Men’s fashion has always been popular in the spotlight, however the attention to the finer details often gets overlooked by most men. Accessories for men tend to be ignored, while the front runners of apparel such as shirts and jeans get our top focus and consideration. This is unfortunate considering accessories can easily make or break our outfit and style. In return, we’ve outlined below the top 15 best accessories every man should own and wear. While fashion is cyclical, the advice given has held true for a long time, and will probably hold true indefinitely in the future. Never underestimate the power of wearing good men’s fashion accessories.
Generally, a ring should be fairly understated. Large jewels, real or not, tend to look gaudy and are ultimately distracting from the rest of the outfit. Simple bands are usually best. Do not be afraid to try exotic materials. Men’s rings should not be limited to marriage, nor should they be limited to gold or silver.
2. Eye Wear
Good glasses can really elevate an outfit. If you don’t need prescription glasses, stick to sunglasses; as fake eyeglasses look weird. Consider your facial shape when wearing eyewear; rounder faces look better in glasses that are more rectangular, and faces with sharp features, such as a strong jawline, can more easily wear round glasses.
Scarves are great; but only when the weather necessitates it. A heavy scarf in the heat is completely inappropriate. Scarves are a very large accessory and can easily help provide a pop of color to your outfit, or rein in louder pieces. There are many tie knots to choose from.
Most people think of ties as only for office wear. Ties can easily be worn in a casual setting though. Keep the conservative silk ties for business meetings. Experiment with rougher textures or interesting patterns for more casual wear. Wool knit ties are always an interesting choice when you want to dress up, but still have fun with what you’re wearing.
Hats can often be very difficult to wear properly. Avoid wool or felt hats, such as the classic fedora or trilby, casually. The clash of formalities is awkward and now has bad connotations for the wearer. Keep the wool hat when you wear a suit. For very casual wear, beanies, baseball caps, or bucket hats are more appropriate. Reserve hats with a real brim, such as the panama, for a time you wear a collar. Straw hats are great in that they’re lightweight and make the hat more casual.
6. Tie Clips
Nowadays tie clips do not provide their original purpose to keep the tie pinned to the shirt. Instead, these ties are purely for fashion. Keep the clip conservative in a formal setting, opting for gold or silver colors, but have fun when wearing a tie more casually. Casual tie clips are made in a variety of styles.
Necklaces seem to go in and out of style in men’s fashion. If you want to wear a necklace, keep the pendant somewhat understated. Similarly with rings, a large pendant is distracting and gaudy. Leather cords can work well for a casual look.
Recently, bracelets have exploded into popularity in the men’s fashion world. Leather cord bracelets are very popular and look good. Avoid leather cuffs as they look fairly dated. Mala bracelets are popular, though somewhat controversial as Buddhists wear them religiously.
Belts are somewhat simple, yet really help tie your outfit together. In a more formal occasion, match your belt and shoes. In a casual setting, you can opt to wear mismatched shades; in fact, matching belt and shoe casually can look odd. For a more casual or militaristic look, consider a web belt.
When choosing a bag, never forget that their primary purpose is to hold your items. For a dressier or sharper look, choose leather. Many people like to match all their leather goods. Messenger bags are great and the cross-body strap is comfortable. Only use a briefcase for the more formal meetings.
First and foremost: wallets are used to hold money. Fashion is a secondary purpose. Stick with leather of some sort. Chunky or bulky wallets are fine for casual usage, but slim wallets are best for more formal wear. The most popular colors are black, brown, and oxblood. Some like to make all their leathers match, though that is a stylistic choice.
Cufflinks go hand in hand with French cuff shirts. By their nature, French cuffs are very formal. Choice of design is wholly up to the wearer; just avoid gaudy designs, such as large gemstones. The formality of French cuffs may be toned down using colored, silk-knot cufflinks.
Generally speaking, the best gloves are leather or wool. Color is the wearer’s choice; just do not wear dark brown with black. Leather gloves can run the gamut from casual to formal, while wool is only casual.
While not a true accessory in the sense, footwear is arguably one of the most important pieces of clothing in an outfit for men. Shoe styles are incredibly varied. Leather is best for all but the most casual of times. Sandals should be relegated to very casual, or beach wear, and should be worn without socks.
Almost every man owns a watch. Most like to match their watch strap to their belt, if it’s leather. Fabric straps are more casual and metal straps should be gold or silver. Keep the watch somewhat plain and avoid skeleton watches unless the watch is of very good quality and uses an interesting movement.