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They often say that clothes makes the man. But one thing they always forget to mention is the importance of a finishing touch. The importance of jewelry is not to be underestimated, because if selected and styled correctly, it has the power to elevate any fit. The first piece to invest in? The necklace.
The crew-neck shape of a necklace is the best way of drawing attention to the height of your attire and broadest part of your body, pulling your entire silhouette together. The popularity of the necklace has grown in recent years, thanks to a celebration of glamor and flamboyance across larger and smaller brands. Modern menswear standouts like Brad Pitt, Timothée Chalamet and Harry Styles are all known to wear them frequently.
If your personal style is a bit more pared down than the aforementioned, fear not. The beauty of the necklace is that it complements every avenue of fashion. Below we have a selection of the best necklaces on the market right now, from brands like Mejuri, Alighieri, Miansai, Gucci, A.P.C. and more. We also have a touch of advice on how to style them for the months ahead.
Defined as “fine jewelry for every day,” Meuri’s permanent range promises to flatter any style due to the refined sense of design. Take the Boyfriend chain as an example. Handcrafted in 14ct recycled solid gold, its luxury material does well to highlight the delicate chained structure. Perfect for layering over a white T-shirt in summer and black turtleneck in winter, it’s guaranteed to add just the right amount of elegance to any classic ensemble.
Searching for a statement necklace that won’t break the bank? Allow us to draw your attention to Roxanne Assoulin. After working for the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs, the jewelry designer branched out with her own eponymous line, and the accessories on offer are shaped with a touch of pizzazz. Just look at this imitation pearl piece for proof. Rising in popularity over the past two years in particular, the white glass beaded style is a brilliant way of finishing your outfit with a touch of flair. Easily adaptable to any dress code, we suggest considering this for your next formal affair. Trust us: your tailoring will ascend to new heights because of it.
You can’t go wrong with a simple sterling silver necklace, especially when it’s fixed with a sophisticated pendant. Case in point: this Totem Spinals design by Miansai. Hanging on a 21 inch sterling silver chain, sits a vertically stacked four-stone black pendant, sealed with a polished finished. Given the quality craftsmanship behind this piece, you can rest assured that its materials won’t age poorly, and that’s a pretty good deal considering the price point. The semi-precious stone feature comes in a variety of colors, so choose according to your personal style: whether you like to keep things monochrome or are inclined to inject a gentle pop of color. The ruby option is perfect for the latter.
Logomania might not be for everyone, but the luxury Italian house has done well to recognize this through its latest necklace design. They inserted the iconic initial-bound logo both as clasps within the chain and in the center of its featured pendant. Crafted from a carefully treated sterling silver for a slight antique finish, its length measures in at 27 inches: longer than the average and therefore better aligned with a statement silhouette. To place good emphasis on its fall, layer it under a generously unbuttoned relaxed shirt and top it off with your sharpest blazer.
Versace’s bold Medusa emblem is the centerpiece of this golden brass necklace, hooked with a jeweled fastening and tied with a lobster clasp closure. A symbol of the brand’s singular aesthetic and communication of confidence via style, its opulence is best married with equally rich textures: perhaps a satin shirt and a leather jacket.
Calling all men who favor technical gear: this style by Our Legacy is the one for you. Taking the classic chain style to a more extravagant size, their silver ladon necklace is made in Italy from nickel-plated brass. The standout part of the design, however, goes to the fastening: a matte logo-engraved keyring, chunky lobster clasp and hand-stitched leather detailing. In keeping with the industrial appearance of the design, it is best worn with functional nylon pieces: ideally in dark blacks and gray shades.
Showcasing the brand’s modern take on classic style, this playful acorn necklace is constructed of metal, fastened with a lobster clasp and finished with the fruit of the oak tree. Partnered with off-duty workwear pieces in muted, earthy tones, you’ll be making a subtle (yet smart) nod to nature — ideal for the upcoming fall season.
Finely beaded using fossil jasper, glass and turquoise, Mikia Aki Mitsubayashi’s latest beaded necklace is perfect for the final days of summer. It’s crafted in Japan and gets top points flattering color palette. Imagine wearing this on a beach, delicately draped beneath a linen button-up (fully opened if it suits) and a saturated pair of short shorts (5-inch inseam, please). Now that’s a serious seasonal look.
If you want to follow the accessory footsteps of the fashion crowd, there’s one key place to turn: Alighieri. Directly borrowing its name from Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, the London-based brand has established itself as a go-to port of call for opulent (yet wearable) accessories, framing its modern heirlooms around the symbols and characters in Dante’s work. This St. Christopher design is crafted from a 24kt gold-plated bronze across its boxed chain and hand-finished pendant. Melted into an antique-style shape, we suggest styling this one with a muted (all black) outfit to let its gold structure and symbolism really come to life.
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