The whole world stands for the abolition of gender stereotypes. Men get more and more involved in fashion, and we see fewer individuals bent on wearing exclusively black and blue outfits. And that’s great! And since men get more open-minded about their style, they are not scared of jewelry anymore.
Alright, alright, men have been wearing jewelry long before the emancipation of the 21st century. However, their main focus was on rings and necklaces. Luckily, jewelry has much more to offer, and men have finally dared to explore their options.
One of the most underestimated items of ornamentation is a pendant. Ironically, it was the very first piece of jewelry invented by people, and only men could wear it. Hunters adorned their necks with fangs and claws of the animals their killed to show how courageous and skillful they were. They believed that these talismans had a special power to endow them with strength and protected from evil spirits.
Today, men’s pendants are en vogue again. The sterner sex loves them due to their ability to add some “zest” to the look and emphasize individuality.
How to Choose Your Pendant?
Choosing a proper pendant is a daunting task. There are so many models, styles, and materials that you can easily face an embarrassment of riches and eventually pick the wrong thing. If you don’t want to get stuck with an ill-fitting pendant, then you should carefully study every nuance inherent in this piece of jewelry. Here are a few things that require your utmost attention:
Any pendant carries a certain meaning, and you need to take it into account. Ideally, your pendant ought to reflect your interests, preferences, and worldviews. Or, at least, it shouldn’t run counter to these things. For instance, an occult symbol on the neck of a believer will look off, odd, and wrong.
Pendants are suitable for men of all ages, the main thing is to choose a suitable design. Young guys should probably stay away from fussy options but boring classics won’t do either. We recommend sticking to trendy designs that align with your individuality. These are pendants featuring marine motifs, geometric shapes, stone inlays, or dog tags. Men that are a little older than ‘youth’ will benefit from pieces that put their social status in focus. Unless you’re an avid biker, rebellious symbolism will look a bit weird on you. Your best friends would be pendants with clear and streamlined lines and minimal embellishment. Give preferences to luxury materials and timeless designs if you want to look chic and stylish.
Before heading to a jewelry store, you need to decide which material your pendant should be made of. You will never go wrong with silver pendants for men. The lunar metal is ideal for men – its cold color is associated with masculinity, confidence, and strength. On top of that, silver blends well with everything and you can wear it with any type of clothes.
If you’re into something more impressive, take a look at white gold pendants. Their look resembles that of silver and is pretty versatile. Plus, it is less tacky than yellow gold. An elegant white gold item will successfully complement your everyday style and is going to be suitable for special occasions, too. If you still want to get a pendant made of yellow gold, make sure it is not too bulky. Otherwise, you might convey a look of a stereotype Mafioso.
Whether to choose a full-metal or bejeweled pendant is up to you. Luckily, both minimalism and lavish embellishment are in trend. But please, steer clear of lurid models – they will provide a lot of attention of the wrong kind. Excessively pretentious products won’t do either. A man’s pendant should be a little brutal, and the abundance of stones will make it look like it belongs to a woman. Still, if you like everything to be shiny and glamorous, just go for it. The beauty of today’s fashion is that it blurs the lines between stuff for women and men. Celebrities prove that even seemingly feminine items can look great on a guy. You, too, can add a touch of pizzazz to your look with something extraordinary and outrageous.
How to Wear: A Chain or a Cord?
When it comes to necklaces to hang your pendant on, you have two options: either a chain or a cord.
Chains look great if you want to put together a sophisticated look. While being in the market for a chain necklace, you need to consider its compatibility with your pendant. A small cross as if disappears when it is paired with a massive chain. And vice versa, a large cross pendant looks too cumbersome if hangs from a tiny chain. Another important thing to keep in mind is that a chain and pendant should be made of the same material. At a minimum, they ought to feature the same colors.
If you gravitate toward something more lightweight, fresh, and original, give a cord necklace a try. Cords made of suede, leather, rubber, and hemp look great with casual and relaxed clothing styles. Cords come in various lengths and a rule of thumb suggests picking long models for elegant pendants and short models for heavier ones. However, you need to avoid short cords because chokers are no longer relevant.