12/4 The Finishing Touch: Accessories That Rock

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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.
Bonobos Chambray tie
Chambray Tie, $68 at Bonobos

Dot silk tie from J. Crew
Italian Silk Tie, $55 from J. Crew

Yarn-dyed Bowtie from Dessy
Bowtie, $16 from Dessy

Pocket Squares

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 from Dessy
Satin Pocket Square, $10 from Dessy

Polka dot pocket square from Bonobos
Polka Dot Pocket Square, $55 from Bonobos

Suspenders

This is hands-down one of my favorites. It’s better to get a good, quality pair so the clips don’t slip.
Black suspenders from Men's Wearhouse
Black Silk Suspenders, $35 from Men’s Wearhouse

Socks

I love seeing a groom in some amazing socks. It’s a great way to wear some color subtly.
Paisley socks from Happy Socks
Paisley Socks, $12 from Happy Socks

Multi argyle socks from Happy Socks
Multi Argyle Socks, $12 from Happy Socks

Hats

From a formal top hat to an askew fedora, a hat adds a bit of personality and makes a really sharp appearance.
Felt Fedora from Old Navy
Felt Fedora, $23 from Old Navy

Sunglasses

An unexpected option, but, if done right, gives your suiting a classy edge.
Banana Republic Sunglasses
Johnny Sunglasses, $98 from Banana Republic

Small Accessories

Tie bars, pins, and cuff links are the small details that give a suit polish.
Silver cuff links from Banana Republic
Silver Knot Cuff Links, $39 from Banana Republic

Gold tie bar from J. Crew
Gold Tie Bar, $49.50 from J. Crew

What do you think, broke-asses? How are you pulling your wedding day look together?

Ryan Moonlights as a guest blogger for BAB. His day trade is as a wordsmith for Michaels (yes, the crafting megastore). Outside the wild world of word-slinging, Ryan finds his joy in a pint glass full of hoppy beer, a good Stetson, an untidy bowtie, and murder mysteries. Follow him on Instagram @jellybeanmagician; view his shopping addiction on Pinterest @mistery</a?; and find his other work at ryan-creery.squarespace.com