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Men have worn necklaces for thousands of years, looking powerful and masculine while doing it. You want to wear a necklace too and take your style up a notch – but how do men wear necklaces?

That’s the purpose of today’s article! In this article, you’ll find:

  • Male Jewelry & Style
  • The 5 Essential Necklace Styles
    • Dog Tags
    • Chains
    • Religious Emblems
    • Pendants
    • Chokers
  • Chains & Cords
    • What are men’s necklace chains made of?
    • What is the best chain length for men?
  • Conclusion

How Do Men Wear Necklaces: Male Jewelry & Style

Necklaces for guys are different than women’s necklaces.

For one thing, men are never going to wear anything that could be considered ‘costume jewelry’ — the big, chunky stuff with rows of jewels women wear with evening gowns. That’s strictly a woman’s fashion.

It’s also not the case that a man’s jewelry should be the centerpiece of an outfit. Men’s jewelry is meant to complement, not to overwhelm.

That means necklaces for men are less showy and instead slightly rugged or rough around the edges. Good jewelry for men should look natural — like you’ve been wearing it for years and it was given to you by your grandfather who inherited from his father and so on.

You’ll see some bigger, shinier stuff available of course. There will be also some light and fragile designs here and there too. At either extreme though you’re talking about exceptions to the rule. These pieces draw eyes precisely because they go against norms.

The jewelry most men wear will be very subtle. You’ll just see them as stylish men and over time notice the accessories they use to create killer looks.

How Do Men Wear Necklaces: The 5 Essential Styles

There are five broad families of necklace styles worth knowing about. These have been traditional masculine styles for years and they naturally pair with classic men’s outfits.

Men’s Necklace Style #1 Dog Tags

Military-style dog tags are functionally just a specialized pendant, but they bear mention on their own, if only because increasingly jewelers offer upscale versions.

Your basic dog tags are a pair of tabs on a ball chain with text on them. Actual military tags usually list the wearer’s name and medical information plus their rank and religious preference sometimes.

Decorative takes on the style often replace this text with an image or raised design. The ball chain may also be replaced with something finer and flashier.

Understand that people are going to have different opinions on this style. Some people love the nod to military fashion style. Other people find it disrespectful to actual servicemen and servicewomen because it trivializes an official piece of identification.

As a former Marine, I say wear them if it’s really your style. Just be aware that not everyone’s going to love it. Don’t wear a flashy set into a VFW post if you didn’t serve!

Men’s Necklace Style #2 Chains

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Plain, unornamented chains of metal are classic male jewelry. They can create any number of looks depending on the metal, chain length, style of links and method of fastening them.

The most classic style of chain necklace has relatively flat loops spaced close together. The chain almost looks like a solid ribbon of metal and is long enough to fall slightly below the collarbone.

These have been worn by men for the better part of a century and are a statement on their own whether they’re worn to dress up a T-shirt or a suit. The key to pulling off a chain is modesty. Keep the style understated and keep the chain underneath your shirt. The small amount that’s visible is enough to make your statement for you.

The metal defines the entire chain’s look so it’s worth spending more to get a higher-quality product here. Avoid cheap alternatives and go for solid stainless steel or precious metals like gold and silver.

Men’s Necklace Style #3 Religious Emblems

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The various necklaces that denote religious affiliation or are tied to faith are also worth including. Some are required/encouraged by specific faiths or sects while others are personal displays of belief.

Most will be of the pendant style. Christian crosses, Stars of David, scapulars and other symbols can all be made into dangling ornaments easily enough. These are normally worn under the shirt against the body on a chain long enough that the ornament falls below the neckline.

My opinion is that these pieces should be understated and simple — fine to share with people in situations where you’re taking your shirt off. You don’t want it to be the first thing someone notices about you from the other side of a room though.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t large, metallic or jeweled cross pendants and things like that out there. They’re just not going to be the sort of quiet, stylish accent piece that a man’s jewelry ideally should be.

Men’s Necklace Style #4 Pendants

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It’s an incredibly broad term, but a pendant-style necklace basically just means a single ornament on a long, thin chain or cord.

