Essential Accessories Every Man Should Own
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Accessories have become a key feature in improving an outfit or style. When it comes to men, fashion has always been important, but accessorizing gets overlooked. Why is this? Usually, men think adding an accessory to their outfit can cause them to look overdressed, while others might not feel confident in rocking a particular piece. This should never be the case as accessories allow men to fully express themselves. Whether that means wearing jewelry, carrying a bag, or even rocking some silly socks, accessories are pieces that let people show their personality, boost their confidence, and showcase their mood all day long.
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There are tons of accessories to choose from these days to help guide guys complete a look. For instance, if you’re in the mood to sport a casual fit, try adding a muted toned tote bag or colorful hat to tie everything together. If you have a potential first date coming up and want to impress someone with your outfit, try adding a watch to complete the look. It’s the little things that make a simple outfit pop.
So to help you start accessorizing like a pro, we chose some of the best accessories that could play an essential role in your style.
RetroSuperFuture Caro Sunglasses
Every man should have at least one pair of sunglasses on hand. Whether they’re being used to block out the haters or complement your stylish fit, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of shades. If you have yet to find that perfect pair of sunglasses, these specs from RetroSuperFuture are your best bet. The tortoiseshell design sunglasses are handcrafted in Italy and have black lenses with 100 percent UV protection.
$190 at Ssense.com
10K Gold Mariner Chain Necklace 20”
No man can go wrong with a nice chain around their neck. It adds the perfect amount of bling to any outfit. This 10-karat gold chain has a simple and clean design that will look good on anyone. It truly is a stunning and well-made piece that you can’t go wrong with buying.
Promising review: “It’s beautiful. Delicate but strong. Looks really amazing on my husband, and he loves it.”—Hannah Fitsel
$529 at Zales.com
Stuhrling Original Sport Chronograph
You can’t pick up your accessory game and not have a decent watch. This Japanese watch is visually stunning and pleasing with its contemporary design. The timepiece has electric blue dials, engraved degree makers, and a bezel that doubles as a compass. Did we mention the 42mm watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters?
Promising review: “I love the clarity and balance of the dark dials against the cream background. The watch is well done, feels right, and looks phenomenal for casual and business occasions. The chronometer and tachymeter functions are well integrated and resemble timepieces that cost more money.”—Ma Benati
$194.95 at Amazon.com
Chanel Bleu De Chanel
It can be a little intimidating trying to find the perfect cologne. There are so many different fragrances on the market, and quite frankly, you have some that smell amazing and others that smell awful. But one cologne that always smells pristine is Bleu de Chanel. It has a clean and woody aroma that lasts all day. The fragrance is mixed with tonka bean and vanilla with fresh citrus accord and has notes of ambery cedar. We promise that with just one whiff of this fragrance, you’re sure to fall in love with it.
Promising review: “I smelled this when the Eau de toilette came out years ago, and then I smelled the Eau de Parfum and wondered why it took me so long to get on board. I bought a 5 oz bottle. This has sexy written all over it. It lasts, it projects well, it is very pleasing to the nose. So glad I have a bottle. It will always be in my cologne rotation.”
$98 at Nordstrom.com
Jaxxon Cuban Link Bracelet
If you’re a guy who’s into jewelry, you’ll know you can’t go wrong with bracelets. Not only do bracelets give you several options to choose from in your style rotation, but they look always look great on your wrist as well. This 8mm bracelet is Italian-made and very durable. It’s built to last for years as it will withstand fades and tarnishes. This Cuban link bracelet comes in two metal finishes: silver and gold.
Promising review: “I love the size of the bracelet, and it fits fine on my wrist. The price was reasonable, and the link should last me a long time. I'm satisfied with this bracelet.”—Wilfredo Baez
$149 at Jaxxon.com
Carhartt Rugged Professional Cap
If you are a guy who loves hats, this rugged Carhartt may be the one for you. For men who adore the outdoors, the cap is equipped with a force sweatband promoting the elimination of odor and wicks away sweat for maximum comfort. The hat is also ideal for men who dress casually, making it a great buy for any guy.
Promising review: “Perfect trucker hat. The front of the crown is a durable canvas-like material with a perfect amount of structure (no foam/padded lining like I’ve seen with cheaper brands). I have a large head, and the hat provides four notches of adjustment to spare. The label is easy to remove without causing any damages to the cap (if you’re like me and prefer a logo-free look). Another good Carhartt product.”—Gus Chiggins
$16.99 at Amazon.com
Tommy Hilfiger Leather Wallet
Are you constantly finding yourself misplacing credit cards and having nowhere to store your cash? This leather wallet from Tommy Hilfiger has plenty of space to keep everything easily accessible. The bifold wallet is made from 100 percent cow leather and has a classic yet trendy design.
Promising review: “The wallet is beautiful and pretty comfortable to have in the pocket. I like the material and how fancy the wallet looks without the removable clear card slots. I love to have all of my cards in the front pockets. But it's impossible because the more cards you add, the tighter it gets to the point that I cannot take them off from the wallet, and I was kind of afraid to break it, so I started to use the extra pocket for the rest of the cards, and I have my main ones in the front pocket.”—Geordi Murillo Arroyo
$26.99 at Amazon.com
Gucci Thin Belt with Framed Double G Buckle
Yes, this belt may be a bit costly, but it's a great investment piece. The framed Gucci belt is crafted in Italy from premium leather that'll withstand wear and tear. It's an exceptional archival piece that can last for ages and will look great with casual and professional wear.
$460 at Gucci.com
Basquiat Tote Bag
Tote bags used to be known as the perfect bag for storing items and as the best beach bag. However, they are now the new go-to accessory to elevate an outfit. For guys who love to play around with accessories, this is a great item to have.
Promising review: “I love the Basquiat print and use this for running everyday errands! Perfect for getting groceries, bringing to the beach, carrying your goodies at the farmers market. Very roomy and lightweight.”—Icedcoffee
$24 at UrbanOutfitters.com
Cotton Paisley Pattern Bandanas
If you're someone who loves to play around with accessories, bandanas will be your best friend. This versatile item can be used as a scarf, face mask, headwrap, and more. These bandanas come in a variety of colors that will have you wanting to collect them all.
Promising review: “The bandanas are thin, lightweight, and 100% cotton material. I wash them by hand to prevent fraying, fading and shrinking. Perfect for the price.”—Evan Wilson
$6.90 at Amazon.com
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