Recommendations For Jewelry And Accessories For Him

Men’s style is all about subtlety. You want to accessorize without being “in your face” blitz or bling.  Too thin gives a weakling hint, and too thick gives a Mafioso look.  Expressing your personality without being loud is a sophisticated method of being you.  Do accessorize.  Jewelry is not just for women.


Every man needs at least one necklace in his jewelry collection.  Gold, platinum, and silver necklaces should be of medium length and thickness: too thin and it looks feminine, and too thick makes one look like a racketeer.  Do buy a necklace of solid metal.  Wear it tucked neatly inside your shirt.


Men do not usually wear an engagement ring, but if you do, be sure not to remove it, or else!  The wedding ring is not the only other option for men.  Engineers use an iron ring in the pinky finger to designate their profession.  Do not use a ring in every finger.  Again, use always rings of solid precious metals only.  Simplicity and elegance should be the main cues.  Sterling silver rings can look great in many designs, or mounted with a stone.  Select stones with understated colours.  A yellow gold ring with a large red ruby would look rather tacky if worn with a blue business suit. A white metal ring with a black stone or grey sapphire will go with any suit colour.


Bracelets are an excellent accessory for men.  They can be solid, chain-link, or mixed with leather.  They should fit snugly so as to not fling about making noise or flapping onto a desk while working.  They should not be too wide or too thick if chain-link type so as to not look like a pimp, but not very thin either.  Choose a style and fit that you can wear daily without having to remove it, as most men don’t want to go through the nuisance of daily removal.


Cufflinks are an excellent way to show your individuality, while portraying a level of sophistication and elegance.  They are an accessory for long sleeve shirts and appropriate for any non-casual setting, ranging from the workplace to formal black-tie events.  There is an enormous variety of cufflinks to chose from, from the whimsical to the classic.  White metal cufflinks are the primary choice, and they can be inlaid with glass, enamel, or gemstone accents.  For more info on cufflinks, please see our article.

Collar Bars

Remember the collar bars from the 1980’s?  They consisted of a metallic bar with two end knobs that would unscrew to allow the bar to be threaded between holes on either side of the collar.  Sometimes they had an extra, thin chain that would go over the tie.  Well, those are out, thank goodness.

Tie Bars

The tie bar adds a significant amount of finesse to the overall look.  There are two main types of tie bars: the pinch type, and the slide clasps.  The tie bar is worn around mid-way on a tie and is designed to hold the tie so that it does not flap around if you have removed your suit jacket or have the jacket unbuttoned.  It holds the tie against the shirt.  The pinch type uses a mechanical clasp that is spring loaded in order to pinch the tie against the shirt.  The slide clasp consists of a piece of metal that is folded over.  The folded back portion acts as a spring to hold the tie against the shirt.  Invest in a good quality tie bar made of a precious metal: either a quality gold plate or solid sterling silver.  Cheap versions will develop a tarnish that rubs off and will damage your garments.

Belts and Belt Buckles

Belts serve two functions: to hold up your pants, and to accessorize your look.  Select a belt of solid, genuine leather.  It will last longer, and keep its form.  Select a belt size appropriate for your waist size so that it is not holding a heavy weight or very tight.  The buckle should have simple lines.  Black will go with everything, but a brown will combine with kakis of beige tones. The belt buckle metal colour should match your necklace, bracelet, cufflinks, and tie clips.


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