Goodwill Gems: A Touch of Bronze

Now that it’s officially summer, make sure the season shines bright in your closet! Lauren hits her local Goodwill looking for small touches that bring big heat to her outfits – leading her smack into the sunspot of this week’s Goodwill Gem: A Touch of Bronze.

This gorgeous bronze cuff is a glamorous but bohemian accessory that captures the essence of summer.

Bring home the sun! Few materials reflect the warm, shimmering beauty of a summer sunset like bronze. Even if you can’t relax on the beach all summer, you can carry that relaxed, sun-drenched feeling with you everywhere you go, when you add a cute cuff, like the one I stumbled across during my last trip to my local Goodwill.

A cuff like this is full of eye-catching detail – the etched metal design is delicate and feminine, and yet the substantial size and weight of this bronze bangle make it look anything but flimsy.  Since it’s made entirely of metal, without any gems, rhinestones, sparkles or other bling, it also manages to exude a kind of understated elegance, despite that size and heft.

In short, it’s the perfect piece of summertime jewelry – casual enough to wear every day, but classy enough to wear when you’re going all out and getting fancy for a special occasion. So… how to wear it?

You can certainly dress up this cuff and put it on with a sleek, simple cocktail dress for an exceptional special occasion look. Or loosen it up with a ruffled, flowing bohemian maxi and cool tank for a steamy summer weekend of brunching, picking through the local flea market, or heading to your nearest outdoor market.

Here, I’ve chosen an outfit that falls somewhere in between those two extremes – not super dressy or casual, this effortlessly chic look perfectly complements my new find.

Shimmering from top to bottom, this is unfussy elegance.

The gleaming bronze trousers are in a light, silky fabric – exactly what a girl wants to wear on a hot, humid day during an East Coast summer. A basic black top keeps things simple on top, and allows the pretty pair of pants and brilliant bronze bangle to shine, without competing with them for attention, and creates a flawlessly balanced look for day or night.

Do you have a touch of bronze you share with the sun? Come tell us about it! Write about your fashion fun in the comments here, post a photo of a fav look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!

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