To some people, necklaces are a border that seems impossible to cross, especially for men. They are a challenge to overcome, as they are quite hard to wear, but with the right ways and information, men can wear them confidently on the streets or in meeting rooms.
Necklaces for men are supposed to complement the outfit, not overwhelm. Simple is the key to rocking these chains around your neck, there is no need for flashy pendants and shimmering crystals when it comes to wearing them to work.
The two types of clothing gentlemen wear in their everyday lives are polos shirts and suits. But how do you wear a necklace with them? What are the correct necklace sizes to go with these two types of clothing?
Before we get into the details of suits and polo shirts, here is a chart of necklace lengths that everyone who is interested in wearing the perfect necklace with their outfit should know about.
Necklace Length Chart
18 inch necklaces are the most commonly found necklace lengths, it’s quite short -landing right on the collarbone- which makes it easy for others to see.
If you are going for something more subtle and sophisticated (necklaces that can be worn underneath shirts), 20-24 inch necklaces are more suitable.
If you wish to wear one over your shirt, a longer necklace is recommended.
How to Wear a Necklace with a Suit
Suits are known as the most sophisticated and elegant style of clothing, with its professional aura and seriousness, it’s quite a challenge to wear a necklace with it. If you emphasize on the material and length of the necklace, then it would fit well with whichever type of suit you are wearing.
Simple is the Key: The first rule in wearing a necklace with a suit is to leave behind the tie and unbutton the first button of your dress-shirt. You don’t want too many things around your neck, it would make your outfit seem messy.
The importance of length: Choose the correct length. The best length for wearing it with a suit is between 20-24 inches and tuck it underneath your dress shirt. This is because subtlety showing your necklace at work is what makes it significant, yet low-key. The collar of your shirt covers a part of the necklace, giving it a mysterious vibe.
Subtle, not overwhelm: Thinner chains or strings are recommended. You don’t need thick statement necklaces to draw attention away from your entire outfit. Remember, simple is the key.
How to Wear a Necklace with a Polo Shirt
Polo shirts are a “business casual” attire, it can be worn in two ways. Tucking it in can make you look slightly more professional while keeping it untuck is a casual look. Although polo shirts are less serious than suits and dress shirts, there are still a few rules a gentleman needs to take notice of when it comes to wearing a necklace with polos.
Subtle with a hint of mystery: Similar to a dress shirt, while wearing a necklace with a polo shirt, it is recommended to unbutton the first button of the shirt. By doing this, you will be able to show more of your neck and the necklace. You will be able to show more of your necklace yet hide parts of the chain to make it less flashy.
Different sizes, different style: Choose the correct length. If you want to wear a necklace over your polo shirt, giving a more laid-back style, longer lengths around 26-30 inches are recommended. If you wish to wear it underneath your shirt, 20 inch necklaces are a great choice.
Be classy with meaning: Wear a necklace that means something to you. It is a great conversation starter and suits the business casual atmosphere extremely well. Pendant necklaces are quite popular and most of them have meanings behind them.
Types of Necklaces for Men
1. Leather String Necklaces
Leather String Necklaces are normally 18-20 inches, a great choice for when wearing a polo shirt. They are often pendant necklaces, with different kinds of stones and pendants attached to the leather string, bringing an edgier side to your outfit. They often are more tribal and look ethnic, which is definitely something people would ask more about!
2. Silver Necklaces
One of the most popular necklace types for men is the silver necklaces. The reason is that silver necklaces are an all-match type of necklace. They go well with both suits and necklaces, and are simple enough to not overwhelm others, yet eye-catching enough to complement your outfits. With polo shirts and suits, a thinner silver chain is recommended.
Dog tag necklaces are a popular type of silver necklaces, they are a great conversation starter.
3. Chain Necklaces
Chain necklaces bring out more of a dominant feeling, so it is recommended to wear one that is thinner and under your shirt, which makes it not too overpowering. If you are looking for something less flashy, then you can also try the rose gold necklace.
4. Black Necklaces
Black Necklaces is another in-demand type of necklaces for men. Similar to leather string necklaces, they bring out an edgier aura to your outfits and an enigmatic feeling. Black necklaces fit well with both suits and polo shirts.
After years of working in the fashion industry, many of my friends often come to me for some advice on wearing particular accessories. Necklaces, in particular, is the most asked about. It is true, necklaces are a tricky accessory to wear, especially when it comes to wearing them with men outfits. But like bracelets, a well-fitting necklace can do you wonders. It plays the role of accentuating your style and making you seem fashionable and classy.
One of my close friends, Chris, used to come to me quite often to talk more about how to wear different necklaces types to work, so I showed him a few tricks to solve his problems. After following these few simple rules, Chris has been over the moon, being able to wear his favorite necklaces effortlessly with his business outfits.
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