Top summer accessories for men

Let’s face it, we all kind of like to dress to feel a little bit different,  special,  unique,  show our personality.  And one way to really make an outfit your own is with your choice of accessories.  So today we’re talking about 10 essential accessories that I believe deserve a place in any man’s wardrobe.

The goal here is not to all look like clones of each other,  but more so to experiment with different elements of fashion to further develop and express your own style,  and accessories are just one of those elements.

  1. Watch

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t look great in a watch.  The watch world is vast and filled with many different styles and designs.  I think it’s just about finding that right timepiece that fits your aesthetic and naturally complements your style.  And the thing is,  watches are also by far the most socially accepted form of jewelry for men.  So if you’re used to dressing a little bit more classic or conservatively,  this is definitely your easiest way to step into accessories.  I think the first step in finding a good watch for you is to ask yourself what metals do you most often wear.

When it comes to your other jewelry,  your belt buckles,  maybe even your glasses,  do you most often wear silver or gold?  Most watches will have some form of metal on them,  whether it’s the whole bracelet or just the case,  and I’d say that generally it is a good idea to go for whichever metal you most often wear.  I currently have eight watches in my collection,  but to be fair there are probably only two or three that I wear on a regular basis. My go-to’s right now are this Mondaine Helvetica Lite with a silver mesh bracelet and white dial,

this Skagen,  also a silver mesh but with a blue dial.  And I like wearing this one whenever I’m going for a sportier look or if I have something blue in my outfit to match.  And then I’d say it’s tied between this Timex Weekender and this Corniche watch.  The Timex has more of an explorer feel,  so I would wear this one with more outdoorsy looks with earth tones for example.  And this Corniche on the other hand feels a lot more formal,  so I’d probably wear this with more elegant outfits.  Although this Nixon is actually my most recent pick up and it’s my first time trying out a gold watch.

  And to my surprise I actually like the look of gold on me a lot more than I thought,  so this might very well become one of my go-to’s.  

2. Bracelets

Next up we have bracelets.  When it comes to bracelets I definitely think that less is more.  I love a simple cuff or chain worn on the opposite side of your watch.  And I definitely do tend to prefer metal bracelets.  I think they’re far less risky than say a beaded bracelet for example.  I feel like those can very quickly look tacky more often than not.

  And I say this as someone who actually has quite a few of them.  At one point I actually wore beads quite frequently back in my college days where they should stay.  I’m sorry if you like to wear them but I’m just not a fan 95% of the time.  I do see some people pull it off sometimes but those are very rare occasions and I feel like in the majority of cases it just gives too much of a college guy on his semester a broad kind of vibe with the scoop neck t-shirt,  rounded hem,  skinny jeans and a stack of beaded bracelets.  It’s just not a look for me but hey if you like them you do you.

  And if you feel like you’re ready to move on past the beads try a cuff or chain bracelet in the metal of your choice or even a leather one.  My favorite brand for minimal jewelry at the moment is Miancai.  They make some beautiful sleek minimal designs in real silver and real gold. I highly recommend them or if you prefer an edgier aesthetic I’m also a big fan of Thomas Sabo.  They’re a little more rock and roll but I also love these guys.  Really cool designs. 

3.Necklaces

  Okay let’s talk about necklaces.  With jewelry as a whole building a strong presence in men’s fashion in recent years,  necklaces have arguably been one of the top contenders for men wanting to accessorize and adorn their outfits.  When choosing your first necklace I think you can’t go wrong with either a simple chain on its own or one with a pendant.  Nothing too chunky unless you want to make a statement which is also fine of course.  But if it’s your first necklace I’m guessing you might want to go with something a little more subdued.

Something that’s easy to wear and versatile.  Ideally, I would choose a pendant that has some symbol or meaning for you because oftentimes men end up wearing that one necklace literally all the time so you don’t have to of course but I do think it’s nice to have some meaning or reason behind it besides just wanting to have some bling around your neck.  Kind of like a tattoo.  This was my first necklace,  my mom bought it for me and the pendant represents the wheel of karma.  I quite like the concept of everything coming back full circle so positive behavior leading to more positive outcomes and the same with negative behavior.

So I think it’s a good reminder.  I’ve had it for I think 7 or 8 years now and I still wear it almost every single day except today I guess. But last week I got this new necklace from Miancai.  I love this pendant.  I don’t know if you can see from here but it has one arrow with three birds on it which is kind of a take on the phrase kill two birds with one stone.  Taking one step further I guess and I see it as representing efficiency and productivity and it just reminds me to take control,  take responsibility and work smart.

  Anyways I think you can’t go wrong with something simple and understated in the middle of your choice and then you can advance to something a little bolder,  more of a statement piece with your second or third necklace or just keep the same one for 8 years like I did. 

4.Rings

Number 4 we have rings.  Yes rings are just as much for men as they are for women.  There’s nothing wrong with spicing up your looks with a little silver,  a little gold on your fingers.

I mean guys can we just normalize jewelry for men as a whole please?  It seems super normal to me but I still see guys judging and criticizing other men for  wearing jewelry because somehow it looks quote unquote feminine.  I mean come on guys kings wore signet rings on their pinky fingers and you’re trying to tell me a little silver band on my finger triggers you?  Get over yourself.  Okay so there are a lot of different styles and designs of rings and I know it can feel a little overwhelming at first so I would suggest looking at many different pictures preferably showing the person’s outfit as a whole as well as the rings.

  That way you can kind of get a sense of your preference of aesthetic. Are you going for more of a rocker look or something classic and formal to complement a more conservative suit and tie kind of outfit or maybe something more edgy,  almost mafioso like or perhaps a more minimal aesthetic but with an elevated feel which is generally the kind of vibe that I like to go for.  Once you start narrowing it down you can kind of get a feel for the shape,  size and design that you’re looking for.

