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TIL: How to Wear Jelly Bracelets Chola Style

Long before Madonna ever thought to don a wrist full of solid black jelly bracelets, the Cholas of Los Angeles were rockin’ the plastic jewelry with panache. I was a young girl on the other side of the country in the not-so-deep South back then, so on the recent day I arrived at work at KCRW with a few of my own jelly bracelets, Connie Alvarez, the station’s director of volunteer services, had some styling tips to offer (and reassured me Chola Style is a PC, well-accepted term referenced without causing offense, something I wasn’t sure of due to a lack of experience with the culture in my youth. #HonestIgnorance). Thus began my foray into vintage gangster style. I was rocking a slightly more complicated construction of the plastic bands on my arm in no time, and I whipped out my iPhone to share the results via Instagram. Here’s how I got the look:


Betsy Moyer is a North Carolinian living in Los Angeles. Part bohemian and part fish out of water, she’s interested in what makes Angelenos unique and shares her lifestyle and fashion musings here on the Clutch. She also sings in a band, dabbles in thrifting and home décor, and blogs about blogging. Follow her daily on Instagram, Twitter, or at her blog, betsymoyer.com.