Obviously, socks aren’t the first thing you think of when someone says men’s fashion accessories, but they can make a subtle yet powerful statement with any outfit. Don’t even bother with boring navy blue or black socks. Wear socks that are flashy yet tasteful. Aim for unique patterns and designs full of rich and royal colors. Color is everything. Unique and eccentric colors are great, but you’re not a peacock. Avoid those neon pinks and yellows; you’re trying to command a boardroom, not win a beauty pageant.
There is nothing wrong with sporting grandpa’s old gold chain bracelets as long it has a clean, polished look; you don’t want to show up looking like a used car salesman with slicked-back hair. A classic, precious metal bracelet can pair with just about any outfit. Leather bracelets can be great for weekend and casual wear, but avoid the bulky and large ones. Simple and discrete leather bracelets with a charming pendant can show off your refined side.
You really only need three styles of sunglasses to complete any outfit—but there is no shame in owning multiple pairs of each kind! A sporty pair for a weekend with the boys, a casual pair to mask your discontent while you shopping with your girlfriend at the farmer’s market, and a professional pair for business life. Ask yourself, “Can I wear these glasses with a suit?” and purchase sunglasses with an outfit in mind. Sunglasses are an accessory that you can never own too many of.
Necklaces and bracelets fall into the same category of style and aesthetic. If you choose to wear both, make sure they aren’t going to clash. Always think in terms of flow and fusion. Don’t rock a silver bracelet with a gold chain. One way to avoid this issue is to stick to one precious metal when purchasing jewelry for yourself. Discretion is going to be your best friend, unless you are an aspiring rapper trying to be the loudest person in the room with your appearance, go for quality over quantity. For the weekend, consider a simple leather string with an unpretentious pendant.
Rings are the crème de la crème of all the accessories. Rings are the most universal jewelry piece which go along nicely with almost every outfit. Obviously, you don’t want to be wearing too many rings when you go out for the weekend to play sports with the guys or hike with your girlfriend. In general, it’s a good Idea to keep your rings below 3 in total for each outfit that includes a wedding ring. After three, you will not only lose a great deal of functionality but your friends and colleagues might start asking you where you’re hiding your crystal ball or who they should bet on for the next super bowl. The more simple the design of your rings the better. Simplicity is often overlooked and underrated; the simpler the design, the greater versatility in terms of pairing with all of your outfits.
This is definitely one of the most overlooked and unappreciated items in a man’s wardrobe. Unless you’re at a rodeo, it’s unlikely you are going to notice someone’s belt but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them altogether. When it comes to casual and business wear, your standards for belts should be the same. You can save a lot of money by owning a few tasteful belts that pair with your weekend yacht club swag and your swankiest business suit.
Watches lost their functional purpose in the mid 90’s once everyone and their mother got a cell phone. Despite technologies brought on at the turn of the century, watches haven’t lost their value or gone out of style. You don’t have to break the bank to rock a fresh and flashy watch. Save the $10,000 dollar Rolex for grandpa. You can get a modern, yet elegant watch for under $300 that will be sure to grab people’s eyes at the big game or the office.