As always, fashion is deep. Great style is personal. But just as fashionable and outstanding in style a man might be, little mistakes might cost you a big deal. When it comes to looking dapper, consideration of the devil in the details is important. Am talking about accessories!
An organized, “put together” gentleman can easily be identified from the coordination and how colors in his outfit harmonize. A lot has been said about matching accessories in the right way and would take a doctoral thesis equivalent to cover everything. The thing is, accessories can make or break your outfit and there are basic concepts to getting it right. Most common men accessories are;
- Pocket square
- Lapel Pin
- Tie Bar
Top Tips On Getting It Right With Men's Accessories
Know Your Outfit
The first step to dressing dazzlingly is selecting your outfit before the accessories. The suit is the core, the cake and accessories are like icing. You should build the foundation then later figure out what accessories fit best. Also during purchase, it is brilliant to choose outfits of your choice then look for matching accessories afterward.
Leathers Should Match
Note that in matching leathers, if it is inclusive of shoes, you should first put on or select the shoes then go for matching accessories. Your belt and any other leather accessories should match. This does not mean they should explicitly be of exact color but the shades should be of a close range and tone.
Metals Must Match
Just like leathers, metallic accessories should also marry in color. From the watch to the cufflinks, rings, tie clips and bars, and even the belt buckle. Metallic accessories with the same tone give you a sharper and dapper look.
Pick The Right Tie
Selecting the right tie for your ensemble largely depends on your color scheme of choice. There are 4 main types of color schemes: monochromatic, analogous, triadic, and complementary. Depending on the color scheme, your tie color should always harmonize with your shirt.
Get It Right With The Tie And The Pocket Square
The magic rule when it comes to matching ties and pocket squares is the application of ‘calculated contrast’. The necktie or bowtie and the pocket square should never be of the exact same color, pattern, and texture. For example, if the tie is knitted, the pocket square should be made of smooth silk and vice versa. Also, the dominant color on the tie can be used as the floral print or polka dots on the pocket square, dominated by a different color (belonging to the same color family).
Selecting the befitting accessories completely redefines and refines your appearance. It should therefore be taken as an integral part of dressing and not just jumping to the nearest lapel.
It is also very important to put into consideration the season and event when settling for accessories. You should not don on your heavy scarf during summer just because it perfectly matches your outfit.
Formal events call for fewer accessories while casual ones give you the freedom to get all creative with your accessories. However, it is imperial to be keen not to overuse them. Remember they are just the icing on the cake.