Less is more.
Is this true with male jewelry?
How do you know which ones to wear?
How many should you wear?
Jewelry and accessories can provide subtle touches that tie an outfit together in a great way.
From your rings, to your cufflinks, to your watch, jewelry can amp your style as long as you wear them right.
There are many different forms of jewelry, but that doesn’t mean you have to use ALL of them.
Knowing how and when to wear jewelry can be the difference between a confident look and a loud look, the latter being the one in which most men should try to avoid.
Developing a sense of how to wear jewelry and accessories is essential, but first, we’ll look at the different types of accessories and jewelry, and describe their functions.
The Function of Men’s Jewelry and Accessories
The watch’s most basic function is to tell time, but when dressing formally, it can do much more than that.
A watch can subtly compliment an outfit and add class to a man’s appearance.
The best watches for formal attires are the simpler watches.
Not watches with a million designs or hands or numbers. 12 numbers, 3 hands, and a nice plain face will nicely compliment an already nice outfit.
Rings are interesting pieces because they usually represent something significant.
Men usually don’t go out to a store and buy a ring for themselves, but instead they’ll recieve a ring as a special gift or from a special event.
Class rings, wedding rings, and championship rings from sports teams are all significant pieces that should be worn with pride in a situation where formal clothes are called for.
Other than that, usually only the wedding ring is worn.
When wearing French Cuffs on a dress shirt, cufflinks aren’t just an accessory, but a necessity as well.
A French-cuffed shirt is usually called for during formal times, so being able to wear cuffs for such occasions is a bonus.
There are plenty of designs and colors available when it comes to cuffs, and most will work as long as they don’t call attention to themselves.
4. Tie Clips
The main function of a tie clip is to keep a man’s tie from being blown over his shoulder by the wind when he’s outside.
Aside from their ability to keep a man’s look together when he’s on-the-go, tie clips add a classy look to a well put together outfit, and also tend to add a very business like look to the working man at the office.
The most acceptable colors for a tie clip are usually gold or silver (and silver goes perfectly with a classic black suit, white shirt and black tie) but other colors are acceptable as long as they compliment the rest of the outfit.
Tie chains provide the same function as a tie clip, but you’re getting a droop as opposed to a straight bar. The chain will also add something to the tie, and it is best to go with either gold or silver.
6. Tie Tacks
Tie tacks can provide as a nice touch to a certain color or pattern of a tie, but they will damage your tie because you’ll have to poke a hole through the tie itself.
Knowing this, one should be wary about tie tacks as they’re not necessarily recommended unless one uses them sparingly or intends to buy a lot of new ties.
When a hat is worn today, it almost seems as if it’s a salute to the style of past generations where men would always wear hats if they left the house. Although the hat may have lost its appeal over time, it hasn’t necessarily lost its style.
A good hat can add flavor to an outfit, and it can also have many practical uses, such as keeping the sun out of your eyes, keeping your hair neat on a windy day, and keeping your head dry on a rainy day.
When worn for stylish purposes, a hat can make a face seem rounder and fuller, just as a certain suit can make a man look taller or thinner. Hats can be very stylish and they can complete a head-to-toe look, but the wrong hat on a man can look foolish. There is a great variety of hats to choose from, and finding the right one can tie together a complete look.
Knowing When It’s Too Much
The single most important part of any accessories or pieces of jewelry is to make sure that they compliment an outfit, not distract from it or override it. The most important part of a formal outfit is the suit, and everything else – the tie, the belt, the shoes, the pocket square – everything, is designed to compliment the suit.
If you find yourself wearing something that calls attention to itself or distracts from the overall image you’re pursuing, then it’s too much.
Moderation and subtlety are the keys to completing a classic, formal, well-put-together look, so too much of something is a bad thing. Rather than wearing 3 rings, a watch and a bracelet, try cutting back so it’s more subtle.
The best part of a good suit is often the suit itself, but proper accessories, worn correctly, can turn a good suit into a great suit.