Trendspotting: Sporting Friendship on Your Wrist

by Leandra Medine
April 25, 2011
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If you ask Wikipedia, it will tell you that friendship is a form of interpersonal relationship generally considered to be closer than association. It will then go on to note that the study of friendship is included in the fields of sociology, social psychology, philosophy, anthropology and my personal favorite: zoology. Finally, it will outline several bullet points that describe the characteristics of a “friend.” Things like: sympathy, empathy, the desire to do what is best for the other, compassion, trust, and positive recipocracy…though I’m still a little on the final credential. Hash tag fuck buddy. 

In any case, if you ask Man Repeller about “friendship,” she will (oh brother, I’m talking in third person, smack me, just do it) shake her booty while flaling her arms in an unusual manner that screams “bracelets! Bracelets!” 

bracelets: DANNIJO, Madewell and Bhati Beads

As you can guess from the above meaning of friendship, I am a very, very deep and superficial intellectual person. And soon you will learn, I have proof too. Well, not proof of depth and intellect per se, but more that friendship in the form of bracelet is very right now. See below.

According to the pages of Jak and Jil and Streetfsn, which only document the coolest of the oozing cool kids that ooze at fashion weeks, friendship bracelets are a wildly important pop of color and interesting arm accessory to keep the wrists happy while they lug around clutches, invitations and various mobile phones. With spring on its way (kind of? Maybe? Please, sky, give it to us,) it’s only natural that we’d orchestrate arm parties and spruce up the color of friendship via wrist to follow suit what may be the best accessory trend to resurface since sleep-away camp. 

And now, to get the look, while yes you can just stitch your own for you and your friends, you can also save time and buy some so…do that. Here are my picks. 

1. Frieda & Nellie’s Glam Take on the Bond of Sisterhood

While these bracelets retail from anywhere between $150-300, what better to show your best friend how much you love her than taking a mortgage out on your home to have matching wrists that sparkle? Look at the bracelets again. I think we can agree it’s worth it.

2. Bhati Beads‘ Studded Take

Bhati Beads has also created a pretty cute take on the friendship bracelet featuring little bullets that adorn the professional stitching. Not as much homemade-iness, equal amounts of cool.

3. DANNIJO Hand Selected Knots of Love

And finally, last but most certainly not least, the girls behind DANNIJO sell genuine friendship bracelets clasped with their signature D in packs of four (at $48) so that you can share the circle of life and friendship with whoever you please. You can also, however, keep them all to yourself…you know, should you fall into the selfish asshole category.

World, meet my wrist. (Bracelets by DANNIJO)
REPLIES
  • Mort

    Where is the evil eye bracelet from??

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00959290204095275687 Di

    how cool! nice collection of photos/post! what a great way to decorate one's wrists :) I remember having those friendship heart necklaces…dunno what happened to them though…and the friends… :/ anyhooozers, love all the photos by Tommy Ton :D xo Diana

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    @Mort purchased in Turkey!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16208102183812777303 Absolutely Mrs. K

    it definitely brings back memories. we did not only put them around our wrist for ages and decades (yes even when they start smelling and decomposing) we didn't take the off. i eve had them in my hair!!! but nowadays it is more about the fancy bracelet, with a lot of colors and brands and gold!! i actually love it because you can bring in some personality, combine till you drop. the funny thing is that not only teenagers are wearing them but the coolest women alive… or are they really starting to decompose. i had the number 3, bought them on festivals most of the time

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01615511507145552641 coffee + o.j.

    The best friendship bracelets are the ones with yourself. Selfish Asshole Category – right here!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03122613153072107509 SORDESCO

    all i have on my wrist currently is my coachella wristband… that's plenty of friendship for me.

    i love the studded ones though, definitely a cool take on the classic style!

  • http://www.thegradedgoods.com KatieSimcox

    Etsy is a Mecca for friendship-style for yourself bracelets

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13019569941744264970 gold N turquoise

    you are hilarious. did you end up sharing, or were you one of the selfish ones?

    jenny
    http://goldnturquoise.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

    hell yes to the dannijo sets. finally, i set of bracelets i don't have to sell my embryos to pay for.
    fashionindieloveaffair.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15763093551327175277 Aimee

    Love the mix of the sparkle with the basic yarns… Very pretty! Brings me back to when I was 10 and was obsessed with making friendship bracelets!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110129229977718587 The Magic Mirror

    haha love it. the dannijo ones are my faves

    Amber
    themagikmirror.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16263377842988295961 ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR

    I'm in love with the Frieda & Nellie versions, but they are just so expensive :(

    XoXo-Kelli K
    http://thefashionworshiper.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    I love to see a arm full of friendship bracelets

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09104372372767159832 Laura.

