Bracelet v. Bangle, What’s the Difference?

Bracelet v. Bangle, What’s the Difference?

If you don’t know the difference between a bracelet and a bangle, don’t worry because you aren’t alone. It can be hard to figure out which style is right for you, but it helps if we break down each type of jewelry so that you can make the right purchase for your style and aesthetics. 

What is a bracelet

A bracelet is a flexible chain, band or string worn on your wrist. Bracelet types include charm bracelets, chain bracelets, tennis bracelets, and beaded bracelets to name a few. 

What is a bangle

Unlike a bracelet, bangles or cuffs are made from inflexible materials such as resin, acrylic or metal. Bangles are designed as a closed ring while cuffs are designed with an opening to allow you to cuff it on. 

 

The difference between bracelets and bangles

The main difference between the two is flexibility. While a bangle or cuff can be considered a type of bracelet, the reverse is never true. 


How to style bracelets and bangles

Like all jewelry, most style designs depend entirely on your personal preference and aesthetics. Bangles can be worn individually or in a stack, whereas bracelets tend to be worn in a more singular fashion. Avoid mixing the two types though as it can end up looking overly cluttered. For a sophisticated and easy look, chain bracelets are perfect since they’re incredibly versatile and will compliment most necklace and earring styles. Be sure to wear gold with warm tones and silver with cooler tones for a brilliant look.


Bracelet v. Bangle, so which is right for you?

Owning classic, staple pieces of each is a must especially if you don’t tend to buy jewelry frequently to update your collection with the latest fashions. 
 


So now that you know the difference, what do you prefer? A bracelet or a bangle? Personally, I love both, but I tend to wear bracelets more often because they’re a bit more classic and timeless. What about you? Let me know in the comments.


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