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Real Men Accessorize

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Real Men Accessorize

One of the most eye catching parts of a man's outfit is the accessories that he decides to wear with it. Whether it be as simple as a tie, or as fun as a lapel pin, a man's accessory can say a lot about him, and his eye for style. Women accessorize with purses, scarves, head bands, and finger nails to show off their beauty and femininity. Why can a gentleman not do the same with a pocket square and a new watch? I believe that real men accessorize! They know how to accent parts of our outfit to make it pop, be pleasing to the eye, and be masculine at the same time. Today I am going to discuss my favorite men's accessories, and how, if worn correctly and matched (or mis matched) accordingly, can really set off your look!

The Pocket Square, The Lapel Pin, and The Wrist Wear will be discussed in depth below. However there are a number of other accessories that should not go without mention. All of which will add fun and personality to your daily style.

Ties, bow ties, cuff links, shoe laces, shoes (see earlier post about this), scarves, gloves, socks (or no socks), belts, suspenders, tie bars.

As I enjoy wearing all of the aforementioned pieces, check out and follow my instagram feed for daily pictures of outfits, accessories, where to find them, and how they look. Please provide feedback, I'd love to hear from you!

The Pocket Square

For those of you who don't know, a pocket square is a piece of fabric, usually square in cut, that is worn in your suit breast pocket. It can brighten your suit with a pop of color, or finish your look to match your shirt or tie you are wearing. There is no trick, in my opinion to wearing this fun accessory. As GQ says in "' The GQ Guide to Pocket Squares' - This is an ART, not a science"  If you want to be more casual, or more formal, or plainly show how you are feeling on that specific day, a pocket square fold can suit your mood or occasion. Look on YouTube for 40 million(ish) videos on how to do so (click the link...I made it easy for you).

Pocket Square - Nordstom

Now that you have decided the pocket square is manly enough for you to rock, you are going need to decide which one to get. If you are a first timer, make it simple, go all white. An all white pocket square literally goes with anything. However to mix it up a bit, think about the outfit you are wearing the square with. As said before, this is an art, not a science. Patterns don't need to go with patterns, nor colors with colors, just make sure the damn thing matches something on your body, or you'll look like Ace Ventura.

Just like there are more than one way to skin a cat, there are more than one way to fold a pocket square. The simplest, most effective way to wear a pocket square is the puff. Grab the fabric, bunch it together, puff out one end of it, stick in the coat pocket, and BOOM, you're done. For a casual night out, such as in the picture above, or a more formal business attire or event, such as the picture below, the puff is perfect.

Pocket Square - Nordstom

The Lapel Pin

You are probably most used to seeing lapel pins worn by the President of the United States wearing an American Flag pin on his suit lapel. And then while wearing a suit, seeing that button hole on the left lapel and asking yourself WTF is that doing there, it doesn't even have an opening. Well, that button hole does have a purpose, it is there for us fashionable men to stick a cool pin in. There are various options of pin to stick in that hole. Of course your patriotic American Flag pin, a cool brass pin by Hugh and Crye that says something about your personality such as a picture locket (<-- BTW, a cool local DC company that also sells pocket squares, but core product is their shirts, providing an interesting new take on sizing) or a stylish fabric flower (my fav).

Lapel Pin - Suited Man

Lapel Pin - Suited Man

 

Many people reserve the flower lapel pin for proms or weddings. However, when made from fabric, flower lapel pins pull the color from your shirt and accent the pocket square. In the above picture, I am wearing a silk blue and white polka dot flower lapel pin to match the blue in the jacket. In the below picture, I am wearing a purple burlap flower lapel pin to pull the purple from the shirt. As long as you match a bold color from a large part of your outfit (jacket, shirt, pant, etc.) the matching color of the floral pin is fantastic. It is a trending accessory that every fashionable man can pull off, and truly adds a finishing touch to your outfit.

Lapel Pin

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Suited Man

The Wrist Wear

As most accessories are, jewelry you wear on your hand or wrist are really personal preference. Some men cannot stand to have anything on their wrist or hand. The weight, the uncomfortable feeling, etc. just push some guys away from wearing things on their wrists. However, I am of the feeling that more the merrier. I wear a watch, and multiple bracelets to add even more color to my outfit, and like a lapel pin, accent large parts of my outfit. These accessories can be extremely expensive like a

$6,400 Cartier bangle

, or quite inexpensive $15 beaded bracelete from

kingice.com

. But when worn correctly, to match your outfit, can really add a missing part to the look.