These are common, popular and versatile. The ornament can be anything from a shaped jewel to a tiny vial or scroll case. Anything will work as long as it’s small enough to rest comfortably below your neck and against your breastbone.

Pendants can be worn outside casual shirts like T-shirts but are usually tucked underneath any shirt with a turn-down collar. Something to be aware of is a deep V-neck may show enough of your chest for a pendant on a short cord to be seen. You might like this style or it might be a reason for you to avoid deep V’s.

Men’s Necklace Style #5 Chokers

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A choker is a thick, solid band around the neck that doesn’t hang down, often broken with ornaments or designs at regular intervals.

Dog collars are a style of choker; so are the woven hemp necklaces popular in surfer and hippie culture.

Fashionable men have taken advantage of toned-down variations on both, so don’t be afraid to sport some leather or rope around your neck. Just make sure it’s not too over the top, and give yourself enough room in the fit that it’s comfortable.

Metal chokers are relatively uncommon. So are chokers with an ornament hanging from the front — that looks a bit too much like a pet with its tags hanging from its collar for most people’s taste, and not in a hardcore, military-style dog tag kind of way.

How Do Men Wear Necklaces: Chains & Cords

The truth is, how a man should wear jewelry and what jewelry men can wear are fluid concepts. The chain or cord of a necklace can take many, many forms.

Between the material used and the length, the chain is giving your necklace a lot of its character, so take the time to understand your options and the message you are sending.

What are men’s necklace chains made of?

Unless you’re wearing deep V-necks, the part of your necklace that people see the most of is probably going to be the chain or cord.

Here’s how some of the most common items will affect your outfits:

  • Precious metals are meant to be seen and noticed. Keep them slim especially if they’re supporting an ornament and be aware that they’re drawing a lot of attention. The rest of your outfit doesn’t have to be fancy — if you have too many items vying for someone’s attention your outfit becomes visually overwhelming. Simple is best with metal chains.
  • Steel ball chains are a slim, utilitarian style frequently used for long pendants. They’re relatively minimalist and won’t distract from the rest of your outfit. Wear them when you don’t want your necklace to stand out (especially if the ornament is hidden under a shirt).
  • Leather thongs are a little bigger than ball chains but less eye-catching than bright metal. They give you a relaxed, natural look that goes well with casual clothing and modern styles. However, they’re less ideal with collared shirts and men’s modern business attire.
  • Hemp and rope cord are most common in chokers, where they’re woven into larger arrangements. These have a casual, outdoorsy look that most people will associate with hippies, surfers and outdoorsy guys.
  • Ribbons or colored cords made from cloth such as velvet are generally reserved for medals, not for decorative jewelry. It’s a bit too feminine for most men’s style, no matter what the ornament is.

TIP: How do men wear necklaces without getting bored of them? The answer is versatility. Never forget you can always swap cords and chains. Once you have three or four pendants and a few extra chains or cords you’ll suddenly find yourself with over a dozen different necklace options.

What is the best chain length for men?

Where the ornament hangs on your chest (or the nadir of the chain, if you have no pendant) affects both the overall style of a necklace and the types of shirts it goes well with.

  • Short, choker-style necklaces can be worn with just about anything, short of a suit and tie. They look unusual underneath a men’s dress shirt any shirt with a turn-down collar. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though. On their own above a low collar, of course, they stand out on their own, and viewers can see the whole necklace.
  • Medium-length chains that end right around the base of the neck or the top of the breastbone are typical for unornamented metal chains. This leaves most of the links visible with an open shirt collar, or with a non-turndown collar like a T-shirt’s. On the other hand, it’s the most awkward length for a pendant, since the ornament will fall under the collar on some shirts, above it on others, and awkwardly halfway-covered on a few.
  • Long chains or cords are good for pendants, but often hide them underneath your shirt. The ornaments attached to them will generally only be worn outside very casual outfits, meaning you’ll need a V-neck or a few open buttons if you want the pendant to be visible.

As with the materials, remember that you can always swap chains and cords in and out. You can even have a jeweler shorten metal chains if your preference changes.

How Do Men Wear Necklaces: Conclusion

A good necklace can be a great accent piece for a well-dressed man just like a men’s ring, necktie or a good set of cufflinks. It just might not be something you wear every day or with every outfit (except in the case of religious necklaces, or something else kept under the shirt as a personal token).

