Jewelry for men has been around for ages, but recently the style has gained traction and become a staple in many wardrobes. Thanks in part to celebrity endorsements (Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes, Pete Davidson, A$AP Rocky and Machine Gun Kelly are just some of the men who rock jewelry with ease) and the emergence of fashion-forward brands that specialize in masculine pieces, it’s easier than ever to accessorize like a pro.
The right jewelry for a man can make or break his look. It can turn heads, set him apart from the crowd and reflect his personal style and values. But, the wrong choice can look gaudy or too feminine, or simply clash with his outfit.
Most men approach jewelry from one of two extremes: they either don’t wear any and end up looking like a mobster or they pile on a lot and look overdone. Neither is ideal, and the key to a successful accessory is finding a balance that works for you.
To help you find that sweet spot, we’ve compiled this list of our favorite menswear brands that are doing right by the accessories game. They offer a healthy mix of classic, seasonless go-to and eye-catching statement pieces that will elevate your wardrobe to the next level.
While you should start with the basics — a watch, a few rings and perhaps a necklace if that’s your thing — it’s also important to experiment with more unconventional pieces once you feel comfortable with these generally accepted staples. For example, wood and bone are showing up more in men’s styles in the form of bracelets and cufflinks. These earthy, natural elements add a hint of ruggedness and a touch of flair that can work well with an eclectic, streetwear-inspired aesthetic.
Similarly, the brand MANSSION has found success in filling the void for edgy yet sophisticated jewelry. Their bracelets are a great example, as they feature colorful stones and natural shapes that can easily be paired with an everyday outfit. They even offer “Styled Stacks,” which are pre-paired sets of their best-selling pieces that save you time and the hassle of figuring out what goes together.
Another brand to check out is Mejuri, which has been gaining momentum in the menswear jewelry space thanks to its clean, minimalist designs and high-quality materials. We especially love their collection of bangles, which are a stylish alternative to traditional bracelets and can be worn as standalone accessories or stacked with other pieces for a more layered look.
While we love all the jewelry options on this list, it’s also important to remember that less is more when it comes to men’s accessories. Piling on too much can overcrowd your look, making it hard to see the details of your outfit. In general, try to stick with a max of two pieces on any wrist (including your watch) and no more than five accessories in total. If you’re really feeling bold, opt for a single statement piece instead.