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Considering a ring?

Let’s be honest – when it comes to this subject, most men don’t have a clue. The majority of us will only ever wear one ring – a wedding ring – and even then, we’re not that comfortable in jewelry stores.

Plus there are thousands of options out there. Different rings symbolize different things – there are rings designed to be worn on individual fingers and others only suitable for specific occasions.

And that’s before we even get into the types of metal.

So how do you know which ring is right for you? Unless your best friend is a jeweler, it’s overwhelming and confusing.

Let me make it simple. Once you’ve read this article, you’ll be able to walk into a jewelry store with confidence; you’ll be able to ask the right questions and avoid overspending.

Ready? Let’s get started!

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Contents – Ultimate Guide To Men’s Rings

  • History of Men’s Rings
  • Popular Men’s Ring Styles
  • Metal Types Used for Men’s Rings
  • Non-Metal Men’s Ring Types
  • What Gemstones are Used in Men’s Rings?
  • Meaning of Color in Men’s Rings

A Brief History of Men’s Rings

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Ancient rings were similar to modern-day signet rings but would be pressed into wax or ink to stamp one’s seal of approval.

Men have worn rings since the Egyptian times when they were used as personal identification and as a signature. Egyptians believed rings had supernatural powers and symbolized eternal love. They wore their rings on the left hand’s 4th finger because they believed the vein of love ran through this finger to the head.

These ancient rings were similar to modern-day signet rings and would be pressed into wax or ink to stamp one’s seal of approval. It was actually illegal for seal-makers to keep an impression of a ring they sold to avoid identity theft.

Fast forward to the 8th century BC and Roman men wore rings made from silver, gold, bronze, iron, and jet. These sometimes had precious stones or jewels set in them, although they were initially a plain iron hoop. When a Roman woman accepted a ring, it became a legally binding agreement whereby she was bound to be obedient to her husband.

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Three examples of Roman rings

Interestingly, the ring you wore showed your social class. Only the upper classes could wear gold rings while other citizens could wear silver or bronze and slaves weren’t permitted to wear rings at all.

Ever wonder where the term “keyring” came from? Roman clothing had no pockets so people would often wear a finger-ring and hang their house keys from it.

Medieval and Renaissance Britain had many uses for rings, including signets for identification, rings with merchant’s marks, rings for political identification, and rings, which demonstrated professional rank. Much like the Roman Empire, rings also denoted social class and your job type.

 

Men’s Signet Rings

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A signet ring – note the flat top featuring an intricate design.

The word signet comes from the Latin word “signum,” which means “mark” or “sign.” A signet ring has a flat top surface featuring a personal or family crest design. The idea is that when the wearer presses the ring into liquid sealing wax, it leaves an impression. Ancient Greeks created signet rings out of marble, limestone, and ivory and used them for identification purposes.

Throughout the centuries, the signet ring evolved. During World War II, US Air Force Personnel obtained signet rings containing a hidden compartment that held a compass or message.

Nowadays, signet rings tend to be a fashion accessory.

How to Wear a Signet Ring

Traditions of the placement of signet rings vary depending on the country. In England, men wore a signet ring on the little finger of the non-dominant hand. The French wore it on the right finger of the left hand. Men in Switzerland traditionally wore a signet on the right finger of the right hand and in the Middle East, a signet ring is worn on the middle finger or the thumb.

Types of Signet Rings

  • Round – rounded bevel in a variety of sizes
  • Oxford – square bevel with rounded corners, similar to a seat cushion
  • Straight Oval – a broad oval, the most common and traditional type
  • Bulbous Oval – large, heavy signet rings with a classic look
  • Octagon – 8 sided, very unique and geometric, the most modern style

When to Wear a Signet Ring

Traditional signet ring etiquette is dependent on whether the man is married. If a married man wore a signet ring on the left ring finger, it was interpreted as a wedding ring.

 

Men’s Wedding Rings

mens wedding rings

In 16th and 17th century Europe, men would sometimes wear Gimmel rings made of two interlocking circles. The groom and bride would wear one ring each while engaged. During the wedding ceremony, the groom would put his band on the bride’s finger, thus completing the circles.

Because of the wars and conflicts in the early 20th century, men began wearing a wedding band as a way of remembering their spouses back home.

How To Wear a Wedding Ring 

Wedding rings are always worn on the ring finger but the hand it’s worn on varies from culture to culture. In many cultures, the wedding band is worn on the right hand because it is used for oaths and vows. Other cultures wear a wedding ring on the left hand because it’s believed the vein of love runs through this finger. Wedding bands are also worn on the left-hand because it’s the less dominant hand for most.

The placement of the “ring” finger is also credited to using this finger the least.

