Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019’s Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

Lindsey Lanquist
Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019’s Most Nostalgic Trend Yet
Photo: Alyssa Crane.

Scroll To See More Images

No relic of our youth drips with nostalgia the way a friendship bracelet does. Because sure, we once cherished smocked tops, and hair barrettes, and low-rise jeans, and lettuce-hem tees adorned with butterflies—but we didn’t craft them from our own two hands. We didn’t don them at all times—even when we swam, even when we hopped in the shower, even when we went to bed each night. And we didn’t imbue them with the same relational significance; friendship bracelets are as emotional as they are aesthetic. They’re physical representations of who we are to each other, and what we hold dear—the sartorial equivalent of MySpace’s “Top Friends” list, only half as petty.

These days, friendship bracelets come not from arts and crafts camp, but from our favorite retailers. We sport them as traditional accessories—layering them on as we see fit, taking them off when the day’s events are through. And perhaps more revolutionarily, we shop them without a companion; we’re now invited to be our own best friends, if we want (or to rack up a serious online shopping bill—coordination doesn’t come cheap).

The friendship bracelets of today are a far cry, emotionally, from the talismans we cherished in middle school. But aesthetically, they’re more refined takes on our DIY favorites. 2001 is the new 2019, and camp is the new black.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

1. Venessa Arizaga Rainbow Shell Bracelet, $55 at Shopbop

Our collective obsession with shell jewelry is at its best—and campiest—in friendship bracelet form.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

2. Shashi Romy and Michelle Bracelets, $58 at Shopbop

The friendship bracelet, in an elevated-yet-classic iteration.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

3. Marc Jacobs Sporty Hook Bracelet, $45 at Shopbop

The options for styling this one aren’t quite endless—but they’re pretty damn close.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

4. Cowrie Shell Bracelet Set, $9.90 at Forever 21

A friendship bracelet set that doesn’t taking the whole matching thing too seriously.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

5. Shashi The Gang Bracelet (Set of 5), $17.40 at Shopbop

Five for the price of one? Hook your crew up.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

6. Shashi Good Juju Bracelet, $36 at Shopbop

When in doubt, spell it out.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

7. Shashi The Gang Bracelet (Set of 3), $46 at Shopbop

Designed with your girl gang in mind.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

8. Seashell Charm Bracelet Set, $9.90 at Forever 21

Variations for the minimalist and maximalist, alike.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

9. Venessa Arizaga Starlight Bracelet, $95 at Shopbop

The kind of thing you dreamt of making in arts and crafts class.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

10. Signature Slider Bracelet, $14.95 at Free People

Similar enough to look cohesive. Different enough to keep things interesting.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

11. Madewell Rainbow Beaded Slider Bracelet, $28 at Shopbop

For the shopper who’s into the whole friendship bracelet thing, but not, like, that into it.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

12. Venessa Arizaga Love Heart Bracelet, $55 at Shopbop

Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve—wear it on your wrist, instead.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

13. Talia Bracelet Set, $78 at Anthropologie

Sleeker than your average DIY.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

14. Shashi Delicate 2 Row Bracelet, $55 at Shopbop

Rhinestones, braids and fringe? A veritable trifecta of kitsch.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

15. Shashi SeaLu Bracelet, $45 at Shopbop

Part friendship bracelet, part charm bracelet—all cute.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

16. Shashi Saki Bracelet, $38 at Shopbop

A little string can go a long way.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

17. Say Anything Anklet, $32 at Free People

Friendship anklets are on the sartorial menu, too.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

18. Colors for Good Friendship Bracelet, $7 at Urban Outfitters

At just $7, this bracelet is fodder for crew adornment.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

19. Shashi June Bracelet, $55 at Shopbop

Give one to your bestie—or be the layered jewelry fiend you wish to see in the world.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

20. Easy Going Eye Charm Bracelet, $98 at Free People

Charm-adorned without feeling charm-covered.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

21. Shashi Lilu Seed Bracelet, $27 at Shopbop

Any campy accessory is only made better by the addition of colorful tassels.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

22. Neon Beaded Bracelet Set, $4.99 at Forever 21

Sure to stand out in even the most maximalist jewelry selection.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

23. Estella Bartlett Gold Plated Stars So Bright Friendship Bracelet, $24 at ASOS

Forget starry-eyed.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

24. Shashi Sam Chain Slide Bracelet, $32 at Shopbop

A beaded bracelet that feels vaguely tie-dye—or at least, ombre.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

25. Shashi It’s Love Bracelet, $46 at Shopbop

Keep your values in plain view at all times.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

26. Shashi Maya Bracelet, $58 at Shopbop

A friendship bracelet that feels maximalist without skewing over the top.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

27. Maison Irem Pino Colored Shell Macrame Bracelet, $64 at Shopbop

So campy. So nostalgic. So damn wonderful.

STYLECASTER | Friendship Bracelets Might Be 2019's Most Nostalgic Trend Yet

28. Venessa Arizaga Across the Universe Bracelet, $175 at Shopbop

Stars and rainbow beads make for a seriously stellar combination.

 

Our mission at STYLECASTER is to bring style to the people, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale.

share