Bangles are rigid, don’t have openings and need to slip through or over the hand onto the wrist. Having bangles that are too large is very uncomfortable with the fear of the bangles falling off your hand while having it too small would be torture whenever you try to slip it on or off your wrist. But there are basically two kinds of bangles, an adjustable one and the fixed size bangle.
For adjustable bangles, you can simply do the regular bracelet measurement stated above. With adjustable bangles, you wouldn’t have to worry that they might slip off your hands so in general, it’s a good choice.
Bangles are measured or sized by their diameter in inches. If you have good fitting bangles already then you can simply measure the diameter of those to find your size, otherwise, especially for fixed size bangles, you’ll need a tape measure or a strip of paper for measuring and here’re what you’ll need to do:
- Squash or squeeze your fingers together towards the centre and make it as narrow as possible. Another trick is to squash your fingers together and bring your thumb and your little/pinky finger together towards the centre or simply pretend that you slipping a bangle.
- Wrap the measuring tape or strip of paper around the widest part of your squashed hand. As a tip, measure around the knuckles and use the knuckle of the thumb as a starting point, this area around the knuckles is the widest part. Pull the measuring tape or strip of paper just tight enough to pass around this widest part. See picture below for reference:
- If you’re using a strip of paper, mark the part where it overlaps with a pen. Lay down the paper on a flat surface and measure it with a ruler from the starting point to the point of overlap. If it’s a tape measure then simply take note of the measurement. This measurement is the circumference of your hand.
- Once you have the circumference, you have to get the diameter. Tape the ends together (starting point and the point of overlap) and measure across the widest point of the paper bracelet/circle making sure that you are not distorting the circle shape in any way and that is the diameter.
For those with thin wrists, you may want to try a different bangle sizing technique. This can be done by measuring the width of your closed fist from the top centre of one knuckle to the other. And then, select the closest bangle size to your measurement. Example: Small- 2 ¼”, Medium- 2 ½”, Large- 2 ¾”. See picture below on how to measure thin wrists for bangles:
Try to slip the paper or the tape measure back and forth to make sure it will fit in through your knuckles to your wrist easily.