BY AMANDA WAAS
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
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
ber-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.
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.
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.
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?
ISAIA SILVER & GLASS BEADED BRACELET
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.
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.
MARITIME SUPPLY CO. CAPTAIN’S LINK
South Carolina-based Maritime Supply Co. specializes in creating quality, nautical-inspired accessories at price points that won’t break the bank. 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.
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.