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Best Accessories for Guys

When you think about outfit accessories, your mind may naturally gravitate towards accessories for women: rings, necklaces, and earrings of the diamond and pearl variety. But accessories are an important component of male wardrobes as well. In fact, one of the biggest differences between a guy and a classy guy is understanding how to accessorize well.

Women dig a guy who can put together an outfit that looks great. But even if you’re good at picking high-quality fabrics and matching your clothes, your outfit won’t look complete if you’re not accessorizing. New to the world of accessories? No problem. Here are the best accessories for guys.

High-Quality Watches


For a man, a high-quality watch is the fashion equivalent of a woman’s statement necklace. Some of the best watch manufacturers include Rolex and Omega. High-quality watches can range anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, so you’ll want to pick the best watches within your price range. Keep in mind that if you really want to use your watch to accessorize, you may want to have 2-3 different watches so that you can pair them with different outfit styles.

Self-winding watches are one popular, environmentally-friendly watch style. They wind themselves based on movement. However, if you’re accessorizing appropriately and not wearing the same watch every single day, they can lose time. Burton Blake offers WOLF Watch Winders that can solve this problem for you, allowing you to enjoy a self-winding watch and also occasionally wear different watches to accessorize different kinds of outfits.

Belts and Belt Buckles


Belts are such an important accessory in men’s fashion that some employers consider them to be a pivotal part of the dress code. If you’re wearing an outfit without a belt—especially an outfit to a formal location or a date, know that your outfit looks incomplete.

One great thing about belts is that you can really showcase your style as a man if you use them properly. A leather belt says something different about you than a corded rope belt. You should also consider your belt buckle. This list of the 10 best belt buckles shows the wide versatility of belt buckles available on the current consumer market.

Sunglasses


There is, of course, a specific time and space where sunglasses are appropriate. To look appropriate for the setting, sunglasses should only be worn outdoors and when it’s bright outside. However, if you’re going to be spending a day outside, whether it’s a hiking date or a walking meeting with your boss, sunglasses are a great way to finish off your outfit.

According to GQ, the best part about the current trend in sunglasses is that there is no one trend. Variety is the name of the game in the sunglasses industry right now, even for men. So, whether you like dark shades or light; round frames or square; you can get away with it right now. In fact, if you feel stilted by men’s fashion, sunglasses are a great way to add a touch of your personal style to your wardrobe while still being on trend.

Ties


There’s a reason neck ties have been a go-to Father’s Day gift since the dawn of time: In the professional realm, they’re the easiest and most versatile way to accessorize. Neck ties are relatively cheap, and you can do just about anything with them, from wearing solid, one-color neckties to wearing neckties that show off your favorite book, sports team, or hobby.

These days, bow ties are also making a comeback. If you want to mix things up at the office, a bow tie and suspenders is a retro style that you can totally rock.

The most important thing to do when selecting your necktie or bow tie is to make sure that it goes well with your shirt. Typically, a solid tie should be worn with a patterned shirt, and a patterned tie goes well with a solid shirt. As for colors, you can either match one color in your shirt with one color in your tie, or you can use your tie as an accent against your shirt.

Guys can accessorize just as well as girls can. However, because guys tend to wear fewer accessories at a time—and because, with guys, understated is often the ideal—every accessory a guy owns should be carefully tailored to portray the image he wants portrayed. Quality is key with male fashion, and especially with male accessories, so choose wisely.

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