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To truly enjoy and comfortably wear a bracelet, getting the right fit is crucial. Whether you're indulging in a new purchase or gifting someone special, knowing how to measure the wrist is key. This guide simplifies the process, providing easy-to-follow steps to ensure you choose the perfect size every time.

How to measure bracelet size

How to Measure Wrist Size For a Bracelet or a Bangle

Finding the right fit for your bracelet or bangle isn't just about style; it's about comfort and ensuring it sits on your wrist just right. Measuring your wrist might seem daunting, but it's quite straightforward. Let's walk you through the process.


1. Grab a soft measuring tape. If you don't have one, don’t worry! We’ll cover alternative methods later on.

2. Hold one end of the tape at the point where your hand meets your wrist, which is the widest part.

3. Wrap it around your wrist, ensuring it’s snug but not tight.

4. Take note of the measurement where the tape measure overlaps.

5. For a comfortable fit, add a half inch (or approximately 1.27 cm) to the measurement.

Bracelet Size Chart

To further simplify the process, refer to the guide below:

Wrist Circumference Ideal Bracelet Size
5 inches (12.7cm) 5.5 inches (13.97cm)
6 inches (15.24cm) 6.5 inches (16.51cm)
6.5 inches (16.5cm) 7 inches (17.78cm)
7 inches (17.78cm) 7.5 inches (19.05cm)
7.5 inches (19.05cm) 8 inches (20.32cm)
8 inches (20.32cm) 8.5 inches (21.59cm)
8.5 inches (21.59cm) 9 inches (22.86cm)

How to Figure Out Bracelet Size Without a Measuring Tape

While you might not have a measuring tape, it's likely you'll have one of the following around your home:

  • String or yarn: Probably the most commonly used substitute.
  • Dental Floss: Strong and thin, it wraps around easily.
  • Piece of Paper: Just cut a thin strip!
  • Shoelace: It's likely you have a sneaker around!
  • Ribbon: If you've wrapped gifts, you might have some leftovers.
  • Paper Bag Handle: As unconventional as it sounds, it works!
  • Soft Wire: Found in most craft boxes.

Measuring Process:

  1. Choose one of the above materials and ensure it’s straightened out and free of any kinks.
  2. Wrap your chosen material around the widest part of your wrist, usually just above the wrist bone. Make sure it lays flat and is not twisted.
  3. When both ends meet, place your thumb on the intersection to mark the spot. You can then either draw a line with a pen or make a small cut.
  4. Lay the marked material straight next to a ruler. Measure the length up to the marking or cut.
  5. Add an extra 0.5 inches to the measurement you've obtained. This addition ensures that the bracelet isn't too tight. If you prefer a snug fit, aim for a gap the width of one finger between your wrist and the bracelet. For a more relaxed fit, aim for a two-finger gap.

With this simple workaround, you're all set to find a bracelet that not only looks stunning but also fits like a charm!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much bigger should a bracelet be than your wrist?

A bracelet should typically be 0.5 to 0.7 inches larger than the circumference of your wrist. This added length ensures comfort and mobility. As a general rule of thumb (quite literally), you should be able to fit one to two fingers between the bracelet and your wrist. One finger for a snugger fit and two fingers for a more relaxed fit.

What is the widest part of the wrist?

The widest part of the wrist is typically located just above the wrist bone. This area provides the most accurate measurement for bracelets to ensure they sit comfortably and don't slide over the hand easily.

Can I measure my wrist with an existing bracelet?

While it might seem logical to use an existing bracelet to measure your wrist size, it's not always reliable. Different companies and designers might have varied size charts or fits for their bracelets. Thus, unless you're purchasing from the same brand and are confident about their sizing consistency, it's best to measure your wrist directly. Using an existing bracelet from another brand could lead to discrepancies in sizing and a less than ideal fit.

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