Pearls, They are not just for women (sorry girls). Pearl Jewelry for Men:
I’ve never understood why people think pearls are relegated to women’s jewelry. It’s just wrong.
There is nothing more elegant on a man than a couple of well chosen pearl pieces. Pearls, especially Tahitian pearls (my favorite) are subtle and can be used in both dress and casual attire.
Choosing what to wear and how to wear them:
Pieces to select:
- Necklace: 1 or 3 pearls, round Tahitian (black, or dark gray), 10-13ish mm. If you do what I’ve done, and go big, make sure there is some symmetry to the necklace, try for 2 pearls (of the same size and shape) on either side of a larger one. The chain/necklace itself is a matter of personal taste. I had this necklace custom made with 3 round Tahitian’s (2 x 10mm and 1 12mm) on a 1mm, 18 inch platinum chain.
- Bracelet: Seriously a great pick. Its odd how many compliments you receive wearing a pearl bracelet. It is not what people expect to see, and when they do, their perception of your outfit (and you) totally changes. The bracelet takes you from causal, with a great necklace, to interesting and alluring. How many guys do you know that wear one? Not many right. It is a subtle stand out piece (I know it’s contradictory, but you know what I mean). Oh, some advice on the bracelet, don’t go crazy and obsess about getting round pearls, it’s not going to happen (at least not at a reasonable price). Go for Baroque, in this case they’re going to be a lot more interesting and give the piece some extra exotic goodness.
- For your info: Baroque pearls are simply pearls that have an irregular shape. Cultured freshwater pearls are most commonly baroque, because freshwater pearls are mantle-tissue nucleated instead of bead nucleated. Thus these pearls are rarely perfectly spherical and can appear oval or ovoid….thx Wikipedia! I got these manly pearls (I’m thinking of rephrasing that) from some good ol’ online shopping at PearlsOfJoy.com. You can take a look at the bracelet here.
- Grab a pair of jeans that fit well (bootcut, or straight leg, just none of this baggy nonsense)
- Subtle belt (think simple here, no studs for this outfit) in the same color of your shoes
- For a shirt, to achieve the look I’m going for here, select a white or black v-neck t-shirt, this will accentuate the pearls and draw attention to all the right places. You may also consider a well tailored long sleeve button up, don’t be shy, undo those first couple buttons and show a little skin against your black Tahitian’s.
- Shoes are up to you… but don’t mess up the outfit by doing something stupid like throwing on some ugly, rounded toe, bulky monstrosities… think loafer or boot, stream lined and sensible… trust me.
This is the easy part, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how to dress up (if you need that much help, write a comment below and I’ll help you). Whatever your choice of dress attire, remember: Tailored and you want to leave some room for the necklace. If you’re wearing a shirt and jacket, obviously the bracelet may not work so replace with some platinum (or white gold, or silver) pearl cufflinks. Supper sleek.
- One more thing, Pearls are delicate, be careful! Put them on after you spray cologne, if you have to clean them, soft cloth with a little water on it, that’s it.