It’s all about the bangles. No, not the band — the classic bracelets that can help take any outfit to the next level. The word bangle comes from the Hindi word bungri, which means glass. Bangles are traditionally worn by women in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and often incorporated into wedding ceremonies and dance forms, as well as treasured as family heirlooms.
Bangles are popular in the West as well, although their purpose is much more ornamental here. They can be worn separately, stacked together or combined with bracelets for a striking esthetic. More-subtle bangles can be worn day in and day out.
With many Americans working from home for the foreseeable future, adding some bangles to your jewelry collection can be a fun way to bring some much-needed brightness to your look. Here are 10 top options that are sure to add a sparkle to your day.
1. Gold Bangles
Bring some brilliance to your everyday ensemble by purchasing this trio of gold Bangles. Accentuated with a smattering of diamonds, they’re guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks — without straining your budget.
2. Red Heart Bangle
If you’re looking for the perfect way to cheer yourself up during yet another day of working from home, this is it. Showcasing red and white hearts, this enamel and gold-plated bangle will quickly become your go-to for special occasions. It’s also a great way to dress up an outfit, even if all you have on your agenda for the day is a Zoom call.
3. Stacking Stretch Bangles
When it comes to bangles, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. This set of stacked bohemian bangles showcases rhinestones, jewels, and metallic and stone beads that quickly transform basic to bold.
4. Vintage Bangles
If you’re looking to make a statement, you can’t go wrong with these brightly colored bead bangles. With an array of colors, including turquoise, red, gold, green and yellow, there’s something to match almost every outfit in your closet.
5. Sterling Silver Bangle
Sometimes less is more. This sterling silver bangle is understated and slightly chunky, which makes it a great accessory to wear again and again. It can dress up that black pantsuit you need to wear for a video presentation or pair with the more-casual jeans and polo you put on for the company Zoom happy hour. You can also find a similar bangle in gold or rose gold to round out your collection.
6. Cuff Bangles
Sturdier in structure and more modern than many of their counterparts, cuff bangles are in many ways akin to chunkier bracelets. This stainless steel example is engraved with the words “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” which is sure to serve as motivation for anyone hoping to tackle a new project or check something off their bucket list during quarantine.
7. Art Deco Bangle
In the European Art Deco period, bangles were adorned with precious gems and materials. Harness some of that timeless flair with this Austrian crystal 1920s-style Art Deco bangle. The eye-catching bangle is guaranteed to add a dose of dazzle to your everyday attire.
8. Cylinder Bangles
The cylinder bangle has long been one of the most-popular types of bangles — and you can’t go wrong when choosing which ones to add to your jewelry collection. If you need a little guidance, you might want to consider this beaded gray iteration. Despite being billed as a men’s item, it’s neutral and versatile enough that it can also be worn by women.
9. Beauty Bangles
It’s common for women in some cultures to wear dozens of bangles of all shapes, sizes, colors and materials on their wrists. You can enjoy some similarly gorgeous handiwork by purchasing this set of bracelets, which includes everything from beaded and silver-plated options to embellished and threaded styles.
10. Silk Thread Bangles
If silver and gold aren’t your thing, opt for a set of silk thread bangles. Colorful and dotted with golden beads, they’re a fun change of pace from more-traditional looks. You can buy them in an array of colors to match any outfit.
By stocking up on some of these bangles, you can add pizzazz and personality to your wardrobe and make picking out your daily work-from-home gear just a little more fun.
Shop the Look:
- Gold Bangles
- Red Heart Bangle
- Stacking Stretch Bracelets
- Vintage Bangles
- Sterling Silver Bangle
- Cuff Bangles
- Art Deco Bangle
- Cylinder Bangles
- Beauty Bangles
- Silk Thread Bangles
Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.