BRACELETS, TOO MUCH JEWELRY FOR MEN?

OK, so it is easy to wrap your head around the idea that bracelets are pretty much just a lady thing when the female bracelet scene steps on the men’s. But like any piece of jewelry, (we will get to that) bracelets can still be a part of a stylish man.

When you tiptoe away from the usual wedding rings, guys tend to ask, “Why the jewelry?”. How do you wear one and still feel manly?. Either way,they are definitely not a necessity, you can go through life smoothly without one- but they are very much on the table.

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 IN MEN’S STYLE.

The role of a well-chosen bracelet isn’t that far away from the role of any other piece of jewelry, like a necklace or a ring. It’s there to be noticed, not exactly the centerpiece of your look, but surely a distinct part of it.

What type of bracelet to wear will solely depend on one’s personal style. If the suit and tie is your daily thing, then something metallic is a natural fit. If you happen to be on the summer shirts and loose pants side,  then probably leather, rope, and bead sorts of bracelets with that rough-edged, natural look will do the trick.

WEAR AND DISPLAY.

The tough bit about this is that most classic menswear leaves no room for it. Well unless you are getting your sleeves tailored with bracelets in mind. So this means suit and cuffs will be fighting for attention and space. Let’s not forget the watch. But this does not at all mean we leave the bracelets for the summer when the sleeves are much shorter. We can still work it with the long sleeves.It’s really just common sense.

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It’s easy to look awkward if your bracelets are mismatched or misplaced, you know, like trying to be cool but don’t exactly have it yet.One wrist bare always looks better than both wrists occupied. But there are a few exceptions in fashion as always, and you can actually pull it off, but as a starter, it’s better to get the hang of it first before risking it all.

TYPES OF MAN BRACELETS.

Let us leave the slender metal bands with stones to the women here.

  • STRINGS AND ROPE CORDS.

Fun fact about these is that they come in various thicknesses and are the total opposite of metal bands.You can easily make these yourself if you put in the practice and they are so easy to personalize. I like to say they are relaxed and sort of counter-culture, but in a trendy way.

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Definitely cant wear one of these to a board meeting in a conservative business, unless your reputation is high-end. Otherwise, it comes off as a quirky personal touch.

 

 

 

  • RUBBER / "CAUSE" BANDS. 

We all know these ones. Those brightly colored and a little cheap-looking, so wear them for a fun activity and not to look classy. They are usually made or worn for a particular cause, let’s say cancer or a fundraiser.They are not formal in any way. Social event? throw one on, or two for that matter.embossed-technologies

  • ROCK & ROLL JEWELRY. 

Think skulls,snakes, chains of silver,curled scorpions, and other “rock & roll” symbols. Though this one’s a pretty broad category. It’s all just rock & roll jewelry really.

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The chunkier ones do not sit well with the suits and ties, but otherwise it’s pretty flexible.You could still pull off that chained skull pick with a suit, as long as your collar is open and your hairstyle has attitude. I’m thinking Jack Sparrow in a suit.

 

 

 

  • LEATHER CUFFS. 

Classic punk style without going too far.Goes great with black jeans and a black T-shirt with a band logo and looks sort of weird with anything else.

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  • BROAD METAL BANDS.

This is the one most likely to be paired with suits and ties, and is easily the most upscale style of man bracelets. This is great when you want something with a little flash and swagger. Pair it with simple but elegant clothes and let it do the talking every time it flashes from underneath those cuffs.

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Men’s Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet Rustic Wide Band by Lynn Todd Designs

These come in a variety of styles, but it still remains a single solid, bold statement on that wrist. It’s masculine, uncluttered and somewhat “look at me”.

Wearing one of  these means no wristwatch, its an either/or choice. Anything too flashy is a no-no, and you clearly need no gemstones. The bracelet alone is title enough.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the day , chosen well, a good bracelet will do what any other good accessory does, complement what you wear. Your outfits definitely change day to day, so that means having a good variety of man bracelets to suite your mood or outfit. Or you can just stick to one type if that is who you are, as long as it looks natural and effortless.

