Cuff Culture

Cuff Culture

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Cuff bracelets are among my most favorite and treasured pieces of costume jewelry. I find that if an outfit calls for only one piece of jewelry, a chunky gold cuff is always the way to go. Here are my three favorite cuffs in high, medium and low price points.

The Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet is the gold standard. Designed to combine elegant and classic with edgy (no small feat), this piece appears on celebrities, in fashion editorials, and on the wrists of mere mortals who know that a grand spent on this kind of costume jewelry trumps anything ‘real’ you can get for the same price point.


Known (appropriately) as the Helen of Troy cuff by costume jewelry designer Erickson Beamon, this piece was often photographed and worn adorning both wrists in true historical reverence. A modern girl should wear it single and with sleeves short enough to show off.

 

 

 

 

The price is right on this brass cuff from Anthropologie. At $138, I think it’s among the best available of all statement jewelry under $150.

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In my business, I am privy to many conversations between friends in and out of the dressing room. Women like to shop in pairs (actually, we like to do most things in pairs) to get feedback on how clothing fits and looks. Recently, I overheard a young woman express her doubts about a pair of pants she was trying. I don’t recall the friend’s response because I could only focus on how amazing these pants looked on her! They were skinny corduroys and fit her like a glove. I often speak up in stores, telling women when they look fantastic in something, and this was no different. She ended up buying the pants and, I’m sure, continues to receive compliments whenever they’re worn.

We are our own biggest critic. We know our body best, where it bulges, or sags a bit, or is otherwise less than perfect. But what we see in the mirror is often not what others see, and it’s important to remind women of that fact.