THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WEARING BRACELETS [2018]

WHY DO PEOPLE WEAR BRACELETS?

Bracelets and other adornments have been around since ancient times. It has been used by humans to embellish themselves, display social status or wealth and even put across an important message or symbol to those who behold. Others wear it as amulets that enhance connection to powerful beings or even the divine. Most of these reasons remain true even in our modern times. For instance, you might choose to wear a silver metal bracelet that has intricate designs engraved on its pendant because you think it will look pretty on your wrist. In terms of symbols, we now see brand logos which has replaced the stamps that artisans make in pre-modern times. But the purpose of wearing bracelet and other adornments to show what's important or communicate a message is now done in different ways. For instance- we see medical ID tags, prayer beads, symbolic gemstones and pendant adornments bearing short engraved words all worn for an important and meaningful purpose.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A BRACELET?

1. WRIST SIZE AND THE BRACELET ITSELF MUST BE RIGHT

Whether it's the chunky and bold type of bracelets that you want like the ones you see in our stacked bracelet collection or you just want to stay sleek but delicately elegant by wearing one of these simple string bracelets, knowing your wrist size beforehand is important before ordering any of them! 

Yes! A bracelet that fits right is always better than the good looking but tight ones. So before talking about the looks, style or material that fits your taste, let's first talk about  whether or not it perfectly fits your wrist. And aside from the bracelet length, other aspects like the width of the band, the size of the beads and other embellishments and even the weight must also be right. Remember, you must feel good while looking good with the bracelet or any other adornment that you choose!

Be sure to choose a bracelet that complements your wrist color or bone structure as well. Once you know this important detail about your wrist, everything else will follow smoothly and finding your perfect adornment will be easier. You also need to consider whether you want to wear something that accentuates your wrist or one that just camouflages in it. For instance, if you have a small wrist, you can wear a bracelet that is thick in width or a multi-wrap leather bracelet. Multi-layer and stacked bracelet would also fit you perfectly as it will perfectly camouflage with your small wrist. 

For women having a small wrist, choosing a bold byzantine or chunky link bracelet would be perfect rather than a single strand leather bracelet because the former will make the thin wrist look less smaller.

DETERMINING YOUR WRIST SIZE

First of all, you can try feeling the size of your wrist by wrapping your thumb and your index finger around it. If the index finger can actually touch your thumb and there is still a space left then it means that you are small-boned. If they just touch exactly without a space left then you are medium boned and if they don't meet you are large-boned. Look for the bones outside your wrist as well. Are they prominent? Are the bones barely noticeable? Look at your fingers. Are they long and slender or they are short and sausage-like? Your answers to these questions should help you in choosing your bracelets.

IMPORTANT GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER

  • If you want to make your wrist look in proportion with your overall body-frame even with a bracelet wrapped around it, choose the right size. For example, if you have a well-padded wrist, you can wear the chunky wide band bracelets that we have. For small, narrow and bony wrists, our delicate small or single string bracelets will be perfect!
  • Making your wrist look smaller or larger is pretty straightforward. You just have to choose the bracelet that is opposite your wrist size. For instance, if you have a large wrist, small bracelets will help it look small and if you have small wrist, a large bracelet will make it look larger.
  • If you want a balanced look or something that is close to the average size, you simply need to choose a bracelet that does not emphasize or contrast with the appearance of your wrist. Medium size bracelets will be perfect for all wrist sizes if this guideline is followed.

SO FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LARGE WRISTS WANTING TO MAKE THEM LOOK SMALLER...

DO

  • Choose bracelets that have medium size cord, strands, string, leather, bangles, pendants, stones, beads or any other material used. You can wear them alone or wear matching ones altogether as a stack bracelet. Just remember to put at least 3 as a number of bracelets that's more than this is quite distracting already.
  • Flat woven bracelets would also help make your wrist look smaller. Choose from materials like leather, rope, shamballa, macrame and others.

DON'T

  • Wear bracelets that are chunky, bold, wide and those that are cuff-style. These bracelets make your wrists look even bigger.
  • Don't wear those delicate gold or silver single-chain bracelets or even those thin and narrow open bangle ones. These bracelets will just look like a little river snaking across the vast area of your arms.
  • Large size round beads such as those that are found in our mala beads, prayer beads and spiritual bracelet collections. If you want to wear something like it, be sure to choose small to medium size beads like 6mm or 8mm bead sizes. Large ones like the 12mm to 20mm beads can add on the bulk and will make your arms look larger.

FOR MEN WHO HAS SMALL WRISTS AND ARE WANTING TO MAKE THEM LOOK LARGER...

DO

  • Double layer or double-wrapped leather bracelets will be perfect. These will perfectly camouflage with the bony appearance of the wrists without looking too overdone or wide.
  • Choose beaded bracelets that are of the medium size range. It is also an opportunity for you to choose the natural stone beads that are important or useful to you.
  • Bracelets that have unique pendant charms or closure locks will also be perfect like those found in our cork and nautical bracelet collections as charms tend to add an element that draws interest without looking too bulky.

DON'T

  • Wear bracelets that have too-wide bands. Multi-wrap bracelets also needs to be avoided if you have small wrists since they draw too much attention and make your wrist look even smaller.
  • Big enormous chain bracelets like those that have chunky large chains or bicycle chain bracelets. If you really insist on wearing one, just be sure to choose those that have medium size scale link chains or Cuban links as they tend to just camouflage instead of emphasize.

2. LEARN THE ART OF LAYERING

Matchy-matchy is a popular trend but staying on the unique side and looking as if you tossed your bracelets on to your wrist without putting much thought on it also makes a good fashion style. And that's the goal here.

WEARING BRACELETS WITH A WATCH

Watches are a common sight on people's wrists both male and female. If you feel like wearing a bracelet with it then here are some things that you need to remember. 

  • Make sure that the bracelet you're going to wear perfectly matches the appearance and feel of your watch. If they don't then be sure to match them with an outfit that supplements with the unmatching wrist accessories that you are wearing and neutralizes the otherwise confusing looks of it. 
  • Silver or stainless steel band watches look good with a lava stone bead bracelet or something that is made of polished titanium metal with smooth edges to avoid creating scratches and dents on the watch.
  • For dark leather band watches, a thick metal bicycle chain bracelet would be a perfect complement when worn on the other wrist. A retro-style leather wrap or sandalwood bead bracelet would also be a great partner.
  • For watches that have bright-colored bands and look funky from all angles, a patriotic Olympic or sports-themed bracelet would be a perfect match. A beach and summer ready nautical bracelet would also look great with it!
  • For watches that are sporty or those diver-style ones, a wide leather cuff bracelet or an embellished beaded one made of glossy onyx stone will do!

Wear your watch on the dominant hand while the bracelet on the other. If you feel like layering your watch and bracelet is your style then choose bracelets that have rounded beads and smooth edges to avoid scratches and dents on your pricey timepiece. Soft leather and spongy cork material bracelets are also perfect if you really love layering your wrist accessory together with your watch.

If you are in a corporate or formal setting then wearing your watch and bracelet separately on both arms is what we recommend. Your watch should be on your dominant arm while the bracelet should be on the non-dominant one. This helps make a statement about your organized personality. You can also choose a bracelet that has a mixed material to wear on your non-dominant arm to draw attention but avoid those that have spiky metal rivets and embellishments. LASTLY, JUST REMEMBER THIS VERY IMPORTANT POINT- ENJOY YOUR BRACELETS!