Just like chokers for females, Nose rings for men are making a comeback too. Ranveer Singh wore it. Ayushmann Khurrana also tried it, every girl loved Zayn Malik new nose ring style, whereas Chris Brown drew flak for it. Is the nose ring on men a statement of confidence, or a silly, passing fad? Recenty British singer and ex-One Direction band member Zayn Malik, had social media excited when he posted a picture of him wearing a nose stud on Instagram. On the other hand, American singer Chris Brown received flak for flaunting what looked like a safety pin on his nose, it’s not a good ring Chris! Of course, before them all was late American rapper Tupac Shakur, who wore a nose stud till his untimely death in 1996. Told you nose rings are making a comeback.
But it isn’t just male celebrities making this piece of jewellery cool. Tumblr has a page (Cute Boys with Nose Rings) dedicated to men with nose piercings. And a look at the notes and reblogs is testimony to the popularity of the trend. When Ranveer Singh wore it Closer home, Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, known for his quirky fashion, sported a silver septum ring with a chain to his earlobe on the Februrary cover of fashion magazine, L’Officiel India. Akanksha Jain, fashion editor, L’Officiel India, answers the questions about nose rings says “The idea was to show Ranveer Singh’s alter ego, his metrosexual personality. Women wear jeans, chinos and suspenders. We wanted to create a gender-bender look for a man, with nose jewellery and a pussy bow blouse.” Soon after, in February, another actor, Ayushmann Khurrana, made a fashion statement — this time, bravely, at a public event (HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2016). He took stage for his music performance sporting a silver nose ring.
The idea was to break gender stereotypes. Hence the nose ring, necklace and flared skirt with rugged shoes are quickly becoming a new fashion statement for Men. But it isn’t just about gender stereotypes. In the west, nose rings on men were common in the punk subculture of the mid-’70s, which made leather jackets, heavy make-up, coloured hair and piercings popular. Our own culture, too, isn’t new to piercings on men. It is fairly common for men from certain communities in western and north-eastern India to wear jewellery, and have ear and nose piercings. In fact, relics from Harappa and Mohenjodaro also show men wearing jewellery.
Yay or Nay?
The inspiration for nose piercings comes from the Samaon culture. They are niche, and might be a fad. But it’s indicative of a larger trend of men sporting jewellery. For me particular, Earrings are fine, but nose jewellery seems to be pushing it. For it to become a trend, it needs to be accepted by everyone, and I don’t see that happening. But hey, there’s no denying that it looks cool too. How to rock men nose rings? Here are some tips for you.
Pair a basic silver septum ring with a white T-shirt, leather jacket and jeans for a casual-grungy look.
Pair nose jewellery with ethnic wear for a regal look. Think sherwani, achkan or a long bandhgala with a ruby studded nose ring.
For a formal occasion, the trick is to keep it minimal. A small metal stud or a simple diamond stud. Don’t go too casual about it, fusion looks are more suitable for nose rings.
What’s the need of gender stereotype right!