When To Wear a Wedding Ring

Wedding rings are worn when a man is married. Not wearing a wedding band when married is often seen as improper or suspicious. Couples often pick out matching wedding bands to signify their love and dedication to each other.

 

Men’s Pinky Rings

best mens rings pinky ring

Pinky rings came into popularity in 18th century England. In the Victorian Era, men and women wore pinky rings to indicate they were uninterested in marriage. In the 20th century, men made pinky rings a fashion statement – they were an expression of freedom and style. Wealthy American men followed the British tradition of wearing a signet ring on their pinky.

Franklin Roosevelt famously wore a pinky signet ring.

Pinky rings became associated with organized crime in the US and they would often indicate the wearer’s affiliation with the Mafia – giving it a negative connotation.

How to Wear a Pinky Ring

Traditionally, the pinky ring was worn on the left-hand pinky finger. However, this rule is not set in stone – Winston Churchill famously wore his signet ring on the right-hand pinky finger.

When to Wear a Pinky Ring

Pinky rings can be worn for any occasion but are often considered more formal. A pinky ring is an expression of style and comes in a wide range of shapes and styles. Signet rings are typically worn as pinky rings too.

 

Men’s Thumb Rings

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Thumb rings date back to the Egyptian era. They believed that thumb rings would ward off evil spirits and avoid disease.

Another use of thumb rings – protection during archery. When drawing a bow using a thumb draw, the thumb is hooked around the bowstring and, over time, can cut into your thumb. The thumb ring protects the inner pad of the archer’s thumb.

Traditionally, women would wear their deceased husband’s thumb ring as a way of preserving their memory. Thumb rings also signify freedom. It’s believed that having a ring on your thumb means you are a strong and independent individual. The larger the thumb ring – the more independent the wearer.

Today, thumb rings are worn to signify freedom and sexual preference.

How to Wear a Thumb Ring

A thumb ring is an excellent option for men who want to wear more than one ring due to the distance between the thumb and the other fingers.

When to Wear a Thumb Ring

Thumb rings can be worn in any situation but are often frowned upon in job interviews. They’re particularly an easy way to express your freedom and individuality. Often a thumb ring will include a large gemstone such as a diamond or ruby. Men usually have their birthstone in their thumb rings.

 

When it comes to the types of metal, it’s important to understand 2 terms:

  1. Luster – how the metal reflects light (how “shiny” it is)
  2. Mohs Hardness Scale – ranks minerals based on resistance to scratching

 

Men’s Ring Material – Sterling Silver

mens sterling silver ring

Sterling silver is the most famous silver alloy. It’s been used for centuries and is the standard silver alloy in most parts of the world. Today, silver is used less for rings as it tarnishes quickly and there are better options. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver combined with 7.5% copper to create a more durable and wearable metal. The issue with Sterling silver is that it tarnishes quickly.

The copper contents in the alloy cause Sterling silver to change color and darken as it oxidizes. This is easy to clean in most cases. High-quality Sterling silver jewelry is sometimes plated with rhodium to enhance the whiteness, brilliance, and the metal’s durability. This adds value to the piece and prevents tarnishing.

Sterling silver ranks a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. For comparison purposes, Diamond – the most scratch-resistant mineral – ranks as 10.

Pros of Sterling Silver Rings:

  • Durable
  • Workable and wearable
  • Beautiful luster and shine
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Sterling Silver Rings:

  • Easily tarnishes
  • Hard to maintain

Men’s Ring Material – White Gold

mens white gold ring

White gold gained popularity as being an excellent alternative for platinum. It has the same visual characteristics as platinum but at a lower price.

White gold is made by alloying yellow gold with other white metals such as silver and palladium. It’s then coated with a plating of rhodium. The rhodium coding makes it lustrous and reflective. White gold is one of the most popular materials used for men’s rings, but it requires work as the rhodium plating will wear off over time but this can be refreshed at a local jeweler.

White gold ranks at 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of White Gold Rings:

  • Lustrous and reflective
  • Reasonably priced
  • Many designs and options available
  • Very workable

Cons of White Gold Rings:

  • Needs periodic work (rhodium plating)
  • Not hypoallergenic from the rhodium plating

 

Men’s Ring Material – Yellow Gold

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Yellow gold is the traditional choice for wedding bands and dates back thousands of years. The natural color of gold symbolizes prosperity and wealth.

Yellow gold comes in varying levels of purity from 10K  to 24K. The karats of gold refer to the percentage of gold to other alloys in the ring. 14K and 18K are the most common in men’s rings, but anything over 18K can be too soft for daily wear.

