Goodwill Gems: Beat the Heat Bangles

Too hot for frills? We hear you. Good news, though – cool metallic accessories are one easy way to radiate style without taking in heat. With that in mind (and a big ol’ fan in hand) our correspondent Lauren hit the thrift stores to find this week’s Goodwill Gem: Beat the Heat Bangles.

The hammered texture of the metal and sheer size of this bracelet make it a standout piece.

Are you still looking for the ideal ensemble to rock on summer’s most scorching days? If you’re stuck in a fashion rut, there’s no better way to feel instantly classy and cool than by adding a brand new bangle to one of your favorite, most classic pieces of summer clothing.

This week’s fabulous Goodwill find is the perfect accessory to throw on with almost any tried-and-true summer look to give it an instant upgrade

Made simply of hammered silver, this bracelet has a unique texture that makes it both interesting and yet understated, as it lacks any additional embellishment. The chunks of hammered metal held tightly between two thin circles of silver are in different, jewel-like shapes, almost giving the illusion of giant gemstones. This simple, elegant, and yet still slightly funky piece of jewelry will inject any summer outfit with a kind of edgy charm.

What’s a great match for a piece like this? How about one of my favorite go-to, wear-anywhere summer wardrobe items: a sassy, cute LBD (little black dress, of course)!

As a topper to the perfect little black dress, this darling bangle makes a single piece of classic clothing feel like a fully pulled-together look.

This one above shows just enough skin, thanks to a cool cut-out detail in back. Though this dress has some standout details of its own, it’s just the kind of summer standby that will immediately feel like it has new life if accessorized well.

And what could go better with a black mini-dress than a statement piece like this week’s gem? It’s shimmering silver hue easily stands out against the basic black of the dress, and it has a modern edge and distinctive feel that immediately sets the whole look a step above the rest. With a fabulous pair of bright, colorful sandals or chic summer wedges, this outfit will have you feeling ready to walk the runway – or at least the city streets – no matter how blazing hot it gets.

What cool accessories to you rely on to make your summer basics pop? Tell us (or better yet, share a link & show us) your favorite Goodwill Gem find in the comments below – or post a photo of your thrift look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style. Keep us posted!

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