A while ago, the man was considered to use no more jewelry than a simple wedding ring (if he was married) and a classic watch. And only rebellious one or, perhaps creative, tended to wear a familiar seal on the little finger, something ostentatious.
In the past five years, that has changed. In 2020, the sale of men’s accessories skyrocketed, then spearheaded by a new trend of men’s bracelets, arguably the easiest adornment (successfully) for the modern man.
As usual, man bracelets have several types:
- Leather brsceletswith metal elements;
- Metal ones with signs or symbols;
- Soft-material ethnic bracelets.
A variety of accessories for men
From one moment to the next, it was no surprise to see any male wearing a ‘decorative’ bracelet that he surely bought during his last vacation trip. The first and most daring to embrace this trend replaced their Livestrong bands with a bunch of bracelets that practically overshadowed their old Rolex.
In the case of bracelets, in particular, what had been largely in the exclusive domain of the Milanese and the Japanese avant-garde suddenly reached global diffusion and acceptance among men on the street. The minimalist uses simple metal. Metal bracelets go hand in hand with timeless masculine style. Its origin dates back to identity bracelets during World War II, also worn by big screen icons such as James Dean, Marlon Brando and, in a version for sale, Paul Newman.
The vacationer on the Riviera wears colored woven leather. Men are already very used to leather watch straps making a leather bracelet a relatively easy step in the world of men’s bling. The Tod brand has been making its instantly recognizable leather bracelets in a variety of colors for years, and they remain a safe choice. Alternatively, this bi-color option in olive and mint leather by Bottega Veneta also conveys an air of sober good taste.
The rocker wears studded black leather bracelets. This is a very different form of identity bracelet, and says, “I’m with the band.” This style is suggestive of a music fan and / or someone modern. The avant-garde designers in this category are Alexander Wang in Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and once again Luis Morais. There is a strong sense of the Gothic in many of these studded black leather bracelets, several have skulls and crucifixes incorporated into their design – the wearer’s tattoos certainly do.
At one end of the spectrum these accessories can be obtained at a market stall; At the other extreme is Brazilian jeweler Luis Morais, who produces lively pieces with a trippy-hippy vibe. On the other hand, Isaia – whose emblematic brand is a piece of red coral, also brings an unexpected turn from Bohemia to her Neapolitan tailoring with pink coral and lapis lazuli beads. Something very Italian. The action man wears a cordon rope. The nautical look is a perennial spring/summer trend, which means you should wear many Miansai rope bracelets each year. This Miami-based brand has anchored this part of the market with colorful nylon lace styles, versatile enough for all but the most formal occasions. Luis Morais also offers multi-colored bead bracelets that would brighten any outfit. These types of bracelets tend to fit a younger man and, when protruding from a shirt cuff, reflect an active life, even if you only scale the office walls.
The urban man can wear as many accessories as possible.For the very confident man when it comes to all kinds of men’s jewelry, more extravagant and eye-catching bracelets are available, such as this shiny green woven leather bracelet from Miansai. Style is less important than the color the user will use to capture attention – especially that of Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton or Bill Cunningham. Here, the bracelet helps to combine an outfit by highlighting subtle tones in the look or adding another element to an already carefully assembled outfit.