Feeling Fancy-(Almost)Free

Good style doesn’t have to be expensive. After years of shopping at Goodwill thrift shops, looking for the perfect accessories (and even the occasional outfit), I’ve certainly learned that. And feeling like you got a gorgeous new piece to add your style collection for essentially nothing? Well, there’s almost nothing that feels better than finding a hidden gem like that.

This week’s find is exactly that – a beautiful bangle that’s beyond easy on your budget, but looks like million bucks. The pretty, shimmering gold metal is imprinted with a subtle design, and the small purple gems studded around the band add a tiny pop of downright royal color that will instantly amp up any look, whether it’s summer, fall, or winter. A perfectly polished and classy accessory like this one is appropriate for any season.

gold bracelet with purple gems

No matter the time of year or the outfit you’re trying to punch up, this pretty, ladylike bangle will always be a stylish and chic addition to your look.

Subtle and understated elegance. Sure, sometimes it’s fun to throw on something that’s loud, proud, and absolutely over-the-top. But for everyday wear, sometimes going with something a little simpler is the right way to add a little glam. This bracelet is that kind of a piece. Wear it with basically anything in your wardrobe – from a fancy, flowing, gem-toned cocktail dress to your favorite fitted t-shirt and jeans – and it instantly adds an elegant, ladylike touch that will make even the most basic look feel finished and put together. Here, I’ve thrown it on with a go-to look of mine for work or a nicer weekend outing. The dark, slim-cut trousers are a classic piece that easily anchors the rest of the ensemble without taking attention away from the more detailed, printed silk top – which also has a touch of black in the trim, but adds pretty pink and purple tones for a shot of sophisticated color. The pinks, purples, and blues in the blouse are the perfect palate to complement my new bracelet, which would lend an air of elegance and grace to a classic outfit combination like this one.

add playfulness to a work outfit

Simultaneously add a notes of upscale style and funky playfulness to any workday look with absolutely no effort by finishing off your favorite looks with a charming, understated piece of jewelry like this pretty purple-and-gold bangle.

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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