WHY I DISAGREE WITH THE ALPHA MALES WHEN IT COMES TO JEWELLERY
I don’t class myself as an Alpha Male. Certainly if YouTube is anything to go by. I’ve been doing tonnes of market research on where the demographic lies for Dion Dreyes. Basically, the Alpha Males love giving you the paint by numbers spiel on how to wear men’s jewellery and accessories.
Whilst I respect their opinion, each one of the video tutorials are flawed. In this article I’m going to include a link to the videos and a caption of my indifference.
JOSE FROM TEACHING MENS FASHION TALKS BRACELETS
"Mix and match. Stack multiple on one wrist but keep it to 2 max. One bracelet and one watch, one wrist is good contrast. The watch is an anchor jewellery piece. Don't palm on multiples on one wrist. Comes childish. It’s a sea of accessories, looks a bit tacky."
Guys you can wear what you want on your wrists. I'm not buying into this one from Jose. I have two words for you. Mr T. Well technically one abbreviation and one initial. But Mr T wouldn't have gotten far if he stuck to Jose's rules. The point is you can do what you like, buy You do what you need to do to stand out.
ALPHA M. TALKS MATCHING LEATHERS
This guy is all action. All talk. All in my grill! I like him really, but I move to differ on many of his opinions when it comes to accessories and jewellery.
Alpha M. Is insistent on always matching the fabric of the belt with the shoes. Matching leathers, belts and shoes? Sure why not. Wear matte leather belt with casual shoes. Sure why not. But if you're Lewis Hamilton you'd never be able to step foot on the red carpet ever again. He rarely wears dress shoes, so anything casual like suede moccasins or canvas sneakers will be near on impossible to match.
Daniel Craig is also not listening to Alpha M. He wears chukkas and belts in mis-match leather and I'm fine with that.
LOOSE WOMEN TALK NONSENSE
Loose Women eh? Ok not really Alpha Males, but the hosts on the show such as Jordan are the matriarch equivalents and we should listen to what they say.
Jordan has no time for men that wear jewellery that is not ‘bling bling’. The beaded necklace on an open top is fine for David Beckham in the 90's but other than that it has to be all-show. Diamond necklace, diamond watch, diamond ring. You get the picture.
I say NO Jordan. I'm not going to be wearing diamonds on my wrist when out traveling, coming face to face with whale sharks! Get real love. There's room in life for hamburgers. Every man is allowed to have the dress down jewellery that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
GQ TALK RINGS TOTALLY ALL OVER THE PLACE
These guys are trying so hard. GQ always tries hard, I'll sheath my tongue on the quality of their content but will certainly echo the sentiment of some of the videos excoriating reviews. The host basically brings into question the masculinity of men’s accessories. Tonally it's just all over the place.
'Really don't understand why men's fashion guides are so self-conscious about their masculinity. If you can't open your mind enough to see beyond gender stereotypes, why do you even care to dress well?' - We Totally Should
'Poorly made video. The guy just showed basically hipster jewellery and the other guy just validated everything.' Quick Quill
REAL MEN REAL STYLE REALLY?
Antonio Centeno, thank you for your service sir. I should say that because he is a military man. However, I'm going to take umbrage with his point of balance in a jewellery tutorial he did. He recommends you distribute your jewellery evenly so you have symmetry and balance to your look. This coming from a man that wears one ring and one watch.
As Al Pacino said in Devil's Advocate, 'Consider the source son'. I don't mind a bit of asymmetry. Something that is a bit lop-sided. We're culturally strung up on having everything coordinated. Everything matching. Everything in sync. What are we afraid of? A bit of risk? A bit of adventure?
You can wear as many pieces on each hand and wrist as you please. Thanks but no thanks Antonio CenteNO!