When it comes to incorporating accessories into your outfits, it's important to practice restraint. If you catch yourself piling on a dozen necklaces, rings and bracelets, putting in a row of earrings and slipping on a rhinestone encrusted belt all at once, you've gone too far — and that's especially true if you feel even the slightest bit uneasy about doing so. You should feel confident in your ability to add items like a necklace (and maybe one or two bracelets, earrings or rings). TLDR: an accessory or two shouldn't trigger impostor syndrome.
So, how exactly can you your boost your confidence? Repetition! If you get into the rhythm of wearing a necklace every single day, no one can stop you — literally. You'll grow used to how it hangs around your neck, how it looks laid on top of or tucked underneath your layers and how certain designs — chain, pendant, ring or even choker — suit different outfits.
The styles below prove rather straightforward. None are spiked or fasten too tightly around the neck; or, on the contrary, hang too low. They occupy a middle ground that proves manageable for all types of men — jewelry beginners and accessory aficionados alike.
Needles' silver Peace Sign Pendant signals a lot while remaining plenty subtle. It's a plain, 49 cm chain with pendants (a peace sign and the brand's butterfly logo) that hang from both the front and the clasp closure.
Oversized baton and ring closure aside, Elhanati's X Nude necklace is a pretty simple, straightforward design. Wear it with anything; other gold or silver accessories included.
Measuring out to 50 cm, Maple's classic Figaro Chain is long enough to hide underneath a top layer but also long enough to be plenty visible if it slips out. Plus, it's made from 925 sterling silver with an easy-to-use lobster clasp.
An iconic look, a coin pendant can convey religious beliefs, organizational affiliation, a family lineage or much more. (Maybe your acceptance into a secret society?) In the case of Tom Wood's iteration, it's a reference to an Ancient Greek coin discovered in Afghanistan.
There are ways to wear a dog tag without being flagged for stolen valor. Martine Ali's delicate Jax Tag Drop Chain, for example, trades the hefty construction of something military adjacent with gentler, more refined elements.
Hat maker Nick Fouquet's stab at fine jewelry results in an interesting, two-piece Tahir Necklace made from gold and three bezel-set stone splices, two at the front and one attached to the clasp.
This one's just as refined as others on this list, but it's a bit more fun, too. Vivienne Westwood applies an Orb graphic to the front of the gold pendant, and attaches it to 51 cm chain.
LHN's Mermaid Necklace looks like a treasure recovered from one of our seven seas. But it isn't. It's new, comprising of a hand-carved sterling silver pendant complete with portraiture on one side and the words "never see land again" penned on the other.
Mejuri has been a mainstay for women seeking minimalist jewelry for a few years now. The brand's since started including pieces for men in its collections, including this Flat Curb Chain Necklace made from 14k solid recycled gold.
Stamped with the brands initials, WM, and the number of years its been in business, 25, the Stamped Logo Pendant is a pretty simple design with its own uniqueness. It looks far more personal than it leads on.
This 24k gold "Canto V necklace draws on the lessons and messages in the namesake canto from Dante’s 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy, exploring the way in which we face external forces and hardship," the brand explains. See? It looks good and tells a story — even if it's not your own.
Want a safe place to start? Try All Blues' String Necklace. It's durable but incredibly light, making it something A.) you'll barely feel when on and B.) few will really notice.
Miansai makes a number of affordable pieces for men. Among them is the Lennox Pendant Necklace, comprising of a gold chain and green enamel in a gold frame.
Neither gold nor silver, Lone Flag's Drap Curb Chain is black instead. It'll patina, though, the brand explains, meaning it'll take on a burnished silver look with wear.
You know the way some people slip rings onto chains for safe keeping? Surely you've seen it in a movie or something. It's a good place to put a ring you might've outgrown, or been gifted by someone else. Maison Margiela co-opted the idea for its Number Logo Ring. Just make up a story to go along with it for whenever someone inevitably asks.