Bracelets: The Complete Guide
Spring is here and winter is fast fading away which means its time to put away your long sleeves and adorn those wrists with something gorgeous. Bracelets are the perfect way to complete your outfit and they come in many forms but which is the best for you and what should you know pre-purchase?
THE MOST POPULAR BRACELET STYLES
These elegant pieces are perfect for a formal night out. They consist of a row of stones that are usually diamonds that create a dazzling effect. This bracelet was dubbed the tennis bracelet due to famous tennis player Chris Evert. During the 1987 U.S. Open Tennis Championships she lost her eternity bracelet on the court and she requested that the game be stopped so she could look for her beloved bracelet while viewers partook in watching her search.
Bangle bracelets come in two styles: open and closed. Open bangles have a small gap at the back, making them easy to put on. These are hard in structure and usually offer a simple and elegant look. They can be worn individually or together to draw the eye. These can also be worn casually and to evening functions.
These offer a classic and sophisticated look. They can include anything from a simple single strand of pearls to five strands with a diamond clasp or pave bars for an elegant night out.
This is the sentimental and most meaningful of the bracelet family. You can buy a bracelet that already has charms or you can have them customised based on your preferences. This is a particularly special gift as it is customisable and lets you tell a story with beautiful charms.
The chain or link bracelet is a classic that comes in many different sizes and styles. It is perfect for everyday wear.
Leather Woven Bracelets
This bracelet has a modern look that is perfect for any casual outfit. The leather is intricately woven into a plait which is easy to wear and it is durable.
Beaded bracelets can be completely beaded or have bead adornments. These range from precious beads to glass. This means that it is easy to find a beaded bracelet in any price range and colour to suit your preferences.
These are adjustable bracelets with a special closure so they fit any wrist. These are the most practical bracelets to order online or as a gift because you are assured that they will fit the wearer.
So, now you know which bracelets catch your eye but keep the following in mind:
- If you tend to have allergic reactions to metal than choose hypoallergenic bracelets such as nickel-free white gold, yellow gold or nickel-free sterling silver.
- Not all bracelets are made equal. Choose the bracelet that best suits your environment. Simple and understated bracelets are best for work where many bangles that can be noisy are better for a night out.
- Don’t be afraid to mix it up and wear many bracelets together. Some bracelets styles are better suited to being worn together. Bangle bracelets and leather woven bracelets look stylish when worn in bulk but other bracelets such as the tennis bracelet look best when worn alone.
- Keep your outfit and the rest of your jewellery in mind when choosing what bracelet to wear and how many. If your outfit is busy or you are already wearing lots of accessories then choose a simple bracelet but if your outfit and accessories are simple and limited then choose a showstopper bracelet for impact. If you prefer a simple look then follow Coco Channel’s advice about accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” Whatever you decide, be sure to be true to your taste and leave the house feeling truly you and truly gorgeous.