A bangle without the commitment, or a handcuff without the imprisonment, cuff bracelets are the summer wrist candy trend we’ve got an eye out for at the moment.

Classified as bracelets that are traditionally open in the back — and thereby not conforming to a classic loop around the wrist — they’re a bit of a black sheep in the bracelet family, and yet are becoming the style staple of the effortlessly chic lady.

After all, there’s no denying the casual yet powerful allure of the cuff bracelet. It doesn’t beg for the attention of the onlooker like its charm bracelet sisters or its bead bracelet brothers. Cuff bracelets present themselves as they are: thin, thick, chunky, delicate, and always very versatile. They’ve become the true darlings of the fashion industry, as for these they hold a subtle punk rock personality to give any outfit an intriguing edge. The ‘will it slip off, or will it stay on?’ risqué is one that gives the accessory the fun spontaneity much like wearing a white shirt to a spaghetti dinner, or platform heels to walk the dog. They’re jovial and yet strong. They’re classic and yet contemporary.

Cuff bracelets: our unsuspecting star of style for the season. Peek our current favourites below.

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Cuff bracelets: Celine

Celine Knot Extra-Thin Bracelet

Celine and gold jewellery seem to be having a bit of a love affair in recent years, from their eye-catching initial necklaces over to their summery golden drop earrings. Keeping it clean and yet playful in this bracelet (approx. THB 12,234), the fashion brand brings a bit of cheekiness to a classic gold bangle with a knot in the centre of the bracelet. Made from brass with a gold finish, it’s easy to wear, easy to rock, and hard to miss. Perfect for super chill summer nights.

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Cuff bracelets: YSL

Saint Laurent Snake Bracelet

There are few brands that can pull off a punk rock kind of feel for cuff bracelets with as great finesse as Saint Laurent. This Snake Bracelet (approx. THB 19,625) is great proof. Made from silver brass, the grommet bracelet features two snake heads bearing black glass beads between their fangs. Full of killer detail from snake scales to snake eyes; dangerously daring.

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Cuff bracelets: Chloe

Chloé Arizona Bracelet

Following with a more subtle snake theme, Chloé’s Arizona Bracelet (approx. THB 10,900) features a snake-inspired bangle that embraces the wrist, made in gold brass with palladium finishing details. The bracelet appears to wrap itself around the wrist, very much like a serpent on a sartorial mission. The colours are light and easy to wear and pair, boasting an aura of elegance — with a bite of course.

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Cuff bracelets: Valentino

Valentino VLTN Bracelet

Is logo mania still a thing? Valentino says it is. In this VLTN Bracelet (approx. THB 7,426), we’re taking it right back to the basics of cuff bracelets. We’re talking a thick, clearly recognisable bracelet. Bold colours. Bold lettering. Made from leather with an adjustable strap, it’s the ultimate look-at-me power bracelet for the power woman. Definitely not easy to pair, but impressive when rocked right.

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Cuff bracelets: Tory Burch

Tory Burch Printed Enamel Medium Cuff

Whilst cuff bracelets often get the short end of the style stick for being monotone (or mono-metal), Tory Burch adds a pop of summer colour to the jewellery box with this Printed Enamel Medium Cuff (approx. THB 4,390). Lacquered in a classic Tory Burch print, the brass and enamel bracelet features a webbing stripe pattern, making it a fabulous number to wear to beach day affairs or cocktail evenings. A truly elegant modern staple.

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Cuff bracelets: Gucci

Gucci ‘Blind for Love’ Bracelet

Swaying us into fields of romance, Gucci’s ‘Blind for Love’ bracelet (approx. THB 8,755) is a cuff bracelet with a sweet soul. Made from silver and engraved with symbolic Gucci motifs such as the eye, hearts, birds, and flowers, the bracelet reads, ‘Blind for Love’ at its centre. Perfect for those who like to wear their hearts on their sleeves (or, well, their wrists).

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Cuff bracelets: Kate Spade

Kate Spade All Abuzz Bee Open Hinged Cuff

Continuing on with the theme of romance, Kate Spade proves that cuff bracelets need not always be rigid and raw. This All Abuzz Bee Open Hinged Cuff (approx. THB 27,800) is a charmingly feminine number, handcrafted from shiny gold-plated metal, and featuring a honey bee at one end and a daisy at the other. A summer garden for the wrist, it pairs particularly well with summer dresses for brunch.

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Cuff bracelets: Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen Molten Cuff

Perhaps the most classic style for a cuff bracelet, Alexander McQueen reminds us that (g)old is gold, and that you’ll never go wrong with a standard cuff in a single-tone metal. This molten cuff (approx. THB 21,950) is forged by hand, before being cast in brass and plated in antique gold, giving it an intriguing shape despite its uniform shade. It goes well with flowing maxi-dresses or as a statement piece for any evening soiree. Beautiful.

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.