Big Bangles

An armful of big, wide, bangles has always been one of my favorite jewelry statements. On the other hand a bunch of bracelets clanking on my arms is just irritating, so even though I love the bold look I haven’t always indulged in it. Then last year started to notice the multiple bracelet trend known of as the “arm party”. It occurred to me that if there was ever a time to enjoy wearing a few wide bangles on one arm now was the time. I began looking around to augment my collection. Unfortunately, although it’s easy to locate skinny bangles the wide ones are pretty hard to find.

So when contacted me to look through their online catalog of unique designer jewelry I thought about big bangles, and wondered if any of their designers were thinking about them too. It seems that Ashley Pittman, who works with artisans in Kenya to create her elegant ethnic-inspired line of jewelry, also likes bangles, both big and small.  She offers a number of slim bangles, pictured above, as well the wide bangles I so adore. Ashley Pittman’s jewelry is made of horn and bronze, and she donates 10% of her profits to fund a rural health center and primary school in Kenya.

How gorgeous are these big bangles?

Really gorgeous, I think.

This post was sponsored by, but the ideas expressed in the article are all my own.

Do you wear a lot of bracelets? What do you think of these big bangles. Do you have a favorite?


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21 Responses to Big Bangles

  1. Stacey - Total City Girl
    October 15, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I don’t wear big bangles. Actually not many bracelets at all. I have a few but always forget to wear them. I like how it looks on other people but it feels too cluttered for me.

    • Heather Fonseca October 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      It took a while for me to go from liking the look from afar to start piling the bangles on. Now I love it, but it didn’t happen overnight.

  2. Alexis Grace October 15, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I love a good arm party—- and while admittedly it can be slightly annoying, I do think it is such a great way to make a chic statement.
    These are some great options!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      Yes, a chic arm party is pretty great. Glad you agree Alexis!

  3. Oh to Be a Muse
    October 15, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    These are very pretty. I’m all about statement pieces, especially big necklaces and bangles. I don’t know why, but big statement bangles are perfect accessories.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      They are great! I’m glad you agree.

  4. Playing With Scarves October 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    All these bangles are gorgeous. I love wood and metal ones but most of the time I stick to my classic Harmes bangles. Timeless. Sometimes I wear two or three at the same time with different patterns. My way to customize them.

    • Heather Fonseca October 17, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      I would love some Hermes bangles! I love their scarves too.

  5. Playing With Scarves October 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I meant Hermès of course…

  6. SACRAMENTO October 16, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    I love them all, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Such a wonderful taste, my dear Heather.
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  7. Shanti October 16, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    I love the one with the skulls on it!

    • Heather Fonseca October 17, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      Me too Shanti. The one with the sculls is my favorite.

  8. Jeannie
    October 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I love them on other people but I just can’t seem to pull it off. I’m pretty minimalistic when it comes to jewelry. Maybe I’m just lazy…. 🙂
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    • Heather Fonseca October 17, 2012 at 10:40 am #

      On the weekdays I’m pretty minimal too, I just think it’s fun to pile it on one the weekends!

  9. Sharon October 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    I own a two wide bangles I purchased in Puerto Rico and I never wear them. Actually, I hardly ever as in never wear bracelets/bangles much. The funny thing is, I do love the layered style of arm wear.

    • Heather Fonseca October 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

      I find I have to remember to wear my bangles. I put them out on my desk sometimes to refresh my memory, and of course having a personal style blog helps too!

    October 19, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Accessories are one of my favourite fashion elements. I do love bangles and these choices selected, especially love black and golden styles lately. Have a lovely weekend.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      I agree. Accessories are key! Glad you liked the post.

  11. anne the SpyGirl
    January 10, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    Ha. This post came up in the Twitter feed and I remember enjoying reading it back in Oct. I was mute in Oct — now I’m Gabby Anne.

    In the 70s, my BFF Kim was known for her armful of silver bracelets and I was known for my many silver rings.
    In the 80s, I wore tons of bracelets because that’s what one did in the 80s.
    In the 90s, I had a favorite silver African knot style bracelet that I had to remove whenever I was on the computer. Same for my watch. Like you, I dislike the clanking.

    I still can’t work with stuff on my wrists so the “Arm Parties” are saved for special events when I get all dolled up.
    There is a constant “Finger Party” (that sounds obscene) on my left hand — nonstop since 1971!

    Remember our “Arm Orgy” at the OTIS Fashion show last May? Hahahaha
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    • Heather Fonseca January 10, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      I’m glad you’re gabby Anne again! I know it’s hard to be creative with all this social media stuff in the way, so I totally understand your occasional quiet moments. I probably need more quiet moments myself! Anyhoo, glad you liked the post. I haven’t been wearing many bracelets recently, maybe it’s the weather? Seems kind of silly to have a bunch of bangles hidden by a jacket’s long sleeves. It’s always a good look when the weather is warm though. (: