Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Joining the Arm Party

Imagine my delight upon reading that actually fashionable people like Megan and the Man Repeller (unlike occasionally, delusionally fashionable ones like yours truly) have adopted the "arm party" trend of stacking a precarious-looking number of bracelets, watches, Christmas ornaments, etc up one or both arms. For once - hurrah! - I'm part of a trend - neveryoumind that I didn't even realize it.

I should back up & make a preppish note that women of a certain League membership have been doing this for forever. Here in Texas, one often sees David Yurman sterling bracelet stacks - all the better to set off that white bedazzled Michael Kors watch (if Daddy's Rolex wasn't available for "borrowing", that is). Back home in California, these stacks tend to be smaller & involve a Tiffany mix and match of silver baubles like this & that.

The current Arm Party trend, by contrast, is a little less Cartier (though by all means, if you can incorporate a Love bracelet, be my guest - and send me one) and a little more "I picked these up for nothing in a Marrakech souk (read: Target) during that undergrad trip." Less country club sterling, more brash gold. Golf claps all around for a trend making a look more affordable - for once.

Here's what I've been doing, albeit accidentally, on the Arm Party front; this is the tame version - not a party so much as a polite, evening gathering of the school board's fundraising committee, perhaps:

Bangles = Kenneth Jay Lane via Gilt / Tan = Jergens tan-in-a-can
And here's my untamed, "I want everyone within a three block radius to see & hear me coming", wear-a-lampshade keg party version:

Bangles = KJL, Charming Charlie's, vintage from a friend
You may be wondering about the Operation MILF inclusion in the title - in addition to helping us meet our desire to be fashionable, this trend is also toddler-friendly; Master P adores playing with these bangles & hearing them jingle-jangle. Plus, I can throw them on in a second without worrying about getting the look too "pulled together"; in the limited amount of time us new moms have to get dressed, anything thought-free like this is a winner.

Anyone else care to attend this party? You there, Colin Firth, are definitely welcome; while I doubt your interest in jewelry-based fetes, there is no party this girl is hosting to which you're not emphatically invited .  . . (with love to the Anonymous Husband)

7 comments:

Carly Anne said...

I saw a lady sporting a gorgeous watch and several, large rhinestone bracelets the other day and thought it was the most brilliant thing ever. Who knew it was a trend?

The Shabby Princess said...

Yes, Mr. Firth is always invited to everything.

Love the nod to the CA trend--so spot on, about both the CA arm party and the Texan variety. I love stacked bracelets, but, I take them off the second I get to work, so, it only works for me on the weekends, which, isn't very fun.

LPC said...

The last time I dressed like that was when I came back from India. Maybe I'll pick up the habit again. It is so fun to jangle.

Perfectly Imperfect said...

So funny because I'm not usually a trendsetter at all, but I've been doing this "look" for years. Yay for being ahead of the game!

Lindsey said...

I wear bangles almost everyday, some days I have more on than others - but I love it! I also mix them with my watch! Fab look that never goes out of style! Love how you put yours together!

for a different kind of girl said...

I JUST started wearing a bunch of bracelets that I forgot I even had, so when I saw this, I thought, "Hey! I'm FINALLY up on a trend!" This never happens! Anyway, my bracelets are too small. In relation to my giant earrings, they're no match. Of course, if I were to do both giant earrings AND giant bracelets, would that be considered fashion overkill?

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