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by Jesús Zabala - 5 min read

How to Wear Bracelets With a Watch

Wrist accessories have always been irreplaceable and favorite model details for both men and women. Whether you're looking for a casual look or want to make a strong statement, a watch and bracelet combo is always a good idea. But do you know how to wear bracelets with a watch? Are they an ideal combination for you?

Stay with us as we explore the bracelet's many possibilities and impact as a fashion detail. We will also provide tips for choosing the perfect bracelet, size, material and layering method.

Let’s discover how to wear bracelet with watch for ladies and gentlemen!

How to Wear Bracelets With a Watch
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Making Stylish Combinations - How to Wear Bracelets with a Watch

In order to wear bracelets with a watch, you need to be familiar with several factors, such as selecting the bracelet, balancing size and proportion, complementary bracelet styles and layering bracelets and watches. We will analyze these factors in detail so that you can more easily choose the fashion combination that suits you.

Choosing the right bracelets

To complement the impression of the watch, you should carefully select a bracelet that will match your style. Before choosing a bracelet, you need to consider several factors, such as the material, color, style of the watch and the occasion.

  • Bracelet material: Check the material compatibility of a bracelet and a watch before pairing them. We recommend choosing a metal bracelet if you have a stainless steel watch. On the other hand, if you have a watch with a leather strap, it will be best to combine it with bracelets with beads or leather bracelets.
  • Colors: When choosing the color of the bracelet, you have two options. One option is to match the bracelet color to the watch, and the other is to choose a contrasting color for a greater impression.
  • Choice of watch: The type of bracelet largely depends on your choice of watch. If you have a stainless steel watch, we recommend bracelets with a minimalist and elegant look. But if you have a sports watch, you can combine it with leather or casual bracelets.

Balancing size and proportion

You should consider a watch's size and proportion when combining a watch with a bracelet. To successfully combine these two fashion elements, first focus on the watch. It should be your focal point around which you will gradually build. After choosing a watch, combine it with bracelets of different widths to enhance the visual appearance. 

For this purpose, we recommend choosing thinner bracelets that will not confuse the fashion combination. You can opt for a symmetrical or asymmetrical approach. If you're more into a symmetrical look, we suggest identical bracelets on both sides of the watch. 

The asymmetric approach gives you more freedom regarding bracelet styles and sizes. However, when combining a bracelet with a watch, do not overdo it with bracelets. Instead, we recommend striking a balance and including bracelets on both wrists.

Complementary bracelet styles

Combining different bracelets and watch types can be challenging, especially with various materials, shapes and textures. We provided several combinations that we hope will attract your attention.

  • Metal bracelets: These are among the most popular choices for both men and women. Made of stainless steel, silver or gold, they are elegant and complement the look of metal watches.
  • Cuff Bracelets: Cuff bracelets are known for their simple, minimalist look. If you want a modern, unique style, you cannot go wrong with this style.
  • Leather bangles: These bangles, whether braided or not, have a classic and rugged look. If you decide on such bracelets, we recommend combining them with vintage-looking watches.
  • Rope bracelets: Made from paracord or nautical rope, these bracelets perfectly match your sports watch.
  • Beaded bracelets: Available in different materials and colors, they are the perfect choice to add a stylish and bohemian look to your watch.
Complementary Bracelet Styles
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Layering bracelets and watch

When it comes to stacking bracelets, there are several techniques you can use to achieve a unique look. If you prefer a simple look, we suggest not to complicate things and choose a minimalist combination. This combination involves wearing a watch with only one bracelet on the same wrist. 

When making a minimalist combination, consider the complementarity of the two fashion accessories. This means choosing a material and form that complements both elements.

On the other hand, if you have a more adventurous spirit, you can combine one watch with several bracelets. This approach will allow you more freedom and create a look that conveys a story. For that purpose, you can play with the bracelet's colors, thickness, design and texture while paying attention to the complementarity of your watch.

Inspiration and Examples From Style Icons

Fashion celebrities and influencers are masters in combining their favorite bracelets with their watches. Below, you will see the fashion choices of some of them:

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is known for his eclectic style and usually knows how to express it through his fashion accessories. This actor usually wears a combination of vintage watches with silver and leather bracelets. Although his approach may seem confusing at first glance, he skilfully combines these fashion details that highlight his artistic spirit.

This is also the case when he combines bracelets with watches. His choice usually consists of luxury watches with leather bracelets. The interesting combination of metallic accents and earth tones creates an elegant and rugged look.

David Beckham

David Beckham is known for his unique combinations of bracelets and watches. His choice usually consists of luxury watches with leather bracelets. The interesting combination of metallic accents and earth tones creates an elegant and rugged look.

David Beckham
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Pharrell Williams

The famous singer knows how to make a perfect combination. Williams is known for his bold style of combining high-end watches with colorful bracelets, which gives his fashion style a playful and innovative look.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is known for her minimalist style. This actress pairs her watches with graceful gold or silver bands, adding an elegant touch to her style. The look is great for both formal and casual occasions.


Bracelets and watches are a great combination that adds an extra touch to your fashion style. If you know how to wear bracelets with a watch, you can create a unique style that will make you recognizable. 

Don't be afraid to experiment until you find your ideal combination. Whether you're going for a casual or sophisticated look, the right bracelet and watch combination will always make a strong impression.

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