Generally, our Hot or Not segments center around a particular trend, piece of clothing, or fad, but not this one! For this installment, we’re changing things up. Our focus is an age-old styling question: when it comes to accessorizing, is mixing metals a do or a don’t?
We’ll cover both sides of the argument and provide you with some styling tips for embracing the look here, and then you can weigh in with a final verdict in the comments below! 😉
- Layering is a snap. Nothing looks more effortless or bohemian than layering necklaces, bracelets, or rings, but adding the element of mixed metals makes the look more bold! Ditching the matchy-matchy jewelry look for one that incorporates multiple colors of metal might even make you feel a little rebellious!
- Anything goes. Because you don’t have to worry about maintaining a single pallet, mixing metals leaves you free to wear any/all of your favorite pieces at any given time. Besides, do you really only own only gold pieces or only silver? What about when you factor in shoes or hardware on clothing, shoes, or handbags?! Yeah. Mixing things up allows you to rock your silver, gold, rose gold, and stones on your own terms.
- It can look messy. Clash alert! Obviously, one of the “dangers” in embracing this trend is that the mixing of metals and materials can appear a bit messy, confusing, or unkempt, like you couldn’t make up your mind.
- It’s against “the rules”. If you’re a follower of old-school fashion rules like “don’t wear white after Labor Day” or “never mix navy and black”, then you probably won’t like the untraditional look offered by mixing metals.
How to Do It Right
- Make it intentional. If your jewelry is all in the same family (think, dainty rings paired with simple bangles, or chunky watches and statement rings) then the appearance of multiple colors of metal isn’t as jarring. Another tip for making your mixed metallics appear intentional is to stick with a ratio: some people do 50/50, some go for 75/25…Just steer clear of 99/1! Find a ratio that works for you and your accessories and go with it.
- Go for pieces that are pre-mixed. It’s not at all uncommon to find a bracelet, watch, or ring that actually features the mixing of metals as an accent in its design, like this piece from AE. This is a great way to try out the look without committing to full-on mixing. Pre-mixed pieces also work as connectors, tying together a mixed-metallic theme by assuring onlookers that your blended style isn’t at all accidental.
- Consider proximity. Whether or not you choose to use a pre-mixed piece as a styling bridge, being aware of the proximity of your differently-colored accessories can help to make a more cohesive look. If you include more than one type of metal in a single area of wear (rocking fingers of multi-colored rings, vs a silver ring and a gold necklace, for example,) the mixing tends to look more harmonious and purposeful.
- Stack it up. When it comes to a stack, and especially an arm party, pretty much anything goes. A watch can be next to a wrap bracelet, which could be next to a friendship bracelet, which could be next to a bangle–all of which could continue until your forearm is covered. A good stack is less about individual pieces of jewelry than it is about the overall look achieved by the pairing of those pieces. Don’t be afraid to play around with a variety of textures, materials, or colors–you can pull it off!
What’s your opinion on mixing metals? Do you consider this a do or a don’t? Which look do you prefer? Leave your vote with a comment!
Liza, Editorial Director