Friday, December 27, 2013

From Desk to Dinner Party: Take off a Cardigan, and Add Some Bracelets!

I don't see a lot of bracelets in the world, and I think that's too bad.  Bracelets elevate any outfit to something much dressier, and they're particularly effective at the dinner table.  Make sure that you're choose bracelets that aren't too bangy or clinky or clanky - you want to be beautiful, but not to the point of distraction!

For all of these outfits, I've shown a very simple 3/4 sleeve ("bracelet" sleeve) top, in a color matching the pants, and for day I've topped them with a cardigan that makes sort of a statement, and some simple loafers.  Then after work, in addition to pulling on your bracelets, I'm suggesting some shiny shoes - always flat and comfortable though!  A change of flat shoes is easy to carry in your bag, and can make a lot of difference in how you look and feel for your evening out.

Cardigan – Suss,  penny loafers – Sebago, ¾ sleeve blouse – Uniqlo, velvet pants – L’Agence, woven bracelet – Achara,  brushed silver bracelet – Achara, patent loafers – Natural Soul by Naturalizers

Cardigan – Seasalt, flats – Dr. Scholl’s, tee shirt – Uniqlo, corduroy pants – Viyella, links bracelet – Alice Menter Jewellery, Coptic patterned bracelet – Seawolf, bronze flats - Orthaheel

Cardigan – Beckley by Melissa, silver loafers – Lauren Ralph Lauren, tee shirt – Uniqlo, jeans – J Jones New York, round pearl bracelet – Bhavesh, pearl dangle bracelet – Buana, perforated flats - Earthies

CardiganEast, navy loafers – Trotters, tee shirt – Uniqlo, navy trousers – Chloe, gold honeycomb cuff bracelet – La Corzaby Sabo Designs, navy chain-trimmed flats – Bella Vita, crystal cuff bracelets - byrufina

12 comments:

  1. Those are magic bracelets. They would actually make either desk side or dress side dinner-party-appropriate, I think.

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  2. I love bracelets and wear them all the time. My question is do you wear one on each arm or two on one arm?

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    1. I too was wondering that. Maybe it is your choice.

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    2. You could do either - I'd wear one on each arm, assuming that I'm not wearing my watch (which would maybe be damaged by the bracelet rubbing against it). Whatever feels most comfortable and fun for you! That's really the ONLY rule there is for just about any accessory...

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  3. I am with you on bracelets, they are the most underused pieces of jewelry most people own. I have an an absolute killer bracelet, an art deco, four strand pearl bracelet with a great big diamond clasp, an estate piece from the Forties. When I wear it I do so on the left arm instead of a watch.....I am used to looking at my watch so that calls shameless attention to the bracelet :-) it is a show stopper and I love wearing it. I have three gold bracelets i always wear o the right arm, midsize links, two yellow gold and one white gold, ( that allows me to wear them with silver as well) and they balance out the other arm very nicely.

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  4. Pure genius! Elizabeth

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  5. Lovely (but something is wrong with the link to the gray J Jones jeans).

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  6. Fantastic! I love bracelets and find them much easier to wear than necklaces.

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  7. Thank you so much for this series, Janice. So very helpful. I have a question. Would you wear both a necklace and bracelets? Or is this too much and would then distract from the bracelets? For Christmas I was given a lovely sheer silk navy scarf with hand painted gold leaf swirls. I love your navy look here , I could wear that scarf with my gold bracelet. But I was wondering if you would wear a gold necklace And the bracelets?

    Your blog is so inspiring-- only one thing wrong -- the clothing suggestions are so tempting ! I must control myself from wanting to order something from your site every day - like that gorgeous navy stripped sweater :)

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  8. Pet Peeve: Jingling bracelets at a performance or at church. One per arm is elegant; more than one, you will be a distraction.

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  9. I love your blog. It helped tremendously in my packing for a week in London.
    Now I would appreciate ideas on minimal packing for a week skiing.

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