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The 10 Commandments of Men’s Jewelry

  • Kempt Staff


Men’s jewelry has always been a topic of hot debate (but we can all agree that no one should ever call it “mewelry”).

And the menswear crowd has been slowly inching onto a slippery slope for some time now—a precarious amount of bracelets stacked upon watches and bright necklaces of African beads have become de rigueur on the edgier fringes. So, in the event you’re considering adorning yourself with a few well-placed trinkets or baubles, we’ve put together this list of steadfast rules to live by:

Behold, the 10 Commandments of Men’s Jewelry...»

Heirloom Week: Gentlemanly Trinkets

  • Kempt Staff


Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations, gathering its own uniquely handsome patina and lived-in warmth along the way. But before it got handed down to your father and his father and his father’s father, it started out shiny and new on some store shelf. And since there are still a few companies out there making stuff that looks timeless and will last longer than you, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Today we’re focusing on the little things, like cufflinks, a fountain pen, a signet ring and so on...

Herewith, the five new gentlemanly trinkets to buy today, that will be heirlooms tomorrow...»

How to Wear a Pinkie Ring (Cautiously)

Male jewelry is always a maze of conventions, but we recently ran across a particularly complex case via A Suitable Wardrobe: the pinkie ring.

A surprising number of well-dressed men have popped up wearing them, from Prince Charles to Jay-Z, so we understand a guy getting curious—but this is dangerous territory.

Like most affectations—a monocle, for instance—if you’ve got any doubt in your mind, don’t do it. It’s not a necessity. The success rate isn’t even all that high. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll take a walk right now, forget all this pinkie ring nonsense and go back to your easy, comfortable life of wingtips and oxford shirts.

But if you’re feeling stubborn, here’s how to make it work...»

The Wedding Ring


A style can mean a lot of different things, so we like to embrace simplicity where we can find it. Which is why we’re big fans of the wedding ring.

Today saw a little healthy debate on the question of married men going ringless in the workplace, but we’re skeptical. In particular, we’d like to call up this bit of timeless wisdom: squirming is not a good look. And if your job is anything other than metalworker or drug snitch, you’re not getting out of this one.

We’re not such big fans of jewelry in general—and we certainly don’t suggest getting hitched just for the accessories—but if that’s where you find yourself, it’s one of the simplest statements you can make: “I’m married.” If that’s too much of a mouthful, we’re not sure what to tell you.

Italians, Socks and a Little Bit of Chung-Chung


Il Bue Che Dice Cornuto All'asino: Italy bans Tom Ford ad because of their long tradition of high-minded, unporny public discourse. [Radar]

The Distinguished Gentleman From Milan: In related news, Santo Versace, business manager of the family label, has joined Italy's Parliment. [WWD, 2nd item]

"Masturbation Cuts Cancer Risk": Well, in that case, maybe we'll try it some time. [BBC]

Slip Ons: Socks for men without shoes. [Men's Vogue]

Ripped From the Headlines: Our very own Jared Paul Stern is set to be detonated in effigy in an upcoming episode of "Law & Order." We couldn't be more proud. Also, Chung-chung. [NY Daily News]

Ring of Fire: Like a ribbon 'round your finger, this accessory will remind you of appointments or anniversaries or burn you in the process. [Uncrate]

Beggars and Choosers: A probing piece about the difficulties of funding and presenting at Fashion Week. [Papierdoll]

Monroe Doctrine: The Marilyn sex-tape fantasy goes "pop" in 1,460 words. [Defamer]

Members Only: A jacket checklist for these windbreaker months. [Refinery29]