Do you need a savvy guide to wearing men’s jewellery? Look no further. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re a man who’s new to the jewellery game. Where do you start? Jewellery can be a very powerful asset to your style. I’m not talking hefty chains or diamond-encrusted rings (unless you’re into that, of course). I’m talking about small and understated accents that will show that you’re a man who takes pride in small details.
For me, a nonchalant and understated approach to men’s jewellery is key, especially if you’re not well versed in the art of men’s accessorization. With that being said, rules are there to be broken. When you hear things like, ‘men should never wear more than two necklaces’, this advice is probably coming from a man who never wears more than two necklaces. But who’s to say the right person can’t pull it off?
Style is not something you can buy, it’s something you create. With jewellery, trends come and go. But when you invest in those key pieces that speak to your individual style, they’ll resonate with you forever. So continue reading and peruse my men’s guide to wearing jewellery. With these helpful pearls of wisdom, you’ll have all the confidence you need to start wearing jewellery with conviction.
Choose jewellery that fits your lifestyle
It’s pointless to go on a jewellery spending spree when you only wear necklaces after work or cufflinks once a year. You want to buy jewellery that fits in with your lifestyle. Say your job has a casual dress code, you can afford to spend money on fashion jewellery for everyday wear. On the other hand, if your job requires you to wear a suit daily, perhaps you’d be more suited to a few pairs of cufflinks to switch up during the week.
Think to yourself, ‘what jewellery will be the most functional in my life?’ For many men, a cuff or bracelet is a good place to start. It can be easily taken on and off, offering practicality and style. Furthermore, being situated on your wrist, it’s not the first thing someone will notice when compared to let’s say, an earring or necklace. Your handshake will strengthen your presence even more with an elegant bracelet flashing subtly.
Start with a single ring
Don’t get me wrong, when I see a man with knuckles adorned with chunky rings, I can’t help but look. However, this look is quite niche - specific to a certain individual’s sense of style and authenticity. For a man who is starting his jewellery journey, a single ring is a safe yet strong place to start.
Signet rings have and will always be a very fashionable item. Think about the functionality - what kind of ring will best suit your lifestyle. If you have a very practical job, you don’t want your ring to be uncomfortable or distracting, so opt for a small and sleek band. If your style is a little bolder, perhaps a slightly bigger ring with a traditional gemstone like onyx would be more akin to your look. Either way, keep it minimalist and understated for a confident and tasteful look.
Don’t snub the earring
I’m sure you’ve noticed more and more men are getting their ears pierced. Look at Johnny Depp and Harry Styles. Not only do they look powerful wearing simple studs, they also opt for more punchy designs, like drop hoops and baroque pearls for a truly authentic look.
No, I’m not going to advise you to take the plunge into gemstone earrings right away. But take a look at men with ear piercings, can you envision one enhancing your unique style? A small earring can add a playful or refined touch to your style. I’d start with a small silver hoop - this look will always be trendy and understated. If you’d like something a little different, try a small stud with a tasteful design.
It’s a balancing act
There is some truth to the advice that one should balance their jewellery by, for example, wearing a ring on one hand and a bracelet on the other. This isn’t to say you can’t stack rings or necklaces to achieve a stylish layered look. However, if you’ve adorned one side of your body with rings and bracelets, it will detract from your head-to-toe look.
Maintaining an equilibrium with your jewellery will become easier the more you wear jewellery. You’ll recognise what looks right with your outfit and what doesn’t. The main point is to keep it classy, less is more.
Choose unique, quality jewellery
There is nothing more embarrassing than having green stained fingers or necklines from wearing cheap, low-quality jewellery. Why would you want to wear something that’s probably one piece in a batch of five million? Wouldn’t you rather invest in a quality, unique piece that’s made for you and you only?
When you wear poor quality jewellery, it shows. You want to wear jewellery that sparks conversation in all the right ways. Jewellery that’s handcrafted with a story. When you buy from independent designers, you’re guaranteed to find a piece that perfectly enhances your original style.