Goodwill Gems: How to Rock Brilliantly Understated Bangles

Many accessories are meant to grab serious attention. And while it’s fun to have a few of those loud and lively statement pieces to jazz up something plain, it’s also essential to have a few of those go-with-everything pieces that can add that little extra oomph to absolutely any outfit in your wardrobe. This week’s gem is one of those amazing everyday pieces. Made of polished brown wooden links strung together with some basic elastic string, it’s not flashy, but it’s the kind of accessory that’s easy to wear with your entire wardrobe. The natural brown color is one that can be put up against almost any background, from neutral to neon, and still look lovely and complementary. The elastic that holds together is essentially invisible, letting the wooden pieces of the cuff stand out, despite their simplicity (and it also makes this bracelet an extremely comfortable one to wear).

BanglesAt only $4.99, this simply darling brown wooden bracelet is an absolute steal.

Any way you want it. Here, I’ve paired my natural wooden cuff with an equally simple but still put together look. It looks ultra cool and relaxed when put on with a business casual look like this one, with rich royal purple sweater and fitted gray slacks. Finish the look with a classic brown leather pump for the office, or add your favorite pair of riding boots for an even more laid-back feel. For the ultimate cool-but-casual look, try pairing it with some thick tights, loose, torn boyfriend cut denim, and classic white tee.

business casual lookHowever you choose to wear it, there’s no denying that this simple but totally stylish natural wooden cuff can add some extra polish to nearly any look in your closet, from the most casual on up to downright fancy.

But, if you’d rather dress it up a bit, it will look utterly chic when used to class up a dressier look, like a fitted sweater dress (preferably in a flattering and seasonally appropriate jewel-tone or pretty pattern) and high-heeled booties. 

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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