What do Egyptian pharaohs, Viking raiders, and Ottoman sultans have in common?
They all wore rings.
We think it’s time for mens rings to get the attention they deserve. They’re not just for royalty and you don’t need a Grammy-winning rap album to wear one (or 2) with style.
Men’s rings have come a long way from the Viking Age and now run the gamut from clean, simple Titanium bands to over-the-top Moody Mason rings.
Your next ring is out there – from signet rings worthy of Odin’s blessing to elegantly masculine rings adorned with a black Onyx … and you won’t have to cross the Atlantic or raid an English village to find it.
1. WEAR WITH CONFIDENCE
Want to know the greatest style secret known to man?
No matter what piece of men’s jewelry you wear, wear it with confidence.
Wearing a ring for the first time will feel a little odd. You’ll feel its weight and that can be uncomfortable for someone just toe-dipping in the jewelry pool.
Opt for a lightweight ring to begin with. Try a band around 8mm (5/16”) and see how it feels.
At the end of the day, confidence is what makes your ring look its best. If you’re worried that you’ll walk around with your hands in your pockets all day… maybe a ring isn’t for you.
2. GO FOR COMFORT
Comfort and confidence go hand in hand. It’s tough feeling confident if your wrists hurt from overcrowded finger bling.
- Which hand do you work with?
- Do you shake hands a lot?
- Do you have to type all day?
- Does your work or school require you to look a certain way
Answering these questions will help you decide how many rings you need and how large they should be. You can always save the dramatic stuff for a night out and stick to simple, smaller pieces during the day.
WHICH HAND SHOULD YOU WEAR A RING ON?
While there are many opinions on the subject, there aren’t any definite rules. The exception is with your wedding ring – in Denmark, it’s traditionally worn on the ring finger of your left hand. Although, a quick poll of our office proves this isn’t always the case! A prime example that going for comfort is more important than tradition.
What about which finger to wear your ring on?
3. MATCH METALS & SKIN TONE
Style influencer Michele Fedecostante suggests picking one color of metal and building around that. “To keep my look on point, I make sure the rings match my necklace or bracelets. I don’t mix silver and gold, but I will wear black and gold or black and silver.“
The main reason for wearing metals that match is to keep your look clean and uncluttered. That being said, we’ve seen socks and sandals grow from the dad-only category to mainstream acceptance (thanks, Beckham) – so who says rules are meant to be broken.
Wearing 1 ring with both metals (silver- and gold-toned) gives you permission to choose any color for your other rings, bracelet or watch. It makes your choice look deliberate instead of like you got dressed in the dark.
Speaking of dark (or light)… matching metals to your skin tone is another way to make sure your jewellery isn’t distracting and that your final look is as polished as possible
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE
- Stop what you’re doing and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist.
- What color are they? If they appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If they appear green, you have a warmer skin tone.
WHAT COLOR METAL RING WILL LOOK THE BEST?
- Cool Skin Tone: Rings made of silver, silver-tone steel, platinum, and Titanium work well.
- Warm Skin Tone: Rings made from gold, gold-tone steel, rose-gold, and brass will complement nicely.
Looking for a man’s ring with a gemstone? Check out red, blue, purple and green for cooler skin tones. And orange, brown, yellow or turquoise for warmer tones.
4. KEEP IT SIMPLE (OR DON’T)
João Nunes , fashion influencer, suggests, “I have 3 rings that I wear daily. I put 2 on one hand – any more than that and it makes my hand look too heavy – and 1 on the other. When you do wear more than 1 ring, choose pieces that are similar in style or color.”
A great ‘starter’ ring is the signet ring. Slip one on your ring finger and you’re done. Put the signet ring on the opposite hand when wearing it with a wedding band.
FOCUS ON BALANCE
Do you wear a wedding ring and watch on one hand? Then add 2 rings on the other. The idea is to not have both hands/wrists look equally adorned.
If you only want 1 extra ring (besides your wedding ring), play around with how it looks on the opposite hand. It may work better on the same side as your wedding band. The mirror will be your best friend here. Your best friend will also be your mirror – don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Balance also applies to the actual size of the rings. If you’re working with stubby digits, a larger ring will look proportional – vice versa if you’re scrolling with long, thin fingers.
YOUR RING WILL TELL A STORY
From a simple ceramic band to a steel monkey skull ring, the ring you choose will say something about you.
”Wearing and styling rings is a lifestyle. Sometimes guys, like myself, are hesitant about wearing jewelry because we have a hard time accessorizing. We only think about the wedding ring… but hey, you can put on any ring you want.
I wear rings because I want to, not because of tradition or trends. Like any accessory, if you instinctively like it, you’ll wear it well – no second thoughts. You’ll see the one that expresses your character and you’ll just know that it’s the one to help tell your story.” – Carlos Nóbrega
Expressing your story is about taking that first step. Use our tips as a guideline, but if you want to mix metals, toss visual weight out the door and totally disregard skin tone… you are allowed to do that.
The fake Ankara fabrics are rough or coarse while the original fabric is always smoother when touched.
Color And Print Design
African fabrics or Ankara prints tend to have a deeper colour and the fake ones always have a copy printed on one side of the fabric. On the other hand, the real Ankara fabric has the designs printed on both sides and always difficult to differentiate the back from the front.
If you put a little water and rub Ankara the body of the material if it wears off, then it is super fake because fake Ankara materials always wash off its colour when dipped in water.
Size And Length
Any Ankara fabric that is printed in any yard shorter than 12 or 6 yards is fake, because original Ankara material is always printed in 12 or 6 yards I.e either printed in full (12 yards) or half yards (6 yards).
Original Ankara fabrics always have the manufacturer’s name, product name, and design number printed at the selvedge of the fabric.
Dressing The Wrong Style for Your Body Shape
For instance, light colored skinny pants are extraordinary for easygoing events, effortlessly matched with a plain, fitted t-shirt or an easygoing shirt. Darker colors are effortlessly styled for both day and nightwear and are apparently simpler to consolidate with any style outfit. Dress them up for a sleek, urban look with a biker jacket and a fresh shirt, or dress them down with a hoodie and some plimsolls – dim shaded thin pants are really various.
Where mistakes often happen is when we start introducing bold colors and prints into the mix. This, of course, depends on what sort of statement you’re trying to make. If you want to rock the red leopard-print skinny jeans look at a formal dinner – who are we to judge! The point we’re making here is to dress according to your own goals, using the ‘occasion’ as simply a guideline.
Wearing The Wrong Shoes With Skinny Jeans
Also, the shoes you pick to complete your outfit can have a major impact on your overall look. When it comes to styling skinny jeans, people often make the mistake of choosing the wrong style of shoe. If you’re going for a relaxed, casual look for an example – then formal shoes or high-shine brogues aren’t going to be the best option. Similarly, high-tops are going to look out of place if you’re wearing skinny jeans to a workplace with a ‘smart-casual’ dress code.
Since skinny jeans taper in at the bottom, it draws more attention to your footwear than, say, bootcut jeans would. Therefore, it’s important to put some thought into the type of look you are creating and choosing the footwear that’s right for you. And remember, the same rule goes for the other items of clothing you choose to complete your skinny jeans outfit.
For example – the way you layer and create a silhouette can dictate your overall style. So, unless you’re going for a skin-tight look overall – it can be a good idea to contrast your top half with your bottom half by going top-heavy. If you style the top half of your body with something less fitted – like an oversized jumper of a loose fitted shirt, you draw more attention to your skinny jeans – and this is the item that you want to show off, right?