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.
1. Men's Watches
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.
2. Men's Rings
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.
3. Men's Cufflinks
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.
5. Tie Chains
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.