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How to Wear Bracelets?

People wore bracelets for centuries because they represented class, personality, or style. That is why bracelets are still a popular piece of jewelry. While many people know this, they are unsure how to combine them with their outfits. Worry no more if you were one of them. We will show you how to wear bracelets the right way.

Most types of bracelets are timeless jewelry pieces, versatile, and easy to combine with several outfit styles. Yet, if you want to bring the most out of your look, you should consider our suggestions. 

We will discuss choosing the right bracelet for each occasion, balancing bracelets with other jewelry, and matching your bracelets with your outfits. Let’s dive in!

How to Wear Bracelets

Choosing the Right Bracelet

If you want to learn how to wear bracelets, first, you need to understand the different types of bracelets. Today, there are many bracelet styles. The most famous ones are chain, bangle, pearl, tennis, charm, beaded, cuff, leather, multilayered, bar, braided, etc.

Bracelets come in various materials, including gold, silver, leather, beads, and fabric. So, the choice of material holds significance, as each conveys a distinct message. 

Silver, synonymous with elegance, adds a refined touch to any ensemble. On the other hand, gold exudes luxury, making a bold and opulent statement. 

Furthermore, the material of your bracelet should suit the occasion and your outfit. Also, consider the color and design of the bracelet to ensure it complements your outfits.

Bracelets for Different Occasions

Bracelets are one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry that can add a touch of elegance and style to any outfit. However, not all bracelets are suitable for every occasion. Different occasions require distinct bracelet types, such as: 

Casual settings

Casual occasions allow wearing various bracelet types. For example, you can choose a fun and relaxed style bracelet, like a beaded bracelet or leather cuffs. 

Other options that we recommend are stackable bracelets. You can create a fun boho look by wearing different bracelets. Remember, you can wear bracelets on both wrists for a boho look is completely okay.

Formal settings

Formal settings usually call for more sophisticated and elegant options, like gold or silver bracelets with gemstone accents. Opt for delicate bracelets for weddings or black-tie events, adorned with some stones or pearls. Plus, cuff bracelets made of precious metals can be another glamorous option. 

Professional settings

It is best to keep it simple in a professional environment and choose classic gold or silver bangles. Tennis bracelets are also a perfect choice that adds a touch of sophistication without overwhelming the look.

When choosing a bracelet, consider the outfit you will be wearing it with. Remember, your outfit is the stage, and your bracelet is the spotlight. If you wear a bold and colorful outfit, choose a more minimalistic bracelet to avoid overwhelming the look. In contrast, if you wear a simple outfit, you can choose a statement bracelet.

Balancing Bracelets With Other Jewelry

Balancing bracelets with other jewelry can create a stylish look. Whether you pair your bracelets with rings, necklaces, or earrings, there are specific techniques to consider. 

You can improve your look by learning how many bracelets are enough to wear. So, when it comes to coordinating bracelets with other jewelry, we have several tips:

Match metals

One of the easiest ways of pairing bracelets with other jewelry pieces is to pick the same color. For instance, if you wear a gold bracelet, you can pair it with gold earrings and a gold necklace. 

Even if you decide to combine metals, like gold and rose gold, make it cohesive. You can choose a combination of gold and rose gold bracelet with the same combination of earrings and necklace.

Consider the style

Pay attention to the style of your jewelry when coordinating bracelets with the rest of the jewelry pieces. For example, pair delicate bracelets with delicate earrings or a necklace if you want to wear delicate bracelets. We advise avoiding wearing different jewelry styles, such as mixing delicate and bold pieces to prevent wearing jewelry that does not match.

Mix texture

Do not be afraid to mix and match different textures when coordinating bracelets with other jewelry. You can pair a bangle bracelet with a chunky chain bracelet and a necklace. All these combinations will make sense if made from the same metal.

Balancing Bracelets With Other Jewelry

Bracelet Placement and Styling Techniques

How you place and combine the bracelets on your wrists might affect your look. Hence, we recommend the following styling techniques:

Stack bracelets

Stacking bracelets is a popular trend. Yet, you should choose bracelets that match. Start with a statement bracelet or a watch as a base. Then, add more bracelets that match the base piece. 

Experiment with different colors, textures, and sizes while ensuring they allow movement and do not feel too tight. Stacking bracelets is recommended when creating a boho-inspired look. Boho style is an artistic expression, so do not be afraid to experiment.

Create a centerpiece

If you wear several bracelets, we advise you to create a centerpiece by placing an eye-catching piece in the center. This can be a bracelet with a unique design, such as a large stone or color that draws attention. 

Moreover, it can be a statement bracelet or simply your favorite bracelet. We advise you to layer other bracelets that will match the centerpiece.

Aim for comfort

While style is important, you should also consider comfort. That is why, avoid putting heavy bracelets near your wrist joint, as it may feel uncomfortable. 

Additionally, taking off your bracelets before sleeping, showering, exercising, cleaning, or doing any other activity that may damage your jewelry is recommended. You should allow your skin to breathe.

Pairing Bracelets With Outfits

Pairing bracelets with different clothing styles requires careful consideration to create a good look. We will give you a few tips to help you pair bracelets with various outfits.

Casual outfits

For casual or everyday looks, choose simple bracelets, like beaded or leather wrap bracelets. These pieces will add a touch of style without overwhelming the look. A tennis bracelet is a safe option for many outfits. You can pair it with your elegant casual look. 

Another good option that easily pairs with casual outfits is the charm bracelet. Some charm bracelets are pre-designed with charms; others offer the option for you to buy and stack charms. However, many girls choose to wear their charm bracelet every day.

Formal outfits

When pairing bracelets with formal attire, it is best to stick with classic pieces. Choose an elegant tennis bracelet, silver or gold bangle, or statement cuff bracelet. These bracelets will make you look more sophisticated. 

Remember that when it comes to formal outfits, the goal is not to layer your hands with many bracelets. In most cases, a single bracelet on one wrist is enough.

Boho or eclectic outfits

Some people wear eclectic outfits in the fashion world today. In this case, clothes do not have to match and be cohesive. So, the same rule is for your bracelets. You are allowed to wear a mix of colors, textures, and styles.

For the boho look, choose different beaded bracelets and add friendship or fabric bracelets. Another safe choice is bangle bracelets that have a bohemian and retro look. You can even stack more narrow and light bangle bracelets that complement each other and give you a free-spirited vibe.


Pairing the bracelets with your outfits will be easier now that you know how to wear bracelets. Plus, you should be careful when combining many bracelets or wearing other jewelry.

Keep in mind that when choosing which bracelets to wear, you should choose those that represent you and that can match your clothes. You should also consider the material, designs, and colors. 

Next, choose bracelets depending on the occasion and outfit. For instance, you can wear charms, beaded bracelets, bangles, friendship bracelets, or others for casual wear.

When it comes to formal occasions, remember less is more. So, silver or gold bangles, pearls, tennis bracelets, or monochrome cuffs would be the most elegant choice.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.