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The only 3 pieces of jewellery men should wear

Introduction LO:

Several decades ago, I heard or read the advice below. The key message was that jewellery are for women; not for men. I felt it made sense and have never worn items again, like a tie clip. That advice was, however, also a reason to start focusing on wrist watches, which became an expensive hobby.

In 2010, most of my watches were stolen; probably due to an inside job. I lost my (risk-reward) appetite to restart that hobby. I still like viewing those expensive Swiss watches (example) but buying is no longer an option. My interest has shifted from looks to technology (eg, solar-powered).

Unfortunately, I have lost my wedding ring that had once belonged to my (deceased) father. It might, however, resurface one day because I may have forgotten its location. Else, it was stolen. I trust that it will come back to me once I need it.

Business Insider title: The only 3 pieces of jewelry men should wear
By: Dennis Green 
Date: 23 February 2015

“As far as jewelry goes, for men, simple is better. As notes, the “less is more” adage applies to jewelry above all else.

Most men should be seen with only three main accessories decorating their appendages: a nice watch, a good pair of cuff links, and, if they’re married, a simple wedding band.

Why? Because unless you’re a movie star, pro athlete, or pirate, it’s extremely hard for today’s man to pull off anything more extravagant than those three pieces.

Earrings, metallic chains, and even bracelets look out of place on most men who try to pull them off. Unfortunately, they just make it look as if you’re trying too hard — more Tony Soprano than James Bond.

This doesn’t mean your accessories have to be boring, though. There is plenty of room within the confines of the pieces to make a statement with your accessories. There are a million kinds of watches to choose from, as well as a set of cuff links for every interest under the sun.

As always, however, once you know the rules you have license to break them.

Men’s style expert Barron Cuadro of Effortless Gent shies away from absolutes in regard to male jewelry. He told Business Insider “it all depends on a man’s personal style and how eccentric he is in his day-to-day wardrobe.”

“Some guys (e.g., PharrellJohnny Depp) can wear a ton of jewelry and they look great, because it fits their personality and aesthetic,” Cuadro says. “If, say, Don Draper showed up at SC&P one day in the same jewelry, it wouldn’t make sense.”

If you can get away with it and it fits your personal style — more power to you, go crazy. But just keep in mind it might not fit in with your financial firm’s conservative dress code.”



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