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The Ultimate Guide to Mens Chains & Necklaces

Accessories play a significant role in enhancing men’s style, and one accessory that has gained immense popularity in recent times is the mens chain necklace. A well-chosen chain can add a touch of sophistication, personality, and masculinity to any attire. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore different types of men’s chains and necklaces, their significance, and how to style them effortlessly.


  1. Which Style Chain Necklace is Best For Men?
  2. What is the Best Chain Length For Men?
  3. Which Width is Best For a Men’s Chain?
  4. Which Colour Chain is Best For Men?
  5. What Is The Best Material For a Men’s Necklace?
  6. Styling Tips for Men’s Chains & Necklaces
  7. Should Men Wear Necklaces?
  8. How Should Men Layer a Necklace?
  9. Does Wearing Jewellery Make Men Sexy?
  10. Do Women Wear Men’s Jewellery?
  11. Why An Engraved Men’s Necklace Makes It Truly Special!

Which Style Chain Necklace is Best For Men:

Curb chains are the most popular chain style for men. Read on to find out why.

When it comes to men’s chains, there is a wide range of styles to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics. Let’s explore some popular chain styles available to choose from:

1) Curb Chains: Curb chains are classic and timeless, featuring a series of uniform links that lay flat when worn. They offer a sophisticated and versatile look. A curb chain style is the most popular necklace for men due to its understated and timeless appeal. Some of the mens curb chains we offer are below:

2) Figaro Chains: Figaro chains are characterized by a pattern of three small links followed by one elongated link. This design creates an eye-catching look, perfect for both casual and formal occasions. The 5mm width Figaro Chain from Alfred & Co. London combines durability and style effortlessly.

3) Rope Chains: Rope chains are known for their intricate twisting pattern, resembling a rope. These chains are versatile and can be worn on their own or with a pendant. We offer Rope chains in a range of widths and lengths.

4) Belcher Chains: Belcher chains, also known as rolo chains, feature uniform and symmetrical links. They offer a robust, sleek and masculine look.

5) Cuban Chains; now how could we possible talk about men’s necklaces without mentioning the popular Cuban chain. Cuban necklaces, also known as Cuban link chains, are a vibrant and iconic accessory that exudes a sense of style, confidence, and urban flair.

The thickness of the Cuban chain adds to its commanding presence, making it an ideal accessory for the modern man who appreciates both fashion and individuality. It’s a versatile piece that can be worn solo or paired with other necklaces to create a unique layered look, giving you the freedom to express your personal style. Smooth, sleek and bold and crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these necklaces are a must-have for fashion-forward men.

WINNER: Curb chains are the most popular chain style for men.

RUNNER UP: Cuban chains are a very popular choice of men’s chains and finish a close 2nd!

What is the Best Chain Length For Men?

20 inches (50.80cm) is the best length chain for a man. Read on to find out which length chain you should choose.

Selecting the appropriate chain length is crucial to ensure a comfortable fit and complement your style. The following are popular chain lengths for men:

a) 18 inches: An 18-inch chain typically rests just above the collarbone. It’s a popular choice for those who prefer a shorter and more discreet necklace. We would usually recommend an 18 inch length for anyone 5 feet 6 inches or below in height.

b) 20-22 inches: These chain lengths fall at the collarbone or slightly below, offering a balanced and versatile look suitable for most necklines. A men’s pendant necklace should fit between 20-22 inches in length.

20 inches (50.80cm) is the average and most popular length chain for men. Most men look & feel their best when wearing a 20 inch necklace.

c) 24-30 inches: Longer chains, ranging from 24 to 30 inches, create a statement look. They are perfect for layering or wearing with open-collar shirts. Also great for those bigger fellas – anyone 6 foot 4 and over.

You can can use the size guide below to get an idea of the mens necklace length you should choose:

Mens Necklace Size Guide

Alternatively here’s one of the guys, Andy, from Alfred & Co. London talking about why size really does matter…when it comes to men’s necklaces!

