Jewellery is no longer limited to women only – in fact, the men’s jewellery industry is pretty big, with males growing their collections and adding pieces to their style. This guide will show you the best men’s jewellery pieces to own, and our style tips on how to wear them.
Jewellery For Men
We like to think that men are up to scratch on the latest fashion trends and how to successfully wear them. However, we know that there’s one aspect of menswear that most of you struggle with, and that’s male jewellery. You may have the perfect outfit composed, but you could fall at the last hurdle if you attempt to wear some jewellery but get it terribly wrong. We’re here to help you – we want our readers to be all rounders when it comes to style.
Men’s jewellery is a lot more understated and a lot less flashy than women’s jewellery. We both wear it to accessoriseand add another element to our outfits, but men do it in a much more subtle and minimal way. In this style guide, we will lead you through the best jewellery to own, and advise you on how to wear them, and what to style them with.
Let’s start with something easy. Watches are one of the most important men’s accessories. Not only are they practical, but they give off a serious sense of sophistication. Have you ever heard the saying that men are judged by the shoes that they’re wearing? Well, it’s a similar situation with watches. We’re not saying you need to go and spend a small fortune on a Rolex, we’re merely suggesting you take some time to consider what you put on your wrist when collating an outfit.
Not all watches are expensive, so we suggest you either do one of two options – and this applies to most jewellery. Either purchase a few cheaper watches in different styles to match your varied looks or get one that’s a little more expensive, timeless (pun intended) and minimal to go with every outfit.
Necklaces may be deemed as more of a women’s accessory, however, simple changes to them like the chain style and the length can make them considerably more masculine. With most men’s jewellery, we would suggest if you’re going to wear a male necklace, you wear a minimal one. Silver chains for men are always a wise choice – they are as minimal as you can get.
Links of London stock some high-quality chains of different thicknesses and different lengths. To style your necklace, wear it over a plain T-shirt as part of a simple outfit. This will add another dimension to your look, whilst giving it a touch of ‘bling’. We don’t mind pendants, either. In fact, as long as they’re tasteful, they can look really good when layered. The look below is the ideal representation of how to style a gold chain for men. Subtle and simple.
Bracelets can be pretty hit or miss and can make a substantial difference to the appearance of an outfit. Long gone are the days where we collect festival and charity bands that creep up to our elbows, so what bracelets are actually acceptable nowadays?
As a bracelet goes on your wrist, we would suggest you match the colour to your watch, even if you don’t wear them on the same arm. This is actually a general rule you should try to follow. Matching the colour of your jewellery will create a look that is properly pulled together, and it will look better for doing so. Mismatching gold and silver jewellery can look a bit try-hard and complicated.
Rings are a favourite when it comes to men’s accessories, and most men’s jewellery brands will focus their collections on them. The number of rings you wear completely depends on your style. Some men like to weigh their hands down in rings, where others keep it clean with a signet. If you’re new to the ring game, we suggest wearing one per hand (unless you already wear a wedding ring). The same rule applies for the colour of your rings as it does for bracelets – try to match the colours to the rest of your look.
Rings are a personal thing so choosing them will take time. People have their favourites and any ring wearer will agree that you kind of feel very naked when you don’t have them on. Whether you’re a silver or gold kind of guy, a ring can create a streetwear edge to any outfit.
Earrings for men are becoming more and more popular, especially in the creative industry. Proudlock from Made In Chelsea started the trend of the dangly earring in one ear. If you want to wear earrings, it’s simple – one is usually best, as you don’t want to over do it. There are plenty of plain, cool studs around. The best place to get these would be the studio that you got them pierced in. They will supply high-quality jewellery that will lower your risk of infection.
You have to be fairly conscious about when and where you were them as if you wear a suit to the office every day, it might be best if you give earrings a general miss. But if you’re hitting up the street style vibe then earrings will fit the look perfectly.
How To Wear Jewellery For Men
- Watches – Make sure the style of your watch matches the vibe of your outfit. If you’re wearing a suit, try not to wear a casual watch.
- Necklaces – Necklaces look best on men when they’re simple and understated. Wear one over a plain T-shirt as part of your minimal look.
- Bracelets – If you wear a bracelet, it’s a good idea to make sure it matches your watch as much as possible. Too many colours will start to look complicated.
- Rings – The number of rings you wear totally depends on your style. Make sure you get a good silver or gold ring so it doesn’t leave marks on your fingers.
- Earrings – If you’re going to wear earrings, you’re best off getting them from the studio you got your ears pierced at. If you wear an suit to work every day, earrings probably aren’t the most suitable idea.