Taylor Swift Has Made Me Want To Wear Friendship Bracelets Again – And I’m OK With That

Before you sit in judgement, I defy you to resist the allure of this feel-good accessory.

Taylor Swift friendship bracelets

by Jade Moscrop |
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Picture this: it's Saturday morning, and you're inside Claire's Accessories with your friends. You choose a couple of friendship bracelets, a pair of fingerless gloves and a tooth gem and head to the tills. The year? 2024, obviously. While we were certain we'd left these accessories firmly in 2001 with our blue eyeliner and wafer-thin eyebrows, the huge Y2K accessory resurgence seems like it's here to stay, brought back to life by Gen Z, of course. Friendship bracelets, in particular, have grown in popularity over the last 12 months thanks to the woman who's in her 'everywhere-all-at-once era', Taylor Swift.

Although friendship bracelets have long been a feature of Taylor Swift's fandom (one Redditor recalls them making an appearance as early as her Fearless meet and greets), since the release of Midnights and coinciding with her record-breaking Eras Tour, they've been spreading like wildfire.

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Fans of all ages in attendance at her shows have been making, selling, wearing and swapping friendship bracelets emblazoned with her lyrics, concert chants, and inside jokes. As Swift prepares to come to the UK later this summer, you might be tempted to get in on the trend, and you'd be forgiven for wanting to be a part of the millions already taking part. But if you're over the age of 18 (ahem, 30), is it acceptable to want to wear something we coveted during our pre-teen years? In Taylor Swift's world, anything is possible.

Taylor Swift Eras Tour
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If you've seen any clips from the Eras Tour on social media or have had the chance to attend yourself already, you'll know that the mammoth three-and-a-half-hour performance pays homage to unbridled emotion – most notably, joy. While the naysayers will try to deny her impact, millions cannot be wrong. So I say: lean in. Wear the bracelet. Buy the T-shirt. Jump up and down and sing your heart out because life is too short to deny yourself such a simple delight. There's no such thing as a guilty pleasure if it sparks joy.

While there are hundreds - no - thousands of friendship bracelets on Etsy and friendship bracelet craft kits on Amazon that will satisfy your nostalgia (and can happily be swapped with fellow Swifties), if you're looking for something a bit more 'grown-up', we've found a selection of friendship bracelet-inspired pieces that you can cherish forever. Like Miss Americana herself said, 'So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it. You've got no reason to be afraid.' It's time to head back to 2001.

Shop: Taylor Swift-Inspired Friendship Bracelets

Rachel Jackson London Rainbow Happy Face Gemstone BraceletRachel Jackson London

This simple, classic beaded bracelet from Rachel Jackson is the perfect accessory to pair with your Eras tour outfits. There's also a matching necklace available if you want to complete the look.

Estella Bartlett Beaded Eye Charm BraceletEstella Bartlett

Is Reputation your favourite era? This green, gold and jade bracelet is ideal for channelling your inner snake-charmer. Pair with a few other options from the John Lewis website for a full set, such as this Orelia Swarovski crystal tennis bracelet or this Estella Bartlett beaded gemstone bracelet.

Astley Clarke Gold Biography Orbit Rainbow BraceletAstley Clarke

Not only does this bracelet look beautiful, but it's made with everything from hematite to rhodolite to have all of your spiritual needs covered, too.

Missoma Jelly Heart Gemstone Charm BraceletMissoma

Missoma has a gorgeous selection of bracelets to fawn over. This retro-inspired bracelet has five jelly heart gemstone charms and is also available as a necklace (as seen in the Barbie movie).

Thomas Sabo Charm BraceletThomas Sabo

This Thomas Sabo charm bracelet is so Midnights coded, but it's also available in a selection of other colours - perfect for repping your favourite era. The best bit? You can add a selection of adorable charms to it to really personalise it.

Be Mine Love Beads By Lauren RubinskiSelfridges

Lauren Rubinski's Love Beads will always come to mind when we think of grown-up friendship bracelets. This sweet bracelet features the message 'Be Mine', but you could also opt for 'In Love', 'BFF' or 'Happy'.

The White Company Shell Beaded Bracelet – Set of 2The White Company

If you'd rather opt for gold or silver tones, this The White Company set of two can be worn for years to come.

Abbott Lyon Custom Enamel Name Bracelet (Gold)Abbott Lyon

If you're looking for a classic name friendship bracelet, we love this option from Abbott Lyon, It's available in gold, rose gold or silver and can be adorned with additional charms to make it even more personal.

Monica Vinader Freedom Beaded Gemstone BraceletMonica Vinader

A unique piece, this Monica Vinader option features hand-faceted gemstones and an 18k gold vermeil adjustable clasp.

Clear Letter Personalized Name Bead BraceletEtsy

There are tonnes of handmade options on Etsy, but we particularly like this variant, which is totally customisable and made by a small business in the UK.

HUSH Wini Beaded Disc Friendship Bracelet Gold/MultiHUSH
Price: £25 (was £45)


Grab yourself a bargain, as this HUSH beaded bracelet is currently on offer. We love the gold discs for a little something extra.

Not On The High Street is a treasure trove of unique products from small businesses, and these crystal bracelets can be personalised with whatever message you'd like.

This 18-carat gold-plated brass bracelet is adorned with a string of small glass beads in a rainbow of colours. It would be beautiful stacked with others from Anni Lu. We love this set of two that's very Lover-themed.

Jade Moscrop is the Commercial Content Editor for Grazia, specialising in lifestyle topics. When she’s not writing about beauty products, gym leggings and chic homeware items, she can usually be found on a hot girl walk, buying houseplants or listening to female-fronted rock bands.

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