Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Steep or Cheap: Enamel Bangles

This week's edition of Steep or Cheap is all about bangles. The bangle, originally a traditional Indian piece of jewelry that women wore after they got married, is a staple piece of jewelry for every woman, and some men. The inflexible bracelet can be chunky and cool, or it can be thin and delicate for an elegant night out. As the styles change and trends form, bangles also change, but the concept of the bangle remains a must-have. The style today is the enamel bangle.

The steep option in white enamel bangles is the Miranda Signature Hinged Enamel Bangle (pictured below) from Coach. The gold-plated solid brass bracelet, with gold and white enamel signature Coach pattern, sells for $138. To order online, visit http://www.coach.com/content/product.aspx?product_no=10856&category_id=1122.

If Coach is a bit out of your league, labels such as Banana Republic also carry cute bangles. The cheap choice for this week is the Enamel Crisscross Bangle (pictured below) from BR. The 14-karat gold plated bracelet comes in four colours and retails for only $39. Visit http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/product.do?cid=13896&pid=577380&scid=577380042 to see the product online.

Whether your wallet is busting at the seams, or designer jewelry is just a dream, enamel bangles can be a great staple in your jewelry box - no matter what your budget may be!


Mallory said...

Are bangles the same as arm bands? Help, you fashion guru!

K said...

You can wear bangles up on your forearm if you desire! Plastic bangles are much better for this purpose than the heavier metal ones shown here! You also need to make sure that they are the right size, otherwise they will slip down your arm constantly. Make sure they fit tight once pushed up toward your elbow so that they stay put throughout the day or night. Enjoy!