A Mans Guide To Styling Cuban Chains For Different Occassions
Jan 17, 2023
Cuban chains are characterised by their bold interlocking round or oval links that lay perfectly flat on the wearer's chest. The chain started to gain in popularity in the 1970s and early 1980s and has since become one of the most wanted and styled chains out there.
With the Cuban chain being so versatile for styling, it can be quite difficult to decide where to start. In this blog, we go over how to style your Cuban chain for different occasions for men.
Consider Your Outfit:
One of the most important aspects to consider when styling a Cuban chain is the outfit you are wearing. In general neutral coloured clothing including white, black and grey look great with a bold Cuban link as their simplicity contrasts with the bold nature of a Cuban chain.
5mm Gold Cuban Chain by Sky Austria
A gold cuban chain is better suited for warmer, deep-tone neutral colour clothes including rich olive green, dark tan, beige and grey. They also work well with simple black, white and grey clothing too.
5mm Silver Cuban Chain By Sky Austria
A silver Cuban chain is better suited for simple neutral coloured clothing including black, white and grey. The reason for this is that the silver Cuban chain doesn’t have a lot of “colour” meaning when paired alongside less colourful clothes will keep the focus on the chain. One benefit of a silver Cuban chain is that they go with almost any style of outfit.
Now that you understand what colour clothing is best suited to what colour Cuban chain, let’s talk about styling for different occasions. Luckily Cuban chains are an overall versatile chain that can be styled with both formal and informal outfits, so it can be quite hard to go wrong with styling, however here are some styling tips and advice for different outfits and occasions.
Cuban chains go super well with a slightly unbuttoned smart shirt to show off the chunky Cuban links. Pair this with some smart trousers or chinos and smart shoes and you’ve got a style that’s bold and makes you look in charge. For this style, you’ll want to stick with a shorter Cuban chain as you want to be able to see it from the front of your shirt. At the same time you can play around with the thicknesses of your Cubans depending on if you want the chain to be noticeable or lowkey. For a more subtle look opt for a thinner Cuban chain such as a silver 3mm Cuban chain. For a more statement look opt for a 5mm Cuban chain and above.
For those wanting to really catch your peoples attention, try adding a diamond prong Cuban chain to add even more shine to this outfit.
Try pairing a Cuban chain with a smart casual outfit and you won’t regret it. Wearing a Cuban chain outside of your turtle neck or polo can create an eye-catching statement that isn’t commonly seen around. For this look, you’ll want to have a mid-length to long Cuban chain as you want to be able to have the Cuban chain outside of the thick turtleneck or colars of a polo. In addition to this, a thicker Cuban chain also tends to work best with this type of style.
Another way of styling a Cuban chain with a polo is just to unbutton the first few buttons to allow the Cuban chain links to pop out. Similar to the smart look, for this look you’ll want to have a shorter Cuban chain length as you want to be able to see the Cuban chain from the front of your polo.
Pair these two tops with a Cuban chain, smart trousers and smart shoes and you’ll look well put together.
If you’re looking for a smart casual look that is more on the smart side, why not try wearing a Cuban chain on top of a plain t-shirt and blazer? Pair this with some smart trousers and shoes and you’re good to go!This look has been rocked by many celebrities including Jay-Z, Jake Gyllenhaal and many more!
The easiest way to style a Cuban chain by far is to wear them with casual attire. You can’t go wrong with wearing a Cuban chain with a plain coloured t-shirt and jeans, or a t-shirt and joggers. Don't be afraid to add layers to your outfit too, adding jackets or a sweatshirt alongside your Cuban chain can also create a super clean look. This look is the easiest to style, with the length and thickness of the Cuban chain ultimately being up to you to choose!
You can even wear a Cuban chain outside of a hoodie and let it hang below your hoodie. To achieve this look you’ll want to make sure your Cuban chain is long enough to allow you to fit it through the hood. At the same time, this look looks much better with a thicker Cuban chain.
Layer Your Cuban Chains With Other Necklaces:
The first way of styling a Cuban chain with other jewellery is to layer it alongside a pendant necklace. Adding a pendant necklace on top of your Cuban chain can add even more shine to your outfit. This is a classic look which looks good with both a plain t-shirt and a smart shirt. We recommend that when styling with a plain t-shirt you pair one pendant necklace with one chain to match the simple and casual aesthetic of a t-shirt. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your Cuban chain is shorter than your pendant necklace so that people can see the different layers. For those dressing up for a special occasion and wearing a smart shirt adding a pendant with two to three chains works well and you can get away with adding even more layers or chains and necklaces.
3mm Gold Cuban Chain by Sky Austria
Not keen on adding more layers, why not just add a pendant onto your existing Cuban chain? For this, you’ll want to make sure that the Cuban chain is thinner than the pendant so that the chain doesn’t distract gazes away from the added pendant too much. At the same time you want to ensure that the pendant bail is actually big enough to fit the Cuban chain through. This is a great look that is suitable for both formal and informal occasions.
The second way of styling a Cuban chain with other jewellery is to layer it with other chains.
Adding other chains on top of your Cuban chain is another great look that you can easily achieve. For this look, we recommend layering different types of chains. Play around with different chain types, thicknesses and lengths to figure out a style which is personal to you. Some chains that we think look great layered with a Cuban chain are pearl necklaces, Figaro chains, paper clip chains and rope chains. For more formal events we recommend styling Cuban chains with 2-3 chains at a time, whilst for a more casual event wearing a Cuban chain with one other chain is perfect.
Another simple way of styling a Cuban chain is to mix and match the colours of your layered chains. To create a super cohesive look keep all your layered chains the same colour, many abide by this rule and believe that mixing different colours of chains is a sin. However, the popularity of mixing gold and silver chains is increasing by the day and done with purpose and intent can create an interesting and trendy look. For a more formal event, you may want to stick with keeping your chains the same colour to keep your outfit looking smart, however for a more casual look, you can be more relaxed about colour coordination.
Adding on accessories:
One benefit of having a Cuban chain is that it can be paired with so many different types of accessories.
For a cohesive look, why not pair Cuban bracelets alongside your Cuban chain and match colours and thicknesses? The possibilities for this look are endless, mix and match Cuban chain and bracelet colours and thicknesses to achieve a look that you love! This is a great look for both formal and informal events.
For a more unique and personal look, pair up a Cuban chain with your favourite watch and ring. Either wear one Cuban chain and a watch on one wrist or balance out your outfit by adding a Cuban chain and watch on opposite wrists. For this, we recommend keeping it simple and not overdoing it as wearing a Cuban chain alongside a bracelet and rings is quite a lot of jewellery to look at already for an outfit. Similar to the outfit idea above, this is a great look for both formal and informal events.
To conclude the Cuban chain is one of the most versatile pieces of jewellery and goes with almost any outfit. Whether you are going to a party, lounging with your friends or going into a business meeting the Cuban chain is a must-have accessory to take your style to the next level. It’s good to remember that the style recommendations for men provided above are just recommendations, and at the end of the day how you style your Cuban chain is up to personal preference!