Gone are the days when the words “fashion accessories” were only used to describe what women wore. These days, some of the men’s staple apparel have transcended into fashion items.
It is no secret that men’s fashion accessories are being grabbed off the shelves and their sales figures are being doubled and tripled. Although accessories like wristwatches, tie pins, belts, and suspenders were always being worn, they were often largely ignored in favor of front-running apparel like shirts, trousers, jackets, and jeans. These days, though, men’s fashion accessories are hogging the spotlight.
Below are some of the most trending accessories among men these days.
- Wrist Watches
- Tie Pins
- Pocket Squares
- Leather Gloves
- Baseball Cap
- The Weekender
- A Classy Pen
- Gym Bag
Although women wear their fair share of wristwatches, these accessories were more dominated by male figures rather than the female populace. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then it is possible that wristwatches are a man’s best friend.
Even after the advent of cell phones, which makes the task of checking the time easier, sophisticated and fashionable men always buy and wear the best types of wristwatches. Watches are one of the most elegant accessories as they have the ability to steal the show. Not only can you tell the time with a turn of your wrist, but wristwatches these days come with several added features and visual elements that were absent a few decades ago.
Automatic Wrist Watches
Automatic wristwatches do not require a battery to operate; instead, they run on the motion of the wearer’s wrist, which provides it energy to work, making the old-fashioned winding of manual watches unnecessary.
Several high-end brands make designer wristwatches that can sell for thousands of dollars.
One of the best types of automatic wristwatch makers is Tissot. It’s Le Locle Powermatic 80 watch has a beautiful, classic style that complements its sophisticated strength. The stainless steel casing cradles a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window and it can be worn with a seven-inch stainless steel bracelet.
Do you know that the first chronograph was invented by King Louis XVIII of France, who was an avid horseracing fan and wanted to time each race accurately? The chronograph is the most popular, stylish, and recognizable wristwatch. Aside from telling the time very accurately, chronographs can also be used to measure the time of a wide variety of events, like car racing, cycling, or swimming.
A wristwatch with a chronograph features an independent second hand placed in the center that can be started, paused, and returned to zero by a dial or a pusher on the side. Chronographs range from simple stopwatches and timers to complicated machines with multiple dials that can measure down to a tenth of a second!
Digital Wrist Watches
A digital wristwatch shows the time as a digital number on a screen instead of the clock hands pointing towards the numbers. These digits are shown as a 7-segment display. These watch work with batteries.
The first digital mechanical wristwatch was made in the 1920s. Back then, digital LED watches were very expensive, so much so that a common customer could not afford them until 1975 when they were mass-produced inside plastic casings. They were then retailed from $10 to $20. These LED watches required the user to press a button to display the time. That was because the LED used too much power to operate continuously. However, these watched were replaced by LCD displays which were always open and used less power.
Later versions of the LCD watch incorporated many features like a built-in TV screen, and a thermometer, and in the case of Casio, a feature that can translate Japanese words into English.
Although these smartwatches are used to track your health, they quickly became a fashion accessory for men as well. Because let’s face it, nothing is more attractive than a person who takes good care of his health.
Fitness trackers come with several features that monitor your daily activity, how many steps you have taken, how long you remained sedentary, the rate of your heartbeat, and how many calories you consumed in a day. They also help to keep track of your sleep and the quality of your sleep. It even tells the time!
Gone are the days when men used to wear bug-eyed goggles that gave them a nerdy look. These days, eyewear has the potential to add to your entire outfit. If you don’t need prescription glasses, stick to sunglasses, as fake eyeglasses can make you look very strange. When you are buying eyewear, make sure you select a style that suits your face shape.
Men with oval faces can pretty much wear whatever types of glasses they like, but people with rounded or square faces look better with narrow or rectangular frames. As a rule, rectangular frames look good on virtually all face types.
As for sunglasses, they are an eye-saving joy in the summers. These types of eyewear do not just look super cool, but they also protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Not everyone loves to wear sunglasses, but that’s because they haven’t found the perfect pair.
Sunglasses also come in various forms, including the most popular Aviator style, as well as wayfarers, rimless, mirrored, wrap-around, and with notched bridges.
The great thing about classic sunglasses is that they can be found in a variety of price ranges. One of the best and most affordable styles of sunglasses is the Wayfarer look, which features a distinct trapezoidal frame and sturdy arms, which give the sunglasses a distinctly masculine look. Besides that, the club master sunglasses, which were seen during the Counter-Culture Movement of the 1960s, are also one of the most popular choices.
Popularized by the movie “Top Gun,” aviator sunglasses are characterized by dark, reflective lenses, which are two or three times the size of your eyeballs. They have very thin metal frames with a double or triple bridge. The lenses are slightly convex and are designed to prevent as much light as possible from entering the eye.
