Viola Milano Bracelets
If you’ve been anywhere near a menswear site or blog recently, the odds that you’ve missed Viola Milano’s mewelry are like a million to one. In a time when accessories are finally being given their rightful credit in men’s fashion, it’s easy for most guys to go overboard and sport bracelets up to their elbows and if not all, most of them are from the Milanese label. And guess what? There’s a pretty good reason why…
I could go hypocritical and say that I’m not into them just to be different, but the truth is these bracelets are just too good not to care. Although I tend to take the minimalistic approach to jewelry and keep it simple with just a couple of bracelets, the variety, quality, beauty and functionality offered by Viola are hard to match. One of the things I value most is the practical aspect: if I have to spend 20 minutes trying to fasten a bracelet, there are two possible scenarios - either I quit during the process or afterwards, I don’t take it off for a long time.
Viola overcomes this issue by using elastic strings which makes them easy to remove or switch, while adapting perfectly to your wrist. Plus, the semiprecious stones in different sizes and shades allow for unlimited combinations to match your every outfit, so your only issue will be choosing which ones to get…
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A pinch of ethnicity #1
I’m a strong supporter of investing in timeless, classic pieces, which will last you a lifetime and are easily paired to form outstanding outfits. However, sometimes, adding a fresh twist to your look feels invigorating and just…right. An interesting, out of the ordinary way to raise the bar for a look, is by throwing ethnical items into the mix.
The thing about them is that they immediately catch your eye: I love gazing into these additions as they definitely set an outfit apart, breaking down that “off the rack” impression. How can I put it… they add background to your attire, it’s almost as if they have a story behind them, one that people will want to know; for me, they relate to vintage pieces in this way. I’m a sucker for the concept of collecting said items during my travels and wearing them proudly, reminiscing past journeys, places and people.
The trick when incorporating ethnic pieces is balance. If you go overboard it might look awkward and like you’re trying too much…on the other hand, the right piece might bring that special something into the picture. Perhaps the best way to get familiar with the concept is by starting with accessories: take a look at Joshua Kissi’s and Travis Gumb’s incredible collection of wrist jewelry, comprised of colorful beaded bracelets and engraved rings. Due to their scale, these pieces are hard to mess up, and even if you do, they won’t scream it to everybody else. Get it right though, and they can make a huge difference.
When you come to terms with smaller items, you might want to try something bolder, the likes of knitwear, tunics or jackets. I recently got two Moroccan pieces my brother brought back from a week long trip to the country: an ancient “berbere” belt and an embroidered tunic. Although I love them both, the belt blew me away; as for the tunic, it’s a welcome challenge to incorporate it on my daily ensemble. More on that on future posts.