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PostHeaderIcon Men’s Rings: Which are Office Appropriate and Which Aren’t?

It used to be that the only men’s rings that you would ever see in an office environment were wedding bands, but times, they are a-changin’. Nowadays men’s fashion jewelry, especially rings, is nearly as prominent in the workplace as it is on the runway. While there’s nothing wrong with adding an accessory for a final polished touch to your workday ensemble, you do need to take care that you remain office appropriate and professional in appearance at all times. Here are a few dos and don’ts for wearing rings at work.

The Dos

Wearing Rings at Work - Wedding Band

Wedding rings

Unless you work for the rare employer that bans wedding bands at the office, or if you work in some field that requires no jewelry on your hands (like some sectors of the medical industry), your wedding ring is almost always acceptable to wear on the job. Most offices respect the fact that you’re honoring a sacred bond and vow – in some cases, your wedding band may even win over a client, employer or fellow employee who appreciates family values. So long as your wedding ring doesn’t have a design that’s somehow offensive, it’s always a safe bet to wear at the office.

Class rings or other commemorative men’s rings

As is the case with wedding bands, almost all employers will respect your choice to wear a class ring or other meaningful commemorative band. Like wedding bands, these types of men’s rings can in some cases even prove to be a talking point that leads to a strengthened connection at the office or with a client. However, you do still want to take care and exercise a little sound judgment – if your commemorative ring is overly garish or gaudy, you may want to leave it at home. While it may have a great deal of personal significance to you, its appearance may be too distracting for others, or worse yet, give them a negative impression about you.

Classic plain bands

If you keep it simple and stylish enough, most employers will not begrudge you a plain men’s ring, even if it’s not a wedding band. Fortunately, regardless of whether your taste runs more towards traditional or modern, there are plenty of styles of men’s rings available in a variety of materials. If a classic plain band sounds boring, try minimalist men’s rings in higher quality contemporary materials like titanium, tungsten and cobalt chrome.

The Don’ts

Overly flashy rings

It should go without saying that overly flashy rings are not workplace appropriate, but there are still plenty of bling perpetrators. The office is simply not the place to display a multitude of glittery diamonds or cubic zirconia. A single small diamond in a men’s ring may be acceptable, and some exceptions can be made for wedding bands as well, but again, it’s best to use your most cautious and conservative judgment.

Wearing Rings at Work - Bikers RingSkull or other biker-type rings

Unless you work at a garage, any ring that can be loosely termed a biker ring is not appropriate for the work environment. This can include but is not limited to men’s rings with skull designs, studs or spikes, chains or the Iron Cross. These men’s rings can often have negative connotations that stretch far beyond mere fashion or style, and may seriously offend your employer or co-workers. Leave them at home.

Oversized rings

They may be in fashion right now, but like flashy rings, oversized men’s rings generally have no place in the workplace. Exceptions can be made for certain wedding rings or for larger width rings for more substantial men.

It’s great to show a little personality when dressing for the office, but you also need to ensure that you don’t detract from the impression you make as an employee (or employer). Remember, you have plenty of time off-hours to dress and accessorize however you see fit.

Author Name/Pen Name Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Author Bio:- Tanya is jewelry designer as well as writer to writes on Men’s Designer Jewelry as well as Men’s Fashionable Rings for justmensrings.  She likes to designing and little bit writing on men’s jewelry.

PostHeaderIcon Who Started the Snakeskin Strapbacks Trend?

San Antonio Spurs Snakeskin Strapback Hat

Celebrities Who are Wearing Strapbacks

If you keep up with celebrity fashion trends, you may have realized something. Several hot male celebrities are now sporting custom strapback hats. These hats are like baseball caps, yet they are distinctive because they feature snakeskin brims. Celebrities such as Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay-Z are responsible for starting the snakeskin strapbacks trend. Other celebrities beyond the hip hop realm have also been known to sport a strapback hat. Numerous athletes have worn these snakeskin-brimmed hats that bear their team logos.

Who Makes Strapback Hats and How Are They Made?

