What distinguishes a well-dressed man from the rest of his peers? It’s actually not his clothing, but his accessories: it’s all about striking the balance between making interesting choices while still being subtle and well put together. In this blog post, we’ll teach you the fool-proof rules for accessorizing the right way without looking ridiculous.

Be Careful When Matching
Matching colors and patterns is a tricky game, and many guys go overboard with it, especially with their accessories. The biggest amateur mistake is matching a tie exactly with a pocket square. What happens when you do that? It’s the first thing that people will notice when they see you, and instead of looking sophisticated, you’ll look like a maître d' at a restaurant. When it comes to accessorizing stylishly, subtlety is key to a sophisticated and polished look - no one accessory should catch the eye, each piece should complement the look as a whole.

So what’s the rule when it comes to matching? Pick one color present in one article of clothing, and play off of that. For example, if you have a dark blue patterned tie, match it with a white pocket square with a navy trim. If your shirt is a red, white, and blue gingham, fold up a light solid pink pocket square. That way, other people won’t immediately say “Oh, you matched your tie and pocket square.” A well-dressed man doesn’t invite comments to his outfit, he’s well dressed for reasons that others can’t single out.

Use Your Accessories as an Anchor
You are allowed one loud article of clothing or accessory. Period. The rest of your outfit should act as an anchor, especially your accessories. Loud floral shirt? Dark tie and white pocket square. Colorful paisley tie? Solid blue shirt. Also, don’t overload yourself with accessories. Coco Chanel once said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” This is just as pertinent to men. You don’t need a funky tie clip, a floral pocket square, a colorful tie, and a lapel flower all at once. There is a very fine line between polishing an outfit and encumbering it.

Keep Jewelry Simple and Sparse
Jewelry. Limit the pieces to one for each body part. You can get a lot of mileage from a single accessory, you don’t need four different cuffs and bracelets on one wrist. Men’s jewelry is becoming more and more popular, and it can be a great way to convey personal style, just make sure that the pieces don’t overshadow your entire look. For example, a small beaded bracelet on a bare wrist, or a simple brass cuff with your watch, can go a long way in making a stylish statement.

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March 09, 2017 by Jeffrey Zhang

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