    They look so lovely and colourful!

    http://www.aforteforfashion.co.uk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16891348896586571000 The Procrastinator
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00664472596549742872 sugarhoneybaby

    Love them! Great photos!:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01546644771792547601 Chelsea Lane

    I love these pretty pieces! used to make my own all the time :)

    xoxo

  • http://sheisimpeccable.wordpress.com/ sheisimpeccable

    ok this is just tooo wierd!!! just last thursday my latest blog post was about this very same thing!!!! i knew there was a reason i felt a magnetic connection to your blog but now i know this can only mean one thing: we are kindred spirits of the fashion blogging kind.

    peep my version here: http://sheisimpeccable.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/a-lesson-in-wrist-stacking/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09962098914544990577 ambika anand

    you are so hilarious. i don't know why i was not keeping up with your blog earlier.. well you have a new (real) follower!!! love the evil eye bracelet as well!
    cheers,
    ambika

  • http://www.nittygrittynow.com/ Michelle

    I'll take one of these over a Facebook poke any day. PS. how many men do you think these shorts repelled? –> http://www.nittygrittynow.com/shark-attack/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06216956152861247290 Karenina

    Man, I need to dig out all of the bracelets I made in highschool. At these prices, I can finance my next house with the proceeds.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14286300420574824421 Andrea

    Oh so nice! I wear the arm full of brazalets from all my friends and special people :)
    I love it x)

    xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09149781315469755878 Much to My Delight

    Man, everything really does come back full circle. I remember making these as a kid and giving them to friends. I definitely didn't fall into the selfish asshole category:)

  • http://fashionslap.blogspot.com kate

    The only reason I don't wear that many bracelets is because they bother me when typing…seriously does anyone else like that? I wonder because there are so many women out there who do type a lot, but like jewelry, but I find they can get in the way or maybe I'm just odd like that?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07788672903528318784 Ana Degenaar

    SO in love with those!

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    love to pile on bracelets! these are gorgeous photos with all the colors!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    this is absolutely one of my favorite trends. it definitely takes a concerted effort but i love it.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com

  • http://katriciab.com/skylark Katricia B

    Frieda & Nellie's ones are OMG… yeah, I've turned that to an adjective.

    This post reminds me…American Eagle Outfitters has been selling f-bracelets forever, and they are always a decent price :)

    Peace, Katricia.
    http://katriciab.com/skylark

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08107223367018940482 Gabrielle

    ooohh.. I love all those bracelets!! Great post :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16967703028915240970 Serena

    totes lurving the bhati beads studded version, though freida & nellie's stuff can have my heart any day of the week. I just started making friendship bracelet-y stuff and recently put it up online- have a looksy!!
    http://www.shopmaterialtherapy.blogspot.com/

    x.S

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00958740509048507614 monsefuentes

    amazing post!

    Monse F.-
    http://elblogdemonsee.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11546888123141970465 Sharlxo

    toally agree about friendship bracelets!
    think they are such an amazing way to spice up an outfit!!

    sharlxo.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10980079414533315065 Fernanda Pozzi

    Except for the sparkly ones, these kind of bracelets costs 5 dollars in Brazil.

  • http://semfinesse.wordpress.com/ semfinesse

    This post just reminded of that episode of Friends in which Joey gives a bracelet to Chandler to demonstrate their friendship. It's just ugly and he hates it and calls it the "woman repeller". Was that an inspiration to the name of your blog?? Love it, by the way!

  • http://www.gingercookiez.wordpress.com Leslie

    oooohhhh HELL yeah. I handpicked those Tommy Ton shots on my desktop because of how obsessed I am with arm candy. The little girl kind, with expensive crystals. I saw these over winter break in an independent boutique, and FREAKED OUT!!! I've been meaning to learn how to make my own. You should look at TeenVogue magazines… they've been using these kinds of bracelets FOREVER!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06723970140542104231 Bombs of Beauty

    you are wonderful.

    xoxo lillie
    http://www.bombsofbeauty.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    Loooooooooove friendship bracelets. I make my teenage cousin make mine.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12069426957408106950 Kimberly

    love the accessories so many bracelets love it!

    giveaway on my blog!

    http://kc-citystyle.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaway.html

  • Anonymous

    One of my fav posts to date!~

  • Anonymous

    will you be my bff forever?

  • http://chelseasgirl.wordpress.com/ chelseasgirl

    genius idea when they upgraded the simple the simple DIY friendship bracelet.

    http://chelseasgirl.wordpress.com/

    http://theidea-generator.com

  • http://unlikelyhair.wordpress.com/ unlikelyhair

    I wanna take this trend one step further into the land of repelling….friendship hair wraps. So middle school. Its totally gonna be the new feather, man.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17294153223637475104 Francesca

    I find these for two dollars down in mexico. Its funny I see them for sale for like 12 and its rediculous but there are some SUPER cute ones! always a lover of this look
    francesca
    http://www.frankvinyl.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14323177963437103487 Zeeni

    Piling on colorful bracelets for the summer seasons is always fun so of course you should share!

