The Guy’s Guide to Wearing Jewelry Well

Jewelry might have traditionally been seen as something that women wear, but recently, more and more men have been out there rocking their jewels. The truth is that jewelry is as much for men as it is for women and there are so many gorgeous styles to try. The plainest of outfits can easily be jazzed up with simple accessories like bracelets, rings, cuff links, or a pendant – there are tons of different masculine styles of jewelry to choose from and it’s all about finding what works for you. If you’re a guy who’s never really considered incorporating jewelry into your outfits before but would like to try, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Choose Styles You Enjoy

Never mind the ‘trends’ and what all the celebrities are wearing; what do YOU like? Jewelry doesn’t always come cheap, so it’s important to make sure that you’re going to be donning accessories that make you feel happy when you look at them, otherwise what’s the point? Sure, there are always trends and looks that you can use as inspiration, but the main aim should be to find a piece that you really like and can see yourself wearing a lot. Check out your favorite brands, as chances are if you already like their styles of shoes and clothing, you’ll enjoy the jewelry that they offer as well. If you wear a lot of Versace clothing, for example, you can accessorize with a Versace ring to finish your outfit with some dazzle.

Start Simple

If you’re just dipping your toes into the water of jewelry-wearing, don’t push yourself any harder than you want to go. Remember that there are loads of different styles of jewelry for men to wear, so if all you feel comfortable wearing at the moment is a pair of cufflinks or a plain ring, then start small and build up your confidence as you choose more jewelry for you and match it with your outfits. Less is often more when it comes to jewelry and sometimes it’s the smallest and simplest of pieces that can have the most dramatic effect on your outfit.

Be Confident

Many guys avoid wearing jewelry because they don’t feel confident in it. And that’s okay – after all, most boys don’t grow trying on their mom’s jewelry like lots of little girls do. But you can definitely become more confident wearing any different kinds of jewelry with just a little bit of practice. One of the best ways to do this is go and visit some local jewelers or department stores and try on some pieces that you like. Chances are, you’ll also be able to talk to the staff who will be knowledgeable enough to help you decide which pieces look best on you – and you might end up coming home with some new bling.

Match it To Your Outfit

Just like any accessory, paying attention to your outfit and the environment in which you are wearing it is important when choosing which jewelry to wear. For example, some situations and the outfits that you would wear for them, like important job interviews or funerals, usually call for more subtle and classy jewelry, while a casual situation where you’re rocking an athleisure look might be the best time to wear something a little more stand-out and flamboyant.

Don’t Over-Accessorize

As we said earlier, less is usually more when it comes to jewelry, so know where to stop when it comes to putting on your accessories. No one piece of jewelry should overpower your outfit but rather, each accessory that you choose to wear should complement and enhance your overall look. It’s a good idea to stick to a maximum of one to two pieces of jewelry for each body part.

Size it Right

Finally, nothing looks worse than ill-fitting jewelry, especially when it comes to pieces like rings, watches, and bracelets. To avoid having your jewelry either cutting into your skin or hanging off and risking being lost, be sure to have it professionally fitted before you buy. Don’t forget that you can always get an item of jewelry that doesn’t fit you well resized; rings can usually be made bigger or smaller by an experienced jeweler and watches can have links added or taken out. In addition, make sure that you choose jewelry that is in proportion to your body so it doesn’t end up looking like it is ill-fitting when it actually fits you well. For example, larger hands and fingers tend to look better with bigger rings.

Jewelry might not be as common a fashion accessory for guys as it is for women, but it’s gaining a lot of popularity – and we’re here for it.

Film Review “The Nice Guys”

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Bassinger
Directed by: Shane Black
Rated: R
Running time: 1 hour 56 mins
Warner Bros
Our Score: 4 out of 5

Film review by Mike Smith

1977. A young man sneaks into his father’s bedroom and removes a magazine from underneath the bed. He takes it to his room and begins studying the curves of a young lady named Misty Mountains. Suddenly a car screeches outside. The boy hears the crash and goes out to investigate. Who is the driver? Old MM herself.

Outrageously funny from start to finish, The Nice Guys is a period piece co-written and directed by Shane Black, creator of the Lethal Weapon series. Like those films, the story rests on the shoulders of two incredibly gifted dramatic actors given a chance to be funny; Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Their chemistry comes across from their first scene together and the film is much richer for it.

Jackson Healy (Crowe) is a leg-breaker. If someone is bothering you and you want them to stop he’s the man you call. Currently he has accepted the task of protecting a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley). Holland March (Gosling) is a private investigator and single father whose latest case has him searching for a young woman named Amelia. Things go progressively from bad to worse for both men before they realize that they need to team up to get to the bottom of things. As they say in the funny papers: hilarity ensues.

I’ve always loved Shane Black as a writer. He has written some of the funniest scenes in some of my favorite films, including Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Last Action Hero. He also wrote and directed the very highly underrated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Here he creates two more indelible characters. With his ever present cigar and rumpled clothing, Jackson Healy (sounds more like an insurance company) is the tough guy with a heart whereas Holland March, who ensures a negative outlook on life by sporting a tattoo that reads “You Will Never Be Happy,” is the wise-ass who loves his precocious teenage daughter Holly (a very well-cast and wise beyond her years, Angourie Rice). You never question why Holland takes Holly with him on dangerous cases. You just realize that she is his partner in everything. The two leads play off each other perfectly. Crowe is ruff and gruff while Gosling sometimes comes off as an air-headed fool. In fact, once scene has him sputtering and mumbling so much that you would have thought he had channeled the spirit of Lou Costello.

Period wise, the film gets high marks for highlighting the fashion and art of the era, even if some of the items featured are a year or two off in context. A great billboard advertising Jaws 2 would have been out in 1978 while Rupert Holmes’ hit “Escape (the Pina Colada Song) didn’t hit the charts until 1979. That being said, these are minor quibbles with one fantastically funny film.


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Blu-ray Review “Stand Up Guys”

Starring: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis
Director: Fisher Stevens
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Lions Gate
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Run Time: 95 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In terms of talent in this film, I would give it an extra star just for the cast. Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin are all amazing together. Al Pacino never stand out better, well maybe his role in “Jack & Jill” might top this 😉 They are very funny and these guys actually get into their characters. Actor Fisher Stevens, who I just watching this week in “The Burning” (Fun fact: which was his first acting role), continues to give directing a go and he does a great job with this crime comedy. The film itself is decent.  It is probably not something I would plan on revisiting in the future.  But nonetheless it is still worth a watch if you are a fan of the film’s cast.

Official Premise: “Stand Up Guys” stars Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret – he has to kill his friend, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their pasts once and for all.

Lionsgate is delivering this film as a Blu-ray combo pack with an Ultraviolet digital copy.  This is becoming a trend with them recently and leaving out the DVD copy. The film itself both looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, especially with the exclusive music from Jon Bon Jovi.  The special features including an audio commentary with Director Fisher Stevens, which is worth checking out if you liked the film.  There are also three featurettes on the production including “The American Muscle: The Stand Up Stunt Driving Scenes”, “The Lowdown On Making Stand Up Guys” and “The Stand Up Songs Of Jon Bon Jovi”. Lastly there are few deleted scenes included as well.