Starlet Bling for Dainty Wrists

1930s Starlet Myrna Loy in a side-by-side collage with Sherry Dryja, modern-day fashion blogger of Petite Over 40.

The starlets of the 1930s loved their jewelry. Pictured above, 1930s actress Myrna Loy appears to be dressed casually but her bracelets are the stuff of red carpets today. When it came to jewels and accessories, the rich and famous in the 1930s believed in the old adage that “more is more.”

1930s actress Kay Francis dripping in diamonds and pearls.
1930s actress Kay Francis is case in point. That’s quite a lot of bling she’s got going! (Photo from Vintage Binger website.)

Even as the rest of the world struggled to find their next meal these actresses dripped in priceless jewels. Amazingly, rather than begrudge these ladies their luxuries, the rest of the world loved them for all their glamour and wealth. It just proves yet again how complex we humans are.

We are still fascinated by the “lifestyles of the rich and famous.” (If you don’t believe me, google Kardashian.) Today, though, most of our celebrities dress casually and that makes it easier for us to emulate their styles.

For 1930s starlets, even their casual looks were elevated by a little bling.

1930s actress Myrna Loy in a simple embellished top and accessorized with numerous bracelets.
Myrna Loy has on a simple embellished top but her bracelets take this look up a notch.
1930s model wearing a tank top and bracelets.
This model from the 1930s wears a simple tank and looks quite elegant with her wrists lined in metal bracelets. (Photo linked from CreepingIrrelevance.Tumbler.com.)

I definitely can’t afford the jewels worn by Myrna Loy and her lot. In addition, my wrists are petite like the rest of me. Most bracelets and watches slouch toward my elbows or fall off my wrists completely.

Enter Dainty Wrist Jewelry, an online boutique that specializes in bracelets and watches for women with petite wrists. I can get my bling on for a price that suits my wallet and a size that suits my petite frame!

Four silver bracelets from Dainty Wrist Jewelry
The bracelets pictured above range in price from $13 to $18. Nothing is more than $105 and most items come in under $30.

Elaine Povinelli is the owner of Dainty Wrist Jewelry. She started the company after a lifetime of dealing with arm candy that was too big for her dainty wrists. She credits her parents with inspiring and guiding her toward entrepreneurship and she donates 1% of her annual profits to the American Heart Association in memory of her mom.

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The photo above shows what a difference it makes to have bracelets that fit. The Dainty Wrist bracelets are on my left arm. They fit perfectly, like a well-tailored suit. They stay put and look like they were made just for me.

Alternatively, the “bracelet” on my right arm is a necklace I doubled up to create a bracelet. Even though it’s a necklace, this is what bracelets tend to look like on my arms–a little “loosey-goosey” and sloppier than the more fitted Dainty Wrist bracelets. The difference between the two arms has made me a true fan of Elaine’s boutique!

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If you don’t know whether your wrists are dainty, Elaine offers a page on her website that provides details on how to measure your hand and wrist. Several products on her site come in “Small” or “Extra Small.”

I’ve never been good at remembering to wear jewelry, especially bracelets. But I really like the pizazz these pieces add to casual outfits. Even with jeans (and a FitBit) standing in the middle of the construction happening in my condo, these bracelets provide the kind of bling that makes me feel a little bit like a starlet. I like the look so much that, these days, I don’t leave home without a Dainty Wrist bracelet (or four) on my wrists.

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In the coming weeks I’ll show whole outfits paired up with Dainty Wrist Jewelry, including some gold-tone pieces I love to layer together.

Shop This Look:

Bracelets from Dainty Wrist Jewelry  |  Top: Rebecca Taylor Lace Inset Clipped Silk Blouse  |  Jeans: Re/Done “The High Rise Wide Leg” Reconstructed Jeans

Affiliate link disclaimer: Please note, I was gifted the bracelets in this post and am affiliated with Dainty Wrist Jewelry. I did not, however, receive payment for my post. In addition, some of the other items linked may be affiliated with other companies I am associated with. By clicking the affiliated links and purchasing from those stores, I might receive a small commission. By purchasing from these stores, you support the work I do here and I greatly appreciate your support! 