Watch

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Mont Blanc

Beaded Bracelet

- Custom

Leather Bracelet

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JackThreads

There are a bevy of ways to wear this candy on your wrist. To accessorize the watch, on the same wrist, wear matching color bracelets to your shirt and/or watch band. You can rock a couple bracelets on the opposite arm that suit your personality as well as tie in color from the outfit. With wrist wear, you have the freedom to show off what you like, how you like it. I find that my personal style is to wear one bracelet with my watch, with collaborating pieces on the other wrist. Usually no more than 2 pieces on either wrist. However, some people like to go HAM, and decorate to their forearms. To that I say, do you bruh, enjoy it.

Watch

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Rolex

Cuff Bangle

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Giles and Brother

Wrap Bracele

t -

King Ice

Wrist wear can be used subtly with a sharp business suit, or blatantly with a T-shirt and shorts. Outfit rules need not apply with what you wear on your wrist. Wear however much or little as you want, and match how you like. If you like it, then it looks good!

I bid you all a good week. Step up your accessory game, and start observing guys on the street doing the same. Grab some inspiration from strangers, look at some magazine, and follow me on instagram. There are tons of ways to wear some awesome combinations. Remember, real men accessorize! Have fun, and look good doing it!

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The Classic Style Piece...The Mismatched Suit

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The Classic Style Piece...The Mismatched Suit

YOLO fashionable men of the world. I'm sure you're wondering a couple things lately:

#1 When is Cory putting up a new post?
#2 What is the illest style combo I can put together?

Well my fashion bros, I am here to give you the keys to the magic kingdom of men's style...

The Mismatched Suit, in my humble opinion (IMHO), is one of the most sexy, artistic, elegant, sleekest combinations of clothing a man can put together! Now, again IMHO, I am a Grey and Navy Blue mismatch suit guy. However, to each their own; the combination of grey and red, purple and white, green and black are equally as fun, and look equally as good*

Jacket and Trousers -

Indochino

, Shoes and Belt -

Ferragamo

, Socks -

Happy Socks

, Shirt -

Nordstrom

*caveat - you can look like a Christmas tree, or a leprechaun if you decide to get too bold. But if you would rather look like a halloween character instead of a GQ cover model, do you brother! I also do not recommend black and navy blue, unless you enjoy looking like a bruise, again my opinion.

Jacket/Sweater/Tie -

J.Crew

,  Pants -

Bonobos

,  Shirt -

Charles Tyrwhitt,

Shoes/Belt -

Ferragamo

,  Glasses -

Maui Jim

You don'd wear two bold colors on top of each other when you are not wearing a suit (unless you are Johnny Cash in all black or Jay Leno in all denim...LOL), so why should you do it when you DO wear a suit? I am not saying, every time for every occasion you need to mismatch, however if you only have a select amount of suits to choose from every morning, then this effectively doubles your options. You only have a Black and a Grey suit? Now you have 4 outfit options to choose!

  1. Black Pants/Black Jacket
  2. Black Pants/Grey Jacket
  3. Grey Pants/Grey Jacket
  4. Grey Pants/Black Jacket

Now that you have doubled your wardrobe, and I've just blown your mind, you have figure out what shoes to put on (that are not the 1994 edition black pleather-no-longer-has-a-sole joints. Grab your nuts, fork over some cash, and buy a nice pair of leather shoes...we will get to this buy decision on another fashionable man blog post. But for now, just don't wear your hideous church shoes your aunt bought you 13 Easters ago), and what shirt will go with. I also enjoy throwing in a pocket square that matches or accents your shirt. It throws a dash of color into the mix, and spices up the outfit with a finishing touch (and don't get me start with all the funkadelic accessories to start rocking...yet another fashionable man blog post for that too! Just remember, #RealMenAccessorize...we'll come back to that soon)!

Not only is this combo good for a dinner date, or evening out with your boo, but work professional, brunch, wine tasting...it's good for it all! Go all pastel with it at a horse race in the summer like I did below, or rock some darker tones to a winter holiday meal like I did above.

Jacket/Pants -

Bonobos

, Bow Tie -

Etsy

, Lapel Pin -

The Crimson Poppy

, Shirt -

Nordstrom

The Mismatch Suit is simple and fun, and it looks DAMN good. Go crazy, go bold, go H.A.M. Enjoy your week fashionable men. Until next time...Have fun, and look good doing it!

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