How To Create Elegance With Cuff Bracelet

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Cuff Bracelets

Cuff bracelets, as the name implies, are bracelets that cover the wrist in a wide, cuff pattern. They might be heavy and round, like a wide bangle, or they can be slender and long, like movie representations of Ancient Greek jewelry. Cuff bracelets can be plain or carved with a pattern, as well as studded with gemstones either real or paste. They can be made of copper or brass, gold or silver, and practically any sort of metal in between. So no matter what you're looking for, there's a cuff bracelet out there that fits your style and material preferences.

Your Body Type

When choosing a cuff bracelet that is meant to make you look elegant you need to look at your body type. For instance, if you're a slender woman then having a thick cuff bracelet will make it look like you have a boat anchor on your wrist. This is particularly true if it slides around and doesn't hold tight to your wrist. Alternatively if you're a woman with a lot of curves, then you don't want to have a cuff that grips tight and make you look graceless. You need to have a cuff that works for you, and which fits snug. This similarity is the first step towards achieving an elegant look.

Your Fashion Sense

Elegance is partially created when you have a smooth blending of style. Your cuff should be a part of your overall look, not a beacon that stands out as something that doesn't fit or that doesn't really belong. So the way you dress and the accessories you wear need to fit with your cuff. For instance, if you wear slender jewelry like thin banded rings, stud ear rings or narrow hoops, simple, small chains, then a cuff that's wide and heavy will seem out of place. Also if you have a cuff that's silvered, but your other jewelry and fashion sense is done in earth tones like bronzes and dark greens, then your cuff will stick out like a sore thumb. You need to have both color and form blended in so that it becomes a part of the overall whole.

Design and Materials

The design of a cuff bracelet needs to be uniform and stylish in order for it to look elegant. That doesn't mean that it has to be simple though, in fact far from it. Say that you had an African tribal pattern on your cuff. As long as that design is smooth flowing, and it creates a sense of uniformity then that design is helping rather than hurting. Even if your cuff has gems or studs, the question is whether they flow into the design, or if they stick out. That said you can find cuffs in practically any kind of design you want. Whether you want plain and smooth, etched with Celtic knots or marked with Egyptian hieroglyphs, there are a wide variety of choices on the market. You can also find cuffs that slip on, cuffs that have a split that open up for you, or even cuffs that are hinged so you can slip them on and close them in place. Whichever method your cuff uses, you need to be sure that you wear it in such a way that it doesn't break the pattern.

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