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How to Wear Bracelets - The Ultimate Guide for Men & Women [2017]

How to wear Bracelets Wearing Guide Men

Why do people wear bracelets?

Since ancient times, humans have used jewelry to decorate themselves, display their wealth, and communicate meaningful symbols. These reasons are, of course, much the same today: you might choose an intricate metal chain because you think it's pretty, or a diamond bracelet to emulate a celebrity. When it comes to symbols, brand logos have generally replaced the stamps of pre-modern artisans. But people still wear bracelets to show what's important to them, through the use of symbolic gemstones, medical id tags, prayer beads, or messages that are literally engraved on the bracelet.

Things to look for when choosing a bracelet 

Step 1: Consider your wrist size

Should you go bold and chunky like these stacked bracelets, or sleek and delicate (like with a micro pave chain from the royal collection). Before we get into matters of taste and style, think about which type of bracelet will look better against the backdrop of your arm, wrist, and hand. When we say the bracelet should match your wrist size, we're not just talking about whether it fits around your wrist. The width of the band, the size of the beads and embellishments, and apparent weight of the bracelet all matter too. You want to choose a bracelet that complements your appearance, which is why it's important to consider your bone structure. That way, you'll know whether to look for one that's wide or narrow, simple or extravagant, and solid or delicate. Then you can use your bracelets to accentuate or camouflage your wrist. For example, a man with small wrists might choose a sleek double wrap leather bracelet. This will complement his features, unlike an enormous wide braided hemp bracelet, which would only overwhelm his frame. Meanwhile, a woman with small wrists might want a bold byzantine or chunky link chain bracelet instead of a narrow single strand leather bracelet because the former will make her wrists look even smaller by comparison.

How to determine your wrist size

Try wrapping your thumb and index finger around the opposite wrist. If you can touch your thumb and forefinger together with extra space, you're small-boned; if they just touch, you're medium-boned; and if they don't quite meet, you're large-boned. Also look for the bones on the outside of your wrists: are they prominent, or barely noticeable? Are your fingers long and slender, short and sausage-like, or somewhere in between? Use your answers to these questions to guide you in choosing your bracelets.

Remember these guiding principles:

  1. To make your wrists look proportional to the rest of your frame, choose a bracelet size that matches your wrist size. E.g. Wide, chunky bracelets for large well-padded wrists, or small, delicate bracelets for narrow bony wrists.
  2. To make your wrists look even smaller or larger, choose a bracelet size that's the opposite of your wrist size. E.g. Large bracelets for small wrists, or small bracelets for large wrists.
  3. To make your wrists look more balanced or closer to the average size, choose a bracelet that neither emphasizes through sameness nor highlights through contrast. E.g. Medium-sized bracelets for all wrist sizes.

So if you're a woman with large wrists and you want them to look smaller...

DO

DON'T

If you're a man with small wrists and you want them to look larger...

DO

DON'T


Step 2: Find your bracelet style 

Women's Bracelets

Go here to browse a selection of women's bracelets.

Anklets for women

Anklets are the perfect summer accessory - cool, breezy, and just a bit different from what every other girl's wearing. Dress up everyday shorts, tank top, and flip-flops combo with a rose gold chain or dangly silver charm-adorned anklet.

Men's Bracelets

Go here to browse our selection of men's bracelets. Or keep reading to narrow down your search to a specific collection. 

Bracelet Collections

Aromatherapy

Wish you could soothe stress and look good at the same time? Aromatherapy bracelets are just what you need. Inhale the calming scents of your favorite essential oils from a convenient and beautifully decorated bracelet.

Beads

Our natural stone bracelets come in endless varieties: multicolor, wood, lavastone, hematite, agate... Choose a plain one if you're the simple type, or turn your bracelet into a conversation starter with charms shaped like a buddha head, dragon, turtle, or even batman!

Bohemian

The bohemian collection includes woven hemp, wrapped leather, and antique silver bracelets for men and women. Semi-precious stones like turquoise and tiger's eye look great with a Southwestern cowboy girl inspired outfit, especially when they're combined with leather or rough-surfaced metals.

