Arm Candy: The Art of Stacking Bracelets

Think that wearing only one bracelet at a time is boring? I guess we all think the same thing, because stacking bracelets is all in the rage now as evidently seen on the street style during New York Fashion Week. It’s not only modern and stylish, but if you do it right, it’ll also give your look a major dramatic impact.

Here are some tips for stacking ‘em arm candies:

  • Your arm will become the focal point, so stacked bracelets are better worn with a simple, clean outfit.
  • If you’re not used to bracelets and bangles (especially with the jangling sound), start out with three or four. As you get comfortable wearing them, add more.
  • Choose a chunky cuff or thick bangle as the focal point for the layers of bracelets. It can add color or texture to your wrist while anchoring the rest of your bracelets, so they won’t slip off.
  • For the rest of your bracelets, choose a bunch of different sizes and widths. Variety is key! So if you have already picked your focal bracelet, you might want to choose one or two medium-sized bracelets and four or five thinner ones.
  • It’s all about trial and error to find the best look for you. Try a combination out and see how it looks. You want to stack them different bracelets randomly? Or maybe you want to make a graduated look by starting with the smallest bracelets and putting on the largest ones last? Up to you!
  • You can use colors in the same family (e.g. blues and greens, or browns and oranges), or wear a bunch of contrasting colored bracelets (yellow gold + red + black).
  • Don’t be afraid to mix high-end with low-end.  Mix an 18k gold Cartier bangle with a red heart silly band? Yes, it can work!
  • Finally, there’s really no limit to how many you can wear at once. As long as your hands feel comfortable and—most importantly—non-distracting. If you have a job that involves a lot of typing, and your bracelets are preventing you to type efficiently, it’s not going to work!

To give you more inspirations, here are some of the fabulous arm candies that are compiled by Refinery29 (click on the link to see the complete article)

Shiona Turini, Accessories Director, Teen Vogue

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)

  • Two engraved bangles from her mom that she got when she was 16.
  • Giles bangle with initials
  • Louis Vuitton Sprouse bangle
  • Fenton multi-ID bracelet and Fenton cuff

Catrinel Ardeus, Director of Sales, Monique Péan

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)

Left arm:

  • A selection of naturally-shed buffalo horn and fossilized woolly mammoth, with conflict- and devastation-free black and white diamonds and 18-karat recycled rose gold.
  • A combination of vintage ebony and hand-carved scrimshaw beads with sustainable gray Tahitian pearls and diamond bead bracelets—available at Barneys!

Right arm:

  • Cartier Love bracelet
  • Two bracelets given to me when I was 13 years old
  • Red Tamy Brand bracelet to wards off negative energy
  • Mary Kate Steinmiller friendship bracelet

Charlene Chang, Refinery29 Reserve Partnership Manager

Where is each bracelet from?

  • A mix of multi-beaded colored bracelets from H&M and Mark on both sides of the watch
  • Lollapalooza festival bracelet
  • Rose gold Michael Kors watch

Chang’s tricks and tips for layering bracelets: Don’t overdo it, keep to 3-4 styles, and the amount of bracelets are key! If you have small wrists like I do, you don’t always have to use every single bracelet that comes in a set.

Charlotte Brennan, Designer

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)
Left arm:

  • Gas Bijoux
  • Helen Ficalora x3
  • Colette x3
  • Phillipe Audibert
  • Cartier
  • Colette
  • Gas Bijoux
  • unknown
  • Gas Bijouz x3
  • Zadig + Voltaire
  • Cartier Watch
  • Gas Bijoux x2
  • unknown
  • Gas Bijou
  • unknown

Right arm:

  • Chan Luu
  • Gas Bijoux
  • Chan Luu
  • Gas Bijoux
  • Cartier x2
  • unknown x2
  • LaCountrie

Joanna Hillman, Senior Fashion Market Editor, Harper’s Bazaar

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)

  • Vintage ID bracelet
  • Mary Kate Steinmiller bracelet
  • Tory Burch Orange
  • Two studded bracelets by Eddie Borgo, Noir pink and black
  • My mom’s vintage Rolex

Rachel Strugatz, Accessories News Editor, Women’s Wear Daily

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)

Right arm:

  • Noir
  • Rockstar Jewelry
  • DANNIJO
  • Jordan Alexander
  • Noir x2

Left arm:

  • Gemma Redux
  • Jordan Alexander
  • Noir
  • Jordan Alexander
  • Ettika x2
  • Jordan Alexander

Eleanor Banco, Director of Public Relations and Special Events, Saks Fifth Avenue

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)

  • Fluorescent, Mary Kate Steinmiller custom bracelet
  • Red and white friendship bracelet- street vendor in Buenos Aires
  • Blue thin stone, Fenton Fallon
  • Giles + Brother
  • Louis Vuitton black and creme ‘Keep It’ bracelet
  • Red with pattern from street vendor in Buenos Aires
  • Hermes bracelet

Elana Fishman, Credits Editor and Fashion News Assistant, Marie Claire

Where is each bracelet from? (from the hand upward)

Left arm:

  • DIY’d skull bracelet
  • Giles + Brother nail cuff I bought as a gift for my sister and have now recouped as a ‘permanent loan’
  • Lizzie Fortunato Jewels friendship bracelet from a recent R29 event!

Right arm:

  • Three Braced-Lets kindly gifted by the lovely Lisa Salzer of WlU Frost at last weekend’s escape to a New York festival
  • Pink and blue friendship bracelet Connie brought me back from her family trip to Mexico.

Fishman’s tricks or tips for layering bracelets:I like to divide my bracelets and bangles up by gene! Today, I’ve got metals and edgier pieces on my left hand, and my colorful ‘I’m stil a five-year-old-at-heart’ bracelets on my right. Also, if you favor armfuls of chunky bangles but are at your computer keyboard all day, do your coworkers a favor and remove them before any heavy typing. Otherwise, things could get loud.