We’ve all heard of the Push Gift: that (usually) sparkling award a woman receives after having a baby. And however you became a mom, you deserve some bling!
Here’s a good problem to have: What do you do when the space between your knuckles just isn’t big enough to accommodate anymore diamonds? You pull and pull until you’ve physically stretched the finger enough to make room for one(grunt) more (grunt) gem (shriek and exhale).
But if physical pain isn’t your thing (you already had the baby for goodness sakes!) then might I suggest adding some arm candy?
Arm candy encompasses all of those lovely, and also usually sparkling, decorations between your hand and elbow. So when you run out of room on that ring finger, you can move onto the wrist and work your way down. Like “sleeves” but without all the painful tattoos and permanence.
It can be simple:
Or you can really pack on the layers:
Whether it’s all rose gold or sterling silver; delicate or chunky; boho vibes with clinging bangles; or elegant fitted cuffs, the point is that there are endless possibilities when it comes to your arm candy. And because there’s only so much arm real estate, it’s important that you know how to properly stack your baubles.
Here are my top tips for styling your arm ornaments:
Start with a watch
All good arm candy should serve a purpose and be meaningful. The easiest way to start your arm candy decor is with a timepiece. Yes, we all have iPhones, but it’s still much faster (and cooler) to glance down at your wrist to check the time.
Watches come in so many beautiful styles so there are lots of options to choose from. And Tip: Check out the mens selection too! “Boyfriend” watches are a thing, just like jeans. And don’t limit yourself here, either; feel free to grab a watch for each arm candy “theme” you’re going for. For example, choose a simple, clean-faced watch for smaller bracelet groupings that can go with everything. The simple face on watches tends to go best with boho vibes or are great for when you want the focus to be on the bracelets (whether because of the bling or the meaning behind them, that’s up to you!).
Now that you’ve got your timepiece, lets talk theme. Your arm candy pieces should make sense together in some way. Just like mixing patterns with our clothes doesn’t always work, sticking to a theme with your bracelets matters and makes your pieces look like they were styled because they were. Themes can also include arm candy that means something to you, like charm bracelets on steroids. You can find more on my favorite meaningful piece to wear here. More examples of themed arm candy:
The last point to consider is texture. What I mean by this is that the more variance in bracelet width (how much space one bracelet takes up on your arm), the more variance in materials (satin roped bracelets, metal chains, beads, gems, you name it) and the more variance in textures (smooth metals, chunky tiered bracelets, shape differences) the more interesting your arm candy will be. There are no rules here and the possibilities are endless:
Bottom line: have fun with it! The point is to make sure
your significant other they know that there’s room: there’s room for more diamonds and sparkles and gemstones and pretty. And if there’s not, you’ll make room.
Did I leave anything out? How do you arm candy? Show me your arm candy style on Instagram @howtosuburb