Do Guys Wear Bracelets? Yes! Here’s How To Do It Right (Ask Cladright)

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Many men (whether they choose to admit it or not) love to wear bracelets. You’ll often see guys wearing bracelets next to a wristwatch although it may not look so obvious at first.

Some men choose to wear their bracelets on the opposite hand as an extra accessory, and it’s something you can pretty much wear with any look. 

With that said, there are rules to properly wearing your bracelets and below we’ll share tips on the best ways to style them.

closeup of man in leather jacket wearing bracelets
Photo by Mister Mister

The Most Common Bracelet Types for Guys

There are many types of bracelets, and mashups of two or more bracelet styles. But here are the most common ones you’ll find.

The Cord Bracelet

The simple, thin cord bracelet is typically worn by a guy who has an understated, casual sense of style. This type of bracelet has just the right amount of sophistication to take every outfit up a notch.

Cord bracelets can be made from synthetic materials like nylon or natural materials like cotton.

The Braided Leather Bracelet

The braided leather bracelet is a fantastic companion to the thin cord style bracelet we mentioned above.

It looks great when worn on the same hand as a bold wristwatch, and you can pair it with so many different types of outfits. It even goes well with colors like dark green or brown.

The Beaded Bracelet

If you’re the type of guy who enjoys symbolism, or simply likes a more interesting style, then the beaded bracelet is your go-to. Most beaded bracelets, such as the Chakra bracelet, are said to drive away negative energy while promoting positive vibes.

Beaded bracelets not only look great with dark jeans and a T-shirt, but they also work with more formal fits. 

The Chain Bracelet

If you‘re looking for a sophisticated statement piece for your wrists, then you can’t go wrong with the chain bracelet.

The nice thing about chain link bracelets is that you can find them in a variety of link styles, metals, and sizes (measured in mm, the bigger the number, the bigger the bracelet).

It literally works well with every outfit, from casual to formal.

How to Wear Bracelets Well: 5 Easy Options

closeup shot of wrist and bracelets worn in different combos
Some ideas for how to wear bracelets.

Stack them up

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wearing bracelets and, if you like, you can wear more than one bracelet on one hand.

If you want to make a statement and have your bracelets make more of an impact, consider wearing a few simple leather bracelets or a few braided leather bracelets on one arm. 

You can also stack your bracelets up on either your left hand or right (whichever hand is more comfortable for you). The stack-up style works well with a simple outfit like a white T-shirt and a pair of fitted jeans, and it’ll definitely elevate your drip more than if your arms were bare. 

closeup of man's wrist with beaded and cord bracelets

Feeling creative? Stack your bracelets according to a theme.

For instance, you can wear leather bracelets of different styles on one wrist. You can even stack looser bracelets down to the top of your hand, just below your wrist, creating a casual free-hanging aesthetic.

If it looks good in the mirror, it’s a good combination to wear.

Bracelets on Both Wrists

Never be afraid to play around with your style. If you feel that you’ve been wearing stacked bracelets for too long, play around a little. Wear a bracelet on both wrists.

You can wear a simple leather bracelet on one hand and opt for a beaded bracelet on the other hand. You can even create a whole new look entirely by wearing a simple leather bracelet on one hand and a silver chain bracelet on the other hand.

Same Arm as Wristwatch

Your watch doesn’t necessarily need to be on one hand and the bracelet on the other. In fact, sometimes the best way to wear a bracelet is to pair it with your wristwatch

The most important thing is to look for a bracelet that goes well with the wristwatch to enhance your style. You can wear a sophisticated watch with a more understated bracelet on the same hand. 

closeup of man's wrist wearing steel rolex datejust watch and beaded bracelet

Wristwatch on the Other Arm

If you’re the type of guy who prefers having your hands full, you can wear a wristwatch on one hand and a bracelet on another. On your left hand, wear a bold chunky wristwatch and on the opposite hand wear a more subtle bracelet or a series of bracelets.

A Combination

Have fun experimenting with combinations! 

  • A cord and leather bracelet combo works well with resort wear and casual looks, especially when worn on one hand.
  • Leather cuffs and metal bracelets really complement each other.
  • You can also wear a beaded bracelet beneath a thick leather cuff of the same color, or a wristwatch with a thick similarly-toned leather strap.

The possibilities are endless, really, and there’s no “wrong” way to do it.

If you feel insecure doing this, just follow the tried-and-true approach of accessory combining. Make sure the bracelets are matching or complementary, not contrasting with each other.

To Wrap Up

Whether you prefer to stack your bracelets or wear a simple cuff and nothing else, bracelets are an essential accessory to have.

When pairing bracelets, make sure to combine bracelets of different styles and textures to help make the most of your look. 

Consider your outfit and make sure that it perfectly compliments the bracelet style that you’re opting for.

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