Men fashion ranges from subtle to eccentric style. Wearing accessories can achieve both looks, and it is important to add details for the overall appearance.
Debunking the myth
Men accessories used to be limited only to belt, watch, or sunglasses. Necklace, ring, or men purse were once too eccentric to wear, unless for professional artists or celebs. But today the perspective has changed. A hand-carry purse for men is available in the market and looks nice to pair with formal wear.
Accessories for formal wear
Starting from the upper-body accessories, typically tie, and the tie-bar, clip, and pin are the must-have. But if you wear earrings and have long hair, you need to pay attention to the color of your hairband and earrings.
Use non-eccentric color earrings, like white or black. It is better to have medical grade polymer earrings to prevent skin irritation or allergic reaction. You do not want your accessory causing your discomfort, especially when meeting your boss.
Hair-band should follow the same rule. Your bold look comes from your hair, and do not put colored hair band because it can distract the primary focus. Getting your hair tied is very important in a formal situation. It says that you are confident to be different, but is still willing to co-operate and obey the rules.
Replace your watch with bracelets. Men bracelets with silver color, white, or black is safe to wear to the office. Watch has become boring this day, especially if you are a practical man and notice how often it is for us to check the time more on our phone rather than on our watch.
If you want to maintain the formal hipster-look with your man-bun and beard, choose wrist-wear with wood element. A bracelet that has beads or other exotic materials with low-profile design and color can highlight your unique personality.
Accessories for informal wear
For informal wear, accessories are easier to choose. Colorful bracelets are okay to wear, but it would be better if you have a story for the bracelet. Use your bracelet as a memento of your last adventure. Ocean-themed accessories for your holiday to Hawai, or white-icy rope bracelet for your scaling at Mt. Everest.
For your jeans, wallet chains will work. Just be wise when choosing the size and the length, and to match it with your wallet. Some wallets are vintage design and definitely not to wear with chains, while some others, like biker’s wallet, do look cool with chains.
A scarf can be an accessory too, but make sure it suits the weather. Looking eccentric is alright, but wearing a scarf while the common temperature is 80 °F can give the impression that you are ignorant of the real function of the scarf.