The purity of each karat is listed below:

  1. 10k = 41.67% Gold
  2. 14K = 58.33% Gold
  3. 18K = 75.00% Gold
  4. 22K = 91.67% Gold
  5. 24K = 99.99% Gold

Yellow Gold ranks a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Yellow Gold Rings:

  • Valuable
  • Classic and traditional
  • Workable
  • Many designs available

Cons of Yellow Gold Rings:

  • Needs frequent polishing
  • Not hypoallergenic

 

Men’s Ring Material – Rose Gold

mens rose gold ring

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Increasing in popularity in men’s rings, rose gold is more delicate in appearance than its other gold counterparts. Rose gold is more durable than other gold due to its copper contents giving it the subtle rose hue. The copper contents causes rose gold rings to be not hypoallergenic.

Rose Gold ranks a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Rose Gold Rings:

  • Unique color
  • Durable

Cons of Rose Gold Rings:

  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Not a lot of designs available
  • Needs polishing to maintain

 

Men’s Ring Material – Tungsten

mens ring tungsten

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Tungsten is medium-grey metal and can be plated with a color coating. It’s affordable, durable and lustrous which makes it a popular option for men. Tungsten ranks a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it one of the most rigid metal rings available (diamonds are the only one step away at 10 on the scale).

Pros of Tungsten Rings:

  • Affordable
  • Highly durable and scratch-resistant
  • Lustrous
  • No re-plating required

Cons of Tungsten Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Not hypoallergenic (depends on the alloy)
  • Limited options
  • Will break with hard impact
  • Not resizable

 

Men’s Ring Material – Platinum

mens ring platinum

Platinum is the most valuable metal used in men’s rings. It’s associated with luxury, prestige and wealth. Rings made from platinum are comfortable to wear, durable and very easy to work with. Platinum rings develop a patina over time, but a professional polish can restore the luster. This metal symbolizes integrity, everlasting love and purity, making it a trendy option for wedding bands.

Platinum ranks a 3.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Platinum Rings:

  • Durable
  • Prestigious and sophisticated
  • Workable
  • Many designs available
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Platinum Rings:

  • Very expensive
  • Needs polishing to maintain

 

Men’s Ring Material – Palladium

mens ring palladium

Very similar in appearance to platinum, palladium was an excellent alternative but due to extreme inflation of prices – it isn’t anymore. This precious metal is more durable and scratch-resistant than platinum. Palladium doesn’t need rhodium plating making its luster and hue natural and easier to maintain.

Palladium ranks a 4.75 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Palladium Rings:

  • Precious metal
  • Natural luster and color
  • Durable
  • No re-plating needed
  • Valuable
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Palladium Rings:

  • Rare
  • Limited options available
  • Prices are increasing

 

Men’s Ring Material – Titanium

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Titanium is the primary metal used for planes because it is extremely strong and lightweight. It doesn’t tarnish quickly and it’s affordable but difficult to resize.

Titanium ranks a 6.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Titanium Rings:

  • Highly durable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Beautiful luster and color
  • Lightweight

Cons of Titanium Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Difficult to resize

 

Men’s Ring Material – Cobalt

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Cobalt is a cheaper alternative to white gold, as it’s very close in appearance to it. These rings are highly reflective. They’re an excellent option for daily wear (and are highly resistant to scratching and tarnishing).

Cobalt ranks a 5.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Cobalt Rings:

  • Minimal maintenance
  • Highly durable
  • Resistant to scratches
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Minimal maintenance

Cons of Cobalt Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Difficult to resize
  • Limited options available

 

Men’s Ring Material – Tantalum

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Tantalum is an industrial metal that is slightly darker than tungsten. It’s exceptionally durable making maintenance minimal.

Tantalum ranks a 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Tantalum Rings:

  • High durable
  • Lustrous and reflective
  • Easy to maintain
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Tantalum Rings:

  • Darker than platinum
  • Limited options
  • Not valuable

 

Men’s Ring Material – Damascus Steel

mens ring damascus steel

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Damascus steel has been used for making weapons and rings for thousands of years. Damascus steel is inexpensive. The metal is more valued for its natural and intriguing patterns, making it unique.

Damascus steel ranks a 4.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Pros of Damascus Steel Rings:

  • Unique patterns
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Lustrous
  • Easy to maintain
  • Unique pattern which is never consistent

Cons of Damascus Steel Rings:

  • Often not hypoallergenic
  • Not valuable

Non-Metal Types of Men’s Rings

Men’s Ring Material – Carbon Fiber

mens ring carbon fiber

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Carbon Fiber is made of tightly interwoven fibers that create a tough fabric akin to metal. While technically not a metal, it’s among the most robust materials used in wedding rings and withstands most pressure.

Carbon Fiber is a space-age material and is ideal for a modern man. However, most carbon fiber rings are black and color options are limited.

Pros of Carbon Fiber Rings:

  • Space-age material
  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to maintain

Cons of Carbon Fiber Rings:

  • Mainly black
  • Not valuable
  • Difficult to resize
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Men’s Ring Material – Meteorite

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Meteorite Rings are made from debris from space — yes, you read that correctly. These rings have natural etchings and patterns that make each unique.

