Wearing a chain is one of the best ways to amp up your style. It can change the look of a basic white tee, and also add the missing piece to your “going out” outfit. Men have been wearing jewelry since ancient times. Kings have worn rings and necklaces in all of their glory. Soldiers and nobles wore gold and silver to show their wealth and status. Celebrities have worn chains such as the Cuban chain to represent luxury, style, and power. Now, everyone can wear these chains to show off their power and style as well. Styling and layering your chains does not have to be difficult. It’s an opportunity to show off more of who you are and what you enjoy to wear. You can use these tips and suggestions to help create your own style with your chains.
The first question people ask when they are curious about chains is whether they should wear gold or silver. There are some helpful guidelines for what color of metal might work better for you. If you look in your closet, do you own more clothing with warmer colors like red, yellow, and orange? Or do you own more cool colors like blue, purple, and green. If you wear warmer colors, gold typically goes well with red and orange tones. If you own cooler colors, silver can match your blues and greens in your closet. If you wear many neutral colors like black, white, gray, and brown, you can choose either color of metal. Although this may be a helpful guideline, you get to ultimately choose what you like best and what color of metal you want to wear.
It may be easy and convenient to buy some cheaper chains, but you might end up regretting it. Low quality chains end up changing color and tarnishing after a short time. You must be really careful about exposing them to water and sweat since those two things can easily discolor your chains. If you are serious about leveling up your style, investing in higher quality chains can help avoid discoloring and tarnishing on the metal. Buying chains that are heat, sweat, and water resistant may last longer through all of your activities. You won’t have to worry about having to take it off every time you go to the gym, or avoid wearing it in the summer months when you are swimming or sweating in the heat. Gold chains that are 18k gold and silver chains that are premium 316L stainless steel and rhodium are of a higher quality that will stick around for the long run. Of course, taking care of your chains will determine how long they last. Storing them nicely when you aren’t wearing them and washing them every now and then will help keep your chains looking their best throughout time.
There are so many options for chains that it can feel overwhelming to choose the right one for you. The best part is that you get to decide what looks best for you. If you are looking for something more simple yet classy, getting a thinner chain can elevate your look without taking too much attention from your outfit. Some options for thinner and simple chains are:
- The Connell chain
- The Rope chain
- The Cuban chain
- The Wheat chain
- The Figaro chain
- The Snake chain
If you want more of a statement piece that draws attention from the people passing by, there are thicker chains that can give you the look you want. If you like the look of some of the thinner chains, they oftentimes come in varying thicknesses. For example, the Cuban chain can come thin and very thick depending on what you prefer. Some examples of thicker chains that can be statement pieces are:
- The Tennis chain
- The G-Link chain
- The Toggle chain
- The Cuban chain
There really isn’t a hard and fast rule for layering your chains. With so many different styles, thicknesses, and lengths, the possibilities are endless. You can layer three thinner chains that vary somewhat in length and style. The Rope chain, the Wheat chain, and the Figaro chain can be layered as they vary in looks and texture. You can also wear a thicker Cuban chain with a thinner chain that is holding one of your favorite pendants. Adding a pendant is a great way to add more to your layers and draw attention to your chains. You could add a compass or a wing to your chains as a way to show off more of who you are. Experimenting with layering your chains is the best way to see what works for you.
Styling your chains doesn’t have to be difficult. Learning what color you want and what type of chains you like is a good start. Picking out high quality chains and experimenting with the layers will help you find what works best for you and your style.