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Fall Style Alert: Dog Tags

How and when to wear them.
Fall Style Alert: Dog Tags
David Arky

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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“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”


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