Accessories, JewelryHow To: Create an Arm Party

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Arm parties have been seen on the wrists of so many fashionable ladies over the past few years. You’ve seen these girls stack them up and you’ve always wanted to try it…but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got the answers for you from BaubleBar’s Fashion Director, Shoshanna Fischhoff. She’s answered the questions you need to know – from mixing colors to the perfect number of bracelets. Check it out below!

Q: What type of base should one start with?
A: When selecting a base, it’s best to start with just one piece that you want to be the focus of your bracelet stack. Whether you opt for something dainty or for something bolder, this initial choice should dictate what you layer on next. Keeping that in mind, if you want to work a statement piece into the look, establish that as your base.

Q: What type of bracelets should one use?
A: Anything is fair game, as long as you keep proportions in mind! Stronger bangles can overpower, and even sometimes hide smaller, more delicate styles. The easiest and most foolproof way to layer is to stick to one style category: wear metallic bangles with metallic bangles and leather wraps with other leather wraps.

Q: How many bracelets do you need minimum to create an “arm” party?
A: In my eyes, if you have a big statement cuff, that, in and of itself. is an arm party. I think it’s less about the number, and more about the style and personality that creates the “party.”

Q: Can you mix colors? Can you mix metallics (rose gold with silver, yellow gold with rose gold, etc.)?
A: Fashion is all about breaking rules, but if you’re a novice at layering it’s best to stick to the same family when mixing colors, for example wear pastels with other pastels and warm tones with warm tones.  Neutrals and metals pair well with just about any color, so mixing metals is the easiest way to start to experiment with a more eclectic bracelet stack.  If the bracelet stack is solely metals, anything goes, but for those who want to start slowly, try first mixing gold with rose gold and silver with hematite or oxidized metal.  You can also pepper in some pave to break it up.

Q: How many bracelets do you advise to wear together? With skinny bracelets?
A: The number really depends on the size of bracelets you are using.  At the end of the day, you want to be able to move your arm.  With more delicate pieces and friendship bracelets, I say the sky is the limit.

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Q: With thicker bracelets? Both?
A: When you are getting into bangles and thicker link bracelets, 3-5 is a safe number depending on the size of the pieces.  With larger pieces you might want to cap it at two.

Q: How do you create balance so it’s not overwhelming?
A: This is a tough question, because the answer really depends on each person’s style.  For me, there might not be such a thing as overwhelming, but that isn’t for everyone.  You should take risks and try new things, but at the end of the day you want to feel comfortable and confident in what you wear.

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