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Fashion extras that count

There's more than a wedding ring for men today. Various accessories are a part of the style chart

OF THE relation between man and a ring, the ring until some time back, was an effective means to signal that the man has `doubled up' or is in the process of doing so! Not the same any more, today, accessorisation has come a long way.

Men's clothing has acquired "mass produced" uniformity. The way we `face-lift' our uniform with the right kind of accessories is what marks our personal style. The style gallery hints at fashion accessories that possess loads of style without being tacky.

Keep necklace styles bold, yet simple. The style charts indicate neckpieces in single coloured or shades of natural wood. Team this design concept with T-shirts or long-sleeved kurta shirts.

For a more powerful image, lay your hands on silver or platinum chains. Also, the chain should be of medium width. The thin ones could pose a threat of rendering an effeminate look as thick versions could transform you into an absolute racketeer!

Avoid fakes because they are rather obvious and jewellery with a lot of lustre is out of the style gallery. Keep the chain tucked in. Leaving it hanging over your shirt is just being loud enough.

Glares, the staple accessory for men, gets a sleek futuristic look. Let your eyes be shielded by fanciful hues like black-rose, red-orange, red-purple or yellow green. Semi-rimless styles are in vogue as much are the completely rimless frames that appear to float on the face.

The time machine — a watch in undoubtedly man's most utilisation fashion accessory. The dial gets macro as `watch design' continues to speak the geometric language. Does a brand matter? Of course it does — Vintage, Rolex, Tag, Cartier, Pulsar, Hamilton, or a Swatch... there is a wide range to choose from ... a range that comes for a price!

The tricky accessory — a bracelet can lead you `class' as much as it can make you look over-dressed. The brick to choosing a bracelet is to go for simple and classic styles. Bracelets in white gold, silver or platinum are the most stylish. Woven bracelets are for a beach vacation or for a Sunday Harley drive.

Breaking away from the age-old tradition of wearing it on the ring finger, you can wear a ring on the middle finger or your thumb. Rings in yellow gold, white gold or platinum in the form of simple bands are sailing strong.

"Our ability to accessorise is what separates us from animals," says Olympia Dukakis. Sensitise your superlative stand in the ecological chain and rejoice with this medium of accessorisation. For, there is more than a wedding ring!


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