Before Pinterest, my besties and I would gather at slumber parties and teach each other how to tie the brightest friendship bracelets possible–I think we went through miles of colored thread. Obviously, my #1 BFF and I had matching ones! But friendship bracelets have seriously evolved since the 1990s. Just search “#armparty” on Instagram, for instance, and you’ll find over 600,000 entries dedicated to the trend Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller helped launch.
Click through the slideshow above to see–and shop!–the evolution of summer’s most important jewelry staple, the friendship bracelet.