Men's Accessories Guide

If clothes make the man then fashion accessories make the difference. This men’s accessories guide explains how the finer details can transform your wardrobe from ordinary to exceptional.

Men's Accessories 101

The right accessories demonstrate care and attention to attire, and also reveal something about a man’s personality. They add colour and texture to clothes, whether at the office, out for a casual get-together, or a day spent outdoors. There are accessories for every season and outfit. Adding a colourful or patterned scarf adds an element of style to outerwear.  A carefully-chosen necktie can anchor a suit with a splash of colour. Watches, cufflinks, jewellery and luggage items can also express individual style while showing forethought and taste. No matter the outfit or occasion, the right selection of fashion accessories will turn heads and imbue the wearer with confidence.

Types of Men's Accessories


Men's Wallets

A wallet is more than a place to keep cash and credit cards; it’s a hidden part of the outfit that needs to be both stylish and practical. A slim, compact wallet takes care of business and cuts the bulk to maintain the clean profile of suits and other outfits. Streamlined leather or newer synthetic wallets slip neatly into pants or jacket pockets without creating a giveaway bulge. Larger trifold wallets are best reserved for occasions requiring better organization or more documentation. For normal work days cash can be kept separate with a money clip, while a dual card holder can accommodate business and credit cards. Slender and elegant-looking cases are available in traditional or exotic leather and also plastic, wood and metal or embossed synthetics.

Men's Belts

A belt does more than simply hold up pants: it creates a clear division between the top and bottom halves of the outfit. The width of a belt is usually dictated by the size of the trouser loops; slimmer belts for dress pants and wider for casual jeans or chinos. There’s just one rule for a belt worn with a suit — it should always match your shoe colour; brown with brown and black with black. Reversible belts are brown on one side and black on the other and ideal for packing on trips. Select the colour with a simple twist of the rotating buckle. Casual belts come in many materials, widths and colours for a broad range of mix-and-match choices. The correct belt size is usually one size bigger than your waist size i.e. 36 belt for a 34 pant. The tail end should be just long enough to tuck securely into the keeper.

Men's Ties

The right necktie compliments a suit and acts as a visual anchor for the entire outfit. But ties are not restricted to formal business wear: casual outfits can benefit from the right tie by adding colour and texture via different patterns or materials like wool and cotton. For the office, silk is still the standard and but not so flashy as to overwhelm. A tie’s width should match the width of the jacket lapels and shirt collar. The knot is just as important as the tie itself. The four-in-hand is still the standard, but other knots such as the triangle-shaped Full Windsor may complement different collar types and face shapes. A tie should reach almost to the belt buckle no matter what knot is used.

Men's Gloves

Warm fingers are useful fingers, and a man’s gloves should be equal to the challenge. For working outdoors, heavy-duty leather gloves in deerskin or cowhide will keep hands warm and protected. Waterproof, fleece-lined gloves are the best choice for outdoor adventures like skiing and hiking. Fingerless gloves allow the operation of handheld devices while out in the cold. For heading to the office, a classic pair of leather gloves is the way to go. Dress gloves, in particular, should be fitted. A pair that’s a little tight is less likely to buckle up and will actually stretch after regular use into something close to a custom fit. 

Men's Scarves

Scarves can add style and colour to plain outfits, and aren’t just for the outdoors. A lightweight scarf, for example, can replace a traditional necktie and be knotted in many interesting ways to accentuate a man’s face and outfit. Accent scarves come in cotton and other lightweight materials to promote both comfort and style. For outdoor warmth, wool or cashmere will complement a winter coat and feel good against the skin. The right colour or pattern can add a bright twist to otherwise routine outerwear. There are plenty of ways to wear a scarf but unless the wind is howling, loose and casual usually works best.

Men's Watches

Most men’s jewellery is best kept simple, but a watch is the exception for adding flash to both formal and casual outfits. Watches are meant to draw attention, so consider bright chrome and polished metals for a timepiece that looks great with any suit. A formal watch should be mechanical, not digital, and accented with elegant jewels and detail. Sportier watches should be durable, water-resistant and have all the latest features to keep up with an active lifestyle. In both cases, the strap is just as important as the watch itself. The same watch face can be worn with different bands to dress up or down for different occasions. Colourful rubber or plastic bands are durable and look great in casual settings, while metal or fine leather watch straps are recommended for formal or business wear. All men’s watches should fit snugly around the wrist and never dangle.

Men's Cufflinks

Like a nice pair of men’s sunglasses, cufflinks are a perfect example of a small detail making a big impact. French cuffs have experienced a comeback and this style requires these little clasps to keep your sleeves together. Cufflinks are a fashion statement in themselves, so there’s no need to draw extra attention. Think simple designs and colours like black, chrome, silver and gold, or a muted combination that displays character without asking for attention. It’s good to have a few sets of cufflinks for each shirt with French cuffs. 


Be prepared for any weather with a sturdy and fashionable umbrella. Umbrellas should be small enough to be carried and stored easily, but big enough to help out a friend or co-worker caught without one. Umbrellas come in two basic types: collapsible and solid shaft. A solid shaft, black umbrella with a wooden handle is a classic and timeless choice, perfect for any occasion when being prepared and looking good is a must. Collapsible umbrellas are perfect for saving space or when on the go, and conveniently fit inside a briefcase or gym bag. Aluminum frames are lighter and less cumbersome, but heavier materials will stand up against any sudden gusts that threaten to take your umbrella away.


An indispensible accessory for the daily commuter or entrepreneur, a briefcase makes a powerful, first impression. While other accessories have become more elaborate and flashy, tradition still reigns with the briefcase. That means leather-bound, slim, but sturdy with relatively few pockets or straps. A deeper briefcase is better for travel and if you need extra space for paperwork and electronics. These can feature pockets and extra straps to help you stay organized and protect the contents. Consider a soft-sided briefcase that adapts to different loads and objects of any size. An unstructured briefcase can stretch to accommodate larger items and is easily collapsed or folded when not in use.

Laptop Bags

The laptop bag is becoming the new briefcase for IT workers and anyone who works with multiple laptops or electronic devices. These bags come in many shapes and sizes but their primary function is to protect the precious contents. Folio styles feature a flap over the top of the bag for extra rain protection. Other models zip up at the top and look more like a traditional briefcase. Laptop bags for the office should keep straps and pockets to a minimum, just like a normal briefcase, but offbeat colours and useful features are becoming more acceptable in the workplace. A removable shoulder strap can make the bag easier to carry and, once removed, it still looks professional for that big meeting. Backpack-style laptop bags are best suited to students or less formal work settings.

Men’s Accessory Coordination Tips:

• Accessorize sparingly: one flashy piece aside from a watch is plenty
• Choose colours according to season; lighter in the spring and summer, darker shades for fall and winter
• Start with quality garments instead of trying to define a look with accessories
• Mix and match accessories with patterns and different fabrics to create wardrobe versatility
• Experiment with tying scarves and neckties to find the best looks
• Consider a wider watch band for thin wrists to create the impression of more heft

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Men's Accessories Maintenance Tips:

• Consider a tie clip, pin or chain to keep a tie in place
• Store all cloth and leather accessories out of the sun to prevent fading
• A cushioned jewel box will protect metal and glass accessories against scuffs and scratches
• Keep leather accessories away from dampness and moisture
• Clean metal and glass accessories with a soft, damp cloth and use a soft bristle toothbrush for more intensive cleaning
• Have watches professionally serviced every three to four years
• Avoid wearing expensive or fragile accessories when taking part in physical activities
• Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and cleaning
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