What if we told you that your fashion accessories are just as important as the "phones keys-wallet" checklist you go over in your mind before leaving home? Adding those extra details is worth the effort and not just because they serve a functional purpose. Accessories elevate your outfit and can give you a confidence boost.
Trust us: It's worth spending those extra few minutes before you head out the door. After all, it only takes a little experimentation and thoughtfulness to get the job done.
Here's your cheat sheet to must-have men's accessories and how to wear them.
Men's accessory essentials
These everyday carry items are a good starting point when building your accessories arsenal. Consider your daily habits, then decide what your wardrobe needs most.
Hold your cards and cash securely with a bifold (or trifold) wallet made of supple yet durable leather. If you'd prefer something less bulky, a sleek money clip or card case will do the trick.
It's ideal to have at least one casual timepiece (like leather or silicone) that you can wear any day of the week and a fine one (look for a bracelet band) that pulls double duty for work and special occasions.
Not just for the summer, sunglasses are must-have accessories men need to combat glare and protect their eyes from UV rays in any season. Here's a quick rundown of the best pairs for your face shape.
Oval: From aviator to wayfarer, this face shape accommodates just about any style thanks to its defining symmetry.
Heart: A round pair gives a retro-inspired feel, but if you prefer edgy, the sport shape is your go-to.
Round: Frames defined by sharp lines (such as shield) offset full cheeks and a curved jawline.
Square: Pairs that have curved edges (like aviator and oval) are proportional to this angular face shape.
Build a well-rounded selection by collecting different styles to fit various aesthetics and formalities.
Baseball caps: Cool and functional, this sporty hat is key to amping up your athleisure.
Fedoras: Make a classically dapper move by wearing it with a striped sport coat or blazer.
Panama hats: Take a basic button-down and belted linen pants to the next level on a breezy day.
Beanies: Go for a bright knit that stands out in dreary weather, or stick to your outfit's color palette.
Bucket hats: You can wear this on-trend accessory which made a major comeback in 2019myriad ways.
When it comes to jewelry, don't overthink it. Small add-ons, such as a ring or pendant, can be an extension of your personal style, sentimental symbols, or both. Wear a chain necklace or bracelet by itself or layer different metal finishes.
Work accessories for men
Make sartorial decisions based on your workplace's setting. From there, you can invest in classic men's accessory essentials that bring the personality to your on-duty uniform while respecting the dress code.
Use a necktie to introduce a pop of color or a subtle pattern, then accent it with a tie bar for extra flair. (Pro tip: Always fasten your tie clip between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt.)
7. Leather dress belt
The general rule is to choose shoes and a belt in the same color and finish, but they don't necessarily have to be exact. Every guy should have at least two colors: black and brown.
8. Work bags
Briefcases combine the polish of an old-school attach case and the casualness of a messenger bag, which is ideal for business-formal attire. Backpacks, on the other hand, are a practical, hands-free solution if your job leans more towards smart-casual.
Accessories for special occasions
Have you ever wondered how to pick out a pocket square and tie? Or the right way to position a lapel pin on your jacket? Navigating formalwear may seem intimidating, but it gets easier once you become familiar with the style rules.
9. Bowties and cufflinks
"Modern black-tie" and "black-tie-optional" invites allow for some self-expression, while the traditional set of rules are more subdued. When in doubt, wear simple cufflinks and a black bowtie just to be on the safe side.
10. Pocket squares
It should complement your tie but not match it closely (so that your choices don't appear too studied). Picking a pocket square in a solid color and a patterned tie, or vice versa, is a safe bet.
Suspenders should create a vertical line from your shoulders down to your waist. If you're unsure how to pull off this gentlemanly accessory, try matching them to the colors in your necktie.
12. Dress socks
Non-negotiable when wearing oxfords and brogues, a carefully selected pair is yet another means to celebrate your winning personal style. Dress socks that are on the basic side are best for those events that have a stricter dress code. Since dress shoes can be on the tight side, opt for a sock in a thin weave.