Whether it’s dressing to impress to get a new job, stepping up on a big occasion or simply feeling good about yourself, style matters and it matters for men and women in equal measure. It’s not just the clothes that we wear that establishes our style, it’s the accessories that we use to accompany our attire. While women might be well versed in the virtues of jewellery, handbags and scarves, men too can add an extra sense of style to their lives with high class extras. Here are seven ways to help you achieve your style potential or to treat the man in your life:
The Silk Scarf: Hanging loosely over a suit or choice piece of knitwear, the silk scarf has the power to lift an otherwise regular outfit to 70’s rock star or classic country gentlemen.
Watch: A good watch should be more than simply a trusty timepiece. It’s the original and best men’s fashion accessory and is a must-have. As GQ highlights, brands such as Hermes, Bvlgari and Cartier have managed to make magnificent watches with super-stylish faces. For the more practical gentleman, watches such as the Tissot Racing Touch provide sporting functions alongside a classy look.
Cufflinks: Browse the style pages of How To Spend It and you’ll no doubt stumble upon an array of classy cufflinks. Like all good accessories, these have the power to improve and enhance a stylish outfit. The very best pieces come in 18ct gold and cost thousands of pounds with designers Theo Fennell and Kiki McDonough behind some of the best luxury items on the market.
Socks: A flash of colour can make all the difference to an ensemble; a bright sock suggests a little cheeky self-assurance. Even if your work life means you have to don corporate attire a little flash of colour at the ankle can break up the monotony of a grey city suit or add a little pizzazz to a casual pair of jeans and t-shirt.
Pocket handkerchief: While cufflinks add a stylish finish to the sleeves of a smart shirt, a sharp suit is made that bit sharper with the addition of a pocket handkerchief. This is a way to add a splash of colour or individuality to a formal suit. Match the colour scheme of a shirt and tie to enhance your style. Silk handkerchiefs are best when it comes to decorative style.
Bag: Just as with the watch, this is an accessory that has its practical use while at the same time being an important part of a stylish look. Big duffle and weekend bags are increasingly popular, with leather bags among the best examples, canvas and tweet can also make for a classic bag fabrication to compliment most looks.
Sunglasses: The icing on the cake when it comes to a stylish outfit, no man should be without a cool pair of shades. Once again, this offers men a chance to stamp their own individuality on an outfit. Mont Blanc’s shades exude a 1930s retro style, London Retro offer a series of timeless frames, Ray-Ban Aviators offer a classic cool look, the chunky Swedish frames of Trés Bien’s Sun Buddies are a bold design while the silver and grey of Thom Browne oozes ‘futuristic’.