What kind of jewellery should men wear at work and play Updated: Nov 04, , Should you sport a chain at all? So stick to the guide, at work and at play. But if you need to wear a chain with a pendant for religious or personal reasons, make sure that it is long enough to get hidden under your shirt, even when the first button is undone.
Wearing a flat pendant is always better. It won't create bumps on your shirt or jacket. Tiepins and cufflinks are considered rather old school, but for those who still wear them — and there are many who do — these are important accessories that make more than a subtle style statement. A pair of classic, jewelled cufflinks separates the boys from the men, and filters the leaders from the followers.
But nothing looks quite as good as a simple pair in matt gold or a modern and sleek pair in a geometric square, rectangular or oval design in platinum. Similarly, a single stone setting on a tiepin is more sophisticated than one that has too many.
When it comes to precious stones for men, less is always more. A single bracelet can be worn, but keep it neatly tucked under the cuff of your shirt. If you wear shirts with short sleeves, I suggest you refrain from wearing it at all — unless, of course, you are a Sikh and wear a bracelet for religious reasons, which most companies allow. Whatever be the festival, the time of the year and the reason for wearing them, red, black and other religious threads and non-religious bands should never be shown at work, if at all they are worn.
No religious threads, bracelets or bands Fingers: Jewellery, specifically a ring, not only looks flashy, but can also be obstructive — especially when you are driving, working on a laptop, operating machinery or even shaking hands with a business associate.
For men, wearing one ring is somewhat universally acceptable. Whether you wear it for love, luck or money, make sure it is not a knuckle duster.
The simpler and sleeker the ring, the sharper you look. If you wear precious stones, then turn the ring around so that the stone faces you. One ring, that too only if you must Wrist: Avoid wearing a jewelled watch to work, but you can certainly wear one after-hours, especially for business networking.
When it comes to watches, the brand and the make matter. Take my word for it — social climbers will always take a peek at the make of your watch. Always wear flat, discreet watches with simple leather straps Ears: When I plan uniforms and grooming guidelines for companies, strict guidelines are put in place not to allow ear studs for men, unless the employees are from places and communities where it is traditional, mandatory and acceptable for men to wear ear studs — either in one or both ears.
Be warned, though, that in a globally competitive environment, religious affiliations are best kept private and personal. The rule to follow: No earrings or studs for men. It is just a personal expression. If you are into wearing studs, I suggest a single, square-cut diamond bigger is always better and that you never wear anything that dangles or hangs under the ear lobe. If you want to prevent an unused ear piercing from closing, place a small, sanitised silver or gold wire in the hole.
Better still, go for clip-ons. A short, thin and slim chain, ideally in platinum, silver or dull gold, may be worn. For optimum comfort, the chain should be lightweight and smooth enough so that it does not tug at the hair on your chest. Funky pendants are best worn by teenagers and young men and are therefore never recommended for others and most certainly not if they lead a business or a company. Outside of the office, you can live out your jewellery fantasy.
However, if you prefer to maintain a business-like image and look less flamboyant, wear a pair of cufflinks encrusted with brightly coloured precious stones to dress up the dullest of your casual or party-wear shirt. All you need is a shirt that has sharp and well-defined cuffs, and a pair of cufflinks that are loaded enough to cause a dent in the bank account. Ruby and emerald look good when set in matt gold, while diamonds sit well on a platinum or silver base Wrist: Most jewelled and handcrafted watches are collectibles.
Go for gold, titanium or platinum. Some popular brands are now doing pieces in strong colours — stay away from the neons and choose between bright shades of blue and red or go for stark white. Non-metal, slim leather straps that support jewel-studded dials always look smart and stand out Fingers: When it comes to rings, one is better than many. But based on your personality and at the risk of looking like music composer Bappi Lahiri, you may wear two or more eye-catching rings.
Antiques, precious stones and unusual designs are recommended. Old is better than new and it is always matt over gloss Hands: During your time off work, you can make a subtle and sometimes strong statement by wearing a thick bracelet. Vintage pieces can look as good as sleek and modern designs. The bracelet should never be loose or ill-fitting. Pick a size that fits well and does not slide over the wrists when worn.
Plain instead of engraved, always LOOK: Vintage or antique styles for rings, cufflinks and bracelets, and new, modern designs for watches and pendants COLOUR: