As a little girl I played dress up and house like any normal little girl should. With the dress up came crafts and inevitably the friendship bracelets. I made so many tokens of my friendship I could have befriended the entire state and Texas is a big state. I made them from twine, string with beads and macaroni noodles. I stacked them, I braided them and sometimes I even painted them. I took my bracelets very seriously as an ambitious five year old, and I still do today. Bracelets still remain one of my favorite accessories, maybe because I associate them with childhood, but more likely just because I think they’re cute.
Jewelry design has come a long way since the twine and macaroni of my glory days, and I couldn’t be happier. There are a few styles that I’m partial to which I sport on an almost daily basis. The first is the cuff. I love the cuff style because it can be dressed up or even worn with a T-shirt. My favorite cuff bracelets are the unorthodox styles that beg for a second glance, like this lion cuff or claw cuff.
Another popular bracelet trend is stacking, which as the name would suggest involves stacking various bracelets according to the wearer’s taste. I like stacking because it allows a Fashionista/o to create an armful of bracelets that are truly unique and speak to their own aesthetic. Some stores have caught wind of this trend and have begun to sell bracelets pre-packaged for easy stacking, like this bangle and cuff set.
This Fashionista’s outfit had several interesting focal points. Her bright, color-blocked dress is accented by her silver mirrored sandals. Her stacked, silver bangles add the perfect amount of shine to the already bright dress. The black Ray-Ban style glasses complete the summery look perfectly. Minimal accessories are needed because the dress itself is such a statement piece, and this Fashionista made it fierce.
Spotted: Veronique Branquinho’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection prominently featured chunky wooden bracelets.