Chain

If you think chains are boring, think again. Our chain collection includes everything from delicate sterling silver with emoji charms, to the toughest Byzantine links and box chains.

Cork

The bracelets in our cork collection are perfect for vegans and environmentally-conscious people since cork is renewable, durable, and flexible. Even if you're a diehard leather-bracelet wearer, you'll be tempted by how stylish these bracelets look...

Hand-stamped

Already wearing your heart on your sleeve? Why not wear your beliefs on your wrist with an elegant hand-stamped bracelet. Inspiration will always be close at hand.

Leather

These gorgeous leather bracelets can go from edgy to dressy to casual and back again. It all depends on how you style them - and your attitude, of course.

Macrame

Our macrame collection features coins, skulls, diamond balls, and all things sparkly. A must for any bracelet collection. Bonus: the rope ties make them easy to adjust for any wrist size.

Mala beads

Use these mala beads to keep track of your breaths while meditating. Or just wear them to look cool... We won't tell anyone ;).

Medical ID

If you have to wear a medical id bracelet, you may as well get one that looks good. Choose from band options including black silicone, steel chains, and folding links.

Nautical

Nautical bracelets are just the thing for summer when the weather's hot and the ocean waves are calling. Even if you're stuck in a cubicle all summer though, you can still add a dose of surfer-cool to your outfit.

Olympic

Get in the patriotic spirit with a bracelet from our national pride collection. No need to wait for the Olympics - the gorgeous tri-colored leather strands are subtle enough for wearing year-round.

Prayer beads

The beads in our prayer bracelet collection are made of woods like sandalwood, peachwood, and African wenge. These beautiful materials look just as great in the simple one-strand version as they do in an elaborate four-strand wrap style.

Porcelain

Porcelain bracelets recall the charm of legendary European cities, but they've been updated with metal, rope, and leather for a modern finish. The best part is you'll probably be the only person around who's wearing one since they don't seem to have caught on in a widespread manner yet.

Rope

Some of our rope bracelets have anchor charms, others are adorned with diamond stoppers, but they all have the effortless appeal of seaside style.

Royal

The royal collection features all the glittering micro pave jewels we could get our hands on. You may only be royalty on the inside, but everyone will know there's something special about you when you wear one of these bracelets.

Shamballa

Shamballa bracelets are inspired by Eastern spirituality. They also happen to look really cool. Go low-key with a black resin or lava stone version, or rock out with pave crystals and skull-shaped beads.

Skulls

Medieval and renaissance painters often included a skull in their work to symbolize that death was never far away. Bring the idea of memento mori into your own life with a bracelet from our (undoubtedly Jack-Sparrow-approved) skulls collection.

Snap

Get one snap button bracelet and a set of interchangeable charms, and you can rock a different bracelet look every day of the week.

Spiritual

The bracelets in our spiritual collection feature charms shaped like mystical symbols: Om, hamsa hands, and lucky Buddhas mean good thoughts will be ever on your mind.

Stacks

Want to add a boho-chic touch to your outfit, but don't want to keep track of tons of different pieces? Try a multi-strand stacked bracelet. These bracelets only take a second to put on but give you the look of a world traveler with a treasure trove full of jewelry.

Tibetan

The gorgeous Tibetan collection is a one-stop-shop for all your round beaded bracelet needs.

 

Step 3: Master the art of layering

Remember, unless you're trying to be matchy-matchy, the goal is to look as though you tossed your bracelets on without a second thought. Easy, breezy, and oh-so-casual is the way to go.

