I don’t think I could pull that off.” Have you ever heard those excuses? there is a right and wrong way to do it. But there are several excuses that I see as cop outs. It comes down to confidence!
1.) Not Wearing Jewelry With Confidence
As a man of style, it’s ok to push your boundaries a bit. Many guys don’t wear jewelry because they’re not confident in it. That’s ok. All it takes is a bit of practice, but how?
Go visit the jeweler or a department store and try stuff on. It’s called window shopping. By doing this, you will get used to how you look in the pieces.
Many of the sales persons at jewelers are extremely knowledgeable about their products. It can, often times, be a very pleasant experience. It’s about building your confidence and that can only be done by getting out there and experimenting.
If you are in this bucket, you want to start with clean and crisp pieces. If you start trying on rings and bracelets that are really ornate, you might get overwhelmed and turned off. Keep it simple in the beginning and then (maybe) you can graduate to more elaborate items.
2.) Not Paying Attention to Your Environment
For the guys who don’t mind sporting accessories, make sure that they are situationally appropriate. The environment is everything and when wearing jewelry it’s important that you pay attention to the rules or the general conventions. For example:
- Funerals – funeral outfits are not worn to get attention so any jewelry worn should be subtle so that you remain respectful
- At work/interview – always consult the dress code at your place of business and follow it. Keeping your jewelry modest is your safest bet as you don’t want to come across as unprofessional and braggadocios…especially in an interview
- School – For students who attend a learning institution with a specific dress code, jewelry may have a limit. Also, specific programs in college or graduate/professional school might have some set guidelines and expectations. Majors such as business, law, and political science might subscribe to strict professional dress codes.
You have to know how much jewelry is too much. There is an old saying that “jewelry is that last thing that you put on but the first thing that you see.”
Make sure that you tastefully accessorize with your outfits.
Nothing should overpower your clothes. Each accessory should compliment the entire look. While Mr. T was a stud, he doesn’t represent the dapper gentleman. Remember, less is more.
Another consideration is the type of outfit. You may be able to get away with certain types and amounts of jewelry with different looks. For example, earrings are not usually accepted when wearing a suit – but if you’re at the football game with the guys – go for it.
4.) Wearing Jewelry Unbalanced
Jewelry that is unbalanced is the cousin to over-accessorizing as it can draw too much attention to one side/part of your body.
A great example is necklaces. Many guys will stack two or three necklaces on top of each other. This throws off the look because the eye is focused on the jewelry instead of the whole outfit. Not to mention stacking them crowds the neckline. This is not the proper way to wear necklaces.
Wrist wear is another great example. If you’re a guy who likes smaller watches, don’t wear bulky bracelets on the other wrist. It will make you look lopsided and uneven – again diverting attention from the look as a whole. The important thing is to make sure that all accessories maintain an equilibrium of sorts.
One way to throw off the balance is my mixing the metals. Try as best as possible to keep them the same. If you are wearing a two-toned bracelet watch, highlight the dominant metal with your other accessories.
5.) Not Choosing Best Pieces for Your Skin Tone
Each one of us has undertones in our skin that will look great with certain metals and textiles. The way that you determine what metal looks best on you is to try on pieces. Use the following tips to determine your skin tone:
Look at you skin in natural light and find a spot wear veins are noticeable (your wrist is usually a good choice)
– Blue or purple veins = cool skin tone
– Green veins = warm skin tone
– Blue, green, AND purple veins = neutral skin tone
Once you have determined whether you have warm or cool undertones, it’s relatively easy to match the proper metal with your skin.
– Cool skin tones look best in light metals = white gold, platinum, or silver
– Warm skin tones work great with yellow metals = yellow gold, rose gold, brass
– Neutral skin tones = white and yellow metals