It may have been Kanye West who pushed strapback hats into the mainstream, though Don C, his manager, is credited as being the first manufacturer and designer. His line of Mitchell & Ness custom hats has remained popular throughout the past few years. Hats created by Don C are considered among the best out there today.

Originally, strapbacks were custom made to order. These days, both pre-made and custom strapback hats are being sold. The snakeskin that is used for the brims is mostly taken from the wild pythons of Indonesia. These snakes are skinned, and their hides are sent out to tanneries to be made into leather. After the skins have been tanned, Don C and other designers receive them in order to make the hats that are so popular with celebrities today.

Even though these hats have grown in popularity, many animal rights organizations are protesting against how the snakes are killed. They say that the snakes are being treated inhumanely. There are witnesses who claim that such snakes are taken alive and allowed to starve or left to face exposure to the elements.

Strapback Hat Styles that Are the Most Popular

The sports teams that are most frequently represented on the hats are the Chicago Bulls and the New York Yankees. That is because these two teams are the ones that were originally worn by Kanye West and Jay-Z. Many people want to support their favorite teams by wearing the team logos on their hats, so the top sellers on eBay are now the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Atlanta Falcons. Among the most popular designers of strapbacks are RSVP and Don C because of the impeccable quality of the hats. Other brands, such as scyocclothiers.com, also offer outstanding quality strapbacks. For those who can’t afford a designer hat, it has become easy to locate good quality knock-offs at an inexpensive price that are made with both faux and real snakeskin.

The RSVP online gallery features many Don C. hats for sale. However, you will have to pay top dollar for the real thing. The hats usually are priced at around $400 each. Cheap strapbacks may be found on discount and auction websites like eBay. Don C. hats may be less than $100 on some of these websites. Faux snakeskin strapback hats may be purchased if you are turned off by wearing the real snakeskin. Specialty hat websites and sites such as eBay offer many cheap strapback hat alternatives that are crafted from faux snakeskin.

PostHeaderIcon Gregory Baltoro 75: An Excellent Choice for Backpacking (Review)

Gregory Baltoro 75 Pack - Moss GreenGregory is a name that is well-known in the outdoors and backpacking communities, and for good reason. Their backpacks are some of the best made on the market, and their comfort, fit, design, and functionability put them ahead of other brands and competition. The Gregory Baltoro 75 is no exception. Below, we will dissect this backpack, looking at the features and strengths of this technical backpack.

Starting with the capacity of this pack, the Baltoro 75 is an absolute beast. With a max loading capacity of 4760 cubic inches (for the large size), you will easily be able to pack for extended backpacking trips of more than a week long. Organization is simple with 8 exterior pockets. The main compartment can be accessed from the top, bottom or front of the pack, allowing you to easily grab an item without unpacking your entire bag. A resevoir sleeve keeps your hydration bladder separate as well.

The comfort of the Gregory Baltoro 75 pack is what really sets it apart from other similarly-sized backpacks. With the revolutionary Response AFS suspension system, the waist belt rotates independently and automatically adjusts to your hip angle. This system pivots as you hike, automatically and evenly distributing the weight of your pack without hindering your movement. The padding on the belt, back, and shoulder straps is thermal molded EVA, and the lumbar support is grippy to keep the pack properly situated on your back. Try this pack on, and you will see how comfortable it truly is. Click here for more information on getting the proper fit for your Gregory Baltoro 75 backpack.

Gregory Baltoro 75 Technical Pack - GrayThe weight of the pack is 5 pounds, 10 ounces, which is fairly lightweight for a bag of its size. The durable 210 denier double diamond ripstop fabric makes up the outer shell. The top lid is removable, and can be used as a fanny pack or sling pack once you have established base camp. Gregory offers lifetime warranties on all of their packs as well, so even if your Baltoro 75 doesn’t withstand the abuse of the outdoors, Gregory is very good at replacing damaged parts.

In all, the Gregory Baltoro 75 backpack is one of the best options on the market today. If you are an avid outdoorsman and backpacker, the Baltoro 75 will meet your needs and then some. Try it out today, and you will see why so many gear reviewers and hikers praise this pack for comfort and design.

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