Arm candy. Bangle bundles. No matter what you call it, throwing on as many bangles as your wrist can handle is officially an art form. Here’s how to perfect it (no paintbrushes required):


  1. Choose a wide statement bangle as your stack’s focal point. It’ll also help anchor the rest of your bangles so they don’t slip off.
  2. Mix metals and bangle sizes. Pile on four or five gold styles, then add a few gemstone bangles in silver or rosé.
  3. Keep it all in the family – with gemstone color, that is. Stick to similar hues or shades that complement one another, like the stack above full of cool blues and purples.

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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August 27, 2013

With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to load up those bare arms with bangles, wrap bracelets, and watches galore. And, as far as I’m concerned, there’s really no wrong way to do it. But in the event that you’re a novice, here are a few tips for perfecting that oh-so-customizable stack.

BLG-1599-Boutique-Support-Curated-Arm-CandyPlay with (not-so) heavy metal. Whether silver, gold, rose gold, copper, or brass, metals are infinitely mixable. Stick to a single color. Combine silver and gold pieces. Mix them all up. Then go ahead and wear with everything from a sophisticated sheath to a casual tank top and cutoffs.

Experiment with mixed media. Start with a leather wrap bracelet in a neutral hue, add a colorful enamel bangle (or two, or seven), and throw on a stainless steel watch. Then repeat – if you want. When your arm candy is eclectic through and through, you can get away with loading up on anything and everything. Just keep the rest of your look simple.

Pick a piece that does the work for you. Nervous about taking the plunge? Designers aplenty have gotten savvy to the art of the stack. Consider wrap watches and bracelet sets from Sara Designs, Tai, Amrita Singh, and more – they’re the proverbial training wheels you need to get started. When you’re ready, use them as the base for that every-piece-in-the-jewelry-box armload you’ve been working toward.

Our Arm Candy: Stackable Bracelets & Watches Boutique opens Friday, July 19, at 11AM.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 19, 2013

Whether you’re rocking two or ten pieces on your wrist, there’s really no wrong way to put together an arm party. Personally, I’m a fan of the anything-goes method: stick your hand in the bracelet basket, withdraw a random handful, and stack them on. But different outfits and personalities demand that you have an arsenal of styles to choose from. Here’s how to achieve three of my favorite looks:

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Go Monochrome
If matching is more you, try sticking to one metal and a neutral color scheme for a uniform look. Classic silver and black is a marriage that will never go out of style.

Go Boho
In my book? This means mix, mix, and mix (matching: optional). The more varied your pairings are, the better. Just make sure to include plenty of leather and gems.

Go Rogue
Simply put – rules were made for breaking. Slide on those delicate, special-occasion bangles, followed by (gasp) a men’s watch, a wrap-happy piece, and anything with studs. The goal? Shock and awe.

Our Shining Steals: The Jewelry & Watch Sale opens Saturday, June 15, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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June 15, 2013

When it comes to the art of bracelet stacking, I have to be honest – there are very few rules. In my book, you can pile them up to your elbows until your coworkers kick you out of the cubicle quad for being the loudest typer ever. But, until then, mix metal chains with leather, studs with smooth watch faces, and soft hues with bold ones. As long as it’s eclectic, it will work.


By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2013


As the summer season winds down (le sigh), my heart is begging to cozy up in chunky fall knits and to layer, layer, layer. Obviously, my heart doesn’t care that it’s still almost 80 degrees outside. The solution? Jewelry layering – and I’m not alone. Delicious stacks of arm candy are the regular at the Rue offices, and lately, I’ve noticed this cleverly piled-on look has worked its way up to necklines. Hooray! I have gobs of necklaces hanging in my closet just begging to be mixed, paired, and mingled with abandon. Taking cues from the Rue girls, here’s how to get the look:

1. Balance the dainty with the substantial. Oversized statement necklaces perk up light, gold-spun strands. So simple.

2. Mix lengths. Start with necklaces that hit close to your collarbone, then work your way down with baubles that hang lower.

3. Add just one more. Once you think you’ve layered your necklaces just right, try adding one more. To your surprise, it may look even better. And if it doesn’t, simply take it off. No harm done.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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August 28, 2012