Essential Accessories Every Man Must Have
It’s a well-known fact that men are generally, shall we say, frugal when it comes to accessorizing. Women have thousands of bags, pieces of jewelry, hair accessories, and don’t even get us started on shoes! And what do men have?
Usually, not much, thanks to the stereotype (that came out of nowhere) that men aren’t supposed to accessorize. Well, surely by now you’ve realized that this stereotype is rubbish. Men’s necessary accessories should include more than one or two things.
Today, we’re tackling the topic of gentlemen’s accessory trends, folks.
If you’re worried that the new accessorizing trend means that you’ll end up looking like a peacock or a steampunk enthusiast — don’t be. We’re not insisting that you go out and get a top hat and a walking cane. You can pick subtle yet compelling things to pull your look together (even if it is jeans and a T-shirt).
Never Leave Your House Without Them — Watches
Let’s start with baby steps. Most men already have one or a few watches. However, this particular accessory is such a must-have that you should never leave it out.
Watches, especially high-quality, elegant watches, make you look dashing. And, yes, we know that word is pompous, but it’s true. Men with watches look professional, well off, and like they know what they are doing.
It’s hard to believe that one accessory can do so much for you, but it’s true. Ideally, you should have regular, daytime watches, and classy dress watches, so you can pair them with different outfits.
The best watches represent a perfect blend between being practical and being fashionable. Sure, it looks great and makes you look like a gallant gentleman rather than just an ordinary dude, but it’s also beneficial.
A watch will help you get organized and be on time and schedule. You’ll never be late for another date in your life!
(Bow) Ties Are Cool!
Not every outfit demands a tie, but some do, and if you go without one, you’ll end up looking like a kid. Or worse — you’ll look ridiculous. Sure, you might be going for the casual look with popping a few buttons on your shirt and forgoing the tie, but, in reality, you’ll probably resemble a telenovela reject.
Make sure you have at least a few classy, elegant ties on hand for those special occasions. If you’re looking for something a bit more out there or something that will make you stand out in a crowd, then go for bow ties!
A good rule of thumb is to have simple yet elegant ties. Don’t go for novelty or gimmick ties because that will just make you look immature. Of course, sometimes, the situation simply calls for it. In that case — go wild!
For Some Shade and a Bit of Mystery — Sunglasses
Sunglasses are timeless. They’ll never go out of style, and you’ll never look weird wearing them. Unless you’re inside. Don’t do that; you’ll look like a douche!
Having a pair of sunglasses can elevate your look. It’s that oh-so-necessary touch of style you’ve been missing. What’s more, men with sunglasses look more attractive.
If you wear glasses, people won’t be able to see your eyes, so you’ll look mysterious. Alternatively, if you wear see-through glasses, your eyes will be more framed and prominent. Either way, you’ll look more intense (but in a good way).
Of course, sunglasses (at least high-quality ones) are also fantastic because they protect your eyes from direct sunlight and UV rays.
You Can Never Have Too Many Socks
Worn-out socks that have more holes in them than Swiss cheese are a definite no. Your socks must be more than merely in good condition. They are a great way to show your personality and spruce up your entire look.
Suppose you’re one of those men who own nothing but black socks — well, what a boring life you lead. No shade, but consider getting a few pairs of colorful socks. The beauty of this is that you can wear something whimsical without looking ridiculous. Plus, no one else can see them when you’re out and about, so it can be your little secret!
Bags? Yes, Bags!
Men have a terrible habit of going out of their houses without bags. We stuff our pockets with bare essentials and call it a day. That makes us look unprepared and, frankly, weird-looking (if we have too many things in our pockets, that is).
Instead of finding nooks and crannies in your pants to stuff your wallet, keys, phone, etc. in, consider getting a bag. It can be a simple messenger bag or even a fancy leather one.
Having a bag makes you look more put-together. You look like a responsible adult man that has put some thought into his look. And, after all, isn’t that what we’re all aiming for?
If you’re really into streetwear, then you can also get a backpack. Thanks to new fashion trends that shun unnecessary fanciness and praise the shabby chic look, backpacks are not only fashionable but also readily available in all sizes and colors. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of them to choose from when you go shopping after finishing this article!
For Those Looking to Level Up
These were just the bare essentials. If you’re looking for more information, or just feeling wild and reckless (yes, that’s sarcasm), here are some accessories that you can also go for.
- Leather belts — you don’t have to match them with your bags and shoes, but leather belts will make your outfit look high-class.
- High-quality wallet — there’s nothing worse than looking all fancy and elegant and then whipping out a worn-out wallet to pay for something. Get a new wallet, man! And while you’re at it, make it high-quality.
- Scarves — not everyone is a scarf man. However, consider adding one or two thick, warm scarves to your wardrobe. They aren’t essential, but sure do come in handy!
- Cufflinks — a tad more expensive than most accessories, cufflinks are worth it. They are also a must-have for formal occasions!
Listen, we’re sure you’ll look fabulous no matter what you wear and how you accessorize. But if you’re looking to up your accessory game, listen to our advice and go shopping! Why not look your best?