Be a Man: Wear Jewelry

- June 13th, 2012 -

Because this spring it’s not about chunky silver or NBA diamonds—it’s about manhandling the rules to define your own sense of style.

May 6, 2010

“People tend to think of jewelry for men in extremes,” says jewelry designer—and ruggedly stylish rule-breaker— Philip Crangi. “And it doesn’t function well at extremes. What it comes back to is, Does it look personal? It should look like you’ve been wearing it for years—something you picked up along the way. I don’t want to look flashy. I want to feel comfortable. When you’re buying jewelry, all you need to ask is, ‘Do I feel like myself with it on?'”

Crangi’s five tips on easing your way in—and our picks for the season’s coolest, most style-defining pieces.

Tip 1: Want to get into jewelry? Start with a wrist piece or one of the necklaces in this slideshow, and add to it over time, with a ring or two. Don’t run out and buy a Mr. T—worthy haul all at once.

Tip 2: Men’s jewelry shouldn’t feel precious. It shouldn’t feel new. You want something that’s a little worn-in.

Tip 3: Jewelry should be masculine. Not silly. Stay away from anything bright, sparkling, or blingy.

Tip 4: It’s all about attitude. Paul Newman used to wear a massive ring with a cameo of a roman emperor. But he did it with confidence.

Tip 5: You don’t want your jewelry to wear you—you want to wear it. So whatever you get, you should feel like yourself.

We couldn’t agree more.

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