July 10, 2012

Style Feature: The Bracelet

I know there is a lot of debate about the appropriateness of man-jewelry, but if you do it right it can give your outfit a more complete and polished look. A bracelet doesn’t have to be an obnoxious gold chain or silver ID bracelet and the last few years have seen a steady rise in the popularity of men’s bracelets (just reference last year’s Burkman Bros craze if you don’t believe me).

This post will feature numerous styles and how to mix, match, and layer them up so experiment and define your own style, but don’t limit yourself to just these. I decided to group this by color theme because, well why not, but the great thing about bracelets is that you can pretty much wear any of them with anything.

1. Black

This is probably the most I would wear at one time, but the reason I can get away with it is because there is only one that is chunky. I always try to keep my accessories balanced both in size and material. Here the leather and corded bracelets lighten up the black sailor’s knot one.

Sailor's knot bracelet from Original Vermont Store; Other
bracelets thrifted; Shirt by J Crew; Denim by AllSaints
Spitalfields; Sneakers by Paul Smith Jeans;
Hat by Coal Headwear; Sunglasses by Prada.

2. Red

You might recognize this look from last week’s Linen Short post. I wanted to bring it into this post because it is a great example of the subtle tie-ins of color. The red in the bracelets play off the red text on the tee and the stripe in the hoodie.

Leather bracelet by (Product)Red; Sailor's knot bracelet from
street vendor; Hoodie by Burberry; Tee by Dolce & Gabbana;
Shorts by Theory; Sneakers by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Sunglasses by Bulgari; Watch by Bulova

3. Purple

Similar situation, but where the last outfit was a busy combination that the bracelets complemented, this is the opposite. A simple outfit is given some extra interest with the colors braided in while the braided leather and silver give it some substance.

Colored braided bracelet from street vendor; Leather and
silver bracelets thrifted; Shirt by J Crew; Shorts by Kenneth
Cole New York; Sneakers by Paul Smith Jeans

4. Blue

This look was a combination nautical/prep inspired. The washed out blue in the shirt is balanced out by the more vibrant hues in the bracelets and boat shoes. Similarly, the pants play off the pinstriping in the shirt and the earth tones of the corded bracelet help ground it.

Braided bracelet by Nautica; Corded bracelet thrifted;
Shirt by Gant Rugger; Chinos by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Boat shoes by Sebago; Sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs

5. Silver

Statement bracelets are something that should be worn with care. If you get too far out there, you end up looking ridiculous. This is a vintage chainmail piece from the ‘50s, so I let it stand on its own, which it is more than capable of.

Vintage silver bracelet (heirloom); Shirt by Elie Tahari;
Denim by Juicy Couture Men's; Watch by Bulova

Whatever your choice, be it one piece or several, bracelets are a great way to bring depth and nuance to an outfit. And better still, you can find them almost anywhere, at any price point, or even try making your own.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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