Coco Chanel has a well-known word of advice: Before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory. Well, we’re here to tell you that’s just not the case any more. Laying isn’t just limited to your clothes anymore! In 2014 a popular trend started, caught fire and is still making it’s way prominently in the fashion world. Meet the “finger party.” Layering, or stacking, rings on multiple fingers is a great way to show your style and personality. Here are a few secrets to achieve the look without looking like you’re a child who just raided their grandmother jewelry cabinet.
Cohesive - but not matchy-matchy
What’s so great about this style of accessorizing is that you can pretty much do it however you want. Mix metals? Great - go for it! Want to wear the cocktail ring? You betcha! However, you want the overall look to seem as if they belong together, but not matchy-matchy. Matchy-matchy is sort of boring and plain. You can wear rings of all the same metal, but if you choose all gold rings, or all silver rings - make sure that you vary the size, shape and detail of them to avoid a monotonous look.
There is one rule-of-thumb (haha), that not everyone follows, but it’s too leave at least one finger bare. Layer 4 out of 5, 3 out of 5, but it’s generally accepted that 5 out of 5 is just too busy and heavy for one hand to successfully pull off. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule and you may be it, but keep it mind when piling on the goods. Also, when stacking rings, try to consciously create negative space in between some of the combinations. Midi rings, rings that appear stacked,chains, and rings with odd shapes help achieve this negative space.
Balance is a big key in pulling off the stacked ring look. When layering on your pieces, keep your finger Feng Shui in mind. If you have a large stone ring on your pointer finger, layer lighter, daintiest rings with some negative space on the middle one. If you layer heavy on the middle finger on one hand, consider doing the same on the other. A good thing to keep in mind, for not only balance but your comfort as well, keep the heavier rings on the bottom and smaller rings on top.
If you have a difficult time matching up rings that look well together, consider buying rings in collections. Stacking is such a popular way of styling that often times rings are sold in groups specifically for that purpose. Often, designers will release a new collection of jewelry all at once. You can browse that collection and more times than not, the pieces will all look spectacular together. One other way to “cheat”the system is to buy a ring that just looks stacked, but is really just one ring.
In the end, it’s really up to your personal preference and style. Whether it’s gold, silver, rose gold or brass you can stick with one metal, mix metals or wear a statement ring and wear little rings that compliment it. Play with metals, color, and texture. You may find a combination not often seen that you really like. Not sure how to mix metals? Check out our blog post about successfully Mixing Metals. Also, be sure to play with shapes, lines and different designs and details. Midi rings are fun. Hand chains and hand wraps are adding a whole new field to the ballgame. Some rings will go across multiple fingers. Some have chains that can either be on one finger or connect two.
Welcome to the “finger party!” This trend is extending upwards as well; it is also increasing popular to layer jewelry pieces on the arms, neck and ears. While don’t recommend that you do them ALL at the same time, we invite you to try it out and see if it fits in with your style. You never know you may like it. Be sure to check out Melroso’s collection of rings to get you started on your “finger party” adventure! Share photos of your stacking success with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with #mymelroso.