The Long-Forgotten Jewellery Trend Fashion People Have Just Rediscovered

For the longest time, dainty layering pieces have ruled the jewellery scene. Everything from rings and necklaces and even earrings have been given the stacked treatment, with delicate chains, minimal bands and simple studs becoming best sellers for many brands. However, we think the tide is about to shift, as we're seeing more and more of our fashion friends embracing chunky, more playful jewellery once more—specifically chunky bangles.


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Perhaps it's the fact many of us are no longer based in an office, where the clattering of a chunky bracelet as we type would be a distraction to our colleagues, but lately, we've seen more and more chunky bracelets cropping up. As well as gracing the wrists of those in the know, they're flooding various new-in sections. From Bottega Veneta's leather-braided bangle to Paco Rabanne's oversized pearl charms, chunky bracelets are incredibly prevalent on the designer circuit right now and have the power to transform just about any outfit you can think of pairing them with this summer


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Still, you needn't spend a fortune to get in on the action—as well as Zara and Anthropologie, both of which are spearheading the chunky-bracelet trend on the high street, this is a look perhaps best replicated with vintage pieces. Etsy boasts a treasure trove of pre-loved chunky bracelets from various eras, and we're sure your local charity shop will be stocked with them, too.


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Pile them up and wear them with a retro-print dress, just like Monikh Dale did, or pair them with equally thick rings in the style of Chinda Phraph. Or go all-out statement with a logo-emblazoned cuff akin to that of Bettina Looney. However you choose to wear one, we've found the best chunky bangles to upgrade your wares.


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.