Guys, Time to Up Your Accessories Game
It may be the clothes that make the man, but it’s the accessories that make the man stand out. A quick glance at any street style or men’s fashion site will show you that the who’s-who of menswear today know how to use a well-placed stack of bracelets, a stunning pair of shades, or an impeccable pocket square to elevate a look far above the everyday. To help you take a page out of their lookbook, we’ve made our picks of the season’s must-have add-ons that will take any outfit from meek to chic in a flash. Scroll on for a healthy dose of style inspiration, then head to a Simon near you to step your style up.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Shoes can take you anywhere — literally — and they can do the same for your style. If you’ve found yourself in a rut, this is a great place to start. Try rocking your favorite sneakers along with your go-to suit, or those highly polished brogues with a pair of shorts. Trying something unexpected is the first step on the road to upping your fashion quotient.
Shades for Days
Sunglasses are arguably the most important of accessories. Not only are they worn on your face — making them the first thing many people will see about you — but the right pair can also be worn with a variety of outfits, from formal to normal. Pro tip: find the shape that best fits your face and stick with it. Then if you want to mix it up, play with different colors, materials, or finishes in the same shape.
Pulled straight from the style stars on the streets of Milan, bracelets have been making a major splash on the menswear scene. One of the best things about this trend is the fact that you can mix it up to find the perfect fit for you. Just dipping a toe into jewelry? Try one to start. Want to add some oomph to the impact? Stack them four, five, or six deep — or more! The sky (and maybe your elbow) is the limit!
When rocking a suit for work or a formal occasion, throwing on the jacket and trousers is only the beginning. To round out the look and stand out from the crowd, layer in ties and pocket squares that pack a punch. For an extra-dapper touch, opt for colors and fabrics that complement each other without exactly matching. Think of it as a two-for-one deal on adding color and style to that suit.
Will You Carry Me?
There’s an element of practicality when it comes to bags and briefcases. They are, after all, made to help you carry your stuff and have to provide for organization, comfort, and durability. Beyond that, though, style must also be considered. So if you’ve been toting the same tote or packing the same backpack for more than a few years, consider this your opportunity to inject a bit of flair into your look with a new bag.