Accessories are the perfect way to complete any outfit, but understanding what and how to wear these as a man can be tricky! From practical belts, to eye-catching watches there are so many options available to you – and these are always changing with the seasons.
But you don’t have to buy a huge selection of accessories and spend hours searching through your draws for the perfect match. When you know what works for you it’s easy to select a handful that will compliment your every mood and outfit. But where should you start? If you’re looking to become a pro when it comes to accessorising, check out our essential guide below.
Accessorise with the seasons
Wrap up warm in the cold winter and dress it down during the warmer summer months; they key to accessorising is moving with the seasons. On a cold day, add a touch of elegance to your outfit with a scarf – both practical and good looking. You can also keep yourself snug and stylish with a woolly hat. Plus, the best thing about hats is that they’re so versatile, so you can go woolly for winter and sports caps for the summer. Just make sure that whatever you wear, it compliments your entire outfit.
Sometimes less is more
Jewellery can be trickier to pull off as a man and that’s why you need to get it right. The key to wearing this type of accessory is to keep it simple and elegant, don’t choose anything too big or ‘blingy’. If you want to wear a necklace, choose something understated with a small chain. This is the key to ultimate sophistication.
This is also true for bracelets, these can be a powerful look for any guy. Get it right and you’ll look like a man of good taste. But again, you want to keep it understated choosing either a thin leather strap or a small chain – you could even go for something customised to let your personality show through.
Either way, any jewellery you choose must be a good fit and match your skin tone. Also be sure it’s made with proper material. Cheap jewellery can be unforgiving, even leaving its mark on your skin.
Choose practical accessories
Your accessories don’t just have to be about looking good, they can also serve a practical purpose. Bags and belts are the perfect examples of this. When selecting a belt there are two golden rules you need to follow. Firstly, make sure it fits and you haven’t made any of your own holes. If you need a new hole in your belt, have it done professionally. Secondly, make sure your belt compliments your shoes.
Next up is your bag. You don’t need to have a huge collection of bags, but this is an accessory that really can complete an outfit and serve a purpose. Whether you go for a stylish weekend bag, a backpack or a satchel, choose high quality and sophisticated pieces. Neutral colours can be more versatile, so it’s wise to avoid bold colours or patterns – unless you want to make a statement that is!
Always look cool
If you need glasses, this is not something you can avoid unless you choose to wear contacts every day. When selecting the right glasses you need to take the shape of your face into consideration. Bold, black frames are always a winner as these are simple but classy. But ultimately, when trying on glasses you need to choose a pair that feel right for you.
Sunglasses are also a must-have accessory. These add instant confidence and a sense of mystery to any man. Plus they’re such a simple way to add sophistication and complete any outfit. Not to mention they’re necessary when it’s sunny outside!
Keep it timeless
There are some accessories for men that have stood the test of time. Having a strong collection of ties can help you to spice up any shirt or suit. Keep it cool and classic with just one colour, or add some texture with patterned materials. If you wear a tie to work every day, it’s nice to have a selection to choose from instead of wearing the same thing all the time.
And then of course there’s the timeless timepiece. Step your outfit up a notch with a great watch. Whether it’s a Rolex or a Casio, finding the right watch to compliment your style is absolutely key.