WINNER: 20 Inches is the most popular men’s chain length

RUNNER UP: 18 Inches

Which Width is Best For a Men’s Chain?

A 2mm-4mm width chain is the best and most popular width for a mens necklace overall. Read on to find out more about what’s important when it comes to deciding on the best necklace width for you.

If you’d prefer to see some examples why not check out our video where we do a quick demo of how some of the different width chains look when wearing them: –

When choosing the best chain width you should go for, several factors need to be considered to ensure a stylish and comfortable look. The ideal chain width typically ranges from 2mm to 7mm, striking a perfect balance between subtlety and prominence.

For men with smaller frames or those seeking a discreet minimalistic necklace style, a 2mm – 4mm width chain would be a perfect choice. These thinner width chains exude sophistication and elegance while effortlessly complementing both casual and formal attire.

On the other hand, men with larger builds or a preference for a bolder statement piece may opt for a 4mm – 7mm chain. These widths provide a more pronounced appearance without overwhelming the overall look.

Furthermore, personal style and individual preferences play a crucial role in the decision-making process. It’s essential to consider factors such as neck size, facial features, and outfit choices to ensure the chain’s harmonious integration.

Ultimately, the best chain width for men will vary depending on their unique characteristics and desired aesthetics. Whether it’s a subtle accent or a daring focal point, the right chain width will enhance a man’s style, exuding confidence and timeless charm.

WINNER: A 2mm-4mm width chain is the best and most popular width for a mens chain overall

RUNNER UP: The 2nd most popular width chain for men is 5mm-7mm

The below shows a side by side comparison of some of the different width chains available for men:

Which Colour Chain is Best For Men?

Choosing the right colour chain is a crucial decision that can significantly impact your overall look and style. When selecting the perfect mens necklace colour, there are a few factors to consider that will help you make an informed decision.

1. Skin Tone: Your skin tone plays a vital role in determining which necklace colour complements you best. Generally, warm skin tones (with yellow or olive undertones) tend to look great with gold or brass-toned necklaces. On the other hand, cool skin tones (with pink or blue undertones) often suit silver, white gold, or platinum necklaces. If you have a neutral skin tone, consider yourself lucky, as you can pull off both warm and cool-toned necklaces with ease – silver or gold the decision is yours!

2. Personal Preference: While skin tone is a helpful guideline, personal preference should always be a primary consideration. If you have a strong inclination towards a specific colour, go for it! Your confidence and comfort in wearing the necklace will ultimately enhance your overall style and appearance.

3. Occasion: Think about the occasions or events where you intend to wear the necklace. For formal or sophisticated settings, classic gold or silver necklaces can add an elegant touch to your outfit. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more casual or bohemian vibe, stick with silver or gunmetal.

4. Versatility: If you’re looking for a chain necklace that can easily match a variety of outfits, opt for a neutral colour such as silver or gold. These colours are incredibly versatile and can seamlessly transition from day to night, from casual to formal wear.

5. Clothing Colour: Consider the colours of the clothing you typically wear. A complementary necklace colour can enhance your outfit, while a clashing colour might create a disjointed look. For example, a silver necklace can beautifully accentuate cool-toned clothing, while gold pairs well with warm-coloured attire.

6. Gemstones or Accents: If you’re choosing a necklace with gemstones or decorative accents, take their colours into account. A gemstone with your birthstone or a favourite colour can add a personal touch and make the necklace more meaningful.

7. Trend vs. Timeless: While trendy colours can be fun and stylish, classic necklace colours like silver and gold are timeless investments. They will remain stylish for years to come and can be easily passed down as heirlooms.

Choosing the right colour necklace is a combination of considering your skin tone, personal preference, the occasion, and the versatility of the colour. Ultimately, the perfect necklace should reflect your style and enhance your confidence. Whether you opt for a classic silver or gold piece or decide on a bolder colour, embrace the chain that speaks to you and complements your unique sense of style.

WINNER: Ideally get one of each; silver, gold and rose gold! If you’re still unsure, the most popular colour for a mens chain is silver due to its timeless appeal.


