*Disclaimer: I was gifted the bangles included in this post in exchange for writing about Splendette. I have bought things from the brand in the past*
My first Splendette purchase was way back in 2016, for the festive pin up picnic. I hadn’t been dressing in original vintage for very long at this point (probably about a year) and was so incredibly proud of this outfit. All of it is still in my wardrobe – some vintage pieces pass through my hands like water for various reasons, but these aren’t going anywhere!
Since then, I’ve bought a few sets for my annual dressing like it’s Christmas all December, and most recently got a few lovely things in one of Splendette’s lucky dip boxes (which are a thing of wonder but go very, very quickly, so if you want one, keep your eye out and clicking fingers ready!).
To paraphrase Julian from Bridget Jones’ diary, Splendette bangles are the sort of thing one can wear with anything, to any occasion, and it’s one of my favourite small businesses in the vintage world. When the team asked if I’d be interested in some bangles and writing a post, I said yes very, very quickly! They sent me a few different collections to try, so prepare yourself for some bangle-and-earringy goodness!
Outfit 1 – parma violet and mint sorbet bangles, parma violet earrings
This set picks out the mint and purple accents in this vintage novelty print dress (it’s a moulin rouge print, if you’re interested in that sort of thing). Perfect for a summer picnic in the park, and a walk around the garden before picnics in the park are a thing again.
Outfit 2 – catkin and mouse fakelite bangle set, catkin fakelite earrings
I always wonder what to wear with this vintage floral print dress, and usually end up going with something black for ease. I thought I’d do something a bit different and pick out the subtle yellow and brown bits of the print and I think it works quite nicely. The jewellery colours are quite autumnal, and later in the year I’d swap sandals for heeled brogues and pop on a cardigan (probably not a bad idea for British summers too, actually).
Outfit 3 – parma violetand coconut bangles, coconut earrings
Another summery look using the new pastel collection (which will also work nicely with some of my festive outfits, but it seemed a bit daft to break those out in May). This dress doesn’t contain much purple, so I’ve used the jewellery and accessories to pull everything together. It’s not wasted in the garden as such, but I’m very much looking forward to wearing it out somewhere at some point (the seaside,
Outfit 4 – alder and mouse fakelite bangles set, alder fakelite earrings
Why yes, this is the dress in the first photo of this post (I told you it was a keeper).
This is a look for later in the year; the bangles have an autumnal vibe, and I think they bring the outfit together – the dress has lots going on, while the accessories are all one colour, so I think the jewellery adds a bit of interest.
Splendette sells mid-century-inspired bangles, brooches, earrings and necklaces. Vintage is used as inspiration for the pieces, which are created using modern materials.
There are three different wrist sizes, so there’s something for most (and there’s a decent selection in all three sizes too):
Maiden (extra small)
Wrist hole diameter of 5.8cm
Wrist hole diameter of 6.5cm
Duchess (larger size – this is the one I wear)
Wrist hole diameter of 7.8cm
Maiden or duchess bangles are clearly marked on the website, and you can also filter by wrist size using the dropdown menu under the bangles tab on the homepage.
If you see a size on a bangle listing that isn’t one of the above (narrow, wide, midi, and so on) refer to how thick the bangle is, so you can make up stacks (I like making them out of wide and narrow bangles for a bold look, or with midi and narrow for something subtler).
The Splendette shop was closed for orders due to lockdown, but is now back up and running again, and you can also find a handy list of Splendette stockists on the website.
While you might not be able to show off your bangles in person for a while, once you’ve got your first stack together, you can join in Splendette’s regular #stackurday competition on Instagram (held, as you might expect, on Saturdays).
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