Fall Style Alert: Dog Tags

 

Ten-hut! As fall/winter accessories go, military-style dog tags definitely have us at attention.

We’re not alone. Ann Foley, costume designer for the ABC hit Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is a big fan.

“Military looks are showing up everywhere on the men’s runway this season, from Rag & Bone to Balmain to J.Crew,” she says. “They’re equated with strength. Plus, they’re utilitarian and minimalistic, which makes them chic.” (Especially this set, above, by Karen Karch, of 10k gold and blackened silver.)

Below, some style notes from Foley to help you pull off the look:

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Best Way To Wear Them?

“Dog tags go with just about any style of shirt. But unless you’re [flamboyant fashion designer] Karl Lagerfeld, I wouldn’t wear them over a tie.”

Chain Length?

“It varies from person to person, but I’d say 20–30 inches.”

Unbutton Your Shirt to Show Them Off?

“Some guys can make that look work without being cheesy—it depends on your personal style.” [She’s being nice. Don’t do it.] “But just seeing the chain disappearing inside the shirt can be sexy.”

Alone, Or With Other Jewelry?

“The dog tags themselves make a very strong statement and look best when worn alone.”

Engraved or Plain?

“They look great engraved—you can add an important date or a person’s name. Quotes do well as engravings, too, much like a tattoo.”