If clothing makes the man, then accessories do too – it’s the little things that count in polishing your attire. Designed to elevate any look and express your personality, here’s a selection of classic staples every modern gentleman should own.
Leather dress belt
A leather belt can dress up your casual and formal attire and, if it’s made out of a high-quality full-grain leather, last for years. Whether it divides the top and bottom halves of your outfit or unites them, a good dress belt can hold an outfit together, literally and figuratively. A simple black and brown set that’s an inch to an inch and a half in height can be paired with every color of clothing and worn to all occasions, making them a requirement for a well-curated wardrobe.
While a good scarf is essential when temperatures drop, a lightweight wool scarf can work well during spring and fall and carry through to winter. Worn draped or knotted, a scarf can be approached in various ways – a fact exemplified by the place its held in fashion for the past two thousand years. Shades of black, tan and grey create a pared-back look, but a colored scarf can brighten up and compliment a neutral wardrobe. Worn masterfully, the scarf adds texture to your attire and becomes the first layer of defense against the elements.
As the direct descendant to a man’s handkerchief, the pocket square has now become a purely decorative (but crucial) finishing touch in adding a level of formality to your suit or jacket. A few solid options in white, navy and grey are good standards to own alongside more expressive prints for when the occasion calls for a spot of fun. As a general guideline, your pocket square should match the colors of your tie, but never match its print – it’s a little detail that goes a long way.
Worn in place of buttons on a dress shirt, cufflinks bring a touch of modern elegance to your cuffs. Simple and sophisticated shapes created from matte or polished metals in the stud/button and ball return styles can accentuate an everyday look, while playful designs can lighten up any serious outfit. Alongside adding a level of formality to your outfit, the variety in color, shape, material and style allows these little accoutrements to become powerful details of self-expression.
Practical in its function yet stylish in its appeal, sunglasses make a seasonless essential that can be worn atop shorts or suits. Investing in a good quality pair will smarten up any look whilst protecting your eyes from UV rays (and hiding the aftermath of a sleepless night or two). Choose a classic style for your armory – Aviators, Wayfarers or Clubmasters are time-honored shapes that tend to suit most face structures and are suitable for every occasion.
A signature leather or suede carryall is the kind of bag that can be carried through the cobbled streets of the Italian Riviera or slung over your shoulders during a hiking escapade. For weekend getaways, overnighters, drives to the beach or even trips to gym, it’s an ideal piece of sharp-looking luggage that can hold all your belongings while dressing them up.