You don’t want to be known for a specific piece of jewelry. Mix it up and enjoy expanding your collection from time to time. A few good pendants and a wide selection of cords and chains give you a huge number of possibilities once you start mixing and matching!

Lastly, wear your necklace with confidence. If you look good, you look good!

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No-Fail Color Combos For Men: Summer 2024 Edition

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One of the trickier elements of achieving good style is color theory. That is, what looks good together, what matches, what contrasts well, the works!

When men initially start their style journey, before they learn about the context and history of various aesthetics, they’ll often try tackling color first.

And for good reason. Not matching correctly or poor color choices are a quick and easy way to doom your outfit. Getting it right takes a trained eye – or a handy guide like this one.

Specifically in the summer months, there tend to be more color options available to men’s clothing than ever. Less layers means our outfits are sometimes encouraged to make a statement through different means, whether that’s through pattern, texture, or perhaps most obviously, color!

And so, without further ado, here are our recommendations for no-fail color combinations for men’s outfits this summer.

White, Red, and Navy Blue

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Perhaps a bit on-the-nose for the Fourth of July season, but arguably all the more so appropriate because of it, there’s something nostalgic about loosely representing the American flag during the summer – albeit tastefully.

One sure way to nail this formula without mistakenly getting raised along the flag pole is to combine a classic white tee with navy blue pants, shorts, or denim, along with a primary or dark red cardigan for cool summer evenings.

Too warm for the cardigan? Consider a blue and red patterned top with white shorts or white linen trousers for a similar effect with more cooling factor.

It’s a brilliant combo with just a dash of patriotic flair. Trust us!

Off-White, Tan, and Forest Green

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Sometimes, deep contrast is what you want for maximum dynamism in an outfit. To experiment with this color combination, try pairing a pair of off-white painter/carpenter pants with a dark, forest green top (either a tee or a camp collar shirt). Tie it all together with a pair of tan loafers and a matching tan braided belt!

Looking to go cooler? Perhaps opt for a pair of forest green shorts and an off-white tee. Finish it off with a sleek pair of tan espadrilles or elegant fisherman’s sandals, and you’re ready to hit the sun!

Classic Black and White

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Minimalism can be elegant, and there’s no better proof than the classic black and white combo.

This generally works best for slightly elevated outfits, ranging from smart casual to business casual. Try starting with a pair of white pleated trousers, preferably in a breathable fabric like cotton, or even better, linen. Pair them with a black knit polo, tucked in ideally, and accessorize with a black leather belt and matching loafers.

A more elegant way to spin this combo is with a white linen suit – paired with a simple black tee shirt. If you’re feeling a bit of retro flair in your veins, dare to swap the tee for a black shirt with a 70s-inspired, jumbo collar worn popped over the jacket’s lapels. You can totally pull it off with confidence – we promise.

Autumnal Orange and Sage Green

man wearing sage green seersucker pants with a burnt orange camp collar shirt and tortoiseshell sunglasses

Are you an autumnal soul? As in, someone who wishes it was fall during all three other seasons? We don’t blame you! Autumn color palettes are some of the most visually pleasing and downright cozy.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait until fall to incorporate autumnal earth tones into your summer wardrobe! It’s not like it’s illegal. If anything, it’s a fun nod to another season when worn properly.

A burnt or rust orange definitely screams fall, but when utilized on a classic camp collar shirt and paired with a more summery sage green (either in short or linen trouser iterations), it surprisingly works!

Soft Pink and Deep Blue

outfit of dark blue linen trousers with a soft pink linen button down shirt

When worn well, pink can be a surprisingly masculine color that echoes elegance and signals sophistication.

An easy way to see this for yourself is by pairing deep blue trousers (try seersucker or linen for ideal weather friendly comfort) with a soft pink linen shirt – either long sleeve or short. You can also swap the pants for shorts if that’s more your thing.

The rich contrast between pink and blue tones is especially exciting in summer, where both colors reign highly.

