Your Guide to Wearing Men’s Jewelry
Of Men's Jewelry
Men wear jewelry for a number of reasons, and the list continues to grow as the fashion niche gains in popularity. Once used solely as a status symbol and outward display of success (think swanky, expensive watches), men are now wearing different types of jewelry to express creativity through individual style, as well as wearing pieces that have meaningful or sentimental value. If you are searching for an appropriate piece of men’s jewelry for a special occasion, keep these rules in mind so the accessory complements your ensemble instead of detracts or distracts.
Dress for Success
Do: Learn to accessorize with jewelry in a way that exudes confidence, style and sophistication. For those of you new to buying men’s jewelry, here are a few tips for the most popular pieces:
- Rings – your left hand ring finger is designated for a wedding ring, so the general public will assume you are married if you wear any ring there. Rings are stylish and simple – but keep it to 1 or 2 at a time.
- Watches – like rings, these have been widely accepted jewelry for men for centuries. Wristwatches should have a nice leather or metal band. Digital watches are less appropriate for business environments. Pocket watches are more elegant, and should be reserved for specific formal attire.
- Necklaces – chains should be no longer than 18 to 24 inches in length. Engraved dog tags are popular, as are religious pieces. Avoid bulky gold chains.
- Earrings – opt for diamond or gold studs, or small steel hoops. Men’s earrings are still considered inappropriate in many formal environments, so err on the side of caution.
- Cuff links – can only be worn with French-cuffed shirts. Styles include hinged back, push through, snap on, double face, or chain. Keep it simple but elegant – although tiny, they make a significant style statement.
- Tie clips – functional and stylish, these are a classic accessory for formal attire. A simple gold or silver tie clip is appropriate for most environments.
Don’t: Be intimidated by the idea of wearing jewelry! This is your opportunity to make a statement without saying a word.
Do: Wear jewelry that has sentimental or significant meaning. This might include a ring with specific birthstones (yours, your lady’s, your kids’, etc.), a class or signet ring, religious or ethnic beads or accessories, a gift from your special someone (hint, hint, ladies!) a military dog tag or ID bracelet. Not only are pieces like this great conversation-starters, but they represent YOU.
Don’t: Wear them all at once. Less is more in this case, and you dilute the significance of each piece when you wear more than one. Don’t disregard your audience – be intentional about which piece you wear for each occasion and if you are comfortable talking about it with those in attendance.
Do: Choose gold and silver tones, and be aware of how each complements different color schemes and styles (gold blends with warmer earth tones, and silver is perfect for cool undertones). Industrial metals are rapidly becoming a go-to for men’s jewelry. Check out titanium, tungsten, platinum, Cobalt and stainless steel – the harsher toned alloys add defining character to men’s jewelry.
Don’t: Play mix-and-match with different metals all at once. If you are wearing a sleek titanium and black watch, re-consider that gold tie bar. Also, be conservative when choosing stones for those metals. Regardless of the type, excessive multi-colored gemstones are not recommended for men’s jewelry. Keep it simple.
Men’s jewelry is continuing to grow in popularity and depth, giving men a new avenue to express themselves through style. Simplicity is key, but don’t be afraid to experiment until you find accessories that complement your unique personality and look.