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