How to wear bracelets with a watch

You'll want to make sure your bracelets go with the overall look and feel of your watch. If they're too different, either make the rest of your outfit an equally eclectic mix or prepare for people to be confused. Here are some ideas for bracelets that look good with different types of watches. (Note: the list below includes links to men's bracelets only, but the principles apply to women too.) The standard advice is to wear your watch on your dominant hand (i.e., your right arm if you're right-handed) and your bracelet(s) on the other hand. But if you feel like layering the bracelets and watch on one arm while letting the other go bare, go for it. However, in a conservative or corporate setting, one bracelet on your non-dominant arm, plus your standard watch on the other arm, might be all you need to make a statement. Choose a mixed-media piece for minimum bulk, maximum impact. But whatever you do, never put spiky metal or gemstone bracelets next to a metal watch band. You wouldn't want it to get scratched. Soft leather, spongy cork, or smooth round beads are a safer choice. Most of all: enjoy your bracelets!
Sizing & Measurements

Most of our bracelets are adjustable or one size-fits-all bracelets. If you have any concerns regarding bracelet or ring sizing, send us an email at [email protected].

Bracelet Sizing Chart

Size US (inches) EU (cm)
XXS 6.3" 16
XS 6.7" 17
S 7.1" 18
M 7.5" 19
L 7.9" 20
XL 8.3" 21
XXL 9.1" 23


How to Measure Your Wrist Size

Ring to Perfection wants all of our customers to be well-informed about every ring. We ensure every ring contains descriptions about the sizes. All of our ring size descriptions are in US sizes. If you use a different sizing metric, check the guide below to learn about the conversion equivalent of the sizing metric you use your country.

Legend: 

Ring Size Guide

DIA  

 CIRC 

SIZES
mm mm USA UK Italy
Canada Ireland Spain
Mexico Australia Netherlands
RTP Sizes New Zealand Switzerland
14.88 46.8 4 H 6.75
15.09 47.4 4 1/4 H 1/2 7.5
15.49 48.7 4 3/4 J 8.75
15.7 49.3 5 J 1/2 9.25
15.9 50 5 1/4 K 10
16.31 51.2 5 3/4 L 11.25
16.51 51.9 6 L 1/2 11.75
16.71 52.5 6 1/4 M 12.5
17.12 53.8 6 3/4 N 13.75
17.32 54.4 7 N 1/2 14.5
17.53 55.1 7 1/4 O 15
17.93 56.3 7 3/4 P 16.25
18.14 57 8 P 1/2 17
18.34 57.6 8 1/4 Q 17.5
18.75 58.9 8 3/4 R 19
18.95 59.5 9 R 1/2 19.5
19.15 60.2 9 1/4 S 20.25
19.56 61.4 9 3/4 T 21.5
19.76 62.1 10 T 1/2 22
20.57 64.6 11 V 24.75

How to Measure your Ring Size

Determining someone's correct ring size, by using a properly fitting ring or by measuring the finger in question, is important to ensure a perfectly fitted ring whether for yourself or a someone else. Below you will find two easy methods to measure ring size. However, if at any point you feel unsure, please feel free to contact us for further assistance.

Method 1: Measuring a Ring You Already Own

Please note: Rings with a particularly thick band will feel tighter than those with a thin band. In those cases, we recommend buying a full size larger than your normal ring size.

Method 2: Measuring Your Ring Finger 

Your ring should fit your finger comfortably; it should be snug enough to stay safely on, but loose enough to slide over your knuckle.

Please note: Your finger size can change throughout the day, so it is a good idea to measure at the end of the day when your fingers are at their largest. Do not measure when your hands are cold; your fingers will be at least half a size smaller.

Step 1:

Cut a piece of string or a ¼ inch wide piece of paper to about 2 inches in length.Wrap the piece of string or paper around the base of your ring finger. Wrap around both the base of your finger and your knuckle if your knuckle is noticeably larger than the base of your finger.

Step 2:

Mark the string or paper at the exact point that it overlaps to make a complete circle around your finger. Do this for where it overlaps on your knuckle as well, if you needed to measure it.

Step 3:

Unroll the string or paper and place it against a ruler with millimeter measurements. The length of your measurement is the circumference of your ring finger. If you needed two marks because of your knuckle, make a new mark exactly between the two and use that mark as your measure. Refer to the ring chart above to get your ring size.

*Note: Refer to the ring chart above to get your ring size. For example, if the circumference measures 62 mm, your ring size is a 10. Or, if you know your ring size is a 19, then your equivalent ring size is 8 3/4.