Meteorite is made from comets, asteroids and meteoroids that survive the Earth’s atmosphere. They are typically broken into three categories, including stony meteorites, stony-iron meteorites and iron meteorites.

The high iron content makes these rings not hypoallergenic.

Pros of Meteorite Rings:

  • Attention-grabbing
  • Unique
  • Modern
  • Natural etchings

Cons of Meteorite Rings:

  • Limited availability
  • Not hypoallergenic

 

Men’s Ring Material – Zamak

mens ring zamark

Zamak rings are made from galvanized zinc alloy. They contain aluminum, copper and magnesium. Zamak is known as “white metal” or “pot metal,” which comes from the German abbreviation for various included elements. With a unique look, Zamak rings have a vintage appeal and are very lightweight.

Pros of Zamak Rings:

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight
  • Vintage appeal
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Zamak Rings:

  • Doesn’t have a refined look
  • Can be easily damaged
  • Not valuable

 

Men’s Ring Material – Silicone

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Silicone rings are made using silicone rubber. This polymer contains silicon combined with carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The affordability and safety make them perfect for anyone in the military or medical field. Silicone rings are ideal for men to wear during outdoor activities and men who use their hands.

Pros of Silicone Rings:

  • Affordable
  • Unisex
  • Wide range of options
  • Durable
  • Easy to cut off in an emergency
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Silicone Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Different and offbeat
  • Non-traditional

 

Men’s Ring Material – Wood

best mens rings wood

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Wooden rings are typically made with reclaimed wood putting old un-used wood to good use. They are lightweight and hypoallergenic. Inexpensive and eco-friendly, wooden rings are not valuable and are damaged by water.

Pros of Wooden Rings:

  • Inexpensive
  • Environmentally sound
  • Lightweight
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons of Wooden Rings:

  • Not valuable
  • Can be damaged by water

What Gemstones Are Used in Men’s Rings?

Gemstones aren’t as common in men’s rings but are becoming more prevalent. They can be an excellent option for a man looking to stand out from the crowd.

The most common gemstones used in men’s rings are:

Diamond

mens rings diamonds

Diamonds are synonymous with marriage and purity. This precious stone consists of a clear and colorless crystalline form of pure carbon. Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance.

  • Clear, colorless
  • Most valuable gemstone in the world
  • Known as the “stone of commitment”

Ruby

rubies

Rubies are a gemstone that comes from a variety of aluminum oxide. They range from pink to blood-red and are closely related to sapphires.

  • Primarily red
  • Highly valued since Old Testament times
  • Known as the “stone of kings”

Sapphire

sapphire

Sapphire is another variety of the mineral corundum like rubies and contains iron, titanium, chromium, vanadium and magnesium.

  • Structurally the same as rubies but not red
  • Blue, green, orange, purple, black
  • Known as the “stone of wisdom”

Emerald

emerald

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl colored green. They include trace amounts of chromium and vanadium and are very hard in their original state.

  • Green
  • Mined for more than 3,500 years
  • Can be inscribed with writing
  • Known as the “stone of the heart”

Amethyst

amethyst

Amethyst is a variety of quartz. It’s classified as a semi-precious stone.

  • Purple or violet
  • Much prized by ancient Greeks who believed it would prevent drunkenness and help stave off hangovers
  • The word “amethyst” comes from the Greek word for “not intoxicated”
  • Known as the “stone of peace”

Aquamarine

aquamarine

Aquamarine is a blue or cyan variety of beryl, and Ancient Romans believed it would protect them against any dangers while traveling at sea.

  • Aqua and marine
  • “Seawater color”
  • Known as the “stone of courage”

Tanzanite

best mens rings material - tanzanite

Only found in Tanzania, this gemstone is a variety of zoisite. Tiffany & Co. gave the gem its name after the country it was discovered in.

  • Blue or violet
  • Very rare
  • Recently discovered
  • Known as the “stone of transmutation”

What Does Color Mean in Men’s Rings?

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When it comes to choosing a ring – the color is critical. Each color has a different meaning, and you need to understand what they mean.

Men’s Ring Colors & Their Meanings

  • Black: self-control, strength*
  • Grey: discomfort or anxiety
  • White: faith, purity, innocence, truth
  • Green: growth, abundance, hope, anticipation
  • Blue: royalty, loyalty, companionship
  • Red: passion, power, courage, confidence
  • Pink: love, romance, care, kindness
  • Purple: luxury, wisdom, dignity
  • Yellow: self-confidence, joy, personal power

* Black rings are used in the asexual community to show orientation when worn on the middle finger.

Next up, click here to read my article: 5 Rules To Wearing Rings.

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

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After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

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Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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