From cufflinks to pocket squares and belts to business bags, carefully chosen finishing touches are the essence of impeccable style. Some men may regard these additions as unnecessary, and fall back on the old adage “less is more”. But modern men's accessories are about so much more than choosing the right watch. In fact, finding the perfect accents to your wardrobe is the difference between a basic look and one that effortlessly exudes style and polish.
The most important criteria for a belt – besides quality – is dependent on your ensemble. Suits and chinos call for a narrow belt with a pared-back buckle. For denim, you can choose a wider style and more distinctive hardware. The fundamental rule: your belt should be the same color as your shoes.
The modern man needs a modern bag to carry everyday essentials in style. Today's business bags, such as portfolio cases and laptop bags, have replaced the more traditional briefcase, and are designed to protect your documents and devices. For work, choose an elevated design in luxurious leather. Metropolitan totes and casual weekenders in leather or contrasting materials are perfect for off duty. Choose a timeless shade to coordinate with your wardrobe, or opt for a bold hue for a distinctive touch.
Every shirt with French cuffs requires them, and they are a fundamental detail for a formal business look. But no matter what you wear them with, cufflinks exude authentic elegance. As a rule of thumb, cufflinks should be understated for business, while more innovative designs can be worn for evening events. If you're wearing a belt, choose cufflinks in the same metal and finish as your belt buckle, for a coordinated look.
Don’t be afraid to add a pocket square! Worn right, it can accentuate a blazer or suit without being in the slightest bit ostentatious. As a general rule, don't choose a pocket square with an identical pattern to your tie. It should either be a considerably larger or smaller pattern, or simply plain. It’s best to pick out your tie’s base color or a color in the pattern. If you are unsure, just remember: white is right, especially if you're wearing a white or light blue shirt. And keep one last thing in mind: don’t overdo it – you don’t need to be an origami expert. A simple folded square or puff is all that is required for that perfect finishing touch.