In true maximalist fashion, I strongly disagree with Coco Chanel‘s famous words, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” Minimal shminimal, I say. I basically feel naked without some form of jewelry on my body, and I feel like it has become a part of my personal brand and style.
Now, if you’re into minimal style or not a jewelry person—more power to you, because you probably spend a lot less time cleaning your closet and stressing about how you will explain yet another silver statement necklace to your roommates or S.O., but trust me—they’re so different and yes, all five of them are very much needed to complete the ultimate necklace stack.
So, assuming you’re interested in going all-out with your jewelry, how does one conquer the art of the look of jewelry maximalism? First, take a look at jewelry queen Iris Apfel; her jewelry truly is a form of art, as far as I’m concerned, and while it may be a tad overwhelming at first, eventually you realize that everything she’s wearing goes together and works with the overall look.
The key to chic—not busy, overdone—maximalism is to pick a theme, color, or body part and focus on it. You can start with all gold or silver jewelry and stack a couple cuffs on one arm, add a ring on the opposite hand, and then add a statement earring to balance it out. Or, you can just choose one statement piece, like an oversized tassel earring or collar necklace and call it a day. No matter what you decide to put on, your jewelry should complement outfit and your mood.
I found a handful of my own current favorite maximalist-approved pieces of jewelry in the following slides, plus, even more street style inspiration (including a few of my own ensembles) for your jewelry stacking needs. Layer up that jewelry, mix metals and colors, and have some fun with it. Jewelry can completely elevate a classic tee and jeans combo to a fashion show-ready look. So, in my own words: Before you leave the house, remember, you look great and your arm stack is ready to party!