If you’re a purist, you think the only jewelry a man should wear is a watch and a wedding band. But it’s time to expand your horizons there, grandpa. You can wear a few pieces of jewelry without looking like you just walked out of a yoga retreat, and you can start simply with a bracelet. It’s the most subtle piece of man jewelry you can wear.
The key to pulling off a bracelet as a guy, of course, is to make sure your bracelet choice jives with your overall style. If you’re preppy, try a rope bracelet. If your style is more rock ‘n’ roll than yacht club, try a metal cuff. You want it to complement your ensemble, not clash with it. The only additional rule is perhaps the most important: don’t overdo it. One bracelet is great, two bracelets are okay if you’re extra brave or are a working artist, but be careful with anything more than that. You want people to look at your wrist and think, “Oh, that’s fun, he’s so stylish!” not, “Oh, he’s probably a barista.” So, we’ve rounded up the 23 best men’s bracelets to spiff up your style, whatever you’re wearing.
Guitar String Bracelet
If you want to wear a conversation piece without spending a ton of money, snatch up a few of these bracelets, made of real guitar strings. They can bend to fit any wrist, and you can choose from silver, gold, or a rainbow of colors. Just make sure you’ve picked up a guitar at some point in your life prior to wearing these. No one wants to look like a poseur.
Monsieur Bojangles Paracord Bracelet
Rope bracelets reached peak popularity a few years ago, but if you want to stand out from all of the other guys sporting their Miansais (see our favorites below), break the ropes and try a Paracord Bracelet from Netherlands-based Monsieur Bojangles. With military roots, this bracelet (available in a ton of different colors and patterns) is both durable and fashionable, and will easily become your favorite weekend accessory.
Maritime Supply Co. Captain’s Link Bracelet
South Carolina-based Maritime Supply Co. specializes in creating quality, nautical-inspired accessories at price points that won’t break the bank, and with the Captain’s Link bracelet—which clocks in at a wallet-friendly $29—they do just that. Made from natural leather, the bracelet features a “Duncan loop,” which is a traditional knot used in sailing, a fun fact you can use to impress your father-in-law at the Yacht Club.
Corter Leather Ring & Hook Bracelet
Based in Cape Cod, Corter Leather takes the word “handmade” to the extreme—all of their wares are crafted using traditional methods, and not a single one of their presses has a power cord attached to it. That means you can brag about your truly handcrafted Ring & Hook bracelet, made out of braided leather (you can choose from oxblood, black, or natural) and featuring a unique ring & hook closure (hence the name).
Tanner Goods Single Wristband
Crafted in Portland, Oregon, Tanner Goods has built itself a reputation from making high-quality leather goods (including wallets, bags, belts, and more) that are worth holding onto. This simple orange leather bracelet with a button closure is perfect for a guy that’s trying out a bracelet for the first time. Add a monogram to the interior for an extra 20 bucks.
SALTI Third Wave Bracelet
Nautical-inspired SALTI bracelets are handmade in Halifax, Canada and are available in a variety of different color and texture combinations. They’ll add nautical flair to your ensemble without being too flashy, and they’re built to last, with military-grade steel closures and marine-grade ropes that will hold their own against salt water.
Cause and Effect Brass Bar Cuff
If you’re a simple kind of guy and nautical is just not your thing, try out this Brass Bar Cuff from Cause and Effect. It’s made in limited quantities out of hammered brass and will jazz up any outfit you wear, all year round.
Kiel James Patrick Catesby Jones Bracelet
Uber-preppy Kiel James Patrick specializes in creating ropey, nautical accessories popular among the country club set. While they make everything from ties to boat shoes, they’re mainly known for their woven belts and bracelets. The Catesby Jones bracelet is one of our favorites—the navy and green will pair well with whatever you’re wearing, and the brass anchor closure adds extra nautical flair.
Shinola Double Wrap Bracelet
Detroit-based Shinola may be better known for its watches, but the newly-revamped brand also has a ton of leather goods on offer, like this Double Wrap Bracelet. Featuring a shiny brass buckle and unlined Horween leather (available in several colors), it’ll make a welcome addition to whatever outfit you’re wearing.
