If you’re a simple kind of guy when it comes to your clothes, you might not have put a whole lot of thought into accessories. I’m not talking about fancy add-ons, jewellery or even ‘trendy’ pieces to make an outfit look flashy- but the essential and practical things that every man needs. But just because they’re functional doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish too. Because these are the kinds of items that you’re probably going to use every day, you’re better off not scrimping and investing in quality instead. They will make every outfit look polished, and they won’t wear out as quickly either.
A Nice Looking Watch
Stylish and practical, a good watch will last pretty much forever if it’s looked after well. It might be tempting to think you don’t need a traditional watch when a quick glimpse at your phone can tell you the time, but a wrist watch is far quicker and more convenient. It’s even been shown that men who wear watches are more punctual than those who simply use their phones. Choose a high quality piece from a nice brand, Michael Kors mens watches are a good choice because you get the designer element but without completely blowing the budget.
A Smart Wallet
Unless you plan on embracing the man-bag trend, a wallet is a simple yet functional tool to keep everything you need together and organised. Pulling out something that’s tatty and overstuffed is just embarrassing, and is a quick way to bring down the rest of your appearance. Not only will a decent wallet look smart but a quality leather will last you longer too, and won’t be falling to pieces and looking scruffy within a few months.
Two Good Belts – Smart & Casual
Great for keeping your trousers up- obviously- but a good way to add a touch of style to an outfit as well. Rather than buying half a dozen cheaper belts, spend the money on two really nice ones. One for smart wear, something you’d wear with a suit and smart shoes. This will cover you from everything from an interview to a wedding to a funeral. Secondly a casual (but good quality) belt that you can wear with your everyday outfits. If you go for black or a neutral colour it will go with just about every pair of trousers and shorts you own.
Sunglasses That Suit Your Face
Don’t just walk into a shop, pick up the first pair and be done with it. With sunglasses it’s so important to work out exactly what suits you so you’ll need to try on a selection. Get this wrong and it could result in you looking pretty silly! They need to be the right width for your face and the lenses need to be the right size without looking too big or small on your features. Various styles of sunglasses will look best on depending on face shapes, work out what yours is and what’s likely to look best on you. Personally I’ve found Oakley sunglasses are best for my face. If you use sunglasses for driving go for polarised lenses, these reduce glare and prevent you getting dazzled on the roads. While you’re at it, pick up a sunglasses case and get into the habit of putting them away when you’re finished using them. There’s nothing worse than accidentally sitting or standing on your sunglasses, especially if you’ve spent a bit more on them!
A Signature Scent
If you’ve been wearing the same aftershave since college, does the scent still reflect you? If your tastes have changed it might be time to try out something new. Go to a counter in a department store and test out a couple of scents, or ask for a sample. It helps to gain a bit of knowledge about what you like and what you don’t. For example, are clean aquatic fragrances your thing, or do you prefer warm and spicy notes? It makes whittling down the huge array of scents on offer a little easier if you have some idea of what it is you’re looking for. Once you’ve found one you like, give it a spritz and how it changes over the space of a few hours before purchasing. This is because fragrance is made up of layers and will develop over time, so is likely to smell different than the first whiff you get out of the bottle. Once you’ve found ‘the one’ go ahead and buy a full sized bottle- while a bigger bottle will be more upfront it will work out much cheaper in the long run than repurchasing multiple small bottles.