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These Accessories Add Interest to Your Outfits

From simple jewelry to a textured bucket hat, we've got the refined, finishing touches for your fits.

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Accessories are admittedly extra. You could get by without a single ring, bracelet, necklace, hat or horological instrument (aka a watch). But where's the fun in that? These extras are where your personality can really shine through if you can't wear graphics and patterned shorts to work or on errand runs. Let a necklace make strangers wonder whether it's brand-new or an heirloom; let a ring send mixed signals (which finger you wear your rings doesn't really matter much anymore, aside from showing you're wed); let your fragrance linger (in a good way) in an elevator after you leave — make it one potent enough they can smell it through their mask.

I know, a scent isn't technically an accessory. But for the sake of this guide, it is. Accept it. Although it may be something some people turn to daily as a part of their morning routine, I'd argue most men don't need it every single day. Spritz it on for special occasions or important meetings. Make an impression; make it fun! That's what all of this is about.

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bucket hat

The best solution for bedhead? A hat. But not just any hat — toss your tousled locks into the deep recesses of a bucket hat. They aren’t bottomless, but they’ll do for days when your hair feels truly untameable. Also, the bucket hat is one hell of a statement piece (albeit one oft considered best left in the past), so be bold. Buy one with interesting texture, an engaging pattern or stunning simplicity.

MORE BUCKET HATS

Corduroy Bucket Hat
American Trench
Cotton-Silk Bucket Hat
Shirting patchwork bucket hat
woven belt

You don’t need the thick leather belt you think you do. Sure, they’re a statement slipped through your trouser’s loops, capable of keeping both a tucked-in shirt in place and your pants up, but other belts can do that, too, with half the weight and for less than half the price. Pick up a woven belt instead. Whether it’s made from leather or canvas doesn’t quite matter, but remember this: the softer the material, the more casual it'll seem.

MORE BELTS FOR MEN

Hand-Braided Leather Belt - Tan
3.5cm Leather-Trimmed Waxed-Cotton Woven Belt
Folk Assembly BeltSand
simple jewelry

Invest in a piece of jewelry you’ll wear religiously — through meetings and mundane errands, fancy dinners and Friday-night concerts. You’ll feel less like you’re cosplaying as someone cool this way. Plus, the more a part of you your accessories become, the less likely you are to be shaken by someone staring at your rings, sneaking a glance at your necklace or double-taking at your dangly earring.

Flat Curb Chain Necklace
Dear Letterman Ayman RingGold
Dear Letterman
14-Karat Gold Chain Bracelet
fine fragrence

Brands play a disproportionate role in which items we ultimately decide to buy. A word of advice as regards fragrance? Ignore brands and find base notes — which are easier to forge an alliance with — that work for you year-round (or at least seasonally). Sure, some scents scream summer, like Vacation’s eau de toilette (which smells like sunscreen), but rarely should you wear something so overt. Fragrances should unfurl, not swing with a clenched fist.

MORE FRAGRANCES FOR MEN

Oud Satin Mood
Maison Francis Kurkdjian
The One
Dolce & Gabbana
Noir Extreme Eau de Parfum
watch rotation

Diehard watch lovers would croak at the thought of condensing their collections down to just two or three models. But, we're here to tell you that's all you really need: one for everyday activities, another for dressier affairs and, lastly, an affordable option you won't worry about damaging (because you will — it happens).

MORE WATCHES FOR MEN

Q Reissue 38mm
Tank Must
Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925
standout shades

Ray-Bans are the bare minimum — C+ if we’re giving out grades. You can do better. Seek out eyewear with eclectic influences such as art or architecture. The sameness of standard sunglasses may lend themselves to a longer list of faces, but they don’t fuel personal style.

MORE SUNGLASSES FOR MEN

Fellini Sunglasses
Jacques Marie Mage
Dealan D-Frame Sunglasses
Jacques Marie Mage
1386 Square Sunglasses
Cutler And Gross
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