Fashion is something that’s difficult for some men to even talk about, much less pull off correctly. However, while men may not go shopping with each other or have long, drawn out discussions about their clothes and jewelry, that doesn’t mean there aren’t rules and guidelines for how to look stylish as a man. Nowhere is this more true than for which accessories can really make or break a man’s look.
First and foremost, there are no absolutes in the world of fashion. Generally speaking though, a man should tailor his look to fit his body, and his accessories to enhance his look. For instance, if you want to pull off a business casual look, then add a sleek watch that could work in street clothes or the office. If you want to look entirely professional, then wear an understated ring that matches with your watch, tie pin and general look. In both of these examples, the look is enhanced by the accessories, and the accessories all match each other.
Let’s get specific now. For men’s accessories, keep things simple. Don’t wear rings or watches that are encrusted with gold, jewels, or meaningless designs. Simple designs can work well if the accessory is made for it, such as a Celtic knot worked into a belt buckle or around a ring. Really elaborate designs make a man look tacky, or like he’s trying too hard. If accessories are kept plain and made from a single metal like steel, silver, gold, or even tungsten carbide, they put forth a more elegant, masculine feel.
However, this doesn’t mean that a man should be afraid to get a little creative with his choices of accessory. A basic suit could have an extra touch of class added to it with nothing more than a pocket watch and a colorful handkerchief. While rings, watches, tie pins, and lapel pins are all standard fare for men’s accessories, there are other accessories that can contribute to a look. The proper chain could draw attention to broad shoulders and a well toned chest, for instance. Men shouldn’t be afraid to use watch or wallet chains, bracelets, or even ear rings and hats to enhance their particular look. Just because other guys don’t do it doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you.
Lastly, men should be careful that their choice of accessories does not back fire. The main purpose of an accessory is to draw attention to a favorable feature. Those with exceptionally thick necks or double chins shouldn’t wear close fitting necklaces, for instance. In the same way, a flashy belt buckle on a man who has a large stomach is a bad idea. These mistakes can be rectified, but at the same time they shouldn’t be made in the first place.
While it might be scary guys, put together your outfit of choice and ask someone to give you an honest opinion. Your friends are great for this if they’re around, or even better your girlfriend or sister if you have either. Sometimes an outside eye can be what you need to confirm your decision is good… or to stop you before it becomes a disaster.