Shop Your Own Arm Party

Leandra Medine | July 21, 2011
I likely need not tell you that you are most definitely always invited to partake in my arm party, which is most usually composed of a combination of DANNIJO, LeivanKash, Shashi, sometimes sprinkled over a little Hermes, Kara Ackerman and the token Love Bracelet engraved with best words ever: “We’re so proud, love Mom and Dad.” Back to invitations though, in the event you just feel like starting your own party, I will by no means stop you. In fact, I’ll help you. Before we break down the science behind the complicated calculations that are drawn and solved in order to properly decorate one’s wrist, embrace the evolution of this month’s arm party with the photos pictured below:
With four threaded bracelets at the forefront and a Cartier love bracelet caught smack in the middle, most usually known to act as furniture on my wrist, the real party unleashed itself once I popped two crystalized bracelets between the arm staples. The threaded bracelets can typically be interchangeable with more traditional friendship bracelets to add a lil’ bit o’youth to the party. There, I said it. There will most certainly be underage shenanigans at this party. One leather bracelet toned down the Hannah Montana associated nature of rhinestones and the skinny silver cuff just added one more element of cool. Arm party? Nah. More like rager.
Start with a staple. Leivankash, $144.
wrap bracelet by Bhati Beads
Here in this arm party, photographed by yours truly but modeled on none other than the Semi-Repeller herself, WWD’s own Rachel Strugatz, there’s more of a, let’s throw a shit ton of shit on to my wrist vibe going through the style that so eloquently states, I don’t even know what going on, but shit son, I look cool. Cool indeed. I should also note, people, that this is her work arm party. It gets crazy after hours. Who needs weights and a gym membership when you can have…bracelets. Really, people, prioritize the way in which you spend your money.
Add a dinosaur. Noir, $350.
Behold, a dinner party. On my wrist. Metal and sting ray band together to create a unique pairing unlike a little leather and rhinestone. 
Add some color with a sting ray cuff. DANNIJO, $126.
…Or four.
You can always opt to have your wrist live by the motto: go big or go home. Try one silhouette four times over in different finishes. I wore this one on one of the hottest days in New York City last week. I still have sweat marks on my arm. It was worth it. I’ll probably do it again.
I regret calling the initial arm party a rager. This is what’s up. With sparkles and gold and balls galore, I took a little bit of everything and shook my tail feather. As aforementioned, why waste your money on a gym membership when your wrist can double as mobile weights? Can I get a heck yeah! Give me a fucking heck yeah.
Ah, one of my favorites, the superstitious arm party, composed of excessive eyeballs but not limited to just one specific facial feature. I‘m looking for lips. This one is primarily compliments of Kara Ackerman and comes with a divine appreciation and extra large thank you for the rad-ass brown leather wrap bracelet with rose gold hardware. Be still, my heart.
And now, to help you get your arm party properly in order, a collage of goodies:

star cuff by nOir, black string gold circle by Hermes, nuggets by Shashi, id bracelet by DANNIJO, inner ring by Alexander McQueen, wrap snake by Pucci, friendship bracelets by DANNIJO, arrow chain bracelet by House of Harlow, leather and stud bracelet by Juicy Couture, silver snake-bead bracelet with brown, tan and turquoise bands by Shashi, gold studded bracelet by Eddie Borgo, crystalized friendship bracelet a la Frieda & Nellies. Go on now, feller repellers, start your own arm party, stack that shit up, up, up but please, don’t forget to invite me.
…And one more thing though before I send you off. 
 Should you be looking to invest in a good piece of leather to wrap around your wrist, Hermes just added this darling bad-ass to its cult of swoon worthy arm party attendants. Available online, $730.
Actually one more thing.
Just because your arms are having buttloads fun don’t mean you have a right to neglect your fingers. Let them in on it too! Rings by: Mark Henry, DANNIJO, Mr. Kate
  • Audrey

    Love arm parties! But in this heat, all that metal and leather on skin can be really hot.

  • Anna

    haha, great choices, your wrists look so summery!

  • victoria / cats dreaming in keylime

    That's what I like about you: your "less is more" and subtle approach to things. : )

  • Elspeth

    I LOVE the dinosaur cuff! Nothing repels more successfully than the bones of dead prehistoric creatures.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THE ARM PARTY! I pile so much shit on my wrists these days and it never gets old. My boyfriend told me I looked like a gypsy – SCORE!

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  • Eliza

    Party on, Leandra! This just justified me spending the equivalent of an 3-month gym membership on my wrists. Woo hoo! Love the LeiVanKash and Dannijo!

  • Anonymous

    Loving the evil eyeballs TOO MUCH!

    Did you buy them all in Turkey??

    What's a girl in DC to do — I'm needing a repellin' evil eye bracelet NAOOO …


  • CupcakesOMG!

    YES, YES, and YES!!!! i've been working on my own arm parties, but frankly, they're nothing more than glorified arm get-to-gethers. this is entirely helpful for escalating the shindigs i'm arranging on my arm.

  • Megan Abigail Chandler

    ahhh I adore DANNIJO .. such smarties at the arm parties

  • Anonymous

    How do you afford all of these bracelets? Seriously, what does the man repeller do for a living?

    I mean, they're very nice and all, but I could make the exact same thing for five dollars. I just don't get how people justify these purchases.

