20 August 2013 by

Kate Moss & Rihanna Lead The Upper Arm Cuff Army: Will You Do This Tricky Jewellery Trend?

Kate Moss and her double Annina Vogel armlets on holiday in Formenta [Rex]

Just like the ear cuff, the upper arm cuff doesn’t exactly own a sexy name. But also like the ear cuff, the UAC (also, not sexy, but we can’t keep typing it over and over) has been gaining a sure and steady fan club throughout 2013.

Mossy arm-cuffin' on her hols [Rex] and Rihanna did the same in 2012 while in Capri [Lamodellamafia.com]

Kate Moss has been the frontrunner of the 2.0 version of this ancient jewellery trend via her versatile but pitch perfect holiday wardrobe (there's more of that in this week's issue). She’s barely been spotted without her armlet in action throughout the pass few months – often using it as the only thing to accessories her teeny bikinis with. Mossy’s are from Annina Vogel – the trinket-maker extraordinaire, who reworks precious Victorian gold pieces into something fresh, and then promptly sells out of them… But Rihanna is also part of the modern UAC club. She may even be a founding member, choosing a snake bangle to sass up a heatwave look last year in Capri.

Vanessa Hudgens armlets through Coachella [Getty]

While the upper arm cuff trend may be unapproachable in it’s strict no bingo wing requirements, it’s popularity has sky-rocketed across platforms like Instagram and Lookbook.nu. Stylish girls are using them to update holiday basics like maxi dresses or bring a new spin to modernist ensembles, where statement necklaces, big earrings or ring bling could feel dated.

The jewellery trend hits the blogosphere: Jill of Little Black Boots and Sazan Barzani

Will you put your hand up for the armet? Or is it a complete no-go?


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