For us guys, trying out any new piece of jewelry can feel strange at first. It’s kind of like growing out your hair: There’s always going to be an awkward in-between phase on the way towards developing your new style.
This is especially true for adding more jewelry than you’re used to, like wearing bracelets on both wrists.
Can it be done well? Absolutely. Just follow this short guide, and take it one step at a time.
Should Guys Try Wearing Bracelets On Both Wrists?
If you’re even thinking about wearing bracelets on both wrists, I encourage you to go for it!
Taking the first steps towards creating your own personal style can be tough, but it’ll pay off in the long run.
How to Start Wearing Bracelets On Both Wrists
Any guy who regularly wears a watch is already halfway towards wearing bracelets on both wrists.
Start by wearing a bracelet on the wrist opposite your watch, to get used to the feel of having one on both arms.
Try that out for a few days or weeks, and you’ll get used to rocking something eye-catching on both wrists.
Then, go ahead and layer up another bracelet on the wrist you wear your watch on. Try not to overdo it at this point — a thin bracelet will look best with your watch, and can be balanced by a thicker bracelet on your off hand.
How Many Bracelets Should You Wear?
At the point where you’re regularly wearing bracelets on both wrists, you’ll probably notice something: Bracelets are like potato chips, or tattoos. It’s almost impossible to have just one!
So how many bracelets can a guy wear without overdoing it? That depends a lot on the type of style you’re going for.
The full “rock star” look can go heavy on bracelets without looking out of place, but a more casual style might want just a bracelet or two per wrist.
Basically, if you feel awkward after wearing bracelets for a few weeks, there’s probably a good reason.
My advice: Wear just as much jewelry as you feel comfortable in, and try out adding or switching out a piece or two when your outfits feel stale.
3 Ways for Guys to Wear Bracelets On Both Wrists
One of the best parts about wearing bracelets on both wrists is that it gives you a lot of room to mix things up with your outfits.
Here’s a few tips to get you started customizing your look:
- Start simple. Thin bracelets from natural materials are an easy first pick, and make for great layering pieces too.
- Try offsetting different widths. Probably the best way to do this is with a thin bracelet paired with your watch, and a thick bracelet on your off hand, creating a sense of balance and symmetry.
- Mix your materials. Nothing says you can’t have a thin leather cord and a heavy chain bracelet on the same wrist!
Our Favorite Bracelets for Guys
Ready to start wearing bracelets on both wrists? Here are four tried and true options that we love:
- Oliver Cabell’s Cameron cord bracelets are thin and understated, and an excellent choice for layering.
- Beaded bracelets like Mejuri’s Onyx make a great heavyweight balance when worn on your non-watch wrist.
- Mejuri has an awesome engravable chain bracelet that can give a personal touch to any outfit.
- Harbor UK’s chunky rope bracelet rounds out this selection, giving you a thick and noticeable natural option.
With jewelry for guys, sometimes less is more. Case in point: Oliver Cabell’s Cameron cord bracelets. These small and colorful bracelets are capped with gold-plated toggles, and look great worn solo or layered. The 3-pack is an awesome deal, and it’ll give you plenty of options to match whatever colors you want to feature in your outfits.
Lots of beaded bracelets are strung on a thin rope cord, leaving them prone to breaking at any moment. That’s why we were stoked to find Mejuri’s Onyx beaded bracelet — it has a stainless steel chain at its core, and a sterling silver clasp to boot! This bracelet is great for adding texture and shape to an outfit, and looks amazing worn with button-down with rolled up sleeves.
Let’s start with the classic: A chunky chain bracelet that you can personalize. Mejuri’s engravable ID bracelet is an upscale version of the traditional identification bracelet, made with a sterling silver alloy. Plating it with rhodium gives this bracelet extra shine and durability, ensuring that your bracelet will look great no matter how often you wear it.
Natural rope bracelets can give a totally different vibe to your outfits than heavy metal or leather pieces. Harbour UK’s chunky waxed rope bracelet does an awesome job of this, lending a nautical air to your style. Stick with the natural ecru color if you want to match the greatest variety of outfits, or grab their red or green dyed rope bracelets to create a pleasant contrast.
Still not sure which bracelets are right for you? Get in touch with us on Instagram and we’ll help you navigate your jewelry styling choices!