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Beginner's Guide to Men's Bracelets

Men have traditionally been more limited than women when it comes to accessories. In recent years, men's jewelry has become much more acceptable,, providing a more excellent choice for that finishing touch. 

For the man who wants to add a flourish of style or panache to their look, men's bracelets offer flexibility thanks to many different styles for many other options. If you've never considered them before, have no idea of where to start, or want to know how to wear bracelets, here's a beginner's guide to men's bracelets.

Types of Bracelets for Men

Before you can think about how to wear bracelets and how they affect your overall look, it helps to understand the different types of bracelets and bracelet styles

Metal bracelets -  can be chains with links of various shapes and sizes. They come in all metals including gold, sterling silver, stainless steel, and tungsten. Another type of metal bracelet is the bangle

Cuff bracelet - usually worn with a short-sleeved top to show it off, a metal, wooden, or leather cuff is broader and more substantial than other types of men's bracelets

Leather bracelet - leather can be braided, flat, patterned, or sculptured to form a bracelet. They are generally in black, brown, or muted colors. 

Rope bracelets - easy to wear, rope, cord, and string bracelets come in many colors and patterns. They are often called friendship bracelets.

Beaded bracelet - currently the most popular style of men's bracelet, the options for styles and colors seem endless. Beaded bracelets are hugely popular when layering (we'll explain this later) and can add a quirky or edgy look. 

Men's bracelet by elegatto

How to Choose Men's Bracelets

Getting the right overall look means making the right choices to create a stylish ensemble. It's okay to make an impulse buy of a bracelet simply because you love it, but like any other item in your wardrobe, a man's bracelet should be a considered purchase. 

Do you want a bracelet you can wear every day? Does it need to fit formal wear of shirt and tie, or is your preferred look usually on the casual side? The right choice of bracelet is going to appear effortless, and that usually means having different bracelets for different occasions or going with different outfits. 

There are three factors in choosing a suitable bracelet: proportion, fit, and style. 

Proportion

This refers to how the bracelet looks on your wrist. Do not pick a large, heavy bracelet if you have a small wrist. Larger wrists require larger bracelets. 

An easy way to decide if you have a smaller or larger wrist is to circle your wrist with your thumb and index finger. If the finger and thumb don't meet, you are large-boned. If they just touch, you are medium-boned, and if they feel quickly, you are small-boned. 

Proportion also becomes a consideration if you are layering bracelets. One large bracelet can overwhelm smaller pieces and lots of similar-sized items can fail to give the look you're seeking. 

Fit 

Fit, or bracelet size, comes down to look and comfort. Many bracelets are one-size-fits-all or are elasticated (such as beaded bracelets). A bracelet should sit comfortably on the wrist without hanging too low down over the hand. 

Close-fitting bracelets should not cut into the flesh. The heavier the bracelet is, the closer the fit should be. You don't want the bracelet constantly slipping up and down the arm as this is just irritating. Any bracelet should effectively feel invisible. One that you continuously have to adjust or move is not the right bracelet

You also need to consider the practical side of fit, particularly concerning your everyday activities. If you work with machinery, a loose hanging ID bracelet may not be applicable (or even permissible), or a chunky link bracelet may get in the way when typing on a keyboard. 

Style 

Think about the message you are trying to convey. How does a bracelet fit into your overall look? Even though men's jewelry has become more mainstream, a bracelet can still be a conversation starter. You might be asked what the bracelet means to you. Have an answer ready. The right bracelet will help tell your story.

Choice of style is also informed by how often you want to wear the bracelet. Something that you are going to wear every day requires more thought than an addition to your collection of men's bracelets

There is a massive range of bracelets available, so there will always be something that fits your desired aesthetic. You'll also find bracelets to work with any men's fashion

How to wear men's bracelet

How to Wear Men's Bracelets

Like all men's accessories, there is plenty of advice on wearing bracelets. Remember, however, men's bracelets are a statement of personal style, so it is your choice no matter what the top jeweler blog or latest flavor-of-the-month influencer says. This beginner's guide is here to lay out a few of the basics to get you started. It will guide you to ask the right questions and think about the answers to make choices that make you happy about how you wear your bracelet(s). 