White on White on White (or Maybe Tan)

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No, no, we’re not kidding around with this one. If you’re lacking in the hair department, you might choose to avoid this combo in order to beat the “Mr. Clean” allegations, but when done well, we still think this look is a power-move.

The key is to incorporate summer texture. White pants or shorts in either linen or seersucker, combined with a white top in a similar fabric. Linen on linen works wonders. Seersucker on linen is great, too. Seersucker on seersucker tends to work best with a suit, but use your discretion.

Finish it off with either white sneakers (canvas ones are great) or a daring white loafer. Alternatively, if you want to break up the white just a drop, consider opting for tan shoes with a matching belt. In many ways, it’s arguably more elegant.

Tan and Teal

man wearing tan pleated chinos with a teal camp collar shirt

Tan is a canvas upon which everything will match, which is why going bold and exciting with a contrasting shade is a good bet. Teal is a fine choice because it’s reminiscent of mediterranean oceans and mosaic tiles, further reinforcing the summery association.

The safest way to approach this look is with tan chinos or shorts combined with a rich teal top (either a tee, linen shirt, or camp collar shirt). Tan or brown accessories will seal the deal, but an alternative method is to reverse the colors on their head.

Teal shorts are quite striking but within the bounds of good taste, and a tan linen shirt looks absolutely stellar with them. Try it for yourself!

Beige, Chocolate Brown, and Sage Green

man wearing beige linen trousers with pleats, paired with a sage green tee shirt tucked in, and dark brown loafers and a dark brown braided leather belt

Looking for something similar to the previous option but one that works a bit better in more professional settings? Beige trousers, paired with chocolate brown loafers and a matching belt, look great with sage green, a calmer alternative to teal.

Sometimes referred to as seafoam green, sage looks especially elegant when represented by a linen fabric.

Calm Gray and Black

man wearing relaxed-fitting pleated gray high-waisted trousers with a black knit polo, black belt, and black loafers

Don’t underestimate the versatility of gray in your summer wardrobe. In truth, it can go with almost anything, but looks sleekest when paired with black.

Not convinced? Try combining a pair of gray linen pants with a black knit polo for that after work rooftop party, or gray shorts with a black tee for a sleek and minimal laid-back day. From fine summer tailoring to relaxed and leisurely attire, this combo is something of a cheat code, if you ask us.

Maroon and Mint

Man wearing a pair of mint green seersucker shorts with a maroon polo shirt and white sneakers

We’re not done with shades of red! Maroon is often seen as one of the more mature shades, but you can make it feel a bit more playful if you pair it next to an airy mint color tone.

A pair of mint green (fainter than sage, in most cases) pants or shorts delivers extra wow-factor when placed alongside a maroon red top. From tees to polos to linen button downs, you’ve got options. But you can reverse the positions too! Try maroon shorts with a mint tee on toasty days for a look that’ll keep you cool and looking, well, cooler!

Lastly, Experiment!

Aside from these specific seasonal recommendations, allow yourself to have fun and experiment with different color and color combinations on your own! It takes time and experience to gain a truly trained eye, and while learning the basics of color theory can help, your personal style journey will thank you for any hands-on experience!.

So go out there, and give some of these a whirl. When you’re ready, feel free to try new ideas out for yourself!

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Stylish Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Perfect Picks from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall

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As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate the wonderful dads in our lives with thoughtful and stylish gifts. Whether you’re looking for something classic, trendy, or completely unique, this gift guide has you covered. Featuring pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’ll find gifts to suit every budget and taste.

Merci Maman

Merci Maman offers personalized jewelry that makes a perfect sentimental gift. Their Personalized Intertwined Necklace is a standout piece, featuring two or three rings that can be engraved with names, dates, or a special message. This elegant necklace is ideal for a dad who loves meaningful keepsakes.

Another beautiful option is the Personalized Open Bangle, which is both sleek and stylish. Engrave it with a special date or message to make it a unique token of appreciation. For new dads, the Personalized Initial Necklace featuring the initials of their children is a touching and timeless choice.

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ChloBo

For the fashion-forward dad, ChloBo offers trendy yet sophisticated pieces. The Men’s Noodle Ball Bracelet is a versatile accessory that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern design. It’s perfect for a dad who appreciates minimalist style with a touch of elegance.

