A man is considered fashion-forward and trendy if he is knowledgeable enough to be able to pull off mixing and matching not only his outfits, but his accessories as well. It’s always a good idea to take note of the season to see which colors you can work with. Men’s fashion tends to be more colorful in the spring and summer and more muted in the fall and winter.
But First, a Note on Patterns
Before anything else, get familiar with the key patterns of your clothes before you play with the accessories. This is to ensure that the playfulness of your wardrobe won’t clash with that of your accessories.
Recognize the most common clothing patterns, like solids, checkered, stripes, paisley, dots, and many more, and learn how to mix them in a way that is pleasing to the eyes. If you can manage to do that, the accessories should be easy.
The easiest patterns to work with are solids. These can usually be paired with different patterns, and also same or complementary colors for a more cohesive look.
Stripes (we’re looking at you, Hamptonites!) and checkered patterns are common too, and though paisley or other repeating patterns are not very common in everyday wear in men, they are extremely fashionable when a guy knows what to wear them with.
However, our mantra is casual luxury, which to us, means everyday basics. The beauty of going for basics is that it’s hard to go wrong and it’s easier to build your wardrobe. What follows are basic accessories every man should consider.
Everyone knows that anything made with leather will surely last for a long time with proper care and maintenance. While the material is a natural fabric, it is timeless, stylish, flexible, and durable. It has been around for a while and transcends many cultures and uses, which is why leather accessories are a good thing to have as a staple in your wardrobe.
Vintage tote bags and messenger-style ones are classics and should be utilized more often because not only are they functional, but they are also elegant and versatile. They can go with anything ranging from suits to business-casual outfits and many more. Furthermore, there are so many styles to choose from that there’s always something for everyone.
Another leather accessory must-have is a high quality wallet. It goes with us as we deal with everything life throws at us and contains, and as such, is a solid investment. A fine leather wallet will make any gentleman look refined and professional wherever he goes, no matter what he wears.
Belts made of leather are also a classy addition to your wardrobe. A classic brown or black leather belt or both should be flexible enough to match any of your outfits. When you wear a belt, make sure the buckle is polished and the leather matches the color of the shoes you are wearing.
Contrary to popular belief, men can actually can wear jewelry, and they shouldn’t be afraid to. Gold, silver, or even titanium are perfectly presentable metals and they add a classy touch to outfits. Perhaps the only intimidating part about wearing them is how to know which metals go with which.
When it comes to adding metals in your outfit, remember that there should be one kind at a time. If you wear a gold watch, ensure that your belt buckle is gold as well. If you wear silver cufflinks, wear a matching tie bar in the same tone.
If you’re not into ultra-shiny metals or jewelry, you can go for a subtle and understated alternative: carbon fiber accessories. They’re ultralight, classy, and durable. If you’re not sure where to start, get a starter carbon fiber ring. You will find that it is sleek and stylish and elevates your wardrobe effortlessly.
With increasingly smart technology, gadgets are slowly being integrated into our lives as functional fashion because we rely on them so much. Make your smartphones, tablets, and smart watches, as stylish as you are by dressing them up. It’s important to choose sturdy iPad covers or smartphone cases to protect your gadget from bumps and bruises.
Make Everything Count
The number of accessories men can wear to be fashionable can be limited, so make sure that you make your pieces count. Stand out more by going for classic investment pieces that can be used for almost any season so you don’t have to clutter your closet by buying more.
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