Investment Piece: Wrap Bracelet

Leandra Medine | February 27, 2012
Hermes wrap bracelet, $290. Skull by DL & Co.

They say a bracelet goes a long way. Just kidding, I’ve never heard that but even if it were a saying, I’d imagine it pertained exclusively to those of the wrapped variety. Lucky fo’us, we are dissecting just that in today’s round of Investment Piece. I speculate this one makes a bit more sense than say, the bright yellow mini skirt slash makeshift peplum did. Even so, calculating cost per wear is a fun game. I’ll take this a step further and share an anecdote that drove my father to conclude it costs him $20 a day just to get dressed for work. Nevermind the former half of that sentence, feed from the moral. On to the photographed: you probably look at this and think, bracelet. You aren’t wrong.

 from left: DANNIJO, Jennifer Fisher, Finn, Hermes, Jacquie Aiche

That’s how the accessory is sold: as a bracelet. Contemplate the notion of its length though. Shouldn’t a triple wrap bracelet function as say, an ankle bracelet or double wrap choker or single wrap belt? Indeed, today I prove the once dubbed extranoeous $290 spent on a measly bracelet can actually take you fairly far in matters of limbs that party.

 shoe: Brian Atwood

It all started one weekday afternoon when a sartorial craving for adorned ankles reared its head. This was before fashion week, I’d taken note of the early integration of ankle straps and cuffs to shoes and fell upon this bracelet resting on my arm in a manner not unlike the above photographed. I unbuckled that shit and began to experiment. It worked most perfectly, eureka. This then got me thinking: where else can I insert this little guy.

So I attempted to choke myself and much to my pleasure: failed. All I’d successfully done, you see, was emulate the contents of Charlotte Ronson’s Spring/Summer collection, Nina Ricci’s pre-fall collection, the nineties at large. Chokers are having their moment again, grab life by the aorta. Then finally, the bracelet took me to my waist line.

Now, I understand this method of wrap is a little ambiguous and perhaps not all that reasonable for everyone but bare in mind I wrapped this shit around the skinniest spot I could find in the stomach region. Breaths weren’t particularly easy to take.

blouse: Camilla and Marc, skirt: Tibi, shoes: Jimmy Choo. All photos by Naomi Shon

But the general vibe felt right. Do also note these photographs were shot a mere two weeks before the inception of New York Fashion Week. The salute to peplum should feel a lot more genuine once that soundbite is successfully consumed. And on to the fun part, calculations! Figure you wear the initial Hermes accessory twenty five times as a bracelet, fifteen times as an ankle bracelet, ten times as a choker and once as a belt–you know, for the sake of maintaining good health–that’s a collective fifty one wears which ultimately leaves the bracelet standing at $5 per wear. Those are rough numbers, you’ll likely wear it more and that means that by the end of your day, Hermes is practically paying you. See that, man repellers always win.

  • Tour Quesa

    Love combination!

  • Irene Buffa
  • Beckerman Girls

    LOVE how you wrapped this H baby everywhere!!!! I have the Balenciaga triple wrap bracelet and I'm gonna try it on my "cankle" and see if it fits!! !Love that idea!! and your h bracelet needs a name like Harry Hermes or Hector Hermes..something that makes it sound like a superhero! haha Cause it's that AMAZZZZZZZING!
    Big hug babe!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  • little moon lover

    I'm actually digging the peplum a lot… you look awesome on that outfit as usual..and those bracelets are freaking to the belt-ish Hermes one.. well I like it I guess.. but I do like your theory about Hermes being the one that pays you back ha.. I guess you see the glass half full


    wait this is AMAZING totally an investment piece! incredibly versatile, might need to whip out my credit card for this one!

  • matchalattewardrobe

    So inspired and inspirational.
    Plus I can only imagine how truly man repelling the piece of fur underneath the bracelets is on the first snapshot.

  • Cat

    This is the kind of logic I get behind. If only my one un-repelled man could get behind it too. I guess I'm just gonna go with whatever muthafucka, if he wasn't repelled with copious glitter shoes and intense layering, he can live with a fucking investment piece of $5 per wear. I am glad I am not the only whacko going for this kinda thinking.

  • Tina
  • WearAbouts

    that wrap bracelet is really pretty <3
    Be sure to enter my giveaway!!

