The Best Accessories for Men

There are so many simple things you can add to your wardrobe that will significantly boost your style.  Accessories serve as important features to any outfit.  Today we will discuss anything from pocket squares to shoe laces.  Here are a list of accessories I think every man should add to their wardrobe.

A Watch:  I personally have a watch fetish, and have a seriously beefy collection right now that will only continue to grow.  If you don’t wear a watch, start doing so.  Buy a few different watches and a few different bands.  They complete an incomplete outfit.  Be sure to have at least one steel band watch, one leather band watch, and one colored nylon banded watch to choose from on a nightly basis.  Don’t have the dough for the Rolex’s, Panerai’s, or IWC’s?  Check out some of the Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, or Guess watches and mix and match your bands.

Tie Bars:  Tie bars are the simplest of smallest things that can really go a long way.  Without a tie bar: “You look nice today.”  With a tie bar: “Wowww!  Dapper Dan, looking good today!”  When someone asks why you look so good or “What’s the occasion?” you know you’ve done something right.

A good tie bar should not overlap your tie.  It should be shorter than the width of your tie.  If it overlaps, it is too big for that tie.  There are simple, stylish, short bars that have many unique looks to them, and then there are the longer, more old school bars that are usually of a shiny, silver or gold substance.  Choose wisely.

Belts:  One simple rule for all men should be: If there are loops in your pants, there should be a belt to fill them.  Suspenders are a once in a blue moon type ordeal, and only select pants are fancy enough to not hold belt loops.

Belts are pretty easy to figure out.  Thin belts go where there are thin loops, thick belts go where the loops allow more space.  Light brown leather goes with most pant/shoe combos.  If you decide to wear colored pants, look for a cloth belt to keep it casual.  Grey will go with anything.

Pocket Squares:  If you’re wearing a suit coat or sport coat, you should be wearing a pocket square.  There are so many ways to pull off this elegant look and it is so simple.  Like a tie bar, the addition of a pocket square gets people saying, “Man, that guy looks sharp!”  With a black suit or tuxedo it is understood that a white pocket square will complete the look.  With jackets varying from blue, brown, khaki, or even grey, pocket squares of patterns or solid colors can be used.  A great look is a khaki jacket, blue pants, brown shoes, brown belt, white shirt, red tie, and a checkered pattern pocket square with some red white and blue.

Pocket squares are so sexy!  Take my advice and pick a few up.  Too lazy?  Go find old bandanas, fold them up and stuff one into your jacket (color coordinated of course).

Man Bags:  Man bags are past the point of being made fun of.  Even at that point, they were still sleek and stylish.  It’s just that other men were not yet used to them.  Now we see the most professional of men looking even more professional with an impressive sense of style, carrying man bags.  My personal favorite, in regards to brand, is Marc By Marc Jacobs.  The leather is so clean and sturdy, the color coordinations are so trendy, and the straps and handles are always right on.

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