The world of style is governed by certain customs. Most of us adhere to them, but most doesn’t mean all, and those who stray generally fall into two categories: stylish iconoclast or clueless with a splash of frumpy. 

We are all for pushing back against fashion custom and setting your own course, but we are trying to create more folks who fall into the former category above. Don’t let yourself tip into that “clueless with a splash of frumpy” cohort. When you break rules, break them with pizzazz, not carelessness. So yeah, you can rock blacks with browns if you know what you’re doing. Indeed, if you have the swagger, you can wear tennis shoes with a suit. And you can most certainly get away with pairing gold and silver jewelry, our focus for today. 

We’ll be discussing the color silver, not merely the metal. So, yes, we’ll be trading in trade tips regarding silver-colored pieces made of silver, but these recommendations work just as well for platinum, white gold, etc. 

Without further ado, let’s lay it out there so you present as a genius of mixed-metal layering. Because anyone who says you can’t pair gold and silver is just not that cool.

Wedding Bands Can Go with Anything 

You should know that when it comes to wedding bands, it’s basically impossible to get gauche with any additional piece of jewelry you add to your look. Indeed, wedding bands should be considered something along the lines of a sovereign nation. No matter what, you can’t clash. Yellow gold men’s wedding bands can roll alongside the blingiest silver watch known to man, and anyone who calls you out for it is in fact the one who should get called out. Because this rule holds true, always: Wedding bands are standalone pieces that can be paired with absolutely anything.

A Mixed Piece Opens Up Realms

A quick and dirty way to stylishly incorporate a blend of gold and silver into your repertoire is to rock a piece that combines them. Of course, we just noted that wedding bands don’t need to play by any damn rules. But a wedding band that flawlessly blends a taste of silver and gold sets the stage for seamless incorporation of golds and silvers. For example, if you choose to rock a silver bracelet or a gold chain, that look will holler out to the matching color on your ring, thereby giving your look a sense of intelligently crafted cohesion. 

The same holds true for any sort of cornerstone mixed piece you use to lay the foundation for your look. 

A Touch of Subtlety — Pairing Rose Gold with Silver  

While we aren’t trying to caution anyone against going with the boldest possible gold and silver pairings, we do want to steer the slightly less bold toward a silver and gold compromise that’s not quite so in your face. You can turn that gold bling factor down a notch or two (or three) by going with rose gold instead of your traditional yellow gold. Not only is rose gold becoming increasingly popular, but it also looks pretty baller against any skin type, no matter the hue. So there’s the advantage of knowing rose gold is going to look great against the backdrop of your derm but rose gold’s subtler notes also make for a less noisy contrast with our old buddy silver. 

Going All Out with It

The last note was for people who want to look good but aren’t trying to make a statement so bold that passersby can’t help but gawk. This note is for the people who demand to be looked at. Go ahead, be that big, bold personality. Don that yellow gold and silver from head to toe, but please — we’re begging you — don’t go this route unless you’re taking the entirety of your physical presentation into account. Don’t put on every piece of bling you have and then head out into the world in a soiled t-shirt and sweats. 

If you go all out with the jewelry, you absolutely need to dress with the intention to avoid looking like a guy at the airport wearing everything he has in a mortifying effort to avoid shelling out baggage fees. Looking like a mindless pileup of fashion is not what we’re going for. 

So when it comes down to it, some may caution against ever pairing gold and silver. That conservative approach may work for some, but fear of rearing up against convention can lead to a lot of staleness, too. Ultimately, if you’re mindful and take care to prepare yourself, you’ll be certain to pull off a stylish, confident look. 

The bottom line: Silver and gold pairings are most certainly not everybody’s cup of tea. But tea isn’t exactly everybody’s cup of tea either. Be yourself. Be bold.