These sunglasses consist of semi-circular frames that curve around the head and provides the viewer with a panoramic view from behind the lenses. These sunglasses are often worn by athletes as the wider peripheral vision gives them an optimal vision for improved performance. These sunglasses look very cool on people with oval, diamond, and heart-shaped faces.
A lot of people associate ties with formal events and office days. These days, thanks to the number of different styles and forms, ties can be worn in a casual setting or simply as a fashion statement. You can keep your silk and satin ties for business occasions. For a more everyday look, go for patterns and rougher fabric.
Some great choices are the wool knit ties, which can be great for when you want to dress up, but still, have fun wearing them. Skinny neckties are also a great alternative to the broader style.
Obviously, if you are wearing a tie, you might need to secure it with a tie pin so that it doesn’t go flapping away at the most inopportune moments and make you look sloppy. Nowadays, most tie pins are mostly worn with fashion in mind, but their functionality can also not be denied.
If you are going to a formal function, keep the design sleek, elegant, and conservative, and opt for silver or gold colors. For a casual outing, you can get tie pins in a variety of styles and colors that allow you to have some fun and show off your personality.
Suspenders or braces are straps usually made from leather or other fabric to hold up the trousers. These straps are usually elasticized with metal attachments at the end and they form a cross or a Y shape at the back.
During the mid-19th century, suspenders were worn by all men as the high cut of the trousers made it difficult to wear a belt. They largely became unpopular during the 1930s; however, these days, they are back with a bang, and as a fashion accessory.
A pair of high-quality suspenders can last you a whole lifetime. They also give you that added oomph that makes you stand out from the rest.
An accessory as simple as a belt can miraculously help tie in your outfit together. Even though belts are considered old-school by some, they can exude magnetism, style, and charisma, if donned right.
Like ties, belts can be worn for both formal and informal events. If you are going to a formal occasion, make sure your belt matches your shoes. If you are going to a casual setting, you can wear mismatched pieces of clothing.
Wide belts look more casual than their slim counterparts, so you can wear these to casual events. In fact, super-wide belts are all the rage in the hip hop culture as they prevent he low-riding jeans from falling down and also serve as a fashion statement.
Cufflinks are the perfect accessory for French cuffs. French cuff shirts are typically very formal and are usually worn during business or formal events. Therefore, it is important that you pair your shirt with a pair of stylish and elegant cufflinks. Make sure you do not opt for cheap-looking designs as that can ruin your entire look.
A well-made, understated pair of silver cufflinks is a great accessory as this color is perfect for shirts in any color. In fact, silver cufflinks don’t distract the eye from your sharp cuff line or a designer watch like some bejeweled cufflinks can.
Wallets are certainly one of the most important accessories for holding cash. With the advent of plastic money, when paying for your grocery or movie ticket is as easy as a swipe of a credit card, it says something that wallets still remain in style. Although wallets were created primarily for the purpose of storing your cash in a crease-free way, they are now very much a fashion accessory.
Wallets come in all shapes, sizes, and fabric and are appropriate for all occasions. Chunky and colorful wallets are good for the casual setting; however, when you are in a formal or conservative setting, nothing beats a black or brown wallet made from aged leather.
In fact, there are men who engrave their leather wallets with their initials, a move that says they intend to keep these classy accessories for life, even if the money inside doesn’t last them a week.
Pocket square, the wonderful gentlemanly accessory, has lifted millions of suits since they were first popularized in the 1920s. From celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Daniel Craig, Robert Downey Junior, and Justin Timberlake, pocket squares are the perfect accessory for people of all ages.
Historically, carrying a pocket square had a deeper, more romantic meaning. These squares were carried by gentlemen for ladies; if these ladies became sad, the gentlemen offered them their pocket squares to dry their tears.
Although pocket squares are no more used, for this reason, a crisp white kerchief can present an air of quiet confidence in a man.
In many ways, scarves are one of the best accessories, especially when the cold hits. During the winter season, scarves are used to fend off the icy biting winds. However, scarves with a thinner cloth can be worn in the warmer season as well, to lend a pop of color and character to your outfit.
Although the scarves were once considered women’s accessories, men have taken over this apparel – and make it look good too. Two of the patterns and fabrics that best fits a man’s wardrobe are the tartan and cashmere scarf. These scarves can come in classic black and white combination or a number of different hues that provide contrast and complement to a man’s outfit, as a whole.
One big evidence about men’s dominance over scarves is from the Burberry brand. The designer brand used to sell a camel-based Burberry check scarf, but now it is available in 20 different hues for men.
Hats can be difficult to wear as not many men know how to wear them properly. However, if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone, you may be completely surprised by the results.
Classic hats like the trilby and fedora are super smart and should not be paired with casual clothing as it can look very awkward. For a very casual occasion, you can wear bucket hats. Hats that have wide brims, like the panama, should be reserved for when you are wearing a shirt with a collar. Straw hats are wonderful and very light-weight and perfect for a day on the beach or out in the bright sun.