The Single Bracelet

The simplest way to wear a bracelet is to wear a single bracelet on one wrist - the opposite to the wrist on which you wear your watch. This avoids having to deal with any issues of wearability alongside your wristwatch.  

Wearing one bracelet on a bare wrist means you only have to consider the style and how it fits your overall look. Will it be a metal cuff because most of the time you wear a t-shirt, or will you choose a simple silver-tone bangle?

The style of your usual menswear is the primary you usually consider for a single bracelet. The guidance is that you should wear a bracelet like your watch. It should be beneath the sleeve, never over it. Opt for a looser fit if you want it to be seen beneath the cuff level. 

The most popular choice for a single bracelet by far is a beaded bracelet

Watch with Bracelet

Wearing a Bracelet with a Wristwatch

The general advice is to aim for a coordinated look. A single bracelet worn on the same wrist as your watch should go with your watch’s overall look and feel unless you want to achieve a quirky, individual look. 

A good rule of thumb is to match materials. So if you wear a stainless steel watch, choose a steel bracelet or a silver-tone bracelet. A look with a leather band will work well with a bracelet based on leather. With leather, color can be significant. A black leather bracelet, for example, can look at odds with a brown leather watch strap. 

You might also pick out a feature of the watch as the basis of your choice of bracelet. For example, you might match a bracelet to the color of your watch face or the band of the watch if it is not the usual black, brown, or steel.  Working with color means you can think about bracelets with gemstones

You might also consider how a bracelet fits with your cufflinks if you wear them daily. The overall look needs to feel right when you wear a watch, bracelet, cufflink combo, or it can look clumsy and convey a lack of style rather than something well put together.  

Multiple bracelets in one hand trend

How to Layer Bracelets

You may have noticed that wearing several bracelets on one wrist is quite trendy. The likes of Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Prince Harry, Liam Hemsworth, and footballer Neymar are regularly seen sporting various bracelets. This is known as layering or stacking. 

Stacked bracelets are a great way to really express yourself in a way that no other through men's accessories can achieve. You only have to look at images of men from all walks of life wearing stacked bracelets to see that they can be worn as easily with formal attire as well as a casual look

Although this style is very fluid, unless you are a rock star or A-lister, wearing an armful of bracelets is not the best look to aim for. Stacking should appear effortless even if you have put a lot of thought into your bracelet set. You also need to think of practicality. Does your work enable you to wear multiple bracelets,, or would they be too cumbersome?

It is good to start by having a bracelet set of three or four. They should have a common theme but don't necessarily need to be perfectly matched. Sometimes wearing a number of bracelets of the same metal or color at the same time doesn't give the right impression. The number you choose will be influenced by whether you are including your wristwatch in the stack or not. 

Layering is most successful when the stack is made of bracelets of different materials and colors. Avoid color overload by choosing two colorful bracelets for every neutral bracelet. A good stack is a leather band, a metal rope or chain bracelet, along with two beaded bracelets. The beads can be different but coordinating colors (such as tiger's eye and agate or lava stone) or completely contrasting colors. The latter works best when coordinated with your outfit otherwise, everything has a jarring effect. 

Avoid wearing stacks of bracelets on both arms. This can make the wearer look like they are trying too hard and potentially being uncomfortable. 

The Takeaway

As men's accessories go, bracelets can be as much fun as they can be stylish. Choose men's bracelets that you love whether you're going to wear a single item or layer up in multiples. Examine the many styles available and maybe even build a collection. 

Whether you buy from an online store or a jeweler, purchase high quality if you want your bracelets to last, especially be circumspect if you are making an investment piece of a gold bracelet or one set with gemstones

Pay as much attention to fit and size as to color and size. The wearer of a bracelet should love the look they create with their bracelet as much as they love the ease of wearing it.