Bracelets: Accent or Drama?

 

Iris Apfel: Dramatic at 93.
Iris Apfel: Dramatic at 93.

Bracelets come in all sizes, shapes, colors and materials. Do you want to be conservative and wear just one for accent or do you want to make a dramatic statement?

Teri Agins, fashion journalist for the WSJ, writes a weekly column responding to reader’s questions. Last week a reader wrote that she had received an assortment of oversized bracelets from her aunt ranging from faux ivory to carved cinnabar, ones with bangles and others with stones inset.   I loved Teri’s advice and wanted to share it with you since combining bracelets is a popular fashion statement today.

Casual and creative.
Casual and creative.

Teri points out that earrings frame your face but bracelets make a bolder statement and draw attention each time you gesture, wave, or point. It will be more interesting to decorate one arm with a combination of colors, sizes and shapes. This makes for some drama simages-2o choose what works with your personality.   Teri suggests that twin jeweled cuffs on each arm worn with a long-sleeved dark fitted sweater, paired

with wide-legged pants or a sleek midi skirt nearly always works.   Don’t add a necklace. Let the bracelets be the focus.More drama.

Diamond tennis bracelets generally stand alone but for special effect you can pair them with various gold bangles.  A large, gold watch may be paired with thick and thin gold chain links and bangles but your everyday watch is a functional piece to be worn alone. For more ideas, check out looks worn by Coco Chanel. She put together amazing combinations and pulled them off beautifully.

Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel

Style maven, Iris Apfel, above, is one of the few women who can wear multiple bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry and not look like a clown.   This 93-year old New York socialite has a style of her own. Look her up on Pinterest.com to enjoy her unique style. I can’t imagine it working for much of anyone else but what fun to see her being herself!