Many men shy away from accessories because they feel that they are a more ‘female’ thing or because they simply don’t know how to accessorize an outfit in a stylish way. However, thanks to prominent male celebrities, men’s accessories have never been more popular. So, if you want to look as stylish as possible, a well-placed accessory or two is essential.
Here are some handy tips, which should help you create a perfectly styled outfit, using the best accessories, whatever your style might be:
Half of accessorizing your outfit successfully is about the size of the pieces you wear. Whether you’re looking to add a pair of cufflinks, a Frost NYC gold chain or a nice tie, you need to make sure that it is in proportion to your body size. If you’re a big guy, you can get away with wearing a large chain (if that’s your thing), but if you’re of slight build, you could end up looking silly, and a less chunky version of your favorite accessory would be more appropriate. Similarly, wearing a skinny tie when you’re broad won’t look good on you, but if you’re lean, it’ll look great.
Sock It to Me
One of the hottest male accessory trends right now is the humble sock. Most of us think of socks as being more of a utility item than a fashion accessory, but our socks are actually on show more often than we imagine, even if people only get a quick peek of them when we sit down.
What this means is that we can easily add a subtle point of interest to any outfit by choosing the right pair of socks. Instead of matching your socks to your pants, why not wear a sock that will complement your outfit instead? If your outfit is mainly black/monochrome/neutral, adding a little flash of color in the sock area will make your outfit instantly more interesting and edgy and stop you from looking to much like your father.
Mix It Up
There is nothing more boring than accessories that totally match your outfit. So many men try to match the colors and fabrics of their accessories with their clothes, and this can make for a rather drab look. What you should do instead, is find accessories that stand out. This can either be subtle, like wearing a gray suit with a gray and pink striped tie, for example, or it can be extremely bold, an example of which would be wearing a chunky gold chain with your jeans and t-shirt combo, or adding bold primary colors to a monochrome suit combo.
Mix Your Metals
A lot of men are scared of jewelry, and that makes them play it safe. Mostly, men will wear only gold or only silver across their whole outfit, but metals are all neutral in color, which means you can wear silver and diamond cufflinks right alongside a gold watch and it will look fine, as long as they are of similar proportions, which match your body type.
Make Your Feet Look Fly
When it comes to buying shoes, if you have smaller calves and ankles, you should always go for footwear that has thin heels and soles, this will stop your feet from being dwarfed and looking even smaller than they are.
If you have bigger calves and ankles, shoes with chunkier soles and heels will balance out your body much better than those that are thinner.
Show Off Your Best Features
Ideally, accessories should always be used to draw attention to your best body parts. They can do this by drawing attention to your good features and away from the parts you’d rather people didn’t focus on.
What this means is, if you have really great eyes, wearing a chain around your neck, or even an earring if that’s something you’d like, can help to draw attention upwards towards your eyes, and if you have a great toned torso and tight waist, wearing a low-hanging chain or an eye-catching belt will do the same for that area.
You should also bear in mind that wearing accessories that draw the eyes upwards will make you appear slimmer and taller, whereas those that draw the eyes downwards will often make you appear shorter and heavier, but it’s all about striking a balance.
Don’t Overdo It
Accessories should be a finishing touch to a stylish outfit – they should not overpower your wardrobe. Choosing the right accessories in the right number can be the difference between looking great and looking like you got dressed in the dark. Both men and women alike should always follow the key rule of accessorizing – less is more. If you’re wearing multiple accessories, there is always room to remove one or more and you probably should!
When you’re accessorizing, you need to think about the location and event you’ll be attending. If you’re going to a funeral, for example, rocking up with a body full of bling might not be appropriate, but going to the club wearing all your favorite pieces should be fine. Of course, rules are there to be broken, but if you don’t want to stand out for all the wrong reasons, putting some thought into this aspect of the way you dress will help.
No matter whether you follow the tips above or decide to do your own thing, the one thing that will absolutely make you rock your accessories with style is wearing them with confidence. The mistake that so many men make is that they feel self-conscious about their choice of jewelry, which can make them uncomfortable and ill at ease, and no matter how good their jewelry looks, they just can’t pull it off somehow.
If this is a problem you have, one of the things you can do to overcome your jewelry aversion is to start with rather plain jewelry that won’t draw too much attention. Once you’re comfortable with that, you can move on to bigger, bolder statement pieces with more confidence in your style.
*This article was contributed.