The Sacred Earth Ring is another excellent choice. This bold piece is crafted with precision and can add a statement to any outfit. If your dad is into layered looks, the Protective Eye Necklace is a stylish and symbolic piece that can be worn alone or with other chains.

Lebrusan Studio

Lebrusan Studio is known for its intricate and ethical designs. For a dad with a taste for the unique, the Silver Skull Ring is a standout. This piece combines a touch of edginess with exquisite craftsmanship, making it perfect for the dad who loves something a bit different.

For something more classic, consider the Gold St Christopher Pendant. This traditional symbol of protection is beautifully crafted and makes a thoughtful gift for the dad who travels often or loves classic jewelry. Another excellent option is the Ethical Wedding Band, ideal for renewing vows or simply as a token of enduring love.

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Dower & Hall

Dower & Hall offers timeless pieces that exude elegance. The Leather & Pearl Bracelet is an excellent choice for the millennial dad who appreciates a blend of classic and contemporary styles. The combination of leather and pearls creates a distinctive look that is both rugged and refined.

For dads who love symbolic jewelry, the Tree of Life Pendant is a meaningful piece that represents family and growth. It’s a beautiful reminder of the roots and connections that make a family strong. The Skullduggery Wax Melts are a fun and quirky gift for dads who enjoy unique home fragrances and stylish decor.

Lastly, for a classic and elegant gift, consider the Silver St Christopher Pendant. This traditional piece is perfect for any dad, providing both style and a sense of protection.

Conclusion

With this selection of thoughtful and stylish pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’re sure to find the perfect gift to show your dad just how much he means to you. Whether he loves personalized jewelry, modern fashion, unique designs, or timeless classics, there’s something here to suit every taste and budget. Celebrate Father’s Day with a gift that will be cherished for years to come.

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Celebrate Father’s Day in Style with Bloobloom Eyewear

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and with it comes the perennial question: What to get him for Father’s Day? This year, look no further than French eyewear brand Bloobloom. Known for its impeccable blend of style and sustainability, Bloobloom offers a range of sunglasses and glasses that make perfect gifts for any father figure in your life.

Bloobloom boasts an extensive collection of eyewear, featuring various styles, frames, shapes, and colors. Whether your dad prefers classic designs or contemporary looks, there is something for everyone in Bloobloom’s lineup. Each pair of glasses starts from £99, ensuring high-quality eyewear at an accessible price point.

Here are a few top picks from Bloobloom’s collection that are sure to make this Father’s Day special:

  • Author in Black: For the dad who appreciates timeless elegance, the Author in Black offers a sophisticated, classic look. These frames exude confidence and style, perfect for any occasion.
  • Pro in Midnight: If your father is a fan of sleek, modern designs, the Pro in Midnight is an excellent choice. These frames combine contemporary aesthetics with a touch of boldness, making them ideal for both professional and casual settings.
  • Mentor in Sunflower: For the adventurous dad who loves to stand out, the Mentor in Sunflower adds a splash of color and personality. These sunglasses are not only stylish but also provide excellent protection from the sun, perfect for outdoor activities.
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One of the standout features of Bloobloom is its commitment to giving back. For every purchase made, Bloobloom donates a pair of glasses to one of the world’s 2.5 billion people in need who lack access to eye care through its ‘Pair for a Pair’ scheme. This initiative ensures that your gift not only brings joy to your father but also contributes to a noble cause, improving the lives of those less fortunate.

In addition to its charitable efforts, Bloobloom is dedicated to sustainability. The brand has planted over 8,000 trees and uses plastic-free packaging, reflecting its commitment to the environment. Furthermore, Bloobloom opts for lower-impact raw materials in the production of its eyewear, reducing its ecological footprint.

Choosing Bloobloom for your Father’s Day gift means supporting a brand that values both quality and ethical practices. Each pair of glasses is a testament to Bloobloom’s dedication to creating stylish, durable, and environmentally friendly eyewear.

Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to show appreciation and love for the father figures in your life. With Bloobloom’s wide range of stylish and sustainable eyewear, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that suits his personality and style. From classic frames like the Author in Black to the bold Mentor in Sunflower, there’s something for every dad.

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