Matching Cuffs Double the Visual Impact

Fashion continues its love affair with bracelets. Doubling the visual impact of bracelets with matching cuffs is once again an important style trend. When I last wrote about this look back in December 2010, some of the more ubiquitous styles of matched cuffs were unadorned bands of metal. This go-round, the matching bracelets are visually much more interesting.

The July 2012 issue of InStyle proclaims: “Time for a double take. Matching oversize bracelets—one on each wrist—are the freshest way to go bold.” Pictured above are a pair of 18k gold cuffs with black and white geodes surrounded by diamonds from Kimberly McDonald. The positive-negative combination more typically used in earring design works beautifully with bracelets as well.

Other bracelet pairs featured in the July issue of InStyle include snake bracelets from Bulgari, multicolor gemstone bracelets in a geometric design from Lorraine Schwartz, screw-adorned brass cuffs from Jennifer Fisher, 18k yellow and white gold bracelets with diamonds from Cartier, and the above pair of gold-plated hinged bracelets with pyramid-shape aragonite from Eddie Borgo.

In this photograph from the August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, matching cuffs from Vicki Turbeville are worn over the sleeves of a Donna Karan New York bodysuit. The large downward pointing dangling earrings are from Karry’O, and the necklace is Ralph Lauren Vintage.

Flowers in the form of a pair of silver lily bracelets from Yves Saint Laurent accompany a leather top and chain-mail skirt by that designer as pictured in the July 2012 issue of Vogue. The gloves are from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière.

The elaborate Baroque design of cuffs from Balmain add visual impact to a one-shoulder dress from Atelier Versace and oval link necklace from David Yurman as modeled by singer Rihanna in the May 2012 issue of Elle.

Elaborate matching cuffs from R.J. Graziano are among the accessories adorning a lace dress from Burberry London in this photo from the September 2012 issue of Lucky. The dress is worn with a silk top from MaisonMurasaki.com, a fruit-themed cluster of grapes pendant necklace from Thea Grant, and a belt adorned with a fox’s head from Burberry Prorsum.

With thinner bracelets, matching multiple sets is another approach to this current style. In this photo from the August 2012 issue of Glamour, singer Rita Ora wears masses of Chanel bangles and lambskin bracelets plus shell bracelets from Billabong on both wrists. She also wears an ear cuff from Repossi plus stud earrings from Chanel and a mass of shell necklaces from Billabong worn Coco Chanel–style.