The Bangle Is the Summer Accessory You Need

Looking to update your beachside look? Or just your look, period? Then embrace the bangle this summer!

Bangles are the ultimate beach accessory: they make for a quick and easy update to any vacation outfit (and don't take up much space in your case, either); add a little something extra to your poolside look (immediately, you're a little bit more dressed up than usual); and mean that you can get more wear out of last summer's bathing suit (because you can use them to style it differently!).

What better reasons are there to invest in one (or an armful)? And although there's always the option to splash out on something a little more luxe (and we have included a couple of those options below), for the most part, they won't blow your holiday budget.

Here are 10 of our favorites now.

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Bangles: why have one, when you can have many? Wear with a simple one-piece suit for the most impact.

Geo-shaped Multipack Bangle, $15, us.topshop.com.

Whether you're heading somewhere exotic or not, giant gemstones feel special and precious—and who doesn't want that when it comes to vacation time?

Metal Bangle Set, $26, shop.mango.com.
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Try rocking a ribbon-tie bangle instead of the traditional styles. It's a little more bohemian and will bring to life even the most classic of bikinis and swimsuits.

Yucaton Gold Tone Silk and Wood Bracelet by Rosantica, $220, net-a-porter.com.

Eschew standard styles in gold and silver tones for something a little more wild. This will do the job. Either clash it with your suit in a similar-but-different snake print or team it with something in a block of bold color. We suggest red.

Python Print Bangle by Diane Von Furstenberg, $94, matchesfashion.com.
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This is the sort of bangle you wear to show that you're planning to reside near, not in, the pool. Just add your favorite novel.

Classic Tension Bangle by Fallon, $100, barneys.com.

Wear these with a kaftan and a suitably look-at-me swim piece. These are definitely about elevating your beach/pool look well above casual status.

Rhinestone Bangle Set, $7, forever21.com.
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A bit of bling and a logo go along way at the beach, too.

Enamel Logo Disc Hinge Bracelet, $55, marcjacobs.com.

On the more luxe end of the bangle spectrum comes this show-off piece. Wear with white to let it shine.

Pave Mixed Media Bangle, $145, michaelkors.com.
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If you like your jewellery to have a little more of an industrial and sculptural edge going for it, then look no further.

Rose Gold Bangle by River Island, $13, us.asos.com.

How to bring East London to the beach? Wear it, care of this witty zipcode-decorated number.

E1 Bangle by Whistle & Bango, $106, wolfandbadger.com.
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