Wrapped, corded, beaded or raw-edged – a wrapped leather bracelet is the ultimate in low-key jewelry cool.
If 2009 was all about the cocktail ring, 2010 was the year of the bracelet – cuffs, bangles, and even bracelet-rings all made an appearance on celebrities, street-style trend-setters, and in key retail collections. With so many different bracelets in the spotlight, it’s no surprise that one of the most talked-about trends of the summer was the woven leather bracelet. Drawing on the ever-strong popularity of CC Skye’s wrapped leather pieces (often seen on Miley Cyrus), Chan Luu produced a series of for Banana Republic that set the blogosphere abuzz.
Chan Luu Coil Wrap Bracelet, $210, Banana Republic
With its casual, natural feel, the wrapped leather bracelet is a shoe-in for summer accessorizing – but, done well, the look can work for cold-weather seasons as well. Layer leather bracelets in darker or neutral hues for impact and pair with outfits in other natural fibers, like a bulky, chunky-knit sweater. Avoid beads and rocker-chick looks lest you resemble Miley Cyrus.
Studs, suede, and rough-edged leather make for a more substantial, pricier-looking piece that works well with slouchy fall separates:
Lena Gilded Weave Wrap, $66 US, Revolve Clothing
Gorjana Graham Leather Studded Triple Wrap Bracelet, $48, Revolve Clothing
For a variation, try a rope bracelet or a combo rope/leather one. Urban Outfitters makes a few that save on the hide and the price:
Rope and Leather Bracelet, $8, Urban Outfitters
Multi-Coloured Rope Bracelet, $8, Urban Outfitters
Feeling ambitious…or just kinda broke? You can make your own version of this Chan Luu puppy…
…by following the Ruby Lanes tutorial here (more on this site later in the week). Happy wrapping!