Start easy and with a few and see if you like the whole “man bracelet” idea.

Have fun now.

Love,

Tisha …XoXo…

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EVERY MAN NEEDS A GOOD,SOLID WATCH.MATCHING IT WITH THE RIGHT OUTFIT HOWEVER, IS ANOTHER ISSUE.

Imagine a man in a tuxedo at a black-tie event.He has poise, style and a posture that grabs everyone’s attention.He casually turns his wrist to check the time… a Casio calculator wristwatch with a rubber strap…

EPIC FAIL!!

The watch you are wearing speaks a lot about your personality and taste.watch and bracelet

I love a man with a good watch, as much as I love me with  a good watch.(makes sense?) Point is there are so many good brands out there, I’m talking;

Patek Phillipe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breitling, Bremont, Bulova, Bulgari,Casio.

These are not even a quarter of them.There are so many ways to dress a good watch, so many ways to choose a good watch and as many ways NOT to dress a good watch. Now your mumbling “how? we dont need to be so into the watch-how-it-looks like you ladies, we’re men”. Now honey that is not true, the man’s jewellery world is not as wide as ours but that makes to show how much is put into the watch than you might actually notice.

HOW TO MATCH YOUR WATCH WITH YOUR OUTFIT.

 

SHIRT CUFFS AND WATCHES.

I am sure some of you have asked  whether you should have your shirt cuffs made bigger – or the sleeves shorter – in order to accommodate a watch. This is relevant to anyone buying a shirt.Yes, even you Daniel who is just picking any shirt.

The short answer is no, if you can help it. Unlike the sleeve of a jacket, a shirt sleeve relies on gripping the wrist to keep it at the correct length. This enables it to have excess cloth in the sleeve so that when the arm is extended, this excess is taken up and the cuff remains on the wrist. If a shirt cuff is made too big, it risks slipping too far down the hand, or compromising this excess in the sleeve.

Having a larger shirt cuff to fit over a watch is a poor functional solution in any case. The sleeve can often become stuck on the watch, or sit at odd angles.Where did I learn this? I have my sources *wink*. I’ll give you a hint,  “research”.

COLOUR OF YOUR CLOTHES.

Colour’s colour’s colour’s, a very important aspect indeed.Usually black watches are the most formal, while brown, gray or khaki watches tend to be more casual. Very colorful watches should be kept for casual occasions only.Very bright colors are usually the right choice when it comes to sport watches, while darker colors are reserved for more formal watches.Let’s not forget you skin tone, pick a colour theme that compliments your skin tone.watches

 

THE OCCASION.

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Simplicity.Thats what makes an elegant watch. Because simplicity is something that’s so hard to obtain, a simple, yet sophisticated watch is the best option should you be wearing with a suit.An elegant watch can be made out of gold, white gold or silver for a very upscale event, or it can be more colorful and have leather strap, but still look “well-mannered”. A simple, elegant, yet colorful watch can be the pop of color you can add to a very formal outfit. Note that there are different degrees of formal clothes. A Tux and The Black Suit. Each has its Do’s and Dont’s.Be sure to do your research before falling all in.elegant

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I’ll take it that you are not a guy who is wearing sweatpants on a daily basis outside of your work-out place when we discuss what an appropriate casual watch is. The right casual watch has fine lines and a carefully crafted design, but it also leaves room to playfulness and creativity. Most watches do fall in this category. Sometimes, a casual watch can be more strict than another, but, again, it all depends on the circumstances. For example, both working at the office and traveling are casual occasions, but they are different types of casual. The more laid back the situation, the more relaxed you can be when it comes to your watch: now im not saying go colour crazy when at that office cocktail.Either way,you can still wear a formal watch when out with your friends.

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CERAMIC WATCH (ROLEX)

YOUR BODY FRAME.

If you are a small guy and you wear a big watch, it won’t make you look bigger, you will appear to be wearing handcuffs. Also, a bigger man wearing a thin watch is most likely to look ,you know, I wont even go there.To get the best effect you should always pick your watch according to your size. As any other accessories, watches should be proportionate to your body: thin men can work slim watches, while bigger guys can carry watches that are boxier and more robust.

