How to Wear: Jewellery

A lot of men can get a bit panicky at the idea of jewellery. Either they picture a teenager cruising around in a souped-up Vauxhall Nova, proudly sporting a diamante stud earring and a pierced eyebrow, or creepy old men with dangly earrings and too many chains. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Men can wear jewellery without looking like an extra from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and here’s how:

Watches

The only jewellery that every man must have, a good watch is an investment. Not only will it push your style to new sartorial heights, you also won’t have to keep pulling your phone out of your pocket every time you want to know the time.

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Keep it simple and you can’t go wrong. No giant gaudy faces with millions of dials and either a good leather strap that matches your belt or a metal wristband.

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Rings

Each to their own and all that, but there are probably only two occasions when I would wear a ring. Either after winning the Super Bowl or, perhaps more likely, when I get married. If you are picking out a wedding band, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll be wearing this for a long time (God willing). So pick something simple and stylish. There’s probably a few men out there with a textured pewter ring that seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Necklaces

Personally, I try and avoid: medallions, dog tags, rosary beads, chokers, pendants, chunky chains, puka shell necklaces, thin chains, beaded necklaces (do you see where I’m going with this?) because I’m not a professional surfer or a ‘wiseguy’.

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However, you might feel a bit more confident than I do. To avoid looking like a member of the Bee Gees, keep it subtle i.e. avoid open shirts and keep the number of chains to a minimum.

Cufflinks & Tie Clips

Cufflinks and tie clips are what I call ‘fringe jewellery’ in the sense that they probably fall more into the accessories category. But I’ve already started writing so I’ll say this: while cufflinks and a tie clip are a great way to distinguish yourself at a wedding, wear them to the office or down the pub and you’ll look like a bit of a show off or, worse, absolutely clueless.

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