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.

1) SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Boston Leather Lace-up Oxford Shoes, available at Neiman Marcus. 2) ADIDAS Parley Primeknit Shoes. 3) CORTHAY Arca Suede Double-Monk Shoe, available at Neiman Marcus.
4) STURLINI Bernni Cap Toe Boot, available at DSW. 5) G.H. BASS & CO. Walker Boat Shoe, available at Nordstrom. 6) COLE HAAN Original Grand Wingtip Shoes, available at Nordstrom.

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.

1) TARGET Men’s Aviator Sunglasses with Gun Metal Mirror Lenses. 2) GUCCI Oval Sunglasses, available at Sunglass Hut. 3) RAY BAN Blaze Clubmaster Flat Lens Sunglasses, available at Sunglass Hut.

4) BALMAIN Flat-Top Aviator Sunglasses, available at Neiman Marcus. 5) URBAN OUTFITTERS Heightened Keyhole Round Sunglasses. 6) RAY BAN Wayfarer Ease Sunglasses with Metallic Lenses, available at Neiman Marcus.

Feeling Wristful

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!

1) ZADEH St. Tropez Bracelet, available at Barneys New York. 2) ALDO Gharaca Sunglasses. 3) ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Men’s Skull Onyx Beaded Ball Bracelet, available at Neiman Marcus.

4) URBAN OUTFITTERS Rastaclat Miniclat Bracelet. 5) MIANSAI Klink, Matte Brass Bracelet, available at Barneys New York. 6) ZARA Leather Bracelet.

Tailor-Made Touches

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.

1) J. FERRAR Galway Plaid Pre-Tied Bowtie Pocket Square Set, available at JCPenney. 2) BRIONI Lilac and Navy-blue Micro-design Tie Set. 3) TOMMY HILFIGER Blue Flamingo Bow Tie and Pocket Square Set.

4) STEVE HARVEY Medallion Tie and Solid Pocket Square Set, available at Kohls. 5) ORIGINAL PENGUIN Melatonin Solid Bow Tie & Pocket Square Set, available at Nordstrom Rack. 6) ORIGINAL PENGUIN Tanner Floral Tie, Grid Pocket Square, & Dot Lapel Pin Box Set.

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.

1) WILSONS LEATHER Thunder Leather Top Rod Brief. 2) KENNETH COLE Saffiano Leather Double Compartment Backpack. 3) URBAN OUTFITTERS Crossbody 2.0 Sling Bag.

4) HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. ‘Novel’ Duffel Bag, available at Nordstrom. 5) THOM BROWNE Trompe l’Oeil Slim Leather Attache Case, available at Neiman Marcus. 6) BOTTEGA VENETA Woven Leather Portfolio Case, available at Neiman Marcus.
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