  But whatever you go for I would say the key to a cohesive look is to not go overboard with the jewelry and keep it balanced between the two hands. So if you’re just going for one single ring maybe wear it on the hand opposite to your watch along with a thin bracelet to complement it.  That way it balances out the larger space that the watch is taking on the opposite wrist.  Or if you’re going for two or three rings split them between the two hands,  two on one,  one on the other.  Don’t go for three rings on one hand and then zero on the other.  Keep it at three maximum between both hands but I’ve seen people wear more than that and still pull it off I just prefer to keep it paired back a little bit.

 5. Leather belt

Not gonna lie I’m usually not a big belt person.  More often than not I prefer to go for a no belt look but can’t deny that belts are definitely a staple accessory for men and when I do wear one,

black leather definitely my first option. It can be great to emphasize your waistline when tucking in your shirt and to create a contrast when you want to clearly delineate your top and bottom half.  For example when wearing a monochromatic outfit. 

6. Hats/Baseball caps

Onto my favorite category of hats,  baseball caps.  And also one of the only types of hats I can actually wear with my long hair.  Because I don’t really like the look of hats with my hair down and if I tie it into a bun beanies are pretty much out of the question and fedoras and other types of classic hats aren’t really my vibe.

But I love baseball caps.  They’re casual,  sporty,  and easy to integrate in a wide variety of different styles.  Right now my favorites are from Everlane and Koss. 

7.Scarf

Okay I know a lot of you are in summer right now and just the thought of a scarf made you drop a sweat.  Actually yeah it’s way too hot to be wearing this right now.  But scarves are such an essential accessory for when the temperatures drop.  Especially on those very windy days. One of the few items on this list that actually serves a functional purpose.

  On top of being there for the looks.  For fall and winter my go-to is an oversized scarf.  Either in a neutral color like this if I wanted to blend in with my look.  Or I’ll go for a bolder color if I want to make more of a statement.  I just love the feeling of being wrapped up,  cozied up in a huge scarf Lenny Kravitz style.  But you can still opt for a thinner more lightweight scarf on those warmer days.  If you still want to cover yourself up on a particularly windy day.

8.Backpacks

Backpacks are definitely my go-to for carrying around my things.  Because we always have a bunch of stuff on our hands these days.  And everything just seems so much bigger than before.  I mean I don’t think the guy who invented trouser pockets imagined that one day we would actually be trying to stuff these humongous phones inside.  And I know us guys like to carry everything in our pockets.  Phone,  wallet,  car keys,  pack of cigarettes,  pack of condoms.  It’s like Mary Poppins pack in there.  But what’s going to happen is that over time the weight of all these items is going to damage the stitching inside the pockets and it can cause the pockets to flare out.

  So I always like to carry my things in some sort of bag.  If I really only have my phone,  wallet and keys I can get away with a crossbody bag.  But usually I’ll also have my headphones with me to listen to music or a podcast.  And my umbrella because Mid-West.  And if I’m working I also need my laptop and a whole bunch of other stuff.  So more often than not my backpack is my go-to.  I think you can never go wrong with a leather backpack. It makes a casual bag feel more elevated and more grown up.  

9.Sunglasses

Okay, I can’t complete a list of essential accessories without mentioning sunglasses.  You heard me say it before,  sun rays can be damaging to your eyes even on those cloudy days that we always get in London.

  So we should all be wearing sunglasses probably a lot more often than we are right now.  I know I need to do a better job at it for sure.  When it comes to finding the right sunglasses for you, it’s all about finding the right shape and the right size for your face.  You don’t want something that’s too big or too small otherwise it’s just going to look disproportionate on your face.  And we all have different faces. 

  But to be honest,  those tips can also be applied for sunglasses as well. 

10. Fragrance

And last but not least,  we have fragrances.  Well,  technically this isn’t really an accessory you wear.  Although actually it is.  You do wear fragrance.  It’s just not visible.  I love a good fragrance.  It’s just the perfect finishing touch for a great outfit in my opinion.  And scent is a powerful thing. It can lift your mood,  bring back memories,  boost your confidence or simply bring a little sense of joy.  For me, I see it as the cherry on top of an already great look.

  I’m not going to wear fragrance if I’m going out grocery shopping.  But if I’m putting a little bit more effort in my look because I want to look great for a brunch or a dinner or an event where I just want to put that little bit more effort.  In that case, I love to add just a little whiff of fragrance on my wrists and neck right before I go out the door.  I think different fragrances suit different occasions as well. Some are more adapted to summer,  for example.  They’re light,  citrusy,  fresh.  And others are maybe a more earthy,  heavier,  spicy.

The kind of fragrance I would feel right at home in a loungy cocktail bar on a fall night.  And some are a little more paired back,  refined,  but not overpowering in their scent.  You could wear those in an office environment,  for example.  My go-tos for the longest time have been Terre d’Hermès and Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior.  Not to be confused with the more recent Sauvage,  by the way.  This fragrance is like five decades old and it’s a classic.  It’s elegant,  citrusy,  fresh,  and my go-to for the warmer days.  I use the eau de toilette version.  And Terre d’Hermès is just a great all-around fragrance that’s not too overwhelming.

  It’s earthy,  woody,  a little bit spicy,  but it’s still fresh at the same time.  So you could definitely wear this at the office,  but it’s also not too boring for a dinner date.  The world of fragrances is very vast and there’s definitely a lot to explore.  And those are my 10 essential accessories for men.  I think these 10 items are a great place to start if you’re looking to improve your accessories game.  But let me know in the comments if you think I missed a category. 

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