Style Guide: How To Wear Bracelets With A Watch

Master the art of layering

This is a subject that is met with a lot of different opinions.

Some people absolutely hate the look of wearing bracelets and watch on the same wrist, some people adore it and wear 3, 4 or even five bracelets on the same wrist as the watch.

Other people wear bracelets together with their watch very moderately, only wearing bracelets that complement the watch in a subtle way instead of stealing the show.

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.

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.

  • With an elegant silver watchband, try A lava stone beaded bracelet or a polished titanium design.
  • With a masculine dark leather watchband, try A thick metal bicycle chain bracelet or a retro-style leather wrap, or sandalwood beads.
  • With a funky, brightly-coloured watch band, try A patriotic Olympics-themed bracelet, beach-ready nautical bracelet, or casual macrame piece.
  • With a sporty diver-style watch, try A wide leather cuff or an embellished onyx bracelet.

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 watchband. You wouldn’t want it to get scratched. Soft leather, spongy cork, or smooth round beads are a safer choice. But most of all: enjoy your bracelets!

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