Monday, January 10, 2011

Pile It On

Is there such a thing as much too much? Not if you follow our simple guide to layering necklaces and bracelets.

By Samantha Schoengold Beranbom

A beautiful sculptural cuff is totally chic on its own, but adding links, bangles, or beads makes the look really modern.

Use Color as the Anchor
-- here, it's the bold black of the cuff, which every other piece relates back to. Black resin cuff, Colette Malouf, $112; Enamel bangle, Talbots, $38; Talbots. "Boardwalk Beauty" charm bracelet, Rimistyle, $24;

Mix High-Contrast Styles earthy beads, mother-of-pearl bangles, and a rhinestone wrap bracelet -- because the bracelets are all similar sizes, they work in perfect harmony. CZ wrap bracelet, Leslie Danzis, $32; Wooden beaded bracelet, Dogeared Jewels & Gifts, $52; Glass pearl bracelets, O Oscar, $40 each; select Macy's

Let Your Metals Mingle
...using clean, graphic shapes to pull the look together. The result is very of-the-moment. Signature engraved bangles, Tacori for Epiphany, $84 each; QVC, Square bangle, Nine West, $30; 800-999-1877 for store info. "Purple Reign" bracelet, XOXO, $18; Boscov's,

Layering Necklaces
Yes, delicate chains go with chunky beads, and you can wear silver with gold. Break all the old fashion rules and layer different styles for a bunch of brand-new looks.

Make a Simple Color Story
...with elements like black, silver, and rhinestone; one vibrant color (here it's red) creates an eye-catching contrast. Drop crystal necklace, Pure Crystal, $20; Walgreens. Coral necklace, Sonoma, $18; Kohl's. Chain necklace with ribbon, Dominique Cohen for Target, $30; select Target stores,
Partner Big and Bold Jewels
...with that fancy dress -- just be sure they lie at different lengths so each one stands out. "Emerald City" necklace, Rimistyle, $24; Jeweled pendant necklace, O Oscar, $125; select Macy's.

Layer Delicate Pieces a personal charm necklace, a strand of stones, and crystal beads -- it's a sweet and pretty combination. Leaf necklace, Shades of Green by Spare Change Jewelry, $26; Beaded necklace, Sonoma, $16; Kohl's. Crystal necklace, Silpada Designs, $99; 888-SILPADA,