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What you need to know about buying a men's bracelet

First published: 30-11-2017

Man's Bracelet

There are men's bracelets to suit every man's sense of style, whether that's conservative or contemporary. Explore the bracelet designs and styles, and find the ideal men's bracelet for yourself, or the special guy in your life.

How to wear a bracelet

Tom Hope Jewellery Men's Sterling Silver Sterling Silver & Rope Triple Black Bracelet S

Choosing any accessory is all about being aware of your surroundings. Most social or professional situations dictate how reserved or outlandish you should be with your outfit. Almost every material, design, and colour bracelet can be dressed up or down.

When pairing the bracelet with other accessories, for many men, sticking to a basic look feels comfortable. For instance, those who choose a silver chain bracelet can pair it with a similar style necklace, or wear it with a silver watch.

Just remember the golden rule: wear your watch on your non-dominant wrist, and keep the bracelet on the other arm. This will help to maintain your watch's finish, and keep it looking fresher for longer as it's less likely to get knocked about as you go about daily tasks like opening doors and picking things up and putting them down.

Choosing a material

Calvin Klein Jewellery Men's Stainless Steel Boost Bracelet

Much like their timekeeping counterparts, leather and metal dominate the men's bracelet market. Stainless steel is a clean, bright choice available in simple and outlandish styles - and everything in between. Meanwhile, leather bracelets are muted and masculine, to add a rugged edge to your outfit whether you're wearing t-shirt and jeans or a smart suit.

Fabric chord bracelets have become increasingly popular; taking the essence of a leather chord bracelet, the fabric option has a wider variety of colours available to more effectively express your personality in a casual setting.

Finally, beaded bracelets for men have become something of a fashion sensation. Turning masculine style on its head, beaded bracelets can be found in all manner of colours and styles, though muted greys, browns, and greens have proven to be the most popular.

Which bracelet is right for me?

Think about the type of personality you want your wristwear to project; are you fashion-conscious or totally laid back? Is counter-culture your thing, or do you prefer to rock a suit and tie?

We've helped to define what type of bracelet suits which kind of man below, but remember: it's your wrist - wear what feels best for you.

Unique & Co Men's Unique & Co Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Metal chain bracelets

Metal chains are a classic men's bracelet style that's reminiscent of army ID bracelets. Clean and simple, these chains are commonly available in silver or gold colours, and made from stainless steel, so they're fairly durable. Larger links add an urban spin to the style, so consider the size of the chain before you pair it with an outfit.

UNOde50 Men's Silver Plated Balabares Bracelet
  • Metal cuffs

Alternatively, metal cuffs and bands are a simple statement piece that's contemporary in appearance - although they have a heritage that goes back thousands of years. Where women's bands come adorned with gems and stones, men's bracelets tend to feature minimal styling. Ideal for a straight-talking man who prefers their look to be clean and masculine.

Fred Bennett Men's Sterling Silver Bracelet
  • Leather plaited bracelets

Leather plaited bracelets have the feel of surf culture, and while lovers of this style aren't necessarily hitting the waves every day, it's a design that remains popular with a laid-back crowd. Layered leather plaited bracelets are particularly popular, and look great matched with a simple t-shirt. Wind-swept hair and a golden tan not included.

Fossil Jewellery Men's Stainless Steel Casual Bracelet
  • Leather cuffs

Just as iconic as the leather plait is the leather cuff. Perfect for a man who goes for a more alternative look, the leather cuff adds instant rock and roll to an outfit. Choose black with small silver metal detailing for pure rock god style, or keep it more casual with a brown cuff.

Icon Brand Jewellery Men's Gold Plated Captain Flint Bracelet
  • Fabric chord bracelets

Fabric chord bracelets, available in a variety of colours, are a great casual accessory that can be personalised as much as you like. The style has a hint of preppy fashion, and would look great with loafers and a casual shirt, and can be adapted to include charms and beadings that reflect your interests.

STORM Jewellery Men's Black Ion-plated Steel Kahn Bracelet
  • Beaded bracelets

Beaded men's bracelets are the uniform of the adventurous. Whether it's trying new food, exploring the world, or experiencing something that makes your heart race, a beaded bracelet reflects the worldly nature of your personality - especially if it has beads made from earthy materials, like wood or stone. People will probably think you've bought it from a local market in some hidden village.

A bracelet is the perfect accessory to add to your collection, and with a little bit of know-how and some handy style advice, even newcomers can enjoy the trend. Explore the full collection of men's bracelets to find your perfect piece of wristwear.

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