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.