I’m endlessly inspired by arm parties! But have never quite been able to get the hang of them myself. Which is why I’m so excited to have the lovely and fashionable Ally Allison Events telling us all about them today!! With help from the Fred Monkee’s store in Fredericksburg and Hope Taylor Photography, Ally shares her best tips for creating your very own (fabulous) arm party!! Welcome Ally!!
Crafting an Arm Party | 5 Tips for Creating Your Own Party
Guest post by Ally Allison
I am a huge proponent of arm parties! For those who don’t know, an arm party is a fun way to add some interest to your outfit (follow the #armparty trends on Insta and your life will be changed!)! It’s technically a bracelet-party on your arm, because you are wearing multiple bracelets together. However, “bracelet party” isn’t nearly as catchy as “arm party” and Man Repeller was the first to coin the term! Arm parties are typically 3-6 bracelets worn on the same wrist, with a general aesthetic similarity. They make a stylish addition to an otherwise plain ensemble.
I love arm parties because it’s a trend that anyone can wear! There’s no “I don’t look good in that color” or “this really makes me look fat” because they are bracelets and they fit everybody! Arm parties are an easy accessory trend that anyone can pull off – and I’m not just saying that. There really aren’t too many rules with arm parties. You are more than welcome to go crazy and stack them all the way up to your elbow, though I wouldn’t recommend it. There are a few main tips that I like to stick to, and I hope you will find them useful!
Start Big: You don’t want too many cuff style bracelets, because too many chunky or thick pieces will have a big presence and not enough diversity. I think that using a watch as your biggest statement is practical, and the size and shape of the face will create a fun element to an otherwise symmetrical arm party. After you pick your primary “big” piece, choose thinner pieces to surround it. I typically put the thickest piece in the middle and layer a few smaller pieces closer to the hand, as well as a couple pieces closer to the elbow.
Stick with a Color Scheme: Especially if you are new to arm parties and don’t feel adventurous, sticking with a color scheme is a fail proof way to get a cute party going! Popular color schemes include mints and teals, corals and pinks, and even mixing metals. Go monochromatic in a color that compliments your outfit for a color pop! You can choose to wear all colorful pieces, or mix metals in between your colors. I would stray away from mixing the primary colors though, just to make sure your arm party looks cohesive.
Wear Seasonally Appropriate Parties: Especially in the summer time, when it can get unbearably hot and humid in the South, you’re not going to want a ton of metal sticking to your wrists. Utilizing cotton, string, and glass-bead bracelets in the summer is seasonally appropriate, fashionable, and can save you a lot of misery. More casual apparel, like tank tops and dresses, look the best with the arm party described above.
Pick A Statement Piece: I love to pick one standout piece per arm party. Most often, this will be your biggest piece, seeing as it takes up the most real estate on your arm. However, I have a pearl Chanel button bracelet that is my absolute go-to because it compliments nearly any of the parties that I put together. You could choose a bracelet with a fun pattern, one with a lot of bling, one with intricate details, or one that is rugged or industrial in an otherwise smooth party. This piece isn’t absolutely necessary, but I think it adds an element of texture, and makes your arm party more interesting.
If You’re At a 9-5, Keep it Tame: I love when #bossladies wear #armparties (see what I did there?) but I would advise you to keep it tame inside the office. You can still stack your wrist 5-high, but avoid bangles or loud pieces like charm bracelets. Wear cuffs or other pieces that stay close to your skin, and won’t distract everyone else you work with. Especially if you type at a computer, keep in mind that your wrists will be back and forth across your desk all day and that noisiness can be annoying for you, as well as your colleagues.
I hope you found these tips useful, friends! And I would love to see examples of your arm parties! Use the hashtag #HLAarmparty so we can all follow along, and maybe you can inspire other arm parties!