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Mixed Metal Summer Fashion Guide

Many of us grew up with our mothers telling us you don’t wear gold with silver or yellow gold with white gold. It’s just not done. The only exceptions, of course, were for your wedding band and engagement ring.

While the mixed metal trend started gaining popularity between the 1940’s and 1950’s, there were staunch believers it was a fashion faux pas.

Luckily, the trend never died and is more popular than ever. If you monitor the houses of high fashion, you’ll see plenty of examples of gorgeous mixed metal rings, bracelets, and necklaces.

To learn more about how to rock the mixed metal look this summer, check out our tips below!

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Have a Base Piece

If you have no idea where to start in mixing metals, find a piece of jewelry that you really love that has two different colored metals in it. It doesn’t particularly matter if this piece of jewelry is a bracelet, necklace, or earrings. Pick whatever speaks to you.

From this “base piece,” you can do one of two things.

Your first option is to select other pieces of jewelry that match the two metals in your base piece. For example, if you choose a necklace that has silver and rose gold, you could wear a rose gold bracelet and silver earrings. You can even try to match the hardware on your shoes and purse, but it’s not necessary. It can even be a bit tricky sometimes.

Your second option is to use your base piece as a layering piece on the same part of your body. Now let’s say you have a silver and yellow gold bracelet as your base. From there, you can layer several silver and gold bracelets.

Stacking and Layering

Stacking and layering should be considered an art form. Learning how to execute these looks without looking like you put on every piece of jewelry in your jewelry box takes practice.

A great place to start your layering practice is to go back to our last example of using a base piece. If you plan to layer bracelets or necklaces using a base piece of jewelry, use layers that are of the same weight or thinner than the base piece. If you are starting out with a chunkier base piece, pair it with delicate bracelets and cuffs matching the base piece’s metals.

Stacking can be a bit easier. We recommend sticking to just two colors and thinner bands. Some brands have made it simpler to learn to stack mixed metal rings by providing packs of pre-mixed rings.

One last piece of advice on stacking and layering is borrowing from top chefs and interior designers– work in odd numbers. Studies have shown odd numbers can be more satisfying to the eye. Also, think about it logically. If someone showed up with one silver chain and one gold chain (or two and two), you would think that looks strange. However, when you make the combination one and two or two and three, you think that combination looks completely normal.

Add a Transition Color

If you ever doubt yourself when it comes to mixing metals, use a transition color that goes well with both metals. You can include your transition color in the jewelry stacks and layers themselves, or you can add the transition color in your outfit to act as a canvas.

For example, both silver and yellow gold look beautiful with a turquoise blue, so try wearing a turquoise top with gold earrings, necklace, and silver bangles.

In some cases, you can even use a third metal as your transition color. A combination of yellow gold rose gold, and silver all work well together. The yellow gold helps you transition from the silver to the warmer rose gold.

Go Forth and Mix!

Now that you are an expert in mixing metal jewelry, you should have no fear in wearing mixed metal rings, layering multiple metal necklaces, and using transition colors to achieve THE fashionable look for the summer.

Remember, if your mother’s lectures of not mixing metals pop into your head, brush them off with confidence and know you’re on the forefront of summer fashion.

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