Off the Cuff: Our Favorite Statement-making Cuffs Under $80

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For the past few years, wrists have been laden with layers (and layers, and layers, you get it) of bling, baubles and bracelets in every material, color and metal you can imagine. While we admit we’ve got a little bit of a magpie situation on our own wrists, we think it’s time to do a little winter refresh of our wrist wear and pare it down to just a few necessities. It’s a clean, strong look that’s easy (physically, at least — we don’t know of any known cases of bracelet withdrawal, but we’re prepared for the worst) on your budget and easy on your actual wrist.

We’ve scoured our favorite spots for the cleanest, most minimally luxe pieces we could find, bringing together big names and a few online exclusives you won’t find anywhere else. So let your strings, beads and rhinestone friendship bracelets take a breather until summer — when tan skin and maxidresses beg for a few extra accessories — and get cleaned up with our favorite cuffs.

Banana Republic Exotic Leather Bangle

Banana Republic Exotic Leather Bangle

The combo of gleaming gold and an exotic skin isn’t just for budgets that can afford expensive French leather houses. The Banana Republic Exotic Leather Bangle ($35) gives you the look of a fancy Euro brand without the quadruple-digit price. Banana Republic’s jewelry is sturdy, classic and, like their clothes, perfect for work or play. This statement-making piece combines a faux python leather with gold, but it’s also available in a rich brown python, a mock stingray texture and classic camel leather. Pair it with a simple leather-band watch (we didn’t say we were going completely cold turkey) for a rich look that’ll turn heads without weighing you down.

Available at Banana Republic.

Giles & Brother Hexagon-Capped Cuff Bracelet

Giles & Brother Hexagon-Capped Cuff Bracelet

One of our favorite labels for statement-making jewelry is Giles & Brother, the lower-priced offering from designer Philip Crangi. The designs are a little more industrial, a little more tarnished and way less precious than something from his main line (not to mention they’re a whole lot less expensive). While the railroad spike is a classic, we’re also falling for the more geometric Hexagon-Capped Cuff Bracelet ($70), which is small, but packs a big impact thanks to its geometric accents and brass finish. It’ll tarnish a bit the more you wear it, so wear it often and wear it well and it’ll boast a finish all its own.

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

BaubleBar Large Tortoise Maxine Cuff

BaubleBar Large Tortoise Maxine Cuff

If you want to skip out on metal altogether, try the BaubleBar Large Tortoise Maxine Cuff ($36) for an alternative to heavy metals. The tortoise-effect acrylic takes a preppy staple and makes it a little cooler with its oversized shape and easy on, easy off cuff design. Wear it with a basic white oxford and jeans if you’re channeling the Upper East Side’s Upper Crust or with distressed denim and your go-to tanks if you’re more into that particular brand of French insouciance favored by the likes of Lou Doillon and Isabel Marant

Available at BaubleBar.

Madewell Tracecraft Bangle

Madewell Tracecraft Bangle

There’s something about a stack of bangles that just screams Coachella or Laurel Canyon. If you don’t want to lose that Boho babe vibe, try the Madewell Tracecraft Bangle ($24.50), which is a strong contender in the Pamela Love and Stevie Nicks coven of cuffs. Its burnished finish and geometric cutout design is both delicate and bold, organic and industrial. It’s a lightweight way to give any outfit a little more character without a jingling collection of wrist bling.

Available at Madewell.

Henri Bendel Screw You Baby Cuff

Henri Bendel Screw You Baby Cuff

We’ve got one more pick that’s reminiscent of a more expensive, more French jeweler. And while the more, say, upscale version might spell out LOVE, the Henri Bendel Screw You Baby Cuff ($78) is a little more in-your face. Not everyone has to know just how cheeky the name is, however, because they’ll be admiring the mixed metals, clean design and goes-with-everything look. You really will wear it with everything, because it’s a simple piece that’ll match any outfit, especially since it’s also available in yellow and rose gold versions.

Available at Henri Bendel.

Images courtesy Henri Bendel, Madewell, BaubleBar, Saks Fifth Avenue and Banana Republic

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.