  • Michelle of Chellbellz

    Haha i do this equation in my head to justify buying shit all the time, and you know what it works! Paying 700 bucks for Prada's makes absolute sense to me when you know they will last longer then a pair of boots from forever 21. At least thats what i told myself when i brought mine for my birthday (Shrug) I still want an Hermes Cuff, but this one actually is more my speed, i think i can get a lot of wear out of this one more then i would the enamel ones. The Tibi Skirt is amazing too, i clicked on the link and saw a pencil skirt that i must have! A little bit of motivation!

  • anna

    'that means that by the end of your day, Hermes is practically paying you'… this is just hilarious!

  • MONI

    love it everywheree!


  • Modelovers

    Love all these accessories!


  • Lydia

    Genius. And your outfit here is amazing. I loooove the color combo and proportions.

  • Eliza

    So creative! You really have a talent for using things in unexpected ways, and that's what makes them great.

  • Theresa

    This is a timeless bracelet that I'm sure you'll get tons of use out of. You can seriously wear it with everything. That gold skull is too freaking cool.


    The Habit

  • Katie P

    haha defo a multi-tasking investement but, until the time i can blow that kind of money on a piece on leather I have invested in my own very similar looking piece at Kurt Geiger, gotta love the UK high st! Katie P x x x

  • Natali

    You look gorgeous! That skirt is everything!!!

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • Domonique Wilson

    Love it! You look so beautiful too :)

  • Caitlin

    A little piece of my heart dies every time you wear that Tibi number.

  • Elsa Polo

    Love you t-shirt.. not not.. love YOU LOOK!!!!! Amazing Lenadra i fell in love whit your closet!

  • Alexandra

    Great ideas for a bracelet, MR!! I love them all. Breathing is so three seasons ago, so the belt thing works fabulously. And I love seeing you wear your Tibi skirt again. Lovely!!

  • Caroline K.

    Your outfit is amazing! :) xo

  • Thrill Of The Chaise

    That is the cutest god damn outfit I've ever seen :)


  • Doni Brown
  • The Marcy Stop

    Great styling! Love how you worked the bracelet into your look in each one of these pics.

  • Ariana

    Or, you could buy a skinny leather belt with a gold buckle for $250 LESS, and wrap it around your wrist as a bracelet…

  • Celine KG

    This is actually in every way really beautiful and a very good invest!

    xoxo, Céline

  • Bougiehippie

    Love how you worked it. However accessories are never investment pieces b/c they are so interchangeable and the easiest to replicate. They are only worth something if in gold, platinum or diamonds.

  • Estherina

    Loving how you used it as a belt! That last outfit is fantastic!

    Step into Estherina's World

  • Anonymous

    Really must-have piece, very smart use it like belt!


  • Sage

    i love your reasoning! it's pretty cute as all four.

  • Kiwi’s Fashion Blog

    You are the queen of accessories!! Love how you pile them on! So cool!

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    I love it and such creative ideas!


    Now it's an investment piece. I would never think it could wear in so many ways!! You are amazing!! I love the tibi skirt!!!!!

  • Mallory Nickels

    I'll be honest, I had my doubts about how this piece would function after seeing the first photo. But after seeing all the ways you styled it I'm convinced of it's versatility! Great job!

  • Karissa

    Very pretty- you look great! Love the Hermes bracelet belted with the peplum top.


    i recently watched one of your old Youtube videos and dude, I LOVE YOUUUU. you have such a fun personality & you made me laugh so so much with everything you were saying. thanks so much for those videos and thanks so much for creating this blog~


  • Molliee

    must snag this bracelet asap!

  • Inés

    I really need // want this bracelet!
    Big hugs!

  • Ms.Fashionista
  • RaspberryBlonde

    beautiful! unfortunately I don't think I could get it around my waist like you :p and student on a budget so i'll have to stick to the cheaper alternatives anyway 😉

  • Romina C.

    I love your outfit and it is a very good idea to put the bracelet in all those ways

    x Romi

  • The Procrastinator

    I need this skirt (and bracelet) in my life.

  • Anonymous

    love this post and the shoes! where can i find those shoes??!

  • Nastja

    Lovely!I want it all :)


    P.S. Still a day left to enter my GIVEAWAY:

  • Annette
  • Bubble My Licorice
  • Ruthr
  • servinupstyle

    Very clever, Man Repeller…
    I absolutely adore your blog and thought I'd let you know (if you even read these comments) that your blog is part of what inspired me to start my own blog in the first place, so thank you for that!
    I love that bracelet, but as a mere teenager, I unfortunately can't afford that…maybe I'll try wrapping a real belt around my wrist!


    my jaw just dropped. feeling pretty pathetic that that was a jaw-dropping moment, but you just changed the way I view the world (of jewelry).


