A Visual Guide to Mastering Man Bracelets

With the advent of warmer weather, short sleeves offer prime real estate for a grown-up bracelet—or three. The right combination of pieces can add a nice finishing touch, but overkill should be avoided at all costs, lest you end up looking like a wayward pirate or gypsy. Here we offer up a few easy tips on how to plan the perfect “arm party.”

Stack It To ‘Em

Stack It To 'Em

As with actual parties, it's all about the mix. Stacking bracelets can be a great way to combine different colors, materials, and textures to showcase your own individual style. Harry Styles is a pro at the artfully-curated jumble, pulling together bands, beads, skulls, and strings in a variety of hues for a look that is eclectic yet still coherent.

Be Yourself

Be Yourself

Still, consistency is key. Sometimes a hodgepodge hits the spot, but other guys know their look and stick to it. David Beckham, for one, favors bead bracelets, often with small charms, enough that they have become a signature of sorts for him—a small achievement that’s worth considering.

Keep It Balanced

Keep It Balanced

Some men favor piling their bracelets and their watch onto the same wrist, but our vote is for a separation of powers. Designer Richard Chai does this perfectly, often countering his left-hand watch with an assortment of woven bracelets on his right.

Contain Your Statement Piece

Contain Your Statement Piece

Don't be afraid to make a statement, but keep it contained. Kanye West is not always known for his subtlety, but you won't see him overloading on the eye-popping bracelets. Balance one attention-getter with a number of quieter pieces, all the better to maintain focus where it belongs. If it's enough for Kanye's ego, surely it's enough for yours.

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