Accessories are items that are often overlooked. However, they make a big difference and can up-level any outfit. Here are the best men’s accessories.
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- Why you need accessories
- Best men’s accessories
- Are earrings still in style for men?
Why you need accessories
Accessories are small items that you wear to enhance your outfit. Although they are subtle items, they make a world of a difference. Key accessories to have include watches, rings, bracelets, and sunglasses.
Best men’s accessories
Whether you care about fashion or not, you probably have a favorite watch or hat. Accessories are important for every guy, sometimes this can be unintentional. Regardless of how much you care about fashion, here are the best men’s accessories that every guy needs.
1. Baseball cap
A hat is perfect for casual days where you don’t want to do your hair and also helpful for blocking the sun. When you’re purchasing a baseball cap, keep it simple and neutral.
Every man needs two belts: one in black and one in brown. These two colors are essential because you own dress shoes. When you’re wearing dress shoes, make sure the color of your shoes matches your belt.
Bracelets are stylish accessories for your wrist and are also a form of expression. When choosing bracelets, take the same approach as you would for a ring, keep it simple.
A simple bracelet can boost your outfit to the next level.
There are different types of bracelets that can vary depending on the occasion. Metal bands, leather, and cords are common types of bracelets.
My favorite is the metal band because it’s simple yet classy. It can be dressed up and down. Versatility is key when it comes to your essentials.
4. Daily bag
A daily bag is one of the best men’s accessories and the type is tailored to you.
If you work in a casual setting or your daily activities are more casual, a backpack is perfect for you. If you work in a more professional setting, then a briefcase is the perfect daily bag.
5. Dopp kit
A Dopp kit or toiletry bag keeps your grooming products organized. They’re perfect for travel or any time you’re taking grooming products with you. Often times, Dopp kits fit perfectly into a daily or weekender bag.
6. Pocket square
A pocket square is a commonly overlooked accessory. However, pocket squares are a small detail which makes a big impact when you’re wearing a suit.
Regardless of how often you wear a suit, you need a pocket square. A great place to start is to have a white pocket square, and you can get other colors after that.
Rings are something where it’s easy to go overboard with. When wearing rings, try to keep it minimal.
Personally, I like to wear one ring on my right ring finger. The first step when choosing a ring is to figure out which type you want.
Do you want something big and rich-looking or something small and subtle? Next is to figure out the size, then color.
Sunglasses are a must and they’re one of the best men’s accessories. There is no reason to fight the sun and try to squint because you’re not going to win.
Sunglasses will save you from eye strain and UV rays.
Finding the right pair can be hard. Things to think about are face shape, lens shape, and style. Popular sunglass styles are:
Try out the different styles to see what fits best with your face shape.
9. Tie bar
Tie bars are another item that most men overlook. This small accessory adds a nice finish to your suit and tie outfit. It’s subtle, but when you wear a tie bar, people will notice.
A simple silver tie bar is all you need. It can be worn with a lot of different suits.
Watches are functional and dapper accessories. There are many styles, materials, and prices.
If you’re buying your first watch, a watch with a black leather strap or a silver metal one are two great watches to start off with.
They’re items that you can wear with the majority of your clothes. You can wear them with a suit or with jeans. Their versatility is the reason why they’re great starter watches.
Watches are also based on personal taste. Some people like the watches with a larger face and some like the smaller look. This is completely up to you and what you like.
Oftentimes, it can be hard to know whether or not you’ll like a watch just by seeing a picture of it. This is why it’s important to try on the watch in-person and if you buy one online, don’t be afraid to return it.
11. Weekender bag
Weekender bags (aka duffle bags) are essential for travel. Not just travel by airplane, but any time you’re packing clothes along with you. It’s easy to carry and looks amazing.
This bag is the perfect middle ground between a backpack and a suitcase. The purpose of the weekender bag is to fit items that are too big for a backpack and too small for a suitcase.
A leather wallet is one of the best men’s accessories. Every man carries a wallet and you don’t want to have a beat-up wallet.
Bi-fold wallets, cardholders, and phone wallets are all great options. The type of wallet you use depends on your lifestyle, and what you need to carry in your wallet.
Regardless of the type, your wallet should be slim with a classic and simple design.
Are earrings still in style for men?
Yes, earrings are still in style for men. Earrings have become more widely accepted and although they aren’t essential, they can be great accessories for those who wear them.
With this list of the best men’s accessories, you can greatly enhance your daily outfits. You don’t need to break the bank to find stylish and high-quality accessories. Stay within your budget and find the accessories that make you feel confident.
Additional style resources
Want to learn more about accessories, or items to give as a gift? The following are a few additional resources:
Featured photo by David Em/Next Level Gents.