Bangles rock -- in that they are a really easy way to accessorize an outfit without too much effort, says Alice Kim, InStyle magazine's accessories director. (And who doesn't appreciate a little effortlessness in the morning?) Bangles can take the wrist from day to night depending on your snakeskin/wood/18-karat gold preference.

Kim mentions designers such as Roxanne Assoulin, whose Lee Angel line offers a wide array of styles both chunky and skinny -- the thinner ones are sold as multiples so you can achieve that 'armful' of bangles look, she says. "Skinny bangles look best when they are plentiful."

The bangle is getting a mini-facelift for fall. "The ethnic/tribal theme is still around, so wooden bangles still look really fresh," says Kim. "There's a lot of sparkle and embellishment, too, so jewel-encrusted styles are hot."

Depending on your sparkle ratio, bangles range from cheapo to couture. "Everyone from Chanel to Banana Republic has bangles for fall," Kim says.

But clink smart: Unlike Supreme Court justices -- jewelry trends are not life terms.

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

From top: Amrita bangles in gold and red, $75 each at Intermix, 3222 M St. NW. Lisa Stewart 18-karat vermeil square bangles gathered with band and turquoise stone, $185 at Banana Republic wood and stone bangle ($24) and enamel stone bangle ($38) at Banana Republic stores. Tiffany & Co. 1837 cushion bangles in sterling silver, $325 each at Tiffany stores and Janna Conner Designs imported genuine snakeskin bangles in blue and red, $35 each at