Choosing the right accessories to go with your ensemble is both fun and challenging. Bangle bracelets make an attractive addition to just about any outfit – but how do you know which is the right bracelet for you? To help you out, here’s a quick guide to buying the right bangle bracelet.
Bangle Bracelet Basics
One of the things we love about bangle bracelets is their versatility. They are simple, consisting only of an inflexible ring that fits over the hand and floats around the wrist.
There is evidence to show that women have been wearing bangle bracelets for over 6,000 years. In countries like India, they are a fashion staple. Women layer dozens of bangle bracelets when they get married.
Bangle bracelets come in almost any material you can imagine.
- Bangle bracelets in precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum are always popular.
- For an earthy, funky look, try a bangle made of wood.
- Plastic bangles are fun for little girls to play dress-up, as well as for adults who want to add a splash of color to their outfit.
- Metal bracelets may be embellished with crystals, charms, and even semi-precious and precious stones for a high-end look.
The bangle you choose should suit your personal style as well as your mood on any given day. Many women have collections of bangles. Some manufacturers even sell bangles in groups of five, ten, or more. They are meant to be layered and worn together for a fun, feminine look.
Choosing the Right Bangle
There are many considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right bangle bracelet to add to your accessory collection. Here are some things to keep in mind.
The first thing to consider is what you ideal bangle would be made of. The answer to that question might be determined by where and how you intend to wear it.
If you want a bracelet than can be worn to formal events as well as with every day outfits, you might want to opt for gold or silver. The benefit of gold and silver is that they can be dressed up or down according to your mood and the occasion.
For example, a gold bangle might look elegant with a cocktail dress but also add a pop of elegance to jeans and a simple white tee-shirt.
Silver bangles look good on their own, or you can try pairing one with a wooden bangle for a slightly funky vibe.
Plastic bangles are probably not appropriate for most adult situations. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear plastic to a conservative workplace or a fancy function. However, if you want something playful to wear on the weekend – or a bracelet that you wouldn’t mind your daughter playing with – then plastic might be the way to go.
Stones and Embellishments
It’s hard to go wrong with a simple gold or silver bangle, but sometimes it’s fun to pick a bangle bracelet with a little more character.
If you’re shopping for a gift, you might want to consider a bangle bracelet with one or more charms on it. Charms offer an easy way to personalize a bangle bracelet as a gift.
Another gift option would be to buy a bangle bracelet with the recipient’s precious or semi-precious birthstone in it. Birthstones make wonderful birthday gifts, but they are suitable for other occasions – such as Valentine’s Day – as well.
Some metal bracelets are coated with ceramic or cloisonné. These bracelets definitely have a more casual appearance than those made of precious metals, but they can dress up a casual outfit quite nicely.
Bangle bracelets come in every width you can imagine, from thick and chunky down to razor thin bangles made of wire.
Each thickness has its charms. On the whole, thick bangles tend to be slightly more casual than thin ones, but there are times when a single, chunky bangle is perfect with a cocktail dress.
Thin bangle bracelets can be very elegant, but when they’re layered together they can be funky and eclectic. You may want to experiment with buying several bangles together. They don’t have to match exactly to look great on your arm.
Finally, you should consider how much you want to spend. Bangle bracelets range in price from a few dollars up to thousands of dollars. The price depends on several factors, including:
- What the bracelet is made of
- Who the designer is
- How much material is used
It goes without saying that bangle bracelets that include precious metals and gems will cost more than those that are made of wood, base metals, or plastic.
Whether your style is casual or elegant, pared-down or funky and eclectic, you can find the right bangle bracelet to suit your mood. Worn alone or stacked together, there’s a reason that bangle bracelets have endured as a staple accessory.