Banging Bracelets: Your Guide to Styling Bracelets
Bracelets are the perfect fashion accessory for a style makeover. This accessory is a wardrobe essential, and adds a bit of character to your overall look. There are many ways to style a bracelet, and having the knowhow of the different types of bracelets, and how it accentuates your style is important. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Do Sleeves Matter?
Starting with the most overlooked styling tip, consider your sleeves. The first thing you need to look out for is the length of your sleeves. Is it short? Long? ¾? It makes the most sense to pair more decorative bracelets for simple outfits with shorter sleeves. It enhances focus on your wrist and creates a good contrast, showing off the finer details of the accessory. For long sleeves, it's better paired with a more plain bracelet design with minimal solid colors, such as gold, silver or similar materials. Be careful to not unintentionally hide your bracelet from the world. Just imagine a blouse with big, puffy and long sleeves, it can offset the effort you put into accessorizing, hiding it behind layers and textures. Express yourself by experimenting with different bracelets, sleeve lengths, and pairings to see what you like best.
Mix and Match?
Next up is mixing and matching your wardrobe to serve different looks. Be brave and combine different bracelets and designs for a unique style, but make sure that the bracelets pair well with each other. Here’s a tip - usually modest designs are a great match with more complicated designs. For example, a combination of a plain metallic bracelet with an intricate baroque style bracelet can form a sleek and refined royal aesthetic. Remember to make sure that the bracelets are complementary to one another, because mixing simple designs might be a little dull, while mixing complicated designs can make the bracelets compete for attention. If you are feeling adventurous, you can accessorize both arms for a sparkling statement, but the ratios of colors and thickness needs to be balanced. Sure, less is more, but explore for yourself, let your creativity flourish and create your own style.
Single or Stacked?
As said above, mixing and matching can be a good idea, but sometimes it’s better to opt for a single bracelet. How do we know what’s right for us? First, determine what outfit you are wearing, and the look that you are going for. This gets you to visualize what you want, and gives you a clear direction to go in. Then, start off simple with 1 or 2 plain bracelets that have something in common, like the same color or the same material. If you have a bracelet that you want to wear all the time, you can begin with that. For outfits with many designs and patterns, maybe stick with this step, because you don’t want to overcomplicate things and distract from your desired look. On the other hand, subtle, more minimalist attires, such as outfits with a monotonous color schemes, can be paired with 2 to 3 bracelets to form a small stack or 4 to 6 bracelets for a larger stack. Contrast is the name of the game when stacking bracelets, best in ensuring the colors, sizes, materials, and textures work well together. Next, is to add nuance to your bracelet stack by adorning designs or gemstones with a special symbolism or meaning to you, such as the ever popular evil eye, that is said to ward off evil. Finally, you have to know when enough is enough. Piling bracelets on top of wearing loads of jewelry is not a great has its limit, and can come off as pretentious. While you intend to incorporate your character into your accessories, don’t forget to practice moderation and ease off when you think it’s appropriate.
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