What Does Accessorizing Mean for a Guy?

Watches? Rings? Necklaces? In this edition of Help Me Dress Myself, we find out how to wear bling the right way.

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Are you one of those guys who wants to look stylish but finds it doesn’t come all that naturally? We feel you. Don’t fret: With some advice from LA-based stylist Rayne Parvis, we’re all going to learn how to dress a little better. In this edition, we’re finding out why it’s never good to look like a walking jewelry store.

Step #1: Avoid Accessories That Are Too Blingy

Above all, Parvis says accessories shouldn’t look too flashy—that means no diamond-encrusted chains that would blind someone if the sun were to hit it just right. “Accessories shouldn’t look like you walked into a jewelry store and bought them brand new,” she explains. “They should look like you’ve owned them for a decade.” This doesn’t mean you can only wear family heirlooms, though—just avoid noticeably lustrous metals like bright, shining gold.

Another way to avoid looking gaudy is to mix high-end pieces with low-end pieces. “If you go a little more expensive on the watch, you can pair it with an inexpensive leather bracelet,” Parvis explains. This will keep you from looking ‘all gold everything,’ even if you’re wearing a particularly flashy piece.

Step #2: Accessorize Accordingly

As a general rule, Parvis recommends wearing no more than three accessories at once. Which three accessories you choose to wear, however, should depend on your personal style. “If you have a style similar to, say, Johnny Depp, I suggest wearing a watch, a necklace with a pendant (maybe some kind of gold coin) and a low-key bracelet that compliments the watch,” Parvis says. “And if you have a more professional style, go with a quality watch, then pick two of the following: A lapel pin, a tie clip or cuff links.”

It’s also important to keep length in mind when wearing necklaces, which can be particularly tough to pull off. “Necklaces should be somewhere between 11 and 15 inches long,” Parvis says. “Anything too short will look like a dog collar and anything too long will look like you’re going to the opera.”

Step #3: When in Doubt, Wear a Watch

“Every man can pull off a watch, but it should be something you invest in,” Parvis says. “I like Rolex and Movado.” In other words, don’t skimp out when it comes to purchasing a watch, since it’s either going to be the only accessory you wear, or the basis for choosing which other accessories you wear.

Just because a watch is expensive doesn’t mean it should be big, though—especially if you’re a smaller guy. Anything too large or flashy will make your arm look small in comparison, and the last thing you want when wearing accessories is your watch getting more attention than you are.

If you have any questions about getting the look you want—fits, cuts, colors or anything else fashion-related—leave it in the comments and we’ll have a stylist answer it in an upcoming post.