Bangles are rocking the style stakes down the 2009 runways. Find out what makes this bracelet trend a retro-revival that spans the centuries.
While we would certainly love to “Walk Like an Egyptian” again, the bangle
craze sweeping the nation this season isn’t in the guise of an 80s girl band –
it’s all in the wrist. If the recent runways are any indication, the ‘in’ way to
accessorize for spring is to layer big, chunky bangles elbow deep and clink your
way into sartorial bliss.
“Bangles are making a comeback,” stylist Edward Enninful, told Vogue’s
like Christian Lacroix, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs used the look in their lines,
and if you haven’t gawked at
bangled appendages for the new Louis Vuitton ads, you’ll be pleasantly
surprised to see that the iconic bangle wearer is bringing the trend well into
the 21st century.
Bangles have gone in and out of style over the years – from Nancy Cunard, the
rebellious Jazz Age heiress, to
“Dress You Up In My Love” era in the 80s. But the bangle has been around for
thousands of years, originating in India and Pakistan.
Indian tradition dictates that women wear bangles called Chudi to signify
their recent marriage. Wearing a single bangle is frowned upon, perhaps because
that familiar ‘clinking’ sound is such a part of Indian culture – even Bollywood
incorporates the ‘bangle clink’ in many of their movie soundtracks.
Bangles are made from a variety of materials – from affordable plastics to
more luxurious precious metals like silver or gold – all good news for us
frugalistas who want to stay hip to the trends but not to our falling bank
So whether you want to add a little flair to your “Manic Monday” or clink it
up for a night on the town, layered bangles are a trendy, colorful – and most of
all – affordable way to make your own jewelry statement for spring.
Clink on, jewelry lovers. Clink on.