    http://www.ilikeseafoamgreen.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07715948540183121105 Sonya Lyn

    Aww just like the good old days where I use to braid bracelts for my bestiess!


    http://www.lollipopsandlipgloss.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13713705070301134783 Adiel

    Blogger bling! ;)

  • http://www.pytinpty.com PYT IN PTY

    I'm 5 seconds away from buying a bedazzler+studs+rhinestones and then taking a trip to the flea market to get some south-american-hippie-made merch and making my own Freidas and Nellies!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00848521571523301656 blacksandbrights

    this is such a cute post!! i actually did the same(ish) one yesterday! But I love the Frieda and Nellie bracelets, havent seen those before. too cute xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17393100812137382340 AlienBaby

    Hmmm. Digging it on other people, but not sure how it would look on me…
    http://www.alienbabyblog.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06300127001672583562 Charlie and Kathryn

    My friend will love this post! :)
    She sports an wrist full of bracelets that she got the worst tan mark from them.
    She made me one with a love tag on it

    Kathryn

    http://twooddgirls.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12398547380505833940 LoveE ♥

    I love friendship bracelets, I had about 20 in the summer, but my teacher made me take them off as soon as school started :( They're gorgeous though, and your *virtual smack*! Well, you asked for it. You're welcome!

    http://itsthedollhousebaby.blogspot.com/
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04829894196706013641 What is Reality Anyway?

    you are so funny, i love girls who aren't afraid to be fun!! this is a great blog! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14548517494434374923 jessica january

    love this trend. so whimsical.

    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    So glad friendship bracelets have made a comeback! They are vividly beautiful.

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01879853799638850034 Marie-Eve

    I learned to do them in high school ! I will have to give it an other try. Great post !

  • Anonymous

    Definitely repellant. So precious and childlike on grown women, sure to make men recoil.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14870866601660892910 jhuynh

    that miu miu clutch is amazing!

    http://indiaandfen.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    Are you Jewish my love? Married? My son is a lawyer and I'd love to introduce you two. I'd love to have a daughter in-law to go shopping with at Marshalls and Woodbury.

    /Rita

  • http://carmiandclara.tumblr.com/ Emi

    I can't believe these are in again. I don't think I've worn one since I was 13. Have to go rummaging around and make some again now. Particularly love the plastic star bead one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03520203396944271901 doc starr

    i really like the idea of mixing them in with other glam bracelets. boho-glam just like i like it.

  • MJ

    Sorry that this is a bit off-topic, but does anyone know who makes the bag with the tassels? I would love to own it, but I need to know where to find it. Thanks! Also, Leandra, love the blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15235755566305774338 Audrey (hkittygirl)

    I see you are that friend who keeps the bracelets for herself? I used to receive BFF necklaces, but I always felt like I was cheating on my friends by wearing multiple necklaces. Stupid 7-year-old mind of mine introduced guilt to me…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04723856494063232502 HeatherHeartsFashion

    beatiful photos, everyone styled them so well! pairing with different metals/enamels is definitely the way to go

    http://heatherheartsfashion.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08323429826221193152 Sofia

    love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06033764458946741782 Fash & Mark

    I guess I can say that friendship can be a little heavy sometimes… LOL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08209410201811304112 Neiry

    love them, right now im making some… for myself =)

    http://a-little-awkward.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12506090388820851232 Sabine from SAT
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08135819239501840090 J Ash

    Wow friendship bracelets are really making waves like that ?! I use to make them in grade school. Just for kicks and shits. Never for profit but now I see its a lucrative turn to it! hmmmmm * the wheels in my mind are moving .. now thats always scary lol !! * Dope post!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    ( love love LOOVE your blog btw )

    the-modernjunkie.com !

  • Anonymous

    That is the easiest DIY ever, so I like the look. I could even sell them…I might even make money at those prices.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00414169352509483793 Ashley

    I used to make these all the time when I was little and sell them at local craft sales! LOL Cant wait to make myself some!

    Ash
    countrygirlcityworld.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13988714858649923959 Miranda

    oh YES, thaaank youuuu, man repeller. you just saved me from spending way too much time thinking about what to get for my best friend that isn't overdone/cliche or way too pricey!

    friendship bracelets! too sweet.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04615779104168840422 free de lulu

    OOH THINKS OUR BLOG IS BEAUTIFUL

  • http://www.weliveinourclothes.com Frances

    Fuck. This renders all my glossy skinny enamel bangles totally uncool. And I totally bought a gold watch to match.

    There goes my hipster cred. Fail.

  • zozo

    hey! trim it! wax it! ….

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    According to the pages of Jak and Jil and Streetfsn, which only document the coolest of the oozing cool kids that ooze at fashion weeks, friendship
    bracelets are a wildly important pop of color and interesting arm
    accessory to keep the wrists happy while they lug around clutches,
    invitations and various mobile phones.

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