If your idea of layering consists of piling on a few winter duds or stacking a couple of bangles here and there, we are here to show you five different ways to pile on your style without going overboard. From ring stacking to outfit layering, here are some stylish tips you need to add to your fashion arsenal to take your outfit to the next level.
The Arm Party
One of the great thing about stacking bracelets is that you don't have to be a fashion guru to get your arm party on. In fact, when it comes to piling your arm with baubles and trinkets, the more random, the merrier. Think different metals, textures, colors and size. For a fancier affair, don't be afraid to add a few lavish pieces like Blake Lively, who included major bright gems amongst her wooden stackables.
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Layering necklaces is a bit more complicated than stacking bracelets. Rather than just piling them on with abandon, you have to learn how to master the right proportions, for a look that is chic and intriguing, rather than sloppy and childlike. The key is to make sure each chain is a different length — varying textures also help when trying to achieve that cool curated effect.
For a maximum layering effect, take note of fashion's biggest trendsetters that are loading multiple fingers with several types of rings. From edgy chrome knuckledusters to sparkly cocktail rings, when it comes to stacking rings together, it's all about mixing and seeing what looks right. Just make sure none of the rings you are sporting are too tight, a look with results both unflattering and painful.
Loading Up On Tops
If in the past you avoided layering clothing out of fear of looking bigger than you actually are, it's because you haven't mastered the art of great layering. Not only will chic layers give you tons of style points, but you can actually complement your form by piling on the right mix. For summer, incorporate a mix of sheer pieces, like the ones put together at Nina Ricci's Spring 2013 collection, that reveal rather than conceal.
Double Duty Bags
Why limit your handbag wear to just one accessory if carrying two is a much more stylish option? A favored street style look, piling handbags is not only functional, it's also super chic. For inspiration, see Jessica Alba who paired a neutral hued small cross-body, chain strap purse with a much more spacious bright satchel.