Rising Trends in Men's Jewellery
The prospect of wearing jewellery is one that many men look forward to with relish. On the other hand, there are others who view the practice with a sense of foreboding normally reserved for leather trousers and spray-tan. If you’re as naturally conservative with your fashion as most men are, then you might view cuffs, bracelets, necklace & pendants and men's rings with a dollop of healthy scepticism. Get things wrong, and you’ll risk looking ridiculous. Fortune, however, favours the bold. Provided that you’ve a decent appreciation of what works and what doesn’t, you’ll be able to confidently incorporate a few choice pieces of masculine jewellery for men into your wardrobe. More and more men are doing it nowadays – and not just the sort of celebrities whose job involves taking fashion risks. If you’re going to invest in a nice new pair of trousers and a shirt, then a investing a few choice accessories can really help to tie and outfit together and make it truly yours. A well-chosen accessory will convey a little bit of your personality, and provide a unifying thread through your entire collection of shoes, shirts, trousers and jackets. After all, you’ll be wearing your chosen jewellery at every chance – but larger items of clothing will need to be washed.
Rising Trends in Men's Jewellery
As a rule, men tend to view duller, subtler materials like silver, brass and steel more favourable than glitzy ones like gold and platinum. If you’re looking to get into the world of jewellery, but you’d rather dip your toe before taking a dive, then let’s consider the safest points of entry.
Wristwatches are the most common accessory for men – presumably because they perform a function. But it’s a function that, let’s face it, is no longer served, as most of us carry electronic clocks in our jean pockets. A good mechanical wristwatch is certain to draw the eye – and the best of them can cost many thousands of dollars. While watches of this sort are unlikely to go out of style, they’re being complemented and sometimes even replaced by other decorative items that don’t contain dozens of tiny cogs. After all, the watch itself is mostly decorative – very few of us need to keep track of the time down to the second, and when we do there’s an app for it.
Wedding rings and bands are another decoration that men have worn for ages. As such, it’s safe and uncontroversial. Wedding rings should be plain, and ideally, they should match with the rest of your attire – but there are no other real requirements. The only downside is that you need to find someone willing to marry you before you can safely wear one.
If you’re wearing a tie every day, then pinning it to your shirt will prevent it from flapping about like it’s trying to escape whenever you lean forward. But a tie pin is another opportunity to customise your look a little. There are several different sorts of tie-pin available, but they’re all relatively thin and subtle, and so present a chance for risk-free creativity.
Cuff links are another item that’s been used for ages, but whose functionality has been surpassed by its ability to offer designers with a blank canvas. Cuff links can be decorated in a range of different ways – from the subtle to the garish. As such, you’ll be able to get away with a showier design.
Symbols & Male Friendly Jewellers
Since you’re not looking to draw attention to your rings, bracelets and pendants with glitzy gold or jewels, you’ll want to get aesthetic value across in some other way. By using imagery that’s evocative and meaningful, designers have been able to make jewellery attractive without being overly bling-y. Religious symbols are never going to go out of style – even long-dead folk religions like those of ancient Greece and Viking Scandinavia are still alive and well in the men’s fashion industry. In the latter case, you might find a range of options available. Other popular symbols are those of soldiery and sailing, for the simple reason that these two industries have historically been extremely male-dominated – and, to an extent, still are. It’s perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that anchors, ship’s wheels, bullets and skulls are so popular among male-friendly jewellers.
Of course, you’ll want to pick out an item that’s significant to you, since you’re the one who’s going to be wearing it. If you’re able to put on a specific item of jewellery each morning knowing that it conveys a little bit of your personality and interests, then you’ll be much more likely to wear it convincingly! If you're still looking for tips or guidance try visiting our post which looks at how to get it right with a men's jewellery guide.