Alright guys, let’s be honest, dressing up kinda sucks. There’s all the fussy jackets and ties, not to mention the stiff shoes. Have you ever been to a wedding where the groom and groomsmen looked like kids in their dad’s suits? Yeah, not fun. That’s why it’s important to make sure you dress not only to fit the occasion — whether it’s formal or otherwise — but also to fit your personality. How does one do that, you ask? It’s simply by pulling it all together with the right accessories.
Something like a colorful bowtie, a patterned pocket square, or fun socks can make your outfit look a little more you and make you feel less out of your own element. I’ve picked out some of my favorite men’s suiting accessories with a few tips on how to make each one work.
Ties & Bowties
Duh. This is the most obvious, but there are several ways to tie a tie. Maybe choose a knot that’s more formal, maybe keep it a little loose and casual.
Chambray Tie, $68 at Bonobos
Word to the wise: Be sure to coordinate with your tie (if you’re wearing one), but it’s better to choose a different pattern. It’s no fun to be all matchy-matchy. Don’t know how to fold one? We’ve got you covered.
Satin Pocket Square, $10 from Dessy
This is hands-down one of my favorites. It’s better to get a good, quality pair so the clips don’t slip.
Black Silk Suspenders, $35 from Men’s Wearhouse
I love seeing a groom in some amazing socks. It’s a great way to wear some color subtly.
Paisley Socks, $12 from Happy Socks
From a formal top hat to an askew fedora, a hat adds a bit of personality and makes a really sharp appearance.
Felt Fedora, $23 from Old Navy
An unexpected option, but, if done right, gives your suiting a classy edge.
Johnny Sunglasses, $98 from Banana Republic
Tie bars, pins, and cuff links are the small details that give a suit polish.
Silver Knot Cuff Links, $39 from Banana Republic