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Slim watch The Trio from Rolex ” Cellini”

“Just like in the case of glasses, a watch can harden or soften your look if needed. For example, a watch with a boxier shape can compensate a more slender figure, while a very round watch can soften a very “square look”. Sometimes, watches can be in tandem with your shape. This is why the golden rule is to see what looks best on you and which trick results in the most harmonious look you can get”. F&F

 

This is the power of a wristwatch, gentlemen – it can either break or build an outfit!

Since men wear limited jewelry, a watch is an expression of their personality. The best wristwatches are simple, versatile, sophisticated and classic.

Most men prefer to own more than one watch so they can wear the appropriate timepiece to complement their outfit.

 

 

Personal tip; you CAN mix gold & silver, they are both neutrals.

 

Love,

Tisha (yes, I am a woman)

 

BRACE YOURSELF:SUSPENDERS 101.

Yes, i know, me too. When i see suspenders, i think Larry King.Well unless you are as cool as him, you can NOT get away with them just anywhere. Why? I’ll get back to that in a minute. For now, I’ll just tell you a little something about good ol suspenders!!

It is really hard to take in, but believe it or not, prior to World War I, the popular method of keeping one’s trousers up was with a pair of suspenders. So yes, the belt is a relatively recent invention. I know, I would absolutely fail with you in fashion history class. Is there one? We will find out.Suspenders originated over 300 years ago and were considered as undergarments. But basically, they are simply fabric worn over your shoulders to help hold your pants up from the front and the back.Unlike the belt, which holds your pants tight around your waist to keep them from falling, the suspenders just hold them in place..literally suspended around the waist.

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IT’S SAFE TO GO CASUAL.

So what are suspenders and what are braces? *drumrolls* They are the exact same thing. Braces is what they are known as in British.So no, there is no complicated difference between them.Suspenders are many times  viewed as a relic from another era and/or for a  certain kind of people or professions. However, as we all know,fashion is changing everyday and the  suspenders can now be considered just another element in the well-dressed modern gentleman’s sartorial playbook.(haha, i swear i stole that last line but i am proud of it).

Enough history there,lets get to the accessorizing.

Don’t Wear Suspenders with a Belt!!  Suspenders are a method for keeping your pants up. A belt is another method for keeping your pants up. So please don’t ever wear suspenders with a belt (or a belt with suspenders?).See where I’m heading? It’s like wearing a waistcoat with a tie bar(I’ve seen a few).Just seriously choose one method or the other. Don’t cross the streams.

The GQ Style Guy puts it best: “Whenever I see a man wearing a belt and suspenders, which is not all that often, I think, Now, here is a pessimist. Guys who wear a belt and suspenders probably carry umbrellas on sunny days and wear more than one condom.”

It’s basic brain work to know that you do not need to wear suspenders with pants that are tight around your waist.They look way classier with pants with a little room around the waist.Unless you want to add an unnecessary accessory to your look.In which case, that is sad.

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TELL ME THEY DON’T LOOK CLASSY.

Most times you don’t really have to worry about how to adjust them because it can be really tricky and annoying.My advice here is to go by feel. You’ll know when you’ve got them set up properly. Trust me(works for the ladies). They do though come in different sizes/lengths.Did i mention designs too?

Whether it’s a holiday party, a new years bash, or a gift, check out some  modern sharp suspenders and find the one that’s right for your style, from street, to punk, to heritage, to classic, to formal.In my opinion, it depends entirely on the material and the make. If they are silk then wear them to your next cocktail party or black tie event. Whether they clip or button, it doesn’t matter—if they look sharp, and you know how to match, then break the rules.

Brian Sacawa: He Spoke Style->When it comes to formal wear, suspenders are de rigueur. A belt with formal attire is a non-starter.

So if your a young man and somehow you do not own suspenders, I ask why? and how is that even possible? Its like living in 2016 and telling me you don’t have an ever present urge to die your hair. It’s one of those things we always think of,even at night, but are too scared to even bother.(does that make much sense? well you get the point).605844-19811-52

Yours,

Tisha…xoxo