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Hot Trend: Arm Cuffs

Following trends may not be everyone’s cup of tea but there is one trend that is universally flattering, easy to pull off, and super fun for summer, arm cuffs. Cuffs come in all shapes, sizes, designs, colors, and materials and can add instant interest to just about any outfit. With the simple addition of a cuff, it is possible to take an outfit from drab to fab. The key to rocking this look is to first understand what qualifies as a cuff.

Sure bangles are interesting and are easy to wear, but in order for it to be a cuff, it should be pushed up on the arm to at least beneath the elbow, preferably higher. This trend dates back to the golden age of Rome and Egypt where royalty, dignitaries, and even common men and women would adorn their upper arms with beautiful bands that not only drew attention to them, but also helped to signify social status and wealth. Though arm cuffs are hardly a sign of wealth, unless they are made of precious metals or gems, cuffs are certainly a sign that the wearer is ready to jump into summer with both feet.

Cuffs can be flirty and fun, serious and dark, or even wispy and elegant. The first step to finding the perfect cuff is to take a look at your own arm shape. If you have bigger arms, large cuffs are easy to pull off but they should still be dainty so that they do not add bulk.

For those with slender arms, dainty cuffs can keep a look light and elegant while larger cuffs can add presence and make a statement. Overall, the size of the cuff depends wholly on the image that the wearer wants to put out, a larger cuff is a bigger statement, while a slender cuff is a great way to test the waters without making waves.

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