What makes your outfit look dapper? Cool? On point or on fleek? There are so many things – from matching and patterns, to confidence and swag. The last of which, can make almost, almost any outfit look good. But one of the easiest ways to improve your style game, is to get into the habit of accessorizing your outfit with cool Men’s accessories.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to go. Now just for the record, when we say “Men’s Accessories” we’re talking about everything, from bead bracelets and wax cord bracelets, to pocket squares, ties, and even shoe laces. You’ve heard it before – but we’ll say it again. The devil (rather the style) is in the details.
Here’s a few ideas on the Men’s accessories we recommend for different types of outfits.
Men's Accessories for the Biz-World
If your line of work requires you to wear suits, there are just a few things that you need to think about when it comes to accessories. Ties, pocket squares, watches, shoe laces, lapel pins, rings and bracelets are where you’ll want to keep your accessories game tight. Naturally you need to ensure that the color and pattern of your belt matches those of your shoes. This is absolutely crucial.
Beyond that though, you’ve got a lot of room to play.
Above the waist:
You’ll want to consider pocket squares, ties, lapel pins and collar stays. Wearing a pocket-square is a great way to take your style up a notch. Just make sure it falls in line with your shirt, and doesn’t 100% match your tie. Lapel pins are another great way to add a bit of style to your game. They come in so many different designs, it’s hard to go wrong here.
Below the waist:
You’ll be focused on your wrist and hand game – think bracelets, watch and rings – and then belt and shoes. The last two of which we’re not going to dive into here.
You can keep your wrist game on point by selecting classic leather, steel or black watches. They pair well with many suited looks. And, when it comes to bracelets, unless your on a yatch, or rock the style of a prince, you’ll want to keep it subtle and clean.
Men's Accessories for Casual Looks
When it comes to your casual men’s accessories, there are naturally more options with casual looks. For the sake of this article, we’ll refer to hypebeast, biz-casual, dapper-casual, and just plain ol’ casual under this umbrella. You have the freedom of picking up a wide range of accessories such as bracelets, necklaces, rings, watches, pocket-squares, belts, shoes, hats – the list goes on and on.
Basic rules to guide your style?
For a classic casual look (in any realm) stick with neutral colors. Black, brown, white. These can go a long way in helping amp up your style game in multiple departments.
If you’re going to take it up a notch, start exploring colors, materials (metal vs wood for example) bold patterns and more. Bright red shoe laces on a biz casual outfit for example might look awesome. It’ll depend on the rest of your outfit, but you get the picture. Experiment and don’t be afraid to try new things.
The one caveat about Men's Accessories
Regardless of your look, if you overuse accessories you could ruin your outfit. We’d recommend opting for 1-2 to start, and then moving up from there. For example, in a biz casual dapper look – you can look great with a lapel pin, pocket square, bracelets, watch and a great pair of socks and dress shoes with bright laces. But start to add suspenders, a crazy belt, a bow tie, a hat, a hat accessory, 8 rings, a wallet chain and more – and you’re going to push it over the edge. Rock stars or celebrities are excluded from this list as they’re on an entirely different level.
Again, experimentation is key. Start small and build up from there. Just follow your gut and take a look at a few fashion trends and you’ll be well on your way.