You don’t need to be a fashion guru to know that the right accessories can make or break an outfit. Not only do they add visual interest and texture, but they can also help you look more polished and put-together. And as long as you stick to just a few key pieces, no one will ever accuse you of being “too accessorized.”
But if you’re like most guys, accessories aren’t exactly your forte. You may have a few go-to bracelets or a trusty leather belt, but chances are you haven’t really thought about the rest of your accessories since middle school.
If that sounds about right to you, it may be time to give your accessory game a little attention. After all, there are plenty of options out there—from neckties and pocket squares to wristwatches and scarves—that can make your look more interesting without requiring much additional effort on your part.
To get started, we’ve rounded up 10 accessories every guy should own and wear every day.
Belts aren’t just practical, they also make great accessories. If you want to keep your pants on your body where they belong, a belt is absolutely necessary. But in addition to this practical function, belts also make great fashion statements when chosen right.
There are lots of different leather belt options out there but regardless of which one you choose, make sure it matches the color of your shoes. This will ensure your attire is always matching and looking great.
Another important accessory for men is their wallet. Wallets come in many different colors and styles, so it is easy to find one that suits your taste and matches your outfits. Men’s wallets also come in many different sizes; some have more space for credit cards, while others have more space for money.
Wear sunglasses every day but only if it’s bright out. In the fall and winter it’s not necessary, but in spring and summer the sun is brighter and more direct so it’s best to protect your eyes. Sunglasses should be worn anytime you are outside, especially if you’re driving. Wearing them while inside is fine too as long as they are appropriate for the environment.
A Tie Bar
Why you need it: A tie bar keeps your tie from swinging back and forth, which is both annoying and unprofessional-looking. Plus, it’s a subtle way to add some flair to your outfit without drawing too much attention.
How to wear it: The tie bar should be placed between the third and fourth buttons of your shirt (just about where your suit’s lapels begin). It should be about half as wide as your tie and never wider than your jacket’s lapels. Also, keep in mind that the tie bar should always be worn horizontally on the tie; never vertically.
If there is one accessory that men should wear every single day, it’s a watch. Watches come in all shapes and sizes, from dress watches to sports watches and everything in between.
A good watch should be the cornerstone of your wristwear collection. It will stand up over time, provide a useful daily function (telling time), and also be a stylish accessory that can elevate your look with ease. There are many different styles of watches, but the most common ones are analog watches (which feature hands on the face) and digital watches (which feature displays instead of hands). There are also smartwatches, which connect to the internet via Bluetooth or WiFi and let you do things like track your steps or listen to music.
Just as women have begun to embrace fashion-forward accessories like watches, men have also begun to incorporate bracelets and other similar pieces into their wardrobe. The key is to find ones that aren’t too flashy but just eye-catching enough to set you apart from the other guys in the room.
Bracelets can help you add an extra pop of color or make a statement about who you are as a person. You can wear them alone or stack them together for a more modern look (up to three is best). If you tend to wear suits most days, look for something made of sterling silver and leather – it’ll give your suit that little something extra.
Rings are like watches, but for your fingers. They look great on either hand (but not both). And just like watches, rings come in all different sizes and shapes and materials so that you can find one that suits your style perfectly.
When in doubt, add a scarf! Like bracelets and watches, scarves allow you to add color and pattern to your outfits without going overboard. Plus they’ll keep you warm when the temperature drops.
Ties are another great way to show your personality. The colors and patterns of your tie will speak volumes about who you are and what you want others to know about you. Choose colors that will complement your shirt and suit as well as the event you’ll be attending, whether it’s a wedding, funeral, or a business meeting. Some materials that ties are commonly made out of include silk, cotton, wool, and microfiber.
Cufflinks are an easy way to dress up an outfit without having to put too much effort in. They may seem like a small detail, but cufflinks can make all the difference when it comes to looking sharp. They come in many different shapes, colors and materials, so there’s no excuse not to have one or two pairs in your wardrobe.
Pocket squares are an easy way to add character to your outfit. If you are wearing a blazer, it is definitely worth investing in a few pocket squares. The easiest way to wear one is to fold it into a triangle and stick it into your breast pocket.
Socks are one of the most underrated accessories, but they are really important to complete an outfit. They may not be as flashy as a good pocket square or tie, but they can really make any outfit look more polished and refined. The best thing about socks is that they come in all different colors and patterns and can easily match any outfit you have on.
Necklaces are just like watches and rings, but for your neck. They look good on anyone. So, there’s no excuse not to wear one.
Hats are great. They protect you from the sun, they are a great way to express yourself and they look good on everyone.
Summary Simple yet elegant accessories like the ones listed in this article can help you make a statement without going over the top. Accessories are what make an outfit interesting, which is why you need to think about them as an important part of your wardrobe.