Behold the statement bracelet. It is easier to pull off than its counterpart, the statement necklace, yet still packs a juicy punch. For starters, when the mercury rises, the last thing you need is an ornate necklace sticking to yourself. Statement arm candy is also easier to wear since it’s away from your face. With just one piece, you can add impact to last year’s wardrobe – how very recessionista of you!
Invest in a major, knockout, stop ’em dead cuff to wear with everything in your closet. It should become your signature piece. Another option is to stack bangles of assorted shapes and sizes à la Emilio Pucci and Louis Vuitton for a similar eye-catching effect. Mix and match to create a unique combination all your own. Go over-the-top and have fun!
Statement bracelets really work with anything (okay, maybe except flouncy or ruffled sleeves). I love the look of a blazer with pushed up sleeves and a bejeweled bracelet. Or a chunky cuff with an ethnic print dress. Or a truly spectacular piece with a worn-in tee and jeans. For a bohemian vibe, wear a gilded adjustable cuff on your upper arm. You really have no excuse for letting your arms go bare.
While oversized jewelry is great for dressing up simple outfits, don’t shy away from pairing with the bold prints and graphics dominating spring collections. Nothing should be too matchy-matchy. Juxtapose retro and modern; earthy and glam; wild and demure. It’s the one time it’s okay to contradict yourself.
Check out 10 truly statement-making bracelets after the jump!
Lee Angel Margherita Bangle, $132. This geometric motif is right on trend.
Rachel Leigh Millies Double Shot Cuff, $125. This will be a fabulous contrast against charming liberty floral patterns.
Alexis Bittar Vanderbilt Cuff, $545. A gorgeous art deco stunner from one of my favorite costume jewelry designers.
Urban Outfitters Wide Hammered Cuff, $24. This will be your go-to piece all summer long and beyond.
Kara by Kara Ross Python Rhodium Cuff, $467. The vivid color is casual for daytime, but the exotic skin and amethyst studs really glam it up for after hours.
Banana Republic Sunny Cabochon Bracelet, $39. Add some lemon zest to breezy caftans.
Kenneth Jay Lane Grained Resin Bangle, $25. The perfect base for your layered bangle adventures!
R.J. Graziano Gunmetal Crystal Hammered Bangle, $72.90. Totally rocker chic.
Amrita Singh Gold Mirror Bangle, $55. The perfect way to add a dose of glam to your look.
Fiona Paxton Milly Cuff, $225. One of those totally standout signature pieces
– PAULA LEE
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