Essential Suit Accessories Every Man Should Own
1. Pocket Squares
Pocket squares are getting a lot more attention in men’s fashion circles, so they should definitely be a part of your wardrobe. Don’t be swayed by the somewhat mundane department store combinations of pocket squares and ties. A colorful and vibrant pocket square is one of the best ways to show off your personality while you’re dressed up.
Find one that highlights a color of your shirt for a more conservative look, or make it clash with the rest of the outfit for a more energetic vibe. A neutral or white pocket square can also be used to tone town a loud suit or brightly patterned tie.
2. Tie Bars
These small metal clips serve the duel purpose of being functional and fashionable. Clip them on your tie to keep it wrinkle-free, but don’t be afraid to opt for one with a design if you’re feeling a bit more expressive. Or just play it safe with a classy gold or silver colored one.
Tie bars are a good accessory because they also help keep your ties in place without damaging them. Don’t be afraid to wear them in any suit situation.
In some circles, wearing a watch with a suit has attracted disdain because it’s been associated with ostentatious, and often boorish, displays of wealth. Don’t let this type of thinking hold you back from combining a fancy watch with a nice suit, or a more casual one with relaxed dress.
A classic stainless steel timepiece always looks great in the office, at a wedding, or in a formal setting. More casual watches usually make it easy to switch out the watch bands, letting wearers mix and match colors depending on the circumstances. Watches with a blue or grey face are usually a good accent piece with most suits and dress shirts.
Cufflinks might come off as a but gaudy to some, but they’re one of the easiest ways to set yourself apart in a world with button-cuff dress shirts. The cufflink is a good way for the modern man to show off a bit of style and attitude without coming across as over the top.
French cuff shirts are becoming more and more popular, and cufflink makers have embraced their growing popularity by rolling out an almost endless list of styles. These range from clean and simple, to unique one-of-a-kind pieces that could also have their own display in an art museum.
Suspenders are a pretty retro accessory, but they’ve been coming back into popularity since you can mix and match them with any suit. They can look quite dapper with a casual seersucker suit or fit in well at the black tie affair if chosen properly.
Just make sure to leave the belt at home if you’re opting to wear suspenders with your suit.