Do You Match Jewelry With Hardware?

I’ve been updating my wardrobe lately. I’ve purchased a few shirts, I replaced my faux leather bags with some Longchamp Le Pliages, I threw out a lot of my old clothes, and I just bought some new derbies and a new belt. In updating my wardrobe, I’ve read many guides and how to’s, like my gentleman’s guide to dressing well, on formal wear and looking sharp. While I know that leather should always match leather, there is a debate on whether jewelry should match hardware and I would like to know if you match jewelry with hardware.

If you don’t know what I mean by hardware, I mean the pieces of metal that are used on accessories like handbags, small leather goods, or a pair of shoes. Some examples of hardware are the zipper on a handbag and the buckle on a belt.

So, do you match jewelry with hardware?

I don’t but all of my handbags have gold toned hardware and they match with the rest of my jewelry anyway. Though, the belt I just bought has a silver toned buckled and now that I will be showing the hardware of my belt, as I plan to tuck in my shirt in the outfit I have planned for it, I don’t know if it will look good.


My Apple Watch is silver, too. I haven’t had any problems with it looking good or bad but now it will match my belt buckle but not the rest of my jewelry or hardware.

Also, I wear a pretty small amount of jewelry. I wear three pieces of jewelry and that’s not counting my wedding ring or my earrings. So, it’s not like I’m trying to match it with a big Versace necklace or anything. I just don’t want to have to buy a new belt with different hardware or have to buy more jewelry to match the colors of whatever hardware I wear.

All of the men’s guides about dressing well or looking sharp I’ve read talk about matching leather but they don’t talk about jewelry. That’s why I’m asking you guys. There doesn’t seem to be any rules or anything with formal wear that say you should match your jewelry with hardware but there don’t seem to be any that say you shouldn’t either.

So, what do you think? Do you match jewelry with hardware? Let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get new post sent directly to your inbox and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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