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Yes, You Can Wear Men's Necklaces

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Stripped of their gilded shimmer and bling-gauge heft, men's necklaces have finally caught up with fashion. These subtle, wire-thin links project just the right amount of cocky. You can even wear two at a time—so long as you leave the tracksuit at home.

The Pendant
Saint Anthony had the medallion market cornered for years, but thanks to new brands like Cast of Vices and Alex & Chloe, there are now plenty of more earthly options. Rendered in oxidized silver or bronze, the everyday stuff you might find in a kitchen junk drawer—a key, a safety pin, or a painkiller—can look surprisingly cool.

The Length
Too long and you're ready to do the hustle on an illuminated dance floor; too short and you're Freddie Mercury. The chain should fall about five inches below your Adam's apple. A good starting point is a 22-inch strand (a jeweler can always remove a link or two).

Grooming
If you have wall-to-wall chest shag, you'll need to do some pre-chain maintenance. (As a rule of thumb, it's time for a trim if your hair is thick above the second undone button of your shirt.) But don't overdo it. For natural results, use old-school shearing scissors and tread lightly. The goal is to thin the forest, not raze it. And unless you're a competitive swimmer, stay away from wax.

From left: Eddie Borgo ($265). Diesel ($80). Alex & Chloe ($120). Gucci ($1,385). A.P.C. ($120). Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi ($100). David Yurman ($1,050). Dior Homme ($735). Cast of Vices ($240).

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