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Bracelet guide

Jewelry is a polarizing subject when it comes to menswear, because some say men shouldn’t wear any jewelry aside from a wedding ring and a watch, some say to hell with that, give me my bracelets, my rings and my pendants. Jewelry has been a part of mens fashion since fashion was a thing, so it’s certainly hard to disregard it. Many treat jewelry as the last piece to their style identity - the cornerstone that finalizes their outfit and style as a whole.

Can there be too little jewelry? Probably not, because it’s by no means a necessary part of an outfit. Can there be too much? Certainly, but that would largely depend on your style and environment you are in. As with everything, balance is key.

Beaded

Probably the most common and most varied type is the beaded bracelet, beaded bracelets are often made of round beads tied on an elastic string or a cord. One can find it anywhere from tourist shops all the way to high-end jewellery. Materials vary as much as the bracelets - plastic, glass, metal, stone, lava, gems, you name it.

Beaded bracelets are the simplest way to get into this type of jewellery, because they are simple, affordable and easy to work into an outfit. Check out the beaded collection here

Chain

Probably the second most popular and most varied type of a bracelet, chain bracelets can come in a variety of link types, from simple oval-shaped to complex multi-link designs. Most often made in metal, these bracelets are durable and versatile. Many come with variations and additions to the chain itself. 

Chain bracelets made out of precious metals such as gold or silver are often more expensive due to the combination of material and craftsmanship required to make it. However, there are still plenty of options to consider. Check out the Chain collection here

Leather

Leather bracelets. Probably the most sophisticated type of bracelet, leather bracelets are easiest to work into a more formal outfit, while also working great in casual outfits. Classic leather bracelet construction involves a leather cord with a metal buckle - just like a tiny belt. Leather bracelets come in a great variety of types and styles, from plain straps to woven and studded variations. Check out the Leather collection here

Cord/Rope

Coming from a very utilitarian background, cord bracelets are the more rugged option for a bracelet. These work perfectly in the summer setting, particularly near the sea, but are also great for any other outdoors-inspired styles such as hiking or lumberjack. There is an extremely practical option in form of survival bracelets, that features a woven cord that can be unwound if you need it. Many of these look pretty good actually, and if you are going for utility, these can turn out useful. Check the rope collection here

Cuffs

Cuff bracelets, or bangles come in form of solid circles or semi-circles of metal. I feel that these are the hardest to wear, mainly because of how literally inflexible they are. They can also feel very restrictive and feel odd on the wrist, so make sure to try them out in store, at least as a style, before you commit to an online purchase. Be careful that if anything made of brass, it will most likely bend soon so if you like to keep your bracelet perfectly round, go for a harder metal. Check out the cuff collection here

How to Style

There appear to be two main approaches to styling men's bracelets, and that’s either wearing multiple at once to create a stack or wearing just once, two max to add a flair to the look. You can wear the bracelet on the same hand as your watch - it can be a great combination.

Stacking bracelets is a popular thing with fashion bloggers and lookbooks, as it allows to show off a range of styles and looks good in pictures. While not particularly opposed to this, I find it quite cumbersome for everyday wear. Some good examples of this done well are in the photos below.

Wearing a watch & a bracelet on the same hand can work very well when your watch and bracelet work together, rather than contrast - like with a cuff, or with a leather bracelet; it can be done well even with an apple watch.

Like here with a cuff

Or with a leather bracelet:

Wearing just one, max two bracelets on the opposite hand from your watch is the simplest, and my favorite way of working a bracelet into your outfit. It works with any style of bracelets and pretty much any outfit. Here are just a few examples that I liked:

With a chain bracelet

With a beaded bracelet;

With a simple leather wraparound;

 

Afterword:

Bracelet is the easiest piece of jewellery to incorporate into your outfits, thanks to the variety of options and styles and probably the fact that men already wear something on a wrist a lot so the jump is easier to make. I personally wear a bracelet almost every day, it’s one of my favourite things to complement an outfit with. Hopefully this guide helped with navigating this wonderful type of jewellery.

Note: The guide is written by Redditor @trend_set_go on