Menswear: How To Select The Perfect Accessories

Learning how dress well is an art form. A sharply dressed man is making a statement about refusing to be ordinary. Consequently, he is usually hired for the best jobs, selected to close the juiciest deals, and attracts the most beautiful women and high aspirational friends.

While it takes a considerable amount of time to master the art of sartorial elegance, no outfit is complete without also understanding the nuances of complementary accessories. Think of accessories as the polishing touch to a well-groomed, well-dressed look.

Let’s take a closer look at how to develop a knack for always wearing the right accessories:

1. Sunglasses

What do designer men’s celebrity glasses have in common? They provide high quality. Besides doing what they’re supposed to do– filter out glare and reduce eye strain–they also look dashing. But it’s not enough to just pick an excellent brand, you also have to pick sunglasses that suit the shape of your face.

Here are the basics:

  1. If you have an oval face, then you can wear almost any kind of frame and look good. Still, it’s a good idea to avoid frames with long arms as this will make your face look more elongated.

  2. If you have a square face, then you should wear rounded frames, like aviators. The idea is to contrast with the lines of your face. Frames with angular designs will make your face look too chiseled and sharp.

  3. If you have a round face, then you should wear angular designs. They will add more definition to the shape of your face. Your temple will look more elongated, and a strong brow line will make your cheeks look slimmer.

  4. If you have a long, rectangular face, then you should wear round or square frames. They will add add width to your cheeks.

  5. If you have a heart shaped face, then you have some challenges. You need to wear sunglasses that counter your wide forehead and narrow chin. Rounded styles and semi-rims will add more curvature to your pointed chin.

2. Watches

When choosing a watch, focus on your lifestyle. If, for instance, you want a retro look, then Timex has some classic styles; if you’re in an executive position, then consider dress watches; and if you’re into sports, then get a practical, rugged, multi-functional watch. There are plenty of selections for every lifestyle and for every type of budget. Of course, you also need a strap that fits comfortably rather than one that’s too tight or too loose.

3. Scarves

Keep it simple when it comes to color and pattern, and use a simple knot. A scarf keeps you warm and adds some color and contrast to a dark coat. Focus on function before thinking about fashion. Rocking a scarf is a matter of personal preference, and your choices include bandanna scarves, square scarves, head scarves, skinny scarves, and circle scarves. Solid colors or simple patterns look better on a man; avoid ornate scarves like animal prints, etc.

4. Ties

Ties should match shirts. So color, shape, and size should work with the shirt. When it comes to knots, you can choose between the Double Elliott, the Prince Albert, and the half Windsor. It’s enough to just learn to master one kind of knot.

5. Belts

You should have an assortment of belts for different occasions. It’s a good idea to get these 5 different types of belts: the black dress belt, the brown dress belt, the smooth suede belt, the slim belt, the summer fabric belt, and the

6. Shoes

When it comes to dress shoes, your choices are governed by laces, toe styles, and brogueing (the patterns of perforation along the sides of the shoe). Do you prefer laces or no laces? Do you prefer a plain toe, cap toe, wing toe, medallion, apron toe, or split toe? And do you prefer a full brogues, semi brogues, quarter brogues or longwing brogues? Once you’ve decided on your preferences, you can between the following dress shoe types: the Oxford, the Derby, the Monk Strap, the loafer, the dress boot, the Chukka boot, the Chelsea boot, and the opera pump.

In conclusion, besides developing a knack for choosing the right suits and jackets, shirts and pants, besides making distinctions about designers, texture, pattern, fabric, and besides understanding the nuances of how to tie the perfect knot in a tie, the well dressed man must also learn how to choose the right accessories for any outfit.