If you decide to wear a hat, you must know that they are more of a statement piece rather than an understated accessory. They can give your outfit a whole dose of personality or completely ruin your entire look if they are not well-suited to you. However, don’t be afraid to try on new styles to see what works best for you.
Generally speaking, the best gloves that suit men are made from wool or leather. Wool gloves should be reserved for casual outings or to protect your hands from the cold. However, it is the leather gloves that take center stage when it comes to fashion statements.
The soft, supple material of leather is perfect for encasing your hand. Not only they provide improved dexterity and comfort, but they also offer a much more elegant, sleeker option when you are wearing formal wear.
Leather gloves can be worn at both casual events like horse riding, or formal events like attending a gentleman’s party. The most popular color choices are black, white, and brown.
Nothing symbolizes “man at leisure” than the baseball cap. Baseball caps are a staple accessory of athletes and sports aficionados and have successfully invaded the wardrobes of even the most conservative of men.
These are one of the most versatile types of headwear and come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles. You can invest in sun-faded bright colors or go for muted, neutral tones that look just as good. Many baseball caps come with some judicious use of embroidery and artfully placed slogans.
Beanies are soft, warm, and comfortable and there is no reason why every man should not own one. The best thing about this headwear is that you do not have to spend a ton of cash to buy one; they are very inexpensive and come in a huge variety of colors and patterns. Usually, they are made of wool since their function is to keep your head warm in the winter.
These days it has become very stylish for men to carry messenger bags or “weekenders.” Not only is this large bag very useful and can hold your camera, cell phone, and various articles of clothing, but it also enhances the appearance of the person holding it.
This kind of accessory is best suited for young college-aged men. The best fabric to go for is leather, even though the messenger bag comes in a variety of fabrics. Most men prefer the color to be simple brown or black, and sometimes a mild olive shade. These bags are usually monochromatic and come with minimal designs and embroidery as that can make men feel awkward. Hence, these bags are great for matching with the color of your jeans or jacket.
Although most men generally prefer to not wear jewelry, rings are one type of accessory that works just as well for men and women. This is because this small jewelry is fairly understated. Rings with large jewels and baubles may look good on women but on men, they tend to look gaudy and fake. Therefore, plain, simple gold and silver bands are usually the best
Not all men are confident wearing rings as many people believe they should only wear a wedding band. However, in recent times, things have fortunately been looking up for men who prefer to wear rings. A lot of celebs have also started wearing rings and pretty soon, rings are bound to become a very common sight on men.
Necklaces often seem to go out of style and are not as common as rings on men. Usually, men prefer to wear understated, subtle necklaces, with gold or silver chains. They often do not have a pendant or have a small modest pendant, often in the shape of a cross, for Christian men.
However, in the hip hop and rock metal culture, very long and thick chains around the neck are very much in style among men.
Men are also sometimes given sentimental necklaces from their loved ones as gifts for their birthdays or anniversaries.
Bracelets are one type of jewelry that seems to have exploded in the men’s fashion circles. The great thing about bracelets is that they come in a wide variety of fabrics and styles and are great for both very casual and very formal events.
Leather cord bracelets are an extremely common style these days which look good on all men. Another popular type of bracelet is beaded bracelets, or Mala bracelets, though they can be a bit controversial as they are worn by Buddhists.
For a conservative setting, solid platinum or silver can enhance your personality as well as complement your designer wristwatch.
A Classy Pen
When we day a classy pen, we don’t mean a ballpoint but rather an elegant fountain pen, either a vintage variety or something that has been bought from the likes of Montblanc. This kind of pen is only used on a very special occasion like signing the papers after acquiring a business. They also look very regal and sophisticated attached to your pocket.
Even though they can be a bit expensive, these beautifully crafted calligraphy instruments can give you an air of confidence and magnetism. You don’t have to break your bank to get one either (no, you don’t have to buy the Montblanc one, if you don’t want to).
Although it is not exactly an accessory, nothing is more repulsive than a man who smells — in a bad way, that is. Every man should consider having a signature cologne which can turn heads. When it comes to colognes, it is best to wear one that is simple, unique and memorable.
Some of the best scents for men are sold by Creed, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Comme Des Garcons. Even though a bottle of one of their colognes may cost a lot, a little goes a long way and they can last you for a very long time.
Almost all men own a gym bag. This duffel-style bag is great for taking to sports matches or beach picnics and is perfect for carrying your clothes, gadgets, and even food. If you have a gym bag that is sweat-stained and ripping at the seams, it is time to buy a new one as gym bags are one of the latest fashion accessories. Get a gym bag that is sweat and odor proof and comes with additional compartments in which you can stow away your shoes.
Although most men are onboard for many of these accessories, there are some accessories, like jewelry, that men are still not very comfortable wearing around others. If that’s the case with you, now is a great time to start as these accessories are building steam quickly. Try the styles that suit you the best from our list and become a trendsetter among your friends.