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Would You Wear… a Palm Cuff?


Palm Cuff trend
Product Information: Jenny Bird, Barney’s New York

Occasionally a trend blindsides me and makes me wonder: “Why didn’t I think of that?” After a stint at fashion school, I saw so many quirky trends that I couldn’t imagine there was anything else out there. But the emergence of the palm cuff surprised me… in a good way!

A palm cuff is exactly what it sounds like – a cuff that is worn around the palm rather than the wrist. It’s simple yet makes a statement, and is surprisingly wearable.

Trendsetting celebs have been wearing the palm cuff as an audacious way to shake up their jewelry game on the red carpet. Since then, designers have been slowly picking up on the trend. Some are cutting-edge with studs or bold designs, others are bling-centered, and some are downright glamorous with diamonds and jewels.

1. Elizabeth Banks via Pacific Coast News 2. Shopbop 3. Sarah Jessica Parker via Pacific Coast News

The question is: are palm cuffs wearable on campus? Should they be reserved for a night out on the town? Or are they not worth investing in? Personally, I think this trend has serious staying power. These cuffs are gorgeous, after all. After it catches on, I think this trend has the potential to become commonplace, just like last year’s midi ring craze.

Are you in love with palm cuffs?

Or do you see this look as a fad? What palm cuff style appeals to you? How would you wear this trend? Let us know what you think by dropping us a note in the comments!

Posted on on April 1, 2014 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Palm Cuff?”

  1. 1
    April 1st, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Eh the palm cuff and the midi ring both look like you bought jewelry that’s too small and you just decide to wear it anyway.

  2. 2
    April 1st, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Personally, I would never wear a palm cuff or a midid ring as both are annoying and impractical.

  3. 3
    April 1st, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    This is an April fools joke right? seriously it looks like they got a bracelet half way on then realised it wouldn’t fit on their wrist so they left it on their hand…

  4. 4
    April 1st, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I think I will loose it 1/2 hour after I put it on while running to class, or toss it away when it gets tangled in my note book spiral (I still wear paper…)
    So it´s a big NOPE for me :)

  5. 5
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Mm…nah. I rarely wear wrist/finger accessories since I draw and paint a lot, even on my non-dominant hand it would just get in the way.

    But slave bracelets, though. Those are neat.

  6. 6
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    How could you feasibly write/do anything productive with these things on? Seems totally impractical for people who want to…do anything.

  7. 7
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    How could you feasibly write/type/do anything college-y while wearing this palm bracelet? Seems like it would get in the way while trying to…do anything.

  8. 8
    April 1st, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Sorry for the double comment

  9. 9
    April 1st, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Probably not because my hands get sweaty a lot and I would probably be annoyed by it after wearing it for a few minutes.

  10. 10
    April 2nd, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I agree with the above commentors and add that there’s something decidedly anti-feminist about fashion trends that limit our physical mobility or ability to be productive (like a bizarrely watered-down version of corsetry and foot binding: is it a fashion statement, or an implement of patriarchy?).

    Then again, choice is everything and if you like the trend you could maybe just wear it on occasions that do not require you to do anything with your hands.

  11. 11
    April 2nd, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Uh… no. There are so many reasons why you wouldn’t want to wear it:

    1. It’s impractical if you have to do a lot of things with your hands. Writing with a pen is going to be uncomfortable. Playing the piano…

    2. It looks like you’re just holding a bangle. Like… why can’t you wear it properly? I have a similar reaction to people whose pants are so low that it doesn’t even cover their derriere.

    3. If you didn’t like the midi ring, you’d probably wouldn’t care about this anyways.

    I wanted it to be an April fools joke… but it really isn’t.

  12. 12
    April 2nd, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I also agree that this isn’t terribly practical, but if you were going out just to socialize and be seen, then if it floats your boat, why not? I do think the little gold snake is adorable! He’d go on my wrist though cause being plebeian I still use my hands all the time

  13. 13
    April 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I really like the snake one in the first picture, but that’s about it. The others are way too big and thick to be practical. Wearing it on my non-dominant hand would still let me write in class and I don’t think something so skinny would be that annoying. It’s kind of cute.

  14. 14
    April 2nd, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I have a hard enough time finding bracelets that won’t slip off my teen tiny wrists, so I doubt I’d find something like this that wouldn’t slip off my hand. & then I’d have to keep my fingers wrapped around it. That would be terribly uncomfortable before too long, not to mention the constant worry about losing the darn thing.

    I also like to have my hands free to do things & since I don’t even like clutches for that very reason, I’d say pass for me.

  15. 15
    April 2nd, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I feel like this trend would work but you’re definitely asking the wrong group of people as college students we are always using our hands for writing grabbing our books going through our backpacks all things which will cause the cuff to get in the way or catch on something. So I believe wearing these in everyday life would be ineffective but going out or something I feel they would work out fine

  16. 16
    April 2nd, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This made me lol…is this really a thing?

    Looks like you could seriously hurt someone if you backhanded them!

  17. 17
    April 2nd, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    SJP’s and the tiny gold one look bizarre, but the rest are cute. A little too bold for my style, though.

  18. 18
    April 3rd, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Nope, never ever. Midi rings I could see, but I would never purchase a palm ring. They might work for people who don’t use their hands…if such a person exists.

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