How to choose a women's bracelet

First published: 07-12-2017

 Fiorelli Jewellery Ladies' Multi colour gold Set of 3 Dainty Bracelets

When it comes to women's bracelets, there are countless designs, which can make buying one for yourself or a loved one a little tricky.

As with most accessories, it's important you find a bracelet that reflects the personal style of the wearer, and that feels comfortable to wear. We've broken down the main styles of women's bracelets to choose between and offered some handy tips for how to style the piece with your wider wardrobe.

How to wear a bracelet

Thomas Sabo Jewellery Ladies' Sterling Silver Charm Club Bracelet

Given the vast range of designs and additional accessories available in women's jewellery, there are endless ways to wear a bracelet. Much like other areas of fashion, it's important to wear your jewellery in a way that feels comfortable for you, but there are some basic guidelines that can help to make your overall appearance look expertly styled.

  • Make sure the bracelet fits

The most important guideline is to choose a bracelet that fits your wrist. This is a given when it comes to rings, but resizing bracelets is much less common, and often leaves some women avoiding bracelets altogether because they feel uncomfortable.

There is no standard wrist size, so if you find that bracelets tend not to fit well, choose adjustable fastenings, or a chain bracelet that can be resized at a jeweller.

  • Try to avoid clashing

When looking to complement your bracelet with other accessories, try to stick with one style. Matching bracelets and necklaces are very popular, as are earrings, and styling them well can finish an outfit perfectly. However, ensure that all accessories are made from similar materials and styles, and avoid clashing metals with softer materials, such as leather.

  • How to style with a watch

When wearing a bracelet with a watch, it's generally recommended the watch is worn on your non-dominant arm to reduce the chance of damage. A bracelet can be layered with the watch, but wearing it on your dominant wrist is a better choice for those who want to ensure their timepiece is at lower risk of scratches.

What are the different styles of women's bracelets?

There's no complete list of women's bracelet styles, as designers are always creating new and exciting pieces that break the fashion mould. There are, however, certain designs that have always been popular, and continue to be on-trend today. These are some of the most popular:

Thomas Sabo Jewellery Ladies' Sterling Silver Charm Club Bracelet

Beaded bracelets, which can be made from any material including the traditional pearl, create an ultra-feminine look and add texture to your outfit. These can be complemented with a beaded necklace, or worn layered with multiple bracelets on one wrist. Dressed up or down, this is a look that never goes out of style.

Thomas Sabo Jewellery Ladies' Sterling Silver Charm Club Charm Bracelet

Charm bracelets have made a comeback in recent years. The design enables the wearer to personalise the bracelet over the years with new charms that can celebrate special occasions or simply reflect your style. The more charms on the bracelet, the more textured it can look, so it's generally recommended a charm bracelet should be worn as the focus of your outfit.

Folli Follie Jewellery Ladies' Sterling Silver Match And Da 2 Bracelet

Just like the men's cuff bracelet design, the cuff design for women is all about adding edginess to your look. They're typically available in metal and leather, and can make an eye-catching statement with very little effort. Perfect teamed with a simple jeans and t-shirt combo.

Calvin Klein Jewellery Ladies' Two-tone steel/gold plate Exclusive Bangle Regular

Arguably one of the most versatile designs, the bangle is in a league of its own within women's bracelets. Today's on-trend bangles are plain metals in gold, silver, or rose gold, and can be stacked on one wrist to add a glossy finish to an outfit. If you prefer a more complex design which includes different materials across the band, keep it simple and stick to one bangle to make a statement.

unique & Co Ladies' Unique & Co Stainless Steel Leather Bracelet

Often the polar opposite of a bangle, a braided bracelet typically uses natural materials such as leather and cord to add a soft finish to your outfit. The ultimate laid-back style, these look best when stacked against one another on one wrist. So long as the colours are all similar, multiple designs and materials can usually be worn at once.

Karen Millen Jewellery Ladies' Oversized Chain Bracelet

While there is no one type of statement bracelet, these are in their own category as they are usually a high-fashion statement piece created as a spotlight piece of jewellery in a designer's seasonal collection. Often found with complex designs and made from varied materials, lovers of fashion will keep the rest of their outfit simple to allow their statement bracelet to do all the talking.

Find a women's bracelet that suits your style with our full jewellery collection, or learn more about how to style women's and men's jewellery with our dedicated guides.

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