I suffer a phenomenon called “closet infringement”. Similar to the melting of the ice caps whereby they keep shrinking over time and will one day melt into oblivion, such is the state of my closets. What causes such horror and psychological torment? My husband, who I lovingly refer to as “immigrant husband” because he is fresh off the plane from Milan, Italy (not Michigan). I digress. My girlfriends rave about how well dressed Immigrant Hubby (hereinafter referred to as “IH”) is and tell me that I am blessed with a husband who cares about his appearance–he even wears jewelry for men! All blah blah blah far as I’m concerned because they are not the ones who have to deal with closet infringement and the mental anguish that accompanies it. How simple life must be when one reigns supreme over all the closet space, no turf wars to be had, no shoe closet negotiations to be made.
I do admit though, that for the most part I find IH’s antics quite amusing. The mountains of boxes from Mr. Porter, the sweater closet that I’ve carefully labeled for him, “v-necks, crew necks, turtle necks, cowl necks.” How many men do you know have enough cowl neck sweaters to justify an entire shelf? Don’t get me started on shoes. Monk straps are a recent obsession, as are Atheist shoes.
So in an effort to be supportive of IH’s sartorial adventures and secretly assist said girlfriends’ sig others. . .this one is for them:
Miansai Rose Gold hook bracelet, IH wears bespoke Ascot Chang shirts–but for those who shop online, Thomas Pink makes a nice slim-cut shirt, Bottega Veneta Slim Intrecciato belt, Isaia Blazer, similar one here by Boglioli, Pac Man cufflinks, similar ones here.
Few things to clarify with respect to jewelry for men:
Rings: In general, the only rings a man should wear is his wedding band and/or signet ring. Of course, if you have a different sensibility, one that is more punk, lets say, then that is a decision based on persona rather than aesthetics.
Necklaces: Should be avoided unless you’re young enough to be either in summer camp or a camp counselor. Necklaces look sleazy on grown men, regardless of chest hair or lack their of.
Bracelets: Can. . .but try to avoid heavy gold chains. You’re venturing into Jersey Shore territory that very few can maneuver through gracefully.
Watches & Cufflinks: Are where men can really go-to-town and let their individuality shine. Feel free to push the limits and see what feels right for you.
Until further notice, the battle over closet turf continues. . .
Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,