Man Earring: a Radiantly Macho Trend
These days, there is a call for more “metrosexuals,” or men who are conscious about their looks and clothing, so much that it is actually important for them to be not only presentable, but fashionable as well in civilized society. The television program “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” has revolutionized makeovers for all of us, for it has shown that, yes, it is indeed possible for men to be pleasant to look at without being “girly” or “dandy.” Masculine jewelry, such as man earrings, are a big part of this metrosexuality trend.
Men who can boldly wear necklaces, bracelets and earrings to set off their hair or their eyes are men who have achieved the next level of metrosexuality: accessorizing. In the end, a tasteful selection of jewelry helps to make the man. Rings and necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks, all add to the image of the powerful, self-possessed male.
And man earrings are definitely “in”! Next to necklaces, earrings are the most popular men’s accessories. Quite a few big-name male stars, young idols especially, are making man earrings a fashion must. Think of Johnny Depp (who started off as a teen rebel heartthrob in the television show “21 Jumpstreet”) and David Gallagher (who plays Simon Camden in the TV drama “7th Heaven”).
Men’s jewelry is not just for clean-cut urbanites — in fact in the streets, earrings on men are considered symbols of toughness. Indeed, the man earring, in general, speaks boldly of the courage to have one’s own sense of fashion, to set one’s own trend. Mr. T has his own collection of earrings that make for his tough-guy look, and quite a few hiphop and R&B artists – such as Jay-Z and Usher — have all but trademarked their own jewelry ensembles.
Man earrings play up sexuality without sacrificing masculinity. Worn either on one earlobe or both, it makes a man look more snazzy and cool. Whether they be diamond, gold, silver, or platinum, earrings have become a necessary part of a man’s jewelry arsenal.