How to Pull Off Jewellery
Men’s jewellery is a staple in modern fashion. No longer is it feminine to be seen with multiple necklaces and rings, but we have regressed back to a time where male jewellery was a symbol of wealth and power. Jewellery allows people to express themselves just as much, if not more than what clothes do, with individual handcrafted pieces becoming an ever-present feature in our daily outfits. It could be argued it’s just as important as the shirt you wear, whether it creates the right first impression or even as a conversation starter when people ask “I like that, where did you get it?”.
The best way to pull off jewellery is to keep it simple. Start off by sticking to one type of metal, be it Silver, Yellow Gold or Rose Gold (Try to avoid precious gemstones and leather jewellery when styling for everyday). This allows for colour co-ordination which is crucial when styling properly. You also want to start by wearing just a few pieces and slowly adding more when you’re more comfortable with specific looks. Furthermore, mix and match with skin tones e.g. silver goes well with cool skin tones and gold with warmer skin tones.
To find out which tone you are, look at your wrist or hand and if you can see the blueness of your veins, you’re cool and if you’re more purple/deep blue, you’re a warmer tone. Bangles and rings are a perfect base as they can be worn on both sides of the body and balance out a look, with bangles usually worn on the opposite wrist to a watch, and rings being worn on a different finger to the wedding finger (such as a thumb ring) or on a different hand which shows further knowledge of style and oozes confidence.
Jewellery doesn’t work if it doesn’t suit your style. There’s no point trying to pull off a chunky chain and a colossal diamond ring if you have a small body type, the only thing you’ll achieve is looking like Mini Me. The same can be said for big guys, wearing a small bracelet but having arms the size of a tree defeats the object of wearing jewellery as it becomes invisible. Wide necks require long necklaces to add a slimming effect. Guys with slimmer necks can wear most except chunky necklaces. Men with wide wrist/arms/hands should wear bigger watches/bracelets/rings. Finally, slimmer and smaller people should stick to smaller pieces as a rule.
It’s very much like tailored clothes – it fits people differently, everybody is diverse and there are plenty of sizes to go around. Remember that different styles are worn to different events so jewellery may not always be appropriate. However, a nice classy watch and neutral tie bar is safe for any circumstance.
Once you’ve picked a few pieces to wear the next thing to do is get used to them. It’s very much like wearing a watch for the first time, it takes a while to get used to and break into a comfortable fit. However, please avoid over accessorising, it’s not the 90s anymore and skin still needs to be visible. Nothing should suppress the outfit. Moreover, keep your jewellery fresh. You wouldn’t keep the same shirt for 5 years so why do that with cheap jewellery. A common misconception is that jewellery is expensive, but many high-street retailers will stock fashion jewellery from as little as £10 for a necklace.
Beards and Tattoos fit incredibly well with leather attire and darker jewellery. Models such as Chris John Millington and Carlos Costa demonstrate this really well. It has become a key part of Hypebeasts’ evolution where one of a kind designs are highly sought-after due to their rarity. Artists like Frank Wilder and independent fashion brands are taking off with their unique takes on modern jewellery design.
Article by Menswear Style