Mixing Metals: Can You Wear Gold and Silver Jewelry Together?

One of the most asked-about topics I get on the blog is about mixing metals in your accessories, and how to wear gold and silver jewelry together without looking like a fashion accident.

Mixing Metals: Can You Wear Gold and Silver Jewelry Together?

There was a day when I would have never mixed metals, but these days it’s not only totally acceptable to do so, it’s considered a stylish way to accessorize.

That said, there are definitely some tricks for mixing metals in a way that is current and classy.

5 Tips for Mixing Gold and Silver Jewelry and Accessories

#1. Wear at least one combined piece.

This is probably my top tip for mixing metals. If you have at least one combined piece, you can pretty much wear either metal anywhere else in your outfit, and the combined piece will tie it all together.

My favorite piece to do this with is my watch because I wear it pretty much every day, but you can also go with a mixed metal ring, necklace, bracelet, whatever!

I actually have a mixed metal ring I wear a lot, and also this mixed metal cuff (shown above.)

I’m also wearing this gold layer necklace in the picture above. It’s not a mixed metal piece, but it’s a nice 3-in-1 piece that you can take apart and wear each pendant alone or together.

You might also like this post: A Guide To Wearing Necklaces

Victoria Emerson does a lot of mixed metal cuffs as well. I like how she combines beads and stones and metals all in one piece.

That allows you to wear any of those metals elsewhere in your outfit, and they will all work together.

#2. Wedding bands don’t count.

Feel free to ignore your wedding bands and other “permanent jewelry”.

Definitely don’t let your platinum wedding band hold you back from wearing gold jewelry. Just overlook them and accessorize like they aren’t there.

In the picture above, I had on gold jewelry, but my wedding rings are obviously silver (or white gold, to be exact.) I never let that bother me.

Likewise, it’s okay to ignore most hardware (zippers, buckles, and hinges) on your clothing, unless it’s a focal point.

For example, I will take into consideration the silver buttons on my denim jacket, but I don’t necessarily let that dictate the metals I wear in my accessories.

My denim jacket in the picture above has silver hardware, and I wore gold jewelry with it, and it works fine.

#3. Layer bracelets or necklaces in different metals.

This has the same effect of wearing a mixed metal piece, and it allows you to wear either of the metal colors in a way that looks purposeful.

I’ll admit, I don’t use this trick very much. That is probably because I struggle with #4.

I prefer to buy mixed metal pieces that come together. It takes the guesswork out of layering, and I’m all about making it easy!

#4. Keep the styles similar.

When mixing metals, keep the styles cohesive with the outfit. So if the outfit is casual, keep the jewelry casual as well.

If the outfit is formal, conservative, edgy… make sure your accessories carry the same aesthetic.

This is probably the most important thing to remember, and the place where it’s easy to go wrong. You definitely want to pay attention to the aesthetic of the pieces you’re wearing together — and this goes for accessorizing all the time, not just when mixing metals.

When I layer necklaces or bracelets, I usually wear pieces from the same brand. I realize this is kind of cheating… a true fashionista can mix brands and make them all work together, but I like how piece from the same brand have a similar style and tone of metal. For example, I often combine delicate Gorjana necklaces as shown in the outfit above.

#5. Repeat each color metal at least once.

Even when wearing a mixed metal piece, I like to repeat each metal color elsewhere in my outfit at least once. This also helps make the metal mixing look more intentional. And remember, shoes and handbags count too.

In the outfit above, I was struggling because the blouse had gold buttons, and I wanted to wear these silver wedges. I carried a bag with silver hardware because the shoes are more visible than the buttons on the blouse, but when I put a solid silver necklace on with the top, I didn’t like how it looked against the gold buttons.

So I switched to a mixed metal necklace, and I also wore a mixed metal bracelet (and my trusty mixed metal watch) so I felt like all of the metals looked intentional and worked together.

At the end of  the day, I’m kind of a plain Jane when it comes to accessorizing. When I find pieces that work well together, I tend stick with those combos as much as possible, but writing this post has inspired me to experiment a bit more with mixing and matching.

I hope it inspired you too!

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