While trying new things is a great way to explore and expand one’s life, proceeding with the right information and mindset can help facilitate success rather than an embarrassing and avoidable blunder. When it comes to men’s fashion, the best real gold chains can undoubtedly go a long way in bringing out a man’s style, but only when they’re worn the right way. If you’re a guy who’s thinking about adding a necklace, bracelet, earrings or any other jewelry pieces to your outfit, make sure you arm yourself with a few tips for doing it right.

Don’t Forget Your Confidence

No matter what kind of jewelry you decide to wear, you’ve got to wear it with strict confidence, and part of that confidence comes from knowing you’re wearing your new jewelry piece the right way. You can start to build that confidence by keeping things simple at first with the bracelets, cufflinks or necklaces you wear. Once you get comfortable with simple, single-toned pieces and designs, you can branch out a bit more to see what other styles you like.

A Single Metal Type Works Best

If you’re wearing a watch with a gold or silver hue, the necklace or cufflinks you wear should be the same shade. It’s easily tempting to want to wear jewelry that’s of different colors, but you’re better off choosing clothes that include shades that complement the tone of your jewelry instead.

Think of Your Body Size When Determining the Right Chain Size

Something else everyone, regardless of gender, should keep in mind when it comes to jewelry is it’s essential to keep one’s body size in mind when deciding on the right chain size. For instance, bigger men should opt for equally big chains so they have a more proportional look, and the same applies to slim guys choosing slim lengths of chain. A thin or small bracelet or chain on a bigger guy can make his ensemble disproportionate, or make it seem as if his wrist or neck is overwhelming the smaller jewelry piece, which often comes across as the work of an amateur.

Keep the Environment in Mind

Guys should also think about where they’ll be wearing their jewelry when deciding on the day’s piece. For instance, it’s best to select conservative and understated selections in a traditional workspace. That being said, it might be fine to wear something flashy and funky in a less traditional work environment. In any case, it’s a good idea to check with the employee handbook (if there is one) to see if there are any restrictions on the type of jewelry men are allowed to wear.

Doing Too Much

Even if you wear the right jewelry style for a specific setting, it’s still possible to commit a fashion blunder, mainly by wearing too much of a good thing. Wearing too many bracelets or necklaces, or wearing too many different jewelry pieces (such as a bracelet and necklace and cufflinks and earrings all together) can assault the eyes and make it look like you’re trying too hard. When wearing multiple accessories, it’s good to remove the last thing you put on if you feel you might be overdoing it.

Wear Necklaces the Right Way

While anyone can get away with wearing a simple gold or silver necklace or bracelet, there’s most certainly a wrong way to wear necklaces like dog tags and those with religious emblems. For instance, dog tags have come a long way from the classic military tags with rank, military information and name. That being said, there are some who feel wearing dog tags with various designs and colors is disrespectful, and it’s easy to understand why. This is a good example of why a person should consider the environment when deciding what jewelry to wear out.

As for religious symbols, wearing them might be a requirement of one’s faith. Under such circumstances, it’s a good idea to wear the necklace under a shirt rather than dangling free over the shirt so it’s the first thing a person notices when she or he sees you. This isn’t to suggest one should be ashamed of her or his faith, simply that modesty is usually the best bet in such cases.

Even though wearing jewelry doesn’t come with an instruction guide, using the above tips can help enhance your style. Rather than learn from your mistakes, find out how to avoid them in the first place.

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