Most men shy away from accessorizing because as soon as they think of accessories, chains, what comes to mind is bracelets or ear studs. This, however, is a myth as there is so much more to accessories. Accessories are any element that adds detailing to your look and fine tunes it. Considering the party season is on, we would say it is a good time to start dabbling in them. Party dressing should anyways be subtly flamboyant, use this as an excuse to ease into accessorizing.
Here is a list of things that you must try and incorporate in your looks to add a little bit of zing.
A good pair of sunglasses and a fedora for outdoor parties. Small additions, like printed bow ties and pocket squares. A good belt and swanky watches are always a good idea. Suspenders for when you feel like experimenting. Final addition to the must-have list is, of course, a really good pair of shoes.
Jackets and Cardigans
When in doubt, wear a well-tailored jacket or a smart cardigan that matches. Even better, if they have elbow patches, mismatched pockets or are brightly coloured. Bomber jackets and quilted jackets are styles you must try.
Attention to details
Since we have already established that accessorizing does not necessarily mean wearing only add-ons, they can also be in the form of innumerable detailing in your clothes. Wear shirts that have a panelling or piping along the edges. Instead of wearing a regular pair of pants, opt for pleated ones, but, strictly non-work wear types. Choose clothes that are fabric blocked i.e. clothes that incorporate more than one kind of fabric. Mismatched leather pockets on t-shirts, jackets that have wool and polyester sleeves sewn together or suede elbow patches, for example.
Indulge in layering. It is the simplest way to look smart. Team a shirt, thin cardigan and a jacket. Loose the jacket if it gets warmer. A good t-shirt, a jacket with suspenders inside is a simple but neat look. Wear your layered clothes in different lengths to add a slight edge to your look.
Colours and patterns
Wear a lot of colours and a lot of patterns, but not together. Colours can be in the form of bow-ties, suspenders or simply a pair of coloured pants. Patterns and prints make your look a bold one. Wear pin stripes, camouflaged prints, regular prints or anything that sparks your interest. Stay away from floral unless it is a theme party.
Just because it is a party, you don’t have to overdo it or be too bright and loud. Refrain from adding more than three elements to any outfit. There is a good chance they can clash and look mismatched. But, there is no reason not to embrace them. Dispel the 'accessories are not for men' myth and wear them stylishly.
Article written by Smrithi Rao