Is the Swag Right: Men’s Jewelry

by on July 31, 2012

Forget the watch, forget the 2 Chainz/ Tyga-worthy gold chain (which you may or may not have) – we’re talking about bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings, people. 

I’ve noticed over the last few years that it’s become common for men to wear more jewelry than usual. Whether it be a rosary, those Virgin Mary/Jesus religious bracelets (now available for purchase at Forever 21), diamond stud earrings, a gold chain or a stack of knit bracelets, the fellas are piling on the accessories.

I imagine this stems (at least a little bit) from all of the accessories that we see on the necks and wrists of rappers. We see them wearing huge, diamond-encrusted chains of the strangest things – just think of Gucci Mane and you’ll know what I’m talking about. They get away with their crazy accessories because of who they are & the fact that their jewelry adds to their image. Designers like Louis Vuitton even sat up and took notice of one rapper’s accessories game – Pharrell’s – back in 2008, resulting in the Pharrell x LV “Blason” collection.

Some of Drake’s jewelry (top left), two pieces from the Pharrell x Louis Vuitton ‘Blason’ collection & an ad for the collaboration (2008), Kanye West’s statement necklace, and 2 Chainz’s Dope Couture brass knuckle.

But on regular/ not famous guys, I just can’t approve of a lot of jewelry.

I don’t mind the chain trend (as long as it’s not obnoxious), but I’m on the fence about the rest of the men’s jewelry spectrum. I can’t say that I love men’s earrings because they just seem so played out to me at this point, but at the same time – if I saw the right guy wearing a pair of reallllly nice diamond studs – I don’t think I could say that I don’t like them. I am, however, not a fan of men’s bracelets or men’s rings; they make me think that the guy wearing them is trying too hard to be fashionable.

Clearly, this is just my opinion on the everyday guy. I’m sure some of you out there that can pull off jewelry, I just haven’t met too many of you myself.

What are your thoughts on men’s jewelry?