Refashion Friday: Hard and Soft, Old and New — Repurposed Leather Cuff with Vintage Rhinestone Bracelet

This Christmas, my grandmother gave everyone something along with our regular gifts. My sister, a string of pearls that belonged to my great-grandmother. My father, a notebook that belonged to his grandfather. And so on.

My gift was a set of rhinestones from my grandmother’s youth. She knows I like to go out dancing, and she told me that when she used to go out, the fashion was to load up with as many sparkly things as possible. She also said that they were silly and that she wouldn’t feel bad if I got rid of them.

Honestly, I’m a bit of a magpie — sometimes I really adore bling. And the set is lovely! Plus, actual vintage rhinestones from my grandmother — no way am I going to abandon them.

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Necklace top (sadly broken, I’ll have to fix it somehow), bracelet bottom, a few pins and clip-on earrings.

But they’re a little sparkly, she’s right. A little old fashioned, a little girly. Nothing wrong with that, just a little off for my style.

It's really pretty, but...

It’s really pretty, but…

I love the bracelet in particular. But how to jazz it up, add a little edge? Leather cuff with snaps!

Taken from the collar of a leather jacket

Taken from the collar of a leather jacket

Take some scrap leather, sew around the edges, attach some snaps, and I’m in love.’m not crazy about the leather cuff on its own, but I love the rhinestones worn over it.

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Now we’re talking.

I like to wear it with a chunky, comfy sweater.

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That moment when your cheapo camera decides to do something artsy.

I know leather and lace are put together so often it’s practically a cliche by now, but leather and rhinestones make me happy.

How do you mix soft and hard? Do you try, or do you think the contrast is just overworked at this point?


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