Men wearing jewelry has always been a touchy subject, but when it comes to dangling religious or traditional baubles from your nape, we’re of the mind that it requires something chain-link and preferably with a pendant embedded in a manly thicket of chest hair. What we’re saying is: it requires a good amount of burliness to pull off something otherwise relegated to womenswear, and you ought to make sure it’s something that you can wear proudly (say, a cross, chai or trinket your grandfather handed down to you). To drive the point home, we’ve compiled some photos of brawny pretty-boys doing it right (don’t expect to see any purposely tousled deep-Vs or stacked bracelets).
Just as declining bee populations have recently signified a larger, potentially apocalyptic environmental crisis, there have been a handful of style trends throughout history that, when examined up against the broader cultural landscape of the day, have served as distress signals of something very, very wrong with our society.
As we’ve noticed before, he’s one of the smoother gentlemen in Washington. And even when playing golf with politicians—a veritable Bermuda Triangle of slouchiness—he finds room for a little swagger. Even here, he’s wearing ostensibly the same outfit as Mr. Boehner (to the left, with his back to us), but a slimmer polo and a less cinched belt make all the difference. And most importantly, he’s not afraid to smile for the cameras.
Raw silk ties are having a genuine moment, but the options are still thin on the ground. J.Press’s offerings are too wide for our tastes and Drakes’ are handsome but pricey. But we may have found one that’s just right, courtesy of Canada’s Neighbour label. It’s got the right numbers—2 ¾ inches across, and around $90 a pop—and the Miami Vice color scheme doesn’t hurt. Let the trend roll on…