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Wearing Bracelets Isn’t As Feminine As You Think; Here’s The Masculine Way To Do It

Wrist candy done right.

Bracelets and blokes. It’s a complex mix. But in the last couple of seasons, bracelets for men have taken off as a major trend. Especially, among those style aficionados (think Pitti Uomo, per favore). From leather bands to braided cord, to wooden beads and metallic cuffs, the world’s fashion icons and film stars are flexing their wrist-game (beyond the foolproof watch) and adopting the bracelet.

But not without some rules, of course. The trick is finding bracelets that don’t look like you just raided your lady’s jewellery box. You want pieces that are stylish and masculine, made from interesting materials and in colours that are conducive to the mix-and-match stacked effect.

Not only will this kind of arm candy boost your style cred, it’s easier – and far less stressful – than relying on a hot date to raise your aesthetic profile. Here’s our guide to the best mens bracelets. Sweeten that wrist.

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Metal Chains & Cuffs

Metal bracelets, steeped in military tradition, are historically the most popular due to their simplicity and ruggedness. Getting specific, ID bracelets are key, rating high on the masculinity spectrum due to their bulkiness and silver tone colour. Feature pieces on their own, wear metallic bracelets on your right hand wrist, opposite the watch and play with matching the tone of the metal to your watch for a cleaner look to your accessories style.

As for metal cuffs, be careful not to buy one resembles a bangle. Burnished metal or oxidised styles make the cuff appear more masculine. Pairing a leather cuff with a metal variety injects some toughness into the wrist. Plus, it’s a great way to add texture and layering.

Leather Band Bracelets

Like metal, leather is masculine and its formalities can be played around with. Wider cuffs are seen as more casual while finer, thinner bracelet types are more chic. Leather bracelets can be woven or simply a crafted, single piece of leather that wraps once or even twice around the wrist, then tied or closed with a press stud or clasp fastening. And, unlike metallic bracelets, leather contrasts well against watch dials, complementing the wrist nicely, as you stack your bracelet and timepiece together on the same arm.

Fabric Woven Bracelets

The fabric woven, like its leather brother mentioned above, is quite popular. But its cotton or poly material mix makes it much cheaper than animal hide. Plus, colour and pattern is where the fabric woven shines, opting for a colour that matches your pocket square or tie when wearing a suit or your cotton shorts when lazing by the pool. Woven bracelets are designed to be stacked with a watch or complement a ring, and look great paired with a leather and metal bracelet, covering all your bracelet basics.

Hybrid Charm Bracelets

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Special mention is order for this type hybrid variety. This type varies depending on the brand and occasion for wearing, but generally consists on a plain bracelet band in leather or fabric and a bold metal feature – the clasp itself or a metal tone charm attached the bracelet. The hybrid design – material and metal – makes it flashier than most, especially if the bracelet itself is brightly coloured edge with a bling-ed metal charm or glitzy clasp, designed in a bold motif (think an anchor, insect or flower).

Bead Bracelets

In recent seasons, the beaded bracelet has earned top spot as the most popular arm accessory for men. And their popularity lies in their vast selection. From wooden varieties – for something ethnic-inspired – to luxury crystal, bone and glass versions, as well as more affordable and old plastic styles, you can find a bead to best match your mood, style and dress code.

They look great stacked, mixing bead patterns, sizing, material and colour for a combo that is oh so you. With a formal suit, go monochrome and minimal, while summer events – like the races or weddings require colour and texture, drawing on colours from your outfit to make the bracelet pop.

Now you’ve got a taste for mens bracelets, click through the slideshow for our 10 great examples of arm candy for men.

  • Tiffany

    Stunning pieces! I also think that Deific Jewelry is worth mentioning in this list. It’s a high end Los Angeles based jewelry company that offers purely handcrafted statement pieces that are both edgy and luxurious. My hubby can’t get enough of their badass collection!

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    topshelfgoods.com has great bracelets

  • Caitriona Lui

    Hi, You share such a nice blog about bracelets. now a day wearing bracelets is the latest trend in the market. There are a new design and latest design of bracelets are available for both man and women. And jewelry1000 is the best online Jewelry store, which provides the quality and best design of Jewelry.

  • https://www.tistabene.com Nandita Roy

    Hello Luc,

    You have written a very nice guide on men’s bracelets. I loved it. You guided very well how to wear and what things men keep in mind when wearing a bracelet on the wrist.

  • Caitriona Lui

    Hi Luc,

    I liked much about your articles. Yes, wearing men’s bracelets have taken off as a major trend. Out of all these, the beaded bracelet and cuff bracelet has earned the top spot and the most popular arm accessory for men. Recently, I gifted Men’s Lava Stone Beaded Bracelet With Sterling Silver Charms And Clasp from jewelry1000.com, on my friends Birthday as its the latest trending arm fashion accessory. He loved the most, this beaded bracelet made of Lava Stone, Black Agate and 925 Sterling Silver charms and clasp.

  • Sharon Smith

    As per my opinion, Pearl bracelets online is the best for all and its mostly trendy product now. if you’re looking to add beautiful pearl jewelry to your wardrobe, have a look at our Edison pearl jewelry designs. Before some day I have purchased one bracelet from Timeless Pearl and it was awesome with a good price.

  • Demos Demou

    Unfortunately a lot of men still think wearing bracelets is not “masculine”. This article goes a long way in revoking that impression. I personally wear beaded bracelets all the time and get compliments continually.
    My favorites are supplied by Instyleoriginal.com and the quality is excellent. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d57a2c45884651a919992ba81d37fb86198e1562f079d757da1c3e5aa50fff7e.jpg

  • Deeksha Bhardwaj

    Bracelets are not at all a thing of feminine. Men have been this piece of ornament since ages. Earlier bracelets were made from wood or stone. In modern times, gold and silver are the preferred metals for bracelets. Recently, my friend bought a silver bracelet from fourseven.

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