Fashion Guide: Modern Men’s Accessories

There are dozens of accessories out there but which do you really need that are relevant to 2015? Sure you could ask a salesman at a store but they’re going to push products at you left and right. Here’s a simple guide to what you do and don’t need!

Timepieces

The Classic "Watch My Wrist As I Drive" Pose
The Classic “Watch My Wrist As I Drive” Pose

Though seemingly obsolete, these renown timepieces are one of the top ways to make an outfit pop! Watches can solely dress your outfit up or down depending on what your objective is. If you have a Gold and Silver Rolex that’s brighter than most lights you can sport it with a more lax outfit for the upcoming business casual event. If you’re always stuck in a suit when these events come around consider a watch with a dark brown leather band. You’ll be surprised by how much it weighs in your overall look.

Suspenders

Tainted - Attribution: Holly Lay (Flickr) - Original Image
Tainted – Attribution: Holly Lay (Flickr) – Original Image – License

These are quite possibly the hardest accessory to pull off because they don’t fit many occasions and they’re primarily suited for older gentleman (Warren Buffett comes to mind). That being said, while you can wear whatever you want, I advise straying away from these unless you’re ‘up there’. I’ve seen some younger fellas try to pull these off but none of them ever could really nail this look (sans time-machine).

Belts

Array of Belts
Array of Belts

Belts are thought to be a no brainer but they play a huge role in your color scheme. If you can, match a belt with your shoes and you’ll look on point (add same color watch band for a trio of perfection). Also, you can go completely without a belt and have a great looking outfit. Check out Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson pull this look off here (image not uploaded for copyright purposes).

Cuff Links

Bulova Watch Cufflinks - Attribution: Andrew Magill (Flickr) - Original Photo
Bulova Watch Cufflinks – Attribution: Andrew Magill (Flickr) – Original Photo – License

Cufflinks aren’t the most necessary accessory but they’re that type of accessory that defines your character. They also require special cuffs only found on french cuff shirts so you will need to add some of these to your wardrobe if you haven’t already. You can match these to your watch for a clean look.

Bowties

Bowtie - Attribution: Pete, Project 365 #311 - Original Photo
Bowtie – Attribution: Pete, Project 365 #311 – Original Photo – License

Bowties are another one of those defining pieces that will really set you apart from the rest. They can anchor your entire outfit from head to toe just make sure you practice tying them well before your big event (it takes a little time). Please don’t buy the clip-on bowties that’s the equivalent of spray-on cheese to a fine block of brie.

Ties

Eldridge Tie Knot - Aaron Muszalski (Flickr) - Original Photo
Eldredge Tie Knot – Aaron Muszalski (Flickr) – Original Photo – License

Ties are excellent as well just make sure you switch them up and rotate them regularly. Try to find ties that match your body width proportionably and make sure your tie is about an inch above your belt. Ever seen the knot above? That’s the eldredge knot and it can be tricky to tie but you will melt the face off of your date when she sees this. Excellent color combination shown above as well, notice how there’s one flare piece done extravagantly (the tie) with an excellent backdrop that isn’t boring.

Tie Clips

Typewriter Tie Clip - Buyalex (Flickr) - Original Photo - License
Typewriter Tie Clip – Buyalex (Flickr) – Original Photo – License

Tie clips may seem completely unnecessary but if you’re a businessman on the go, you will want one or two of these. On windy days your tie will viscously attacking your face while you’re juggling your starbucks drink and a phone call. Your jacket will hold your tie down unless you take it off or unbutton it. Why not add this little special feature to the mix?


Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think and feel free to ask any questions.

Fierce Style x Panache

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