BRZN Paracord Bullet Bracelets
If you spend a lot of time at the gun range (or are in the military or law enforcement), you’ll love Paracord Bullet Bracelets from Chicago-based BRZN. They utilize colorful paracord that’s capped off with bullets that have already been fired. Talk about upcycling.
Miansai Rope Anchor Bracelet
Miami-based Miansai burst on the scene in 2008, helping to create the rope bracelet trend that has dominated men’s fashion for the past 7 years. But wearing Miansai’s classic Rope Anchor Bracelet won’t make you look like someone who’s just trying to be trendy—the best part of the rope bracelet trend is that it draws on classic, preppy style. That’s why you see old photos of JFK and think he looks damn good—preppy never goes out of style. And this bright green cord bracelet with a silver fishhook closure will also never go out of style. Trust us on this one.
Simon Carter Pyrite Beaded Bracelet
NYC-based designer Simon Carter wanted to make distinctive accessories with a whimsical flair, and with this Pyrite Breaded Bracelet, he accomplishes that and then some. It’ll allow you to inject a little rock ‘n’ roll into your wardrobe, with its silver-tone-finished beads and skull bead accents. Wear it with a black t-shirt and Converses.
Caputo & Co. Double Wrap Bracelet
NYC-based Caputo & Co. makes a ton of accessories for men and women (messenger bags, bracelets, and iPad cases) out of eco-friendly materials, and this Double Wrap Bracelet is one of their best offerings. Made with a combination of waxed nylon cord and vachetta leather, the bracelet also features solid brass hardware.
George Frost Harpoon Bracelet
NYC-based designer George Frost honors past military with this Harpoon Bracelet, which is reminiscent of the clothesline soldiers would wear around their wrists during wartime as a remembrance of home. You’ll never forget where you came from when wearing this simple rope bracelet with an incredible history.
Sailormade Signal Bracelet
Another marine-inspired rope bracelet, this Signal Bracelet from Sailormade uses nylon-twisted rope with brass Brummel hook hardware coated in showstopping orange.
Miansai Trice Bracelet
Another offering from Miansai, the Trice Bracelet is more subdued and less nautical than the brand’s other offerings, made from Italian full-grain leather (available in black and brown) with a simple sterling silver hook closure.
Miansai Brummel Hook Bracelet
Available in a variety of colors, this Brummel Hook Bracelet is made from Italian calfskin leather and is subdued enough to wear to work—even on a Monday.
George Frost Cobra Leather Bracelet
Inspired by Victorian mourning jewelry (yes, in Victorian times, people had accessories to wear specifically when someone died—fun fact, right?), designer George Frost’s Cobra Leather Bracelet features braided horsehair and twine woven over leather cord, which fastens with a simple brass closure. Just don’t try to explain the origins of this bracelet on a date. You’ll freak her out.
LHN Carpe Diem ID Bracelet
Made by Brooklyn-based jewelry maker LHN, this Carpe Diem ID Bracelet (made out of solid brass and engraved by hand) will let everyone know about your plans to seize the day and eventually take over the world. All in a day’s work, right?
Mikia Snake Bead Bracelet
Tokyo-based Mikia offers a different look with its Snake Bead Bracelet—made from traditional African “snake beads,” the bracelet looks decidedly reptilian. Featuring a bold color palate, it’ll be a conversation starter for sure.
Miansai Anchor Half-Cuff
Whether or not you believe it, you can sport nautical flair without the consummate bright preppy colors, and Miansai’s Anchor Half-Cuff demonstrates that perfectly. This all-black cuff has the same nautical silhouette as Miansai’s other offerings, but when you make that black and make the classic anchor closure matte black? Things are about to get more interesting.
Miansai Brass Screw Cuff
Miansai doesn’t just trade in rope and leather—its relatively-new brass bracelet line is a more adult version of the rope bracelets the brand built its reputation on, and sporting a unique silhouette and brushed brass finish, it’ll look great with a suit—whether you’re at a wedding or at work.
Isaia Silver & Glass Beaded Bracelet
You might balk at shelling out almost $500 on a beaded bracelet that looks like the kind your sister made when you were kids, but hear us out. With its Silver & Glass Beaded Bracelet, Italian-based Isaia has created a truly vibrant, unique bracelet that can dress down your formal wear or perk up your casual outfits. You’ll never hear “I like your bracelet” more from women than wearing this thing.