ($45) in Brass Violet


    6. Adopt a world traveler vibe with a multicolored, friendship-style piece. Try: Iwona Ludyga Design Tribe Triple Multicolor Bracelet ($175, 718.879.8616) in Navy


    7. Inject a shot of color with sky-blue beads. Try: CC Skye Rosary Bracelet ($60) in Turquoise


    8. A wide hammered cuff lends your stack an artisanal flair. Try: Alexis Russell Asymmetrical Keum Boo Cuff Bracelet ($325)


    Nail Polish Pairing: Butter London Poole Nail Lacquer ($15) in Opaque Robin’s Egg Blue Crème

  • The Edgy Girl

    From bottom to top:


    1. Don’t be afraid to wear a hefty cuff, which will ground your stack. Try: Eddie Borgo Three-Sided Pyramid Bracelet ($300, 212.872.8901) in Silver or Eddie Borgo Gemstone Cone Cuff ($350) in Silver and Lava Rock


    2. Contrast an assortment of silver accents with a darker metal. Try: Juicy Couture Metal Heart ID Bracelet ($58) in Black


    3. A bracelet with a metal bar has a hint of handcuff chic and instantly evokes a tough-girl vibe. Try: Wanderluster Astralagus III Bracelet ($55) in Resin Rhinestone


    4. Mix and match larger studded bracelets with a daintier spiked piece. Try: Eddie Borgo Small Pyramid Bracelet ($250, 310.652.3500) in Silver


    5. Add the equivalent of a motorcycle jacket with a black leather wrap bracelet. Try: Fallon Classique Double Wrap Pyramid Bracelet ($150) in Silver


    Nail Polish Pairing: Nars + Pierre Hardy Ethno Run Set of Two Nail Polishes ($29) in Orange and Midnight Blue

  • The Femme

    From bottom to top:


    1. Opt for a dainty piece that’s understated but incredibly shiny. Try: Maya Brenner Designs White Gold Diamond Cut Bracelet ($460)


    2. You can’t go wrong with additional sparkle. Try: Capwell & Co. Stretch Bracelet Set ($32) in Pastel


    3. Next, a cheetah-print accessory adds a touch of flirtatious allure. Try: Love, Always By SD Gold Fierce Bracelet ($40) in Animal Print


    4. Balance out subtler bracelet with bigger, flashier stones. Try: Kara Ackerman Talulah Faceted Stone Slip On Bracelet ($90) in Rose Gold


    5. Pastel-hued baubles amp up the feminine factor. Try: Bounkit Stackable Cuff ($430) in Rose Quartz


    6. A simple, white beaded bracelet balances out all the shimmer and girlier pink stones. Try: Capwell & Co. Ground Tassel Stretch Bracelet Set ($28) in Neutral


    7. Top off your stack with a thicker wrap bracelet; look for one with romantic rose gold details. Try: CC Skye Double Wrap Pave Screw Bracelet ($180) in White Leather, Rose Gold Plate


    Nail Polish Pairing: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish ($10) in Greige Gardens

  • The Prepster

    From bottom to top:


    1. Since no preppy look is complete without a monogrammed piece, start with a traditional initial bracelet. Try: Sarah Chloe Ella Clasp Version Bangle ($139) in Yellow Gold Plated


    2. To break up all the gold elements, add a subtle pop of color with brightly colored beads. Try: Iwona Ludyga Design Mykonos Double on Chain Bracelet ($158) in Matte Green


    3. A chunky link bracelet exudes Southampton nautical charm. Try: Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Lock Bracelet ($390, 866.337.7242) in Gold or Fallon Classique D Link Bracelet ($150) in Gold Plated Brass


    4. Slip on a sophisticated enamel bracelet with a cheeky interior inscription. Try: Kate Spade It’s A Breeze Hinged Idiom Bangle ($128) in Clotted Cream


    5. Top off your stack with a leather accent for luxe texture. Try: Marc by Marc Jacobs Stapled Cuff ($98, 877.746.7267, available late August) in Black or Rebecca Minkoff Leather & Metal Bracelet ($98) in Gold/Black


    Nail Polish Pairing: Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20) in Ballerina Pink

  • The Minimalist

    From bottom to top:


    1. If you have minimalist sensibilities, you won’t want to wear too many bracelets, so choose your stack wisely and start with a sleek gunmetal piece. Try: Vita Fede Mini Omega Bracelet ($315) in Gunmetal


    2. Next, create the focal point of your stack. A cuff in a high-impact metal, like rose gold, works well. Try: Eddie Borgo Safety Chain Cuff ($315, 212.206.1272) in Rosegold


    3. Break up your more streamlined pieces with a chain-link bracelet. Try: Marc by Marc Jacobs Katie Link Bracelet ($128) in Argento


    4. Finish off your stack with a single arresting accessory. Try: Marc by Marc Jacobs Small Cuff ($88) in Argento


    Nail Polish Pairing: Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss ($4) in Snow Storm

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