  • I have to admit, I’ve never thought about the possibility of smaller bracelets. Maybe my wrists aren’t all that small?
    It’s true some of my bracelets travel the length of my arm, but I never even considered the fact that they may not be fitting correctly!
    Leave it to you to have a solution!!
    I especially love the scalloped edges silver bracelet!!
    And I notice you’re wearing your new jeans from the #Nsale, right? And there’s a little lace edging on that black shirt!! So feminine and lovely!!
    Good luck with that remodeling—I can so relate—most of ours is done, but we’ll be having the bathroom floors done in the next month or two! #itsalwayssomething
    XOXO,
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • I had never considered bracelets not fitting right either until Elaine from Dainty Wrist Jewelry contacted me and introduced me to her online boutique! It just surprised me how well her bracelets fit compared to all other ones–and I have to wonder if that’s why I haven’t worn wear bracelets more.

      The scallop one is my favorite one!

      Those are my new jeans from the Nordstrom sale! I’ll showcase them more in a different post. I didn’t want their awesomeness to eclipse the bling-bling. 😀 hee hee.

      I have to tell you — I thought of you when I chose this shirt. It *is* lacy (and slightly sheer, which I didn’t realize until I took photos!). The lace and surrounding fabric are so soft! It’s perfect for a summer day. I’ll have to layer a tank under it for fall.

      The remodeling is coming together. As I write this, I am hearing discussions among floor layers and the scraping sounds of a painter working on the new walls. You’re absolutely right–#itsalwayssomething!

      Hugs!

  • Loosey-goosey had me chuckling, Sherry! This is a great post as having dainty wrists, bracelets are a real problem for me and I LOVE wearing bracelets. I might just now be dashing off to do some shopping!
    But before I do, oh, don’t you just love that photo of Myrna Loy. I so remember watching her in black and white films on the TV growing up. Such a classy lady.
    You’re wearing a gorgeous selection – I particularly like the bezel bliss cuff on you.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

    • The bezel bliss cuff is my favorite, Jacqueline! I bought it in other colors as well. 🙂 I’ll be curious to hear if you ended up with any Dainty Wrist Jewelry yourself and what you think! Meanwhile, I’m off to catch up with your blog as I’ve been away for a bit.

      – Sherry

  • I’m all about parading around in dandy arm candy!! And have no qualms about stacking them up high GRIN goofiness aside, Sherry, there’s an certain air of ole world charm around you. A very classy one 🙂

    • Sheela, you know how to accessorize probably better than anyone I know. I’ve had to take a break from reading/writing for a bit but I’m coming back and plan on spending more time seeing how you work accessories into your outfits so I can learn how to do it better myself. You rock everything you wear–never doubt that.

      – Sherry

  • I’m a huge fan of arm bling on others, less so on myself. Partially because they often didn’t fit, but also because I find them annoying. I prefer bracelets that are made with elastic so they stay put.

    I love your exposed electrical! LOL Been there…

    I need to take posing lessons from you.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • This was a revelation for me, Suzanne — arm bling that fit. I’ve never been one to wear bracelets either, but I always admire them on others. I still can’t work (type) with them on, but I do like the sparkle they give when I go out.

      We’re almost done with the remodel, thank goodness! Between the remodel and saying goodbye to our best friend, I haven’t been able to keep up with the ol’ blog. Once I start feeling more normal, I’ll get back into regular posting.

      As for posing–I think the same of you! I love your “hat over eyes, lying on the couch” look.

      Hug your pug for me.

      – Sherry

  • I’ve always loved seeing women wearing lots of bracelets – think Madonna in the early days – but I rarely do, for some reason. I really ought to make more of an effort because it does look ultra cool to wear lots of them together. I love the way you’ve styled yours, for example. And the 1930s actresses here look incredible! I might have to Google them for more inspiration lol!
    Suzy x
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • Those 1930s actresses really knew how to bling it up, Suzy! Like you, I have admired the layered bracelet look on others (like Madonna back when) but I never really tried it myself until writing this post. Now I wear them regularly and find I don’t need any other accessories to dress up an outfit–even a casual one!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      – Sherry

  • Yay!!! My kind of boutique 🙂 I’m always having issues of bracelets slipping off or bangles becoming arm cuffs because they don’t stay put anywhere else on my arm so, thank you, Sherry, for sharing this. Not that it’s not going to prove detrimental to my wallet but what the hey xoxo

    • I had the same problem with slipping bracelets, Sheela. Since writing that post, I’ve bought more Dainty Bracelets because they just fit so well and bling-up any outfit, so I know what you mean about the danger of these things! 😀

      Hugs,
      Sherry

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