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The Art of Accessorizing for the Real Man

by Style Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

Fashion is not the man's cup of tea, as far as the battle of the sexes is concerned. This, however, should never be an excuse to be less than presentable in the eyes of the public. Don't claim you're a non-conformist and use it as an explanation for looking ridiculous, as even a self-respecting hipster would declare that a wristwatch with calculator buttons is a social stigma like the strategically-placed jejecap on your head. Accessories are invented to put a finishing touch to your OOTD, not to pull you down.

If you're serious about getting a date, or at least earning the respect of any random person on the street, learn how to wear your manly adornments to your advantage. Fortunately, men's fashion is not rocket science, and knowing the basics is actually enough to secure those pogi points.


The Perfect Timepiece

The watch is the staple fashion accessory of real men. It has a dual purpose: it can keep you safe from the wrath of the lady for being late, and it can boost even your simplest get-up. When buying the right timepiece, here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself:

  • What will you use it for (apart from the obvious)?
  • When will you be wearing it?
  • How much money are you willing to spend?

Even well-groomed men find it puzzling to buy the right wristwatch-there are just so many options to choose from. While virtually any style of timepiece is available for little money, particular brands often command crazy prices.

To avoid all the confusion and make sure your dough is enough, you only need to focus on certain aspects: the face (digital or analog), the case (round, rectangular, square, or polygonal), the mechanism (battery, quartz, or mechanical/hand-wound), and the band type (metal, plastic, leather, or metal). All these pretty much define the kind of experience you'll get from your main accessory.

The Rules on Sunglasses

Many unwritten laws about shades are broken by ignorant men who think that they are Randy Santiago. Firstly, sunglasses should only be worn alfresco; if you have them at night or indoors, you either have something to hide or are a complete idiot.

Secondly, the size of your lenses matters; big ones have natural glam, and square-shaped glasses complement pudgy facial features.

Lastly, your sunnies don't have to be branded. You can buy an affordable pair as long as you can pull the look off and they match your outfit.

The Dilemma with Belts and Shoes

Your belt and kicks have an unbreakable connection, but their relationship depends on what you're wearing. If you're donning casual wear, meaning the classic denim and sneakers, the strap around your waist should be cloth. For formal wear, as if you don't know already, they both have to be leather; just make sure not to get confused mixing blacks and browns. And stay away from buckles that literally spell "SEX" and such.

The Truth About Accessory Overkill

The secret to a man's success in fashion is simplicity, which means, go easy on the accessories. You should only wear ONE extra adornment in addition to your main accessory-normally, the watch. Be it a hat, a bracelet, a necklace, or a pair of shades, fight the urge to wear too much. Generally, an overly-accessorized man is frowned upon.

You don't have to own a "look book" or scrutinize some model on Instagram to improve your fashion sense, all you need is to master the art of accessorizing, and you'll do fine.