  • Cecilybird

    I am always rockin' an arm party. My boyfriend (apparently not effectively repelled-I'll have to work on that) likes to refer to it as my Wonder Woman complex: I can't have my wrists exposed apparently.

    Except when typing at work. Then there are just huge piles of accessories next to my keyboard.

  • Zeeni

    La Mer Watches- the best way to kick off an arm party in my opinion!
    They're reasonably priced and they have a wrap around strap creating a bracelet/watch combo! They also have cool additions like studs and chains- seriously awesome! I love their designs and you can custom design your own. I love the look of carelessly piled on bracelets- it's so so so summer!

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  • Jaime

    oh i love this post…totally inspired!

  • Susu Paris Chic

    A dinner party on my wrist.. I'll join.

  • Lola

    hmmm i've been missing out! XX

  • mon sac by me

    So good choice !!

  • The Fancy Teacup

    Bracelets galore! I think I'm going to stock up on some of the Dannijo arm candy myself…

    ♥, Jamie

  • Shoe

    Hahahah loving the phrase "arm party". Those skull bracelets are amazing!

  • DNA (designers+artists)

    All that stacking is making me hot…wait that's the weather outside. Adoring that Noir dinosaur ring, need it now.

  • Lucy

    This is an effing hilarious post, loved it. Not to mention that looks like a RAD party right there…

  • Trés Awesome a Chicago Street Style Blog

    Love this post! I've been having some pretty good parties over on these arms for the past couple of months.

    Très Awesome – A Chicago Street Style Blog

  • Catherine

    Sometimes I throw together some last minute arm kick-its. I even blog about them:
    Your parties are something I aspire to. Thanks for the encouraging how-to!

    – Catherine

  • Lynn Holland

    I <3 the star cuff!!! Reminds me of Wonder Woman ^_^

  • Felicia

    Hey! Im from sweden and in sweden its pretty cold. How do I wear an awesome arm party under big coats and jackets? How do you do in wintertime?

  • Closet Cravings

    While I love a good arm party, a ring party is pretty bitchin' too. =)

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  • Vivi

    I have not joined the arm party…yet. But all within due time. :oD

  • L.

    seriously, though. arm party is now a phrase i used daily. love it.


    my arms are still sore.


    yoyoyo, not xo

  • Anonymous

    Listen, you're hilarious, and I've tried to use the phrase "arm party" at least 48 times in the last week, and nobody gets it. Frigging Colorado. :)

  • Anonymous

    love the arm party! but i have a ?
    how do u get on all those bracelets by urself!?!

  • meryem

    Oh my god! You're wearing Turkish evil eyes on your Arm Party!

  • jemappelleshen

    Lovin the arm parties! This is such a cute phrase one I just heard of recently and am now hearing all over the place! I love how you broke down the assembling of said arm parties. Im def a stack it all on bracelet type of girl over a necklace anyday!

  • Maria

    I usually wear just 2 or 3 bracelets at the most, but after reading this post I'm definitely inspired to throw my own arm party!

  • robyn

    Lol…I love the "ton of shit" on the arm approach!

  • Aquí

    I love your take on the arm party! The rings in the last photo are so gorgeous!

  • chiaweb

    Loving it!!!
    My arm parties

  • chiara

    Wow! A BIG party going on here!
    Loved all your choices!

  • Maia

    Your writing and style have so much personality. Loved reading your post and seeing who made it into your arm party. The rings, however, were my favorite! Fingers – not to be neglected indeed!

  • Grace

    I quite enjoyed this post!

    xx Grace

  • Fashion Confessions of a Mommy

    Visiting from BDIB.
    Loved the combinations with skull ones and evil eyed ones with chunky cuffs.

  • steufel

    What a cool and stylish collection. And I'm so with you regarding the gym!

  • MissRockwell

    Yeah, your collection definitely kicks a$$. I love the variations. Surprisingly, all of them look very different.

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  • l mahoney

    man, you f'n kill me. i love your delivery, and i appreciate the lack of stuffiness! fashion is fun. it doesn't have to be bitchy.
    rock on.
    oh, the bracelets are cool too. ha.

  • D’Simone

    I absolutely love this post !

  • RachelK

    oh, my, god. This is my newest favorite thing ever.

  • melissa loves

    I am super late to the party, just finding your blog tonight….but, now that I have read about 50 pages of it I can confidently say that you are ADORABLE and so frickin funny! It has made my night and I am a new fan!

  • VanityofVanities

    "…why waste your money on a gym membership when your wrist can double as mobile weights?"

    haha. So creative and a very practical idea, eh. Love the party goers of your arm party. The skull and the eyes are cool!

    Cathy@barco scrubs

  • Emily

    Host an arm party with a purpose! Each piece of ESP's original jewelry is produced by a 100% worker-owned weaving association that represents 400 women across Guatemala

  • Jen

    Hi, I make some really awesome bracelets that look a lot like some of these, feel free to check them out…

  • Melissa

    Escher Jewellery bracelets would be perfect for every harmparty! <3

  • Louie

    check out this Masai armparty from URU Diamonds.

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    These are such cute ideas! We are selling the cutest bracelets to add to the arm party too! CHECK OUT SOME WE OFFER IN THE PHOTO…

  • Very Sharri Fashions

    Awesome arm parties! How long does it take to put them on and off? LOL

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