  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    hahahah I do this whenever I feel guilty about a certain price…it's okay because eventually the store will owe me money right???

  • monkeyshines ♥

    amazing accessories!


  • ANH Style

    "Hermes is practically paying you." This is logic that makes sense to me.

    I have an old Tiffany's necklace that I never really loved as a necklace, so I now wear it as a bracelet and it gets much more use. Boom.

  • Rhiannon

    I love it, as a choker! Very cute.

  • Meganne

    So a wrap bracet is like a Four for one deal huh?
    Material Fixations

  • Yuka
  • Anonymous

    you are a real genius

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

    That is such a smart idea because now you have an Hermes belt and an Hermes bracelet! 😀

  • Monse Fuentes
  • ADJ

    The outfit you put together is spectacular!!!!

  • Benedicte MAGEN
  • Miss C.

    Gah, I am a SLAVE to the cost per-wear equation, I must look like a crazy-woman when I am silently doing sums in my head as I shop, but I must say, it is a very effective method to ensure you don't spend a motza on something you will hardly wear.

    Thx for the post! 😀

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  • Isabel

    Leandra! Your blog is so unique! The posts, the name, the pictures, everything. Seeing someone be themselves when they write a post is so refreshing, instead of the usual formal writing seen on most blogs. Keep doing what you're doing because you're blog inspired me to start my own and I am sure it is doing the same for others! xx

  • The Vintage Scene

    Okay, so in short, a Proenza Schouler PS1 medium will set me back $1595. Wear it once a week for a year and that will cost me about $29 a week. Wait, sorry, at what point does Jack and Lazaro refund me?

  • Irina Bugai

    This is some versatile bracelet!

  • Poof! Fashion

    Great Arm Party!!! and I love those Brian Atwood shoes!

    I too also like to play the "cost per wear" game with expensive pieces. haha.
    We are the Dunkin' Donuts of Fashion Blogs

  • Gabrielle

    Oh wow.. Love everything! That arm party is to die for!!!

  • Liliana P.

    It's amazing the different ways on which you can wear it! Definitely an investment piece 😉

  • Meg

    So… instead of buying a pricey bracelet and belt-ifying it, why can't you just use any old belt as a pseudo wrap bracelet/pseudo choker/pseudo anklet? Why bother shelling out that much for a fancy "wrap bracelet"?

  • Angela Wipf

    LOLing right now..MR you are a sartorial genius, your logic is flawless

  • Audrey

    Love it! You look so beautiful …
    and amazing accessories and this skirt


    accesories are so important!!!

  • Mary

    Wow ,that peplum top look is so gorgeous!

  • Dressed Well

    This proves just how much you can do with such a simple accesory.

  • Sharon

    I love that Hermes bracelet!

  • The Marcy Stop

    Not the first time I'm wishing you could just come over and dress me. I mean, how do you come up with this? ALLINGOODWAYS
    xx, M

  • jenaly enns

    I love all the ways you can wear it. definitely a great piece!!!

  • marysia reeves

    i love you more and more with each post!

  • -this little life

    I would worry if I sat with that bracelet around my waist I would pop the buckle off!
    Want to buy that tibi skirt.

  • SPYT


  • Iben

    pretty and smart!

  • Collections

    Damn that is one versatile bracelet. I love it.


  • Anonymous

    Because she is obsessed with labels and is pretentious

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  • Ingrid // Pretty Harbor

    Good combinaison :)
    I love your style! // Jewellery

  • Mens Bracelets

    cool article man…thanx for the great post…keep on posting such articles… Resources like the one you mentioned here will be very useful to me! I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful.

  • Erika@placebolife

    i have the same wrap bracelet which I somehow haven't been wearing for a while. thanks for this amazing article, shed new lights in a piece of investment piece that's been tugged in the back of my drawer for a while. i'm going to wear it tomorrow again thanks to you :)

  • Valerie

    It's a great & creative outfit! Love you experiments! Love your outfits! Love the blog! Love your writing that is so funny! :) Just awesome!


  • Anonymous

    hahahaha i bought one two weeks ago and i just had the same ideia to use as a belt LOL. Paid 240euros, should works for others things, not only as a bracelet :)

  • bracelet

    A multipurpose band look great on everything.The combination used is great.

  • June_Girl

    What size is your bracelet? Is it the medium or small?

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