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Bracelet Wearing Guide for men

Bracelets And Men’s Style

Once we start with the basic premise that yes, guys can wear bracelets if they want to, the question becomes “why would they want to?”

The role of a well-chosen bracelet isn’t that different from the role of any other piece of jewelry, like a necklace or a ring. It’s there to be a noticed accent — not the centerpiece of your outfit, but definitely a distinct part of the look.

What form the bracelet takes will depend on the outfits you like to wear. If you’re in a suit and tie on the regular, something metallic and upscale looking is a natural fit. If your wardrobe tends more toward wrap pants and tropical shirts, you’re probably going to do better in leather, rope, and bead sorts of bracelets with a rough-edged, natural look.

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In both cases, however, notice that the role of the bracelet is the same: it’s emphasizing your overall look. Like a lot of good accents, it functions as a sort of social “proof” that you mean to look the way you do. You’re not just some guy who put a suit on because he had to — you’re a guy who’s taken the time to make a suit look good, and the bracelet helps make that clear.

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As with necklaces, it’s good for a bracelet to look a little well-worn and broken in. Too much bright, shiny metal looks gaudy. You want people to think you’ve owned the bracelet for years, and been on strange and exotic adventures with it.

A last note that’s going to be true for any bracelets here — get it sized right. A big clunky metal bracelet sliding back and forth gets old fast. Anything with significant weight should be fitted fairly close; lighter stuff like rope-and-bead pieces can have a little more play in them if you want.

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How to Wear and Display a Bracelet

Part of the problem with bracelets on men is that most classic menswear doesn’t leave room for it.

Unless you’re getting your sleeves tailored with bracelets in mind, suit and shirt cuffs are going to be competing for the same wrist space as bracelets (and as watches, if you wear them).

That makes bracelets mostly a summer phenomenon when short sleeves leave plenty of room to show them off. But you can work them into long-sleeved outfits too — just use a little common sense.

Here are our basic guidelines on how to wear a bracelet without looking awkward:

  • Treat bracelets like wristwatches — they stay against the skin, under any sleeves long enough to cover them.
  • Stack up as many thin cord bracelets on the same wrist as you like, but don’t go for multiples of thick, metal bracelets.
  • Similarly, a wristwatch looks okay with thin cord bracelets, but not with a thick metal one. Don’t mix more than one big metal band on the same wrist.
  • One wrist bare always looks better than both wrists occupied. Matching bracelets on each wrist is definitely a no-no, unless you’re going for a bondage cuff kind of look.

Like any set of “rules” in fashion, there are exceptions here, and there are going to be guys who make the occasional exception look great. But for the most part, stick to the guidelines, especially when you’re just starting out.

It’s easy to look awkward if you’ve got a misplaced or mismatched bracelet — like you’re trying to accent stylishly, but don’t have it quite down yet. Keep it simple and understated until you’ve got the hang of bracelets.



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