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).
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.
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
, or quite inexpensive $15 beaded bracelete from
. But when worn correctly, to match your outfit, can really add a missing part to the look.
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.
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!