What Is The Best Material For a Men’s Necklace?

Stainless steel is the best material for a men’s chain due to its durability and ability to retain its lasting shine. Overall stainless steel is a better material than sterling silver for a men’s necklace. Read on to find out more about how to decide the best material for you.

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Choosing the right material for your chain is essential for both style and durability. Here are some commonly used materials available at Alfred & Co. London:

a) Stainless Steel: Stainless steel chains are renowned for their durability, affordability, and resistance to tarnish. They are an excellent option for those seeking a modern and rugged look. A key advantage of stainless steel over sterling silver is that it is much stronger, 100% waterproof, and much more durable overall – stainless steel lasts longer and retains its overall shine for longer than silver. It’s for this reason that stainless steel is the preferred choice material for a men’s chain instead of sterling silver! If you’re interested in finding out more about why stainless steel jewellery is better than sterling silver you can read this article.

b) Sterling Silver: Sterling silver chains are elegant and timeless, making them a popular choice for men. They offer a brilliant shine and pair well with various outfits. Overtime sterling silver will inevitably begin to tarnish and lose its brilliant shine due to the oxidation process which takes place.

c) Gold Plated: For a touch of luxury, gold-plated chains are an excellent option. They offer the look of gold at a more affordable price point.

WINNER: Stainless steel is the best material for a men’s chain due to its durability and ability to retain its lasting shine.

RUNNER UP: Gold Plated chains are a highly popular men’s chain due to their luxurious appeal.

Styling Tips for Men’s Chains & Necklaces:

a) Casual Look: For a laid-back, casual outfit, pair a simple chain with a t-shirt or an open-collar shirt. A chain always works unbelievably well when layered with one of our stylish pendant necklaces.

b) Formal Attire: To elevate your formal attire, opt for a more refined chain, such as the Thin ice chain or another one of our slimmer/minimal styles.

c) Layering Chains: as already mentioned above, experimenting with layering is a great way to showcase your personal style. Combining different chain lengths and styles, like the Rope Chain paired with the Compass necklace can create a fashionable and eye-catching look.



Should Men Wear Necklaces?

These days it’s hard to catch a glimpse of a top-notch male celebrity who isn’t wearing wearing a men’s chain or necklace of some kind. From Brooklyn Beckham and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth to Drake with his diamonds, male jewellery is everywhere! And here’s why:

1) Wearing a necklace shows you’re happy with your masculinity and, in fact, that you have the nerve to wear something other guys are sometimes afraid to. And anyway, the days when it was only women who wore visible jewellery, are long gone. Both sexes can now wear whatever they like. Remember Connell Waldron’s (Paul Mescal) single silver chain in Normal People? Now he was hot!! And so was the chain – it even had its own Instagram account (@connellschain).

2) A single, thin, minimalist style chain necklace can be sexy. It draws the eye to the chest area – and if, you’ve been working out and have toned pecs, then ‘bingo.’ Wearing a long, chain necklace is a great way to highlight what you’ve achieved with all those work-outs.

Thin Gold Chain Minimal

3) It shows you keep up to date with fashion trends in that you don’t want to get left behind. Not only that but you care about your image and of being ‘modern’ and up to date. Your personal style is important to you. In fact, designer Marc Jacobs went one step further when he referred to his pearl necklace as “part of my ritual of self-care, and I can be of service to other people when I take care of myself. So, it is kind of a symbol of my well-being in a way, you know, that I care.”

4) Wearing men’s chains with a pendant, such as a Star of David, Cross or some other symbolism, allows men to display a bit more of their identity – what they are all about, or what inspires them! In other words, it’s a means of self-expression (and a lot more of a sophisticated one than a cartoon tie for instance!).

5) If that chain has been given to you by someone special ie spouse, parent or child, then it can have an emotional attachment. Think of it as the bodily equivalent of having a photo of a loved one on your desk.

6) Wearing several chains allows you to declare your own fashion statement. And talking of which, Harry Styles and his pearl necklace certainly got plenty of folk talking!

