One of the least expected and most charming trends that started in mid-2009 was the advent of the ratty little rope bracelet as a fashion forward accessory. Alyssa Norton did the designer, It-Girl swanky version:
These are gorgeous. But for those of us who couldn’t in good conscience spend a ton of money on a piece of jewelry that literally frays, I looked in earnest for a cheaper version. The problem with rope bracelets is that because I never take them off when I shower, they started to smell like a combination of mildew and my wrist, which I guess doesn’t always smell so hot. I then found and bought, for under $60, a rope bracelet with charms on it that I never take off but somehow doesn’t smell weird, by the designer Dogeared.
It has bling but doesn’t appear to be trying hard, which is the fashion faux pas I commit most frequently. Rope bracelets look best layered over other bracelets, so here are some cute ideas.
Good for: If you want to look laid back but rich, like say, Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend or something.