Most guys are wearing the wrong suit size. It’s not something that the average guy is taught, so consequently most of us drift by with oversized, ill-fitting suits and never really look our best. Even out of the few that do manage do get a decent fit, they still lack the finishing touches. Remember, accessories are the last thing on, but the first thing noticed. So when deciding on yours, it’s important that you take your time and know what you’re doing.
Most women will tell you that what attracts them to a stylish man lies within the details. Women understand this intimately; just a quick look at the extras they put into an outfit will tell you this. Ranging from make-up (and there are thousand of types each available in thousands of colours) to jewellery, hair accessories and bangles. Fortunately for us chaps, there are far and few between, so there should be no excuses!
Wearing accessories is a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd and draw positive attention from the people your directing it towards. Apply these rules when wearing a suit and it’s even more evident. Enough chatting, let’s take a look at what accessories every man should own…
A tie is the most basic of accessories. You can still spice things up a little depending on how you wear it and what type it is. Firstly, make sure you choose the correct width. There are three main types:
The Skinny fit is the trendier option and is suited for slimmer silhouettes and thinner suit lapels. Slim is obvious. And Standard, the ‘Mario’ of the tie world, still looks great without a jacket. The Average option is a more traditional style and has been around the longest. It’s probably what your dad has, no disrespect. An important factor to consider is to make sure your tie has a dimple. It’s what sets the well-dressed from the stylish. Make sure you fall into the latter group.
- DRESS WATCH
Nothing screams amateur like wearing a sports watch with a formal suit. You wouldn’t play William Gallas a striker when picking Arsenal on ‘Pro Evo’ (well if you were one step ahead, you wouldn’t be picking Arsenal in the first place but that’s another matter) It’s out of place and out of position. That’s exactly the same when wearing your watch. The right one can make your outfit, the wrong one breaks it completely. A dress watch is an elegant-looking timepiece. They tend to be either mechanical or quartz, very seldom are they digital. Stick with a silver chrome watch as it compliments most suit colours.
- CUFF LINKS
Cuff links are only ever worn with French cuffs (double cuffs). There are many different names for the variety of cuff link styles each claiming to be the correct one. All-in-all they do the same thing. Our advice is to experiment with these little guys. You can really show off your personality. Either match it to similar colours in your suit or watch or just go for a design that sparks interest. The thing to take away here is to understand that you don’t need to take them too seriously, just have fun with them (unless you’re the President.)
- POCKET SQUARE
Probably the simplest way of pushing your personal style to the next level, the attention that a simple pocket square gets is exponential. As stated before, women pay great attention to details and the pocket square is a prime example. There are a variety of ways in which you can make the pocket square into your own. Like the tie, there are an array of colours and styles but even more options of how they can be worn.
A simple place to start is to match the colour of the square to a colour within your tie. Once that’s sorted, you can start experimenting with patterns and fabrics. From paisley to checkered, they add a little character to your suit and help individualise your look. If you find it a little difficult to pick a pattern, simply pick a colour in your suit and use that as a base to compliment the rest of your accessories, but do it subtly. When all else fails call on the classic white cotton pocket square. We like to pair a good pocket square with some classically cool eyewear, such as Tom Ford glasses, giving you a very cool look indeed.
- TIE CLIP / BAR
The tie bar can often be associated with the car sales man in ‘The Fast Show’. But I assure you that it’s an accessory that is not only stylish but practical too. Its main use is to keep your tie held firmly down to your shirt, avoiding an unkempt appearance by a tie that’s waving around like it’s on crack.
The small bling in the metallic bar adds the final finishing touch to your accessorised suit. They come in a variety of shapes, but a limited colour palette of either gold or silver (although we have found some decorated ones in vintage stores.) Try one with your tie and discover how a simple metal bar raises your look; you’ll be surprised what it does to your whole outfit.
If you still need a little more convincing, watch how some of those city bankers rock their suits. I’m pretty sure they are going to have an accessory on somewhere.