Why Do Men Wear Pinky Rings? (Ask Cladright)

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They’re a favorite of James Bond villains and old money aristocrats — but why do men wear pinky rings anyway? That’s what we’re here today to find out!

Pinky rings are an uncommon piece of jewelry that can make a big statement. If you’re wondering whether you should wear one, this guide is for you.

We’ll be covering the symbolism behind pinky rings, give you a definitive answer on whether guys should wear one, and wrap it up with a few style tips for anyone who wants to make the jump into wearing pinky rings.

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What Does Wearing A Pinky Ring Symbolize?

Before the modern era, men would wear rings to signify their social status. Precious metals were forged into elaborate crests, representing a man’s place in the social structure. Most commonly, a single ring was worn on the pinky finger to indicate a man’s wealth and status.

Even today, men who wear pinky rings intend to make a statement about their wealth and prosperity. With no other rings on the hand, a pinky ring can show off a man’s riches — or draw attention to its owner.

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In short, a man wears a pinky ring to say something about himself. Though old lords wore pinky rings to indicate their position in a hierarchy, modern men are more likely to wear pinky rings to show off their style.

Is It OK for A Man to Wear A Pinky Ring?

As with most style decisions, whether you should wear a pinky ring becomes a matter of whether it fits your personal style. A pinky ring worn with simple jeans and a t-shirt would like completely out of place.

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Contrast that with a signet ring worn with a three-piece suit, and you should get a clear idea on how the rest of your outfit will affect your jewelry choices.

To give a definitive answer: It is absolutely okay for a man to wear a pinky ring. As long as they are wearing an outfit that’s dressy enough to match it!

Why Should You Wear A Pinky Ring?

Alright then — you like the style, and you’re ready to buy a pinky ring to wear. What sort of occasions are right for wearing a pinky ring, and when will it look out of place?

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Pinky rings are best when they’re worn to compliment an already sharp outfit. Think chinos and a button-down, not jeans and a t-shirt, when you’re planning on wearing a pinky ring. And if you work in an office and wear formal clothing, a pinky ring can be an excellent accent piece that will spark plenty of conversations.

Pinky Ring Style Tips

When you’re choosing jewelry, always try to match it to your outfit. Rings and necklaces are the last piece of the puzzle, not the first. 

With that in mind, we think it’s best to pair pinky rings with dressy outfits. Going casual and wearing a pinky ring just won’t fit together well, since the pinky ring is a traditional signifier of wealth and status. If you’re looking for a single ring to compliment a formal outfit, though, a pinky ring will fit that spot perfectly.

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