Let’s be honest with ourselves. Wearing a bracelet can be a little intimidating for a man, much less when to wear it. Jewelry tends to be considered a feminine thing, and even though there is a wide range of masculine styles, men lack confidence in this area of their wardrobes. This guide is designed to help you understand some of the different kinds of bracelets available and when might be an appropriate time to wear them.
Leather bracelets are an excellent choice to express an appreciation of craftsmanship. Leather bracelets represent that balance between being very well dressed and remaining down to earth. For that reason, leather bracelets work well in the office or at work. They make you look refined, yet approachable.
How to Match Leather Bracelets
Leather bracelets can be dyed, so you can wear them in a wide range of colors. Natural leather bracelets will vary in degrees of tan or brown. No matter which color leather bracelet you wear, they are easy to match with jeans, khakis or suits.
When you wear them with jeans, make sure that there is some other article of your outfit the same color. If you wear them with khakis, you want to make sure the bracelet is either the exact same shade of color or a strong contrast with it (light khakis and a darker natural leather bracelet). If you wear a dyed green bracelet, wear something else green like a tie. Natural colors can be matched to belts and shoes, and matching the leather texture will help make the bracelet pop visually.
Where to Wear Leather Bracelets
Leather can be matched to nearly any event. Although it is elegant enough to lend itself to many formal events, leather would not appropriate for a black tie occasion.
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Beaded bracelets are more showy. If you’re looking for a real statement piece to add style to your casual event, a beaded bracelet can wow your friends. On the other hand, a beaded bracelet is too much to wear for work or for events where you want to be adequately dressed in a formal capacity. Beaded bracelets make you look fun and perhaps not entirely serious.
How to Match Beaded Bracelets
Matching beaded bracelets can be tricky because you’re not only looking at color, you’re looking at size, shape, and texture as well. A good rule of thumb is to match the colors in your bracelet to something else in your outfit. If you’re wearing a neutral colored suit, like cream, black, or navy, you don’t want to wear beaded bracelets that stand out too much. Beaded bracelets can really catch your eye, but if it’s the only color in your outfit every one will be focused on your wrist.
Where to Wear Beaded Bracelets
Any bracelet with large or colorful beads would not be appropriate for more formal events. These would be great to wear with khakis or jeans, even with something as casual as a t-shirt. Some beaded bracelets are smaller and more understated and it’s possible to wear these to a work setting where you would be wearing a suit.
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Stainless Steel Bracelets
Stainless steel bracelets, whether links, bands, or mixed media such as stainless steel around a leather cord, are versatile and strong pieces of jewelry that can be matched with nearly anything. Like leather bracelets, they can be appropriate enough to wear to work every day or to a more formal event, or you can dress them down for a more casual look. Stainless steel can make a bracelet look very masculine.
How to Match Stainless Steel Bracelets
Stainless steel is a color that matches with anything. You’ll have more luck if you make sure that all of your other accessories are also stainless steel or silver colored. It never looks good to match stainless steel with gold colored accessories.
Where to Wear Stainless Steel Bracelets
If you are interested in buying your first men’s bracelet, you should consider stainless steel because it is so easy to match with just about any outfit and just about any occasion. Stainless steel can even work for a black tie or formal occasion, as long as it’s something elegant and not tacky.
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Copper bracelets are really fun because they add a texture and unexpected pop of metallic color to your ensemble. Copper bracelets tend to be more casual because they look really great with denim or khakis. Men sometimes shy away from colorful jewelry because they are worried they will look feminine. Copper is the perfect way to experiment with color while still using a masculine material, metal.
How to Match Copper Bracelets
Copper can run in shades from “shiny new penny” to “almost green.” There are a couple tricks to pull off copper. One of them is to add a copper accent somewhere else in the outfit, such as copper belt buckles, or hardware on your shoes. This attention to detail weaves the copper into the look, leaving you looking very put together.
Where to Wear Copper Bracelets
Copper is great for more casual events and can even be worn with t-shirts. More exquisite copper bracelets could be matched with suits and other formal wear, but this starts to get a little trickier. The best copper bracelets might be acceptable for a black tie occasion, but the majority of them might seem too casual for those events.
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Precious Metal Bracelets
Precious metals, like gold, silver, and platinum, are more expensive. Wearing a bracelet made of precious metal is a way to signify wealth and status. Sometimes these bracelets will also feature gemstones or semi-precious stones. If you want to signify a certain level of status, a precious metal bracelet is for you.
How to Match Precious Metal Bracelets
Clashing metals is a quick way to ruin your look. If you wear a gold bracelet, make sure all the other metal on your outfit is gold or gold-colored. If you are wearing silver or white gold, make sure that all of the metals match. The same is true for copper, although when it comes to other metals like stainless steel or titanium you can get away with anything silver colored.
Where to Wear Precious Metal Bracelets
Precious metals are always acceptable to wear to a black tie event. You could wear them to more formal occasions, but they are not appropriate for more casual gatherings. Wearing them to events like a backyard barbecue might feel a little alienating to your guests, so opt for something more casual for events like those.
And that’s a wrap for this one. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!
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