Should you wear jew­ellery?

Most cer­tainly — but re­straint is the key to getting it right

Esquire (UK) - - Style -

There’s noth­ing new about men in jew­ellery. An­cient Egyp­tian wor­thies wore gold: Tu­tankhamun was the orig­i­nal Mr T; Ro­man se­na­tors were blingier than gangsta rap­pers. Over the cen­turies, men have worn amulets, ear­rings, head­dresses, neck­laces, body pierc­ings, rings, ban­gles, brooches and medal­lions. In short, if it was shiny, there was a man will­ing to hang it off one ex­trem­ity or an­other.

But in more re­cent civil­i­sa­tions, male jew­ellery be­came some­thing of a style taboo. Watches es­caped cen­sure, nat­u­rally. A sim­ple wed­ding ring was ac­cept­able, too. In Italy, pea­cock­ing dandies have long worn bracelets, neck­laces and rings and, of course, rap­pers have been rock­ing heavy gold chains and den­tal “grills” since for­ever. But among us staid

Brits, even a mod­est signet ring has been seen as some­how sus­pect.

But in 2017, it’s time to change. Re­cent fash­ion shows from Gucci, Louis Vuit­ton and Bot­tega Veneta have all made a fea­ture of jew­ellery.

“Men are wear­ing jew­ellery with a lot more con­fi­dence than be­fore,” says Lon­don jew­eller Robert Ta­teossian. “The def­i­ni­tion of mas­culin­ity is not what it used to be 10 years ago. Men to­day want to be unique, and ex­press their per­son­al­ity — jew­ellery is one such way.”

So how do you do it and not look like a Mi­lanese street style blog­ger or some­one who failed the au­di­tion for a part in a forth­com­ing A$AP Rocky biopic?

By keep­ing it — rel­a­tively — sim­ple, as Esquire’s Char­lie Teas­dale dis­cov­ers dur­ing his men’s jew­ellery ex­per­i­ment.

Bracelets

What: Ster­ling silver ban­gle, £250; black wo­ven leather bracelet, £140, both by Links of Lon­don. Black­ened ster­ling silver bead skull bracelet, £260, by Thomas Sabo. 40mm steel/ khaki Navy Scuba Auto watch, £625, by Hamil­ton. Blue wo­ven leather bracelet, £145, by Ta­teossian.

With: Army sur­plus is your go-to wardrobe, lay­ered with a shirt and T-shirt. Al­ter­na­tively, it can work with tai­lor­ing, too.

Char­lie says: “The eas­i­est of the three looks to try out, I piled on ban­gles, cuffs and bracelets. Swerve clear of cop­per bands un­less doc­tor-rec­om­mended. A few pops of weath­ered leather on my wrist com­ple­mented my watch, but my ad­vice would be to not go over­board. And If I see a col­lec­tion of tat­tered fes­ti­val wrist­bands up your fore­arm, I’m com­ing for you.”

Neck­laces and pen­dant chains

What: Rose gold Juno neck­lace chain, £140, by Alice Made This. Brown stone pen­dant neck­lace, £10, by Top­man. Ster­ling silver dove pen­dant neck­lace, £125, by Mian­sai.

With: A plain T-shirt, straight-leg jeans, white socks and train­ers.

Char­lie says: “My friends thought I looked like a berk, but ac­tu­ally I liked it be­cause you just can wear jeans and a T-shirt but still have a ‘look’, or at least be cool enough to pass for a taxi­dermy dealer from Beth­nal Green.”

Chunky rings

What: Ster­ling silver ring, £85; brass square ring, £75, both by Mian­sai. Ster­ling silver Ven­ture ring, £130; ster­ling silver Essen­tial ring, £120, both by Links of Lon­don.

Ster­ling silver en­graved ring, £150, by Thomas Sabo.

With: A denim jacket; or plenty of flo­ral prints.

Char­lie says: “I fol­lowed the cur­rent ring trend and loaded up. My favourite was an en­graved silver band. It was sub­tle and be­cause it wasn’t a signet ring, it didn’t make me look like a tit.”

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