I don’t consider myself trendy or even especially stylish.
I do think that I have a style – my style. Not that any element I would classify as “my style” is uniquely mine, but there are definitely looks or parts of looks that I see repeated on my person several times each week.
I wear a lot of black on black; layers like woah.
I like to wear a interest-insight-sharing T-shirt under a cardigan to the bar.
I rarely wear heels and swear by flats 99% of the year.
And I like to stack accessories, especially bracelets with a watch. I’ve almost always got an arm party going on.
Recently I shared a peak at some accessory organizing on Instagram and Ali asked me “What are your favorite places to buy bracelets?”
Here’s my answer to Ali’s question.
Garage/Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc. – Every year during my small town’s “Garage Sale Days” I’m on the hunt for one fun piece of jewelry to add to my collection. Good Will, Salvation Army and the like often have great costume pieces, too.
Mystic Knotwork – I came across this small American business by way of Martha Stewart and I have purchased from them several times since; a couple of times for me and couple of times for gifts. My most recent purchase is my favorite: the silver diamond paracord shackle bracelet.
Riled Violets – Okay, so this Etsy shop is actually for hair ties, but I really like using the sparkly and patterned elastic hair ties as additions to my wrists when they are stacked. This site has TONS of colors, designs, and variety packs, including a “choose your own” which is always a favorite for me. Also, dear Crossfit/Weight Lifting friends, please see this: Bar Bell and Kettle Ball Ties
MantraBand – it should surprise no one at these little bands engraved with words to remind you of the mantras you are focusing on in life are a favorite of mine. I wear my “one day at a time” band several times a week and have a lengthy wish list of other mantra stating bracelets I’d love to add to my collection.
bama + ry – I’ve talked about my love for bama + ry at length in the past, but it is definitely worth mentioning again in terms of wristwear. I love my hand stamped healthy living blogger bracelet and textured copper cuff for both stacking and wearing alone. I’m also REALLY digging this stacked colors bracelet and am resisting the urge to buy it for myself as I type this! This gold chain bracelet is a bit dressier than my normal tastes, but I really dig the multi-chain-look.
purevida – I was first introduced to puravida when I received a bracelet as a gift from a dear friend. Every bracelet purchased helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. This brand has grown way beyond arm candy, on top of their 15+ different bracelet styles. You are likely going to find something you want on this site. My current top 3: silver hammered flat bar in seafoam, LGBT Pride Awareness braided, and flat braided grey stripe.
BookFiend – These are on my favorite go-to gifts for friends; custom engraved bracelets. Great for a graduate, musician, or actor in your life that has a certain quote, lyric, or line in your choice of font on your choice of color. Such a great gift to show someone you care or to mark/celebrate a season in your life!
Good Works – This is another company I learned about through being gifted a bracelet from a friend and another company that donates a portion of profits to charity. I love my You are Beautiful friendship wrap bracelet and have my eye on several others, including a couple from the bangle line. Good Works sells a bunch of scripture-designed accessories perfect for your Jesus-loving friends, too.
Stalking the Wild Snark – I love the coin/charm wrap bracelets from this shop and have gifted them to loved ones across the country, as well. I love the idea of gifting luck!
boo + boo factory – I love every item in this shop and browse through the new additions regularly, but I haven’t bit the bullet and purchased anything for myself yet. This is a great idea for my next fitness challenge reward, though. I love the geographic shape pieces and the chain cuffs.
Bravelets – I’m obsessing over every style on the site, but especially the stitched leather and original leather styles. Bravelets have a mission – to help you be strong and brave in tough situations, a visual reminder on your wrist of the strength within. Bravelets is a nonprofit that supports YOUR causes with your purchase, you can shop by style or cause.
Get crafty with yourself! Here’s a few super fun tutorials for making some DIY wearable artwork of your own:
- Simple Single Charm Bracelets from Sweet Verbena
- Recycle an Old Belt! DIY Leather Arrow Bracelet from By Wilma
- Studded Jewelry: Cuff Bracelet Tutorials from Martha Stewart
- DIY Heart Friendship Bracelet and DIY Beaded Bracelet from Honestly WTF
- DIY Suede and Chain Woven Bracelet from Yes Missy
- Graphic Bangles from Alisa Burke
- Hex Bracelet from Wholly Kao
- T-shirt Bracelet from A Girl and a Glue Gun
- Painted Leather Bracelets from A Beautiful Mess
- Breezy Friendship Bracelets from The Purl Bee
- Easy Bandana Bracelets from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
- Leather Charm Bracelet Tutorial from Leben Slustiger
- 3 Strand Bracelet from Make It & Fake It
What is your favorite place to buy bracelets?