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Studded leather, metal cuffs, polished beads, knotted rope... We're talking about stylish men's bracelets, of course. (Why, what were you thinking?)

Not so long ago it was only those on their gap yah who wore friendship bracelets to signify how well travelled and free spirited they were. But men's wristwear has exploded in popularity and variety over the past two years thanks in large part to the influential tastemakers at menswear showcase Pitti Uomo - those dapper Italians who embody the rule-breaking nonchalance at the heart of sprezzatura. These days you see all manner of wrist adornment jockeying for position alongside a watch on a wide range of men, from the Bohemian creative to the suited-up conservative.

Whether hewn from heavy metal, woven leather, braided cord or colourful beads, wearing a bracelet to work hints at interests and a life beyond the office. Click through the gallery, above, to see some of our favourites this season, and read the below tips on appropriate arm adornments.

Words by Mr Dan Rookwood, US Editor, MR PORTER