7) It’s more likely to get you a date. A recent survey of over 4000 participants found that 60%+ of those surveyed believed jewellery made a man appear more attractive than if he wore none. Less than 10 per cent thought jewellery was a turn-off. 

How Should Men Layer Necklaces?

Layering men’s chains is a great look – provided it’s done properly. What are we talking about? Well, read on…

What are you Wearing?

Patterned shirts and V-necked jumpers aren’t a great base for layering necklaces. Why? There’s too much going on to interfere with the layering look. The best items to wear are crew neck t-shirts or jumpers in a plain colour.

Let one necklace shine

Too many chains with pendants will ruin the effect. They’ll clash with each other. Instead, have one knock-out pendant piece and the rest plain chains so as not to divert from the ‘prize’ pendant.

Keep it matchy-matchy

Don’t mix up your silver, gold and copper jewellery. Stick to the one precious metal. And that doesn’t just apply to necklaces but other items you’re wearing too, such as metal belt buckles and rings. Otherwise you’ll look as if you don’t know what you’re doing style-wise. And no one wants to make that faux pas.

Mens Silver Chain 7mm Width
Mens Chain & Bracelet

Vary lengths

Don’t have several men’s chains of the same length all ‘clumping’ together to form one mega-chain. Instead, make sure they’re all of different lengths – a short, medium and long chain (if you want to wear three – but two chains look good too). A distance of up to 10cm between chains is advised (unless it’s a large pendant in which case, give that eye-opener more space).

Use chains to ‘point’

What do we mean by this? We mean use the most dramatic of your men’s chains to draw the eyes to a feature of your body you want to emphasise. It could be a short chain which makes people look at your face, or a longer version to draw the eyes to your pecs (a low-hanging dangler beneath your nipples).

You’re not Mr T

So, don’t wear all your heavy men’s chains at once, otherwise it’ll just look like one big clunky gold or silver massGet your big (or medium) sized pendant show-stealer and arrange thinner men’s chains around this. That way the thinner chains will be a subtle backdrop to your attention-grabbing piece. Now, off you go and layer it right…

Does wearing jewellery make men sexy?

Do women find men who wear jewellery attractive? It’s a question that’s subjective of course, but on the whole yes, women do find men who wear jewellery attractive. 

But don’t just take our word for it. We’re basing our bold claim on statistics from two recent surveys. These were carried out by Tinder and TikTok.

In the Tinder experiment a 38-year-old man from Crewe uploaded his profile for a week in which he was wearing jewellery. The following week he put up a photo of himself without any jewellery. The result was he got more interest from women when he was wearing the jewellery than without. The figures were as high as 133 matches compared to 77. 

Gold Compass Pendant & Rope Chain

Still taking the online world by storm, TikTok launched it is own survey looking at the question of whether women found men attractive when they wore jewellery. They surveyed 4000 people for the questionnaire and the results came back – 60 per cent women interviewed said they fancied men with jewellery.

TikTok went even further and split the results into cities. At 68 per cent, they showed that women in the north (Leeds) are more likely to go for a man wearing jewellery. Next was Wales, where 66 per cent would prefer a man wearing jewellery than not. Third placed were the Liverpudlians, 64 per cent of whom gave the thumbs up to male jewellery. Scottish and Irish women weren’t that far behind either, with 56 per cent of women – in both cases – said they liked a man with a bit of gold or silver sparkle.

So, why the love of bling and other forms of male jewellery? Social scientists say it’s mainly down to style and confidence. The fact a man is prepared to add flourish to his dress sense is attractive to women because it shows he cares how he is perceived. And secondly, a man wearing jewellery shows he is confident and not afraid to show off certain aspects of his character.

The answer to our original question then – Does Wearing Jewellery Make Men Sexy – has to be a resounding YES.

Do women wear men’s jewellery?

Just like you might borrow your other half’s jeans now and again, there’s lots of women out there who now and again will pinch their partner’s jewellery.

