Earlier this week I found myself at The United Nations working at an event. The UN is not in all of the tour books but I would say it is a must see. The last time I was there I was at a protest a few years ago exercising the hippy in me. This visit was much different because I was able to speak to several people who worked at The UN. There were people from all over the world working there of course, and each person more interesting than the next. Most of the men looked pretty sharp. No surprise there since America is so poorly dressed in general compared to the rest of the world. While looking these foreign men up and down in a subtle manner I got to thinking about modern men and
When it comes to jewelry there is most definitely a double standard. Men absolutely can not get away with wearing as much jewelry as women. When we look back at images of the earliest Native Americans, the men had silver, gold, turquoise and then some all over their bodies. Times have really changed. If you are a modern day professional man who wants to look en vogue then follow the regulations below.
- Only wear one item, if any, on your wrists at any time. So if you are wearing a watch that is it. If you are wearing a bracelet, that is it.
- When it comes to necklaces the simpler the better and of course only one at a time. Women do not like it when men have too much going on around their necks.
- If you are a professional you should not have pierced ears let alone wear earrings. In this day in age earrings are very popular with a lot of men. If you want to wear a maximum of one in each ear out on a Saturday night that is acceptable but do not go overboard.
- If you can pull it off, and I mean REALLY, only if you can pull it off, only one ring. (This is if you are not already wearing a wedding band) Men who wear rings for fun always seem to be weird to me.
- Never ankle bracelets or toe rings…NEVER. I don’t care if your ten year old niece Chloe made you an ankle bracelet out of thread when you all were vacationing at the beach one summer. Ankle bracelets=not sexy under any circumstance.
- Class rings, a fraternal insignia, family heir looms, military service pins, or athletic rings/necklaces are always touching but like I often warn, tread carefully. It may mean the world to you but make sure that your sentimental jewelry doesn’t make you look like a hot mess.
- Stick to only one of the precious metals at a time. For example, if you are wearing gold, make sure all of your jewelry for the day is gold. It is gaudy and tacky to mix and match.
- When it comes to stones, less is more. I hope this needs no further explanation.
- Know your color palette, if you are really fair or have lighter reddish hair, stay away from gold jewelry or anything with a pink or yellow hue. It will bring out your worst color features.
- As far as body jewelry is concerned, if you are a professional piercer or tattoo artist or if you work behind the counter at Hot Topic then go nuts. But otherwise the answer is no. No one will take you seriously if you have a face so full of metal you look like you need tetanus shot!
Jewelry is a very powerful thing, and always has been in almost all societies throughout time. If you stop and think about it, we look at a person’s jewelry and very quickly assume age, sexual orientation, economic status, religious affiliation, race, gender, marital status, wealth, etc. It is a matter a personal style and all men have to decide the direction they want to go with jewelry. I know men who find jewelry to be a burden and never wear any; on the other hand I know men who would not take off their gaudy gold chains even if they are on the beach. Many businesses have stipulations in their bylaws about men’s jewelry. It usually goes something along the lines of, “modest, tasteful or appropriate jewelry only” This is a good rule to stick to not only for work but for life as well. And, remember if you are a jewelry wearer; create categories such as every day, casual, dressy, super fancy. Only bring out your best pieces for the poshest red carpet events.
Quck Aside: Never under any circumstance purchase jewelry at a deparmtent store. Not for yourself, not for a gift, not for your worst enemy. Ugh I’m getting sick just thinking about cheap department store jewelry.