Everybody wants to look good. Knowing your personal style can help you face the world with confidence.
These days, fashion has allowed men to express themselves through their outfits. Aside from your apparel, you should also think about completing your dapper look with fashion accessories.
As such, here are four accessories that you can consider:
The choice and selection of a watch are deeply personal. A unique timepiece can polish your look and lend personality to your style.
With so many brands and designs in the market, you can be spoilt for choices. There are essentially three broad categories of watches: dress and sports watches.
- Dress Watches
Minimalistic is the best way to describe a dress watch. It’s often considered a classic with its simple watch face and almost always goes with leather straps.
Traditionally, dress watches were usually worn with tailored suits. However, with all things fashion, the lines of tradition are now blurred with smart casual wear. Therefore, you won’t have a problem pairing your dress watch with your casual wear.
- Sports Watches
Sports watches are generally defined by their multi-function characteristics and durability. These are usually for the adventurous who enjoy looking fashionable while being practical.
Depending on personal preferences, you can choose either digital or mechanical watches. They come in different styles and designs. You can begin your collection with a universal entry watch.
Complementing a timepiece with your clothes can be simple. Consider matching one element from your outfit. For example, if you have cufflinks on, match the metal element in it. So, try to match gold with gold and silver with silver. This will give you an overall cleaner look.
Bracelets are great alternatives to watches. From metal chains, beads to leather bands and anchor ropes, there are endless selections to choose from. It’s no wonder that many male celebrities and influencers have taken to wearing bracelets as statement pieces to complete their dapper look.
There are still rules that apply when wearing bracelets. When choosing the right bracelets, you need to consider the following:
- The Right Fit
Fashion is all about achieving the right fit. The same goes for having the appropriate size for your hands. Generally, if you have broader wrists, go for bigger bracelets and smaller bracelets for smaller wrists.
Just like wearing a watch, you don’t want your bracelets to be too loose and risk it falling off your hands. However, you also don’t want it to be so tight that it cuts off circulation. The important thing is to have it sit comfortably above your wrists.
- The Aesthetic Values
As the saying goes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. How aesthetically appealing a bracelet is depends on your personal preferences.
Different materials give out different vibes. If you are going for a more classic look that goes well with a tailored suit, metal bracelets would be more suitable. Beaded bracelets are more versatile and stylistic. Going for the rugged vintage look, then your best bet would be wearing a leather bracelet.
- Stacked or Solo
Stacking bracelets or going solo is, again, a very personal choice. If you prefer to wear a single bracelet, pick one with a color that matches your outfit.
There are more nuances when it comes to layering your bracelets. You can mix and match bracelets of different materials or stick with the same material of varying colors and sizes. The intended outcome is to create something unique that reflects your personality.
- Belts and Suspenders
There’s long been a ‘debate’ between the aficionados of belts and suspenders in terms of which is the better option. Why not both?
While belts cinch around your waistband to keep your pants in place, suspenders hold the pants up by distributing the weight on your shoulders. They are both functional, stylish pieces that shouldn’t be worn together.
A belt tends to split the looks of your outfit in half horizontally, while suspenders provide a more elongated and seamless finishing to your overall physical appearance. Both the belt and suspenders are fit for casual and formal settings.
The rule of thumb when wearing either one of these accessories is to make sure that the color or material matches the shoes. As such, if you are wearing a pair of leather shoes, choose to wear a leather belt or suspenders.
Socks are the underdogs of fashion statements. Besides being a functional piece that warms your feet and picks up your sweat, they can become statement pieces when done right.
Some tips to remember:
- Wear dress socks with dress shoes. Never wear sports socks with dress shoes as these socks are made of thicker materials and will bunch up in the shoes.
- Don’t roll or fold your socks around your ankles.
- Pair fun striking socks with a monochromatic outfit. The sudden pop of color from under your pants while walking or seating lends a suave characteristic to your style.
Creating a look that speaks of style and fashion is all about putting the looks together. More doesn’t mean better. You don’t want to be seen as overdoing it. Just add one or two accessories while taking colors into consideration to spruce up your looks.