The most likely items they’re likely to borrow are bracelets and chain necklaces. When it comes to chains, the most popular are the Figaro chain, Cuban chain, Snake chain and Rope chain. We explain what these are here and which chain is the one you should keep a particularly close eye on.

Then again, more designers, such as designer Sabine Roemer and Madrid’s Luz Camino are coming up with pieces that may have begun as a woman’s brooch or ring etc, but ends up being styled more towards men’s jewellery. In other words, the jewellery world is beginning to blur.  Both ‘exes but still good friends’ Brad Pit and Jennifer Aniston have been recently been spotted with large chunky chain necklaces. It shouldn’t be any surprise then to learn that one upmarket London jewellery designer has just come out with his first Unisex collection. Of course, at the same time, it’s also a nod to the number of millenials these days describing themselves as ‘socially fluent,’ ‘pansexual’ or even ‘gender nonconforming.’

Figaro chain

Mens Silver Figaro Chain Necklace

Named after the opera, ‘The Marriage of Figaro,’ the Figaro chain consists of six small circular links – three at either side – of a larger elongated oval link. The design is believed to be Spanish in origin but it was the Italian’s, in particular, you loved it. 

Cuban chain

Mens Gold Cuban Chain 9mm

Popular amongst hip-hop singers in particular, the Cuban Chain is a series of interlinking large circular or oval shaped hoops which lie flat when sitting on your chest. It can be heavy, but it’s extremely stylish and no-one is going to miss it. 

Snake chain

Mens Silver Snake Chain Necklace

Comprising lightly curved plates which are woven tightly to form a moveable tubular design, the icon Snake chain is a neat design for females. Also known as a Brazilian mens chain, it looks great with or without a pendant.

Rope chain

Gold Rope Chain

Resembling the twisted style of a thick rope, this chain style was made popular by the likes of the band Run DMC. From there it grew to the point where it’s pretty much ubiquitous when it comes to men’s chains.

The overall winner – or the mens chain which you really should buy two of because she’s going to covet it too – is the Snake chain. Let’s face it, even the name is sexy. And, as if that wasn’t enough to tempt her, you’ll find that the gorgeous, trend-setting Jennifer Lopez is also a huge fan.

Why an Engraved Men’s Necklace Makes It Truly Special

An engraved men’s necklace holds profound significance – transcending mere accessory status to become a cherished keepsake. Through personalisation, it embodies a individual identity, making it a truly bespoke and unique piece. Whether adorned with initials, dates, or meaningful quotes, custom engravings add a layer of intimacy and connection, making each necklace a personal statement.

An engraved men’s necklace serves as a powerful symbol of love, friendship, and camaraderie. Whether exchanged between partners, given as a token of appreciation, or shared among friends, the act of engraving allows for the expression of heartfelt sentiments in a tangible and enduring manner. With each wear, the wearer is reminded of the special bond shared with the giver, fostering a sense of connection that transcends time.

Moreover, an engraved men’s necklace becomes a timeless heirloom, passing down cherished memories and sentiments through generations. Unlike fleeting trends, its sentimentality endures, making it a valuable keepsake for future descendants. Whether adorned with a family name or significant date, a personalised necklace serves as a physical link to the past, connecting loved ones across time and space.

In essence, an engraved men’s necklace holds a special place in the realm of accessories, embodying memories, sentiments, and emotions in tangible form. Through personalisation and symbolism, it becomes more than just a piece of jewellery; it becomes a cherished memento that speaks volumes about the wearer’s identity and connections.

You can check out some of our men’s engraved necklaces here.


Men’s chains and necklaces are versatile accessories that can elevate any outfit, adding a touch of individuality and style. By understanding different chain styles, choosing the right length and material, and following simple styling tips, you can confidently incorporate chains into your wardrobe. Alfred & Co. London offers a wide range of men’s chains and necklaces, each crafted with precision and quality. Explore our full men’s chains collection to find the perfect chain that complements your style and expresses your unique personality. With the right chain, you’ll effortlessly exude confidence and style in every situation.

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