The wrists have been a valuable piece of real estate to demonstrate style since the age of the Egyptians. Bracelets are a perfect way to display your style and compliment your outfit. The wide range of possibilities makes this my favorite piece of jewelry. But what hand should you wear your bracelets on?
Bracelets can be worn on either hand. It really depends on preference, as well as the delicacy of the jewelry.
As long as you have a circular piece of jewelry that is larger than your wrist and smaller than your palm, you are wearing a bracelet correctly. However, styling a bracelet is harder. It depends on your outfit, the type of bracelet you want to wear, the number of bracelets, the other jewelry you have on, the occasion ...and of course, personal preference!
We will provide you with tools to avoid any fashion faux pas’ and wear your bracelets in a runway-worthy fashion!
What Hand do You Wear Bracelets on?
Let's explore the pros and cons of wearing bracelets on either hand.
Whether you are a guy or a girl, there are two schools of thought regarding which hand to wear a bracelet on: the same wrist as your dominant or non-dominant hand. On the one hand (pun intended), wearing bracelets on your dominant side gives your bracelets maximum exposure.
When performing a task, you are most likely to use your dominant hand, so you can show off your new jewelry when shaking hands, opening doors, or eating dinner. If you are wearing a bracelet you want to show off, we recommend placing it on the same wrist as your dominant hand.
On the other hand (again, intentional pun); wearing bracelets on the same wrist as your non-dominant hand means they are less likely to be in harm’s way. You are less likely to break or scratch your bracelet on the hand you are not using as often. Keep in mind, the most common bracelet for guys to wear is a watch, which is typically worn on the non-dominant hand. If you are wearing an expensive bracelet or a watch, we recommend wearing it on the wrist of your non-dominant hand.
Is it OK to Wear Bracelets on Both Wrists?
Just because you have two wrists, do you need to wear bracelets on both wrists? Again, this comes down to your personal style. I personally only wear bracelets on one wrist at a time, but I also wear dangly bracelets and talk with my hands, so I do not want to further endanger the people around me. If you are wearing enough bracelets to cover your entire forearm, it is probably best to split them between two arms.
I would caution against having dangly bracelets on both wrists. Not only will you jingle-jangle while you walk, but it is very distracting to anybody around you when you perform a task.
Which Hand Do You Wear Your Good Luck Bracelet On?
Lucky bracelets should be worn on your left wrist. There are some religions that believe the left side of the body is the receiving side of the body.
Some think bracelets for the right occasion should reside on your right wrist. For example, anniversary bracelets or birthday bracelets are typically given to be shown off, so wearing it on the right wrist makes sense for the large population that is right-handed.
There is no one correct answer to where to wear your special bracelet, so again, it is really a matter of preference.
Do You Wear Rings and Bracelets on the Same Hand?
Wearing more than one piece of jewelry is a balancing act. Jewelry can direct attention to parts of your outfit you want to highlight and shift the spotlight away from things you want to hide.
For example, maybe you want to highlight an engagement ring on your left ring finger. You really want to emphasize to the world that you have a new man or woman in your life and you’re super excited about them. In that case, wearing an attention-grabbing bracelet on your left wrist can help to draw attention and admiration to your engagement ring.
If you want to divert attention away from something--for example, an embarrassing scar on your outer wrist--you have two options. You can choose a large or chunky bracelet to cover it up, but this does draw the risk of attracting more attention to it. You could also wear a simple gold band on the same wrist that does not draw a lot of attention. It is still elegant without calling insecurities to attention.
The most important lesson to take from jewelry balancing is that it is all about personal preference. (Say it louder for people in the back--it IS okay to wear rings and bracelets at the same time!). You may have to experiment with where you want to draw attention to, but in the long run, jewelry balancing is about the story YOU want to tell!
Wear Your Bracelets Proudly!
There are countless ways to wear bracelets correctly. Truly, it’s hard to go wrong. It all comes down to your personal style. With the vast amount of options available, I hope the guide above inspired you to wear your bracelets in new ways. Share with us in the comments below your favorite way to style bracelets!