Accessories can also be a man’s best friend. So, here at Idle HQ, we’ve compiled this quick style guide to show you exactly what every man should be working into his wardrobe.
Accessories For Men
Admittedly, when it comes to accessories for men, they don’t really have as much choice as women. Men don’t have the endless amounts of options and styles out there to choose from. You have to make do with what is available. The great thing is even though there are a limited amount of options, you can then make those the best that they can be. Use them to highlight and add style to your everyday outfits.
We’ve narrowed it down to six men’s fashion accessories that we feel every man should own, from wallets to watches, we’ve got you covered here at The Idle Man.
Quality is guaranteed with all the wallets for men listed on The Idle Man because we understand that endurance is key. Whether you’re in the market for a classic men’s wallet, a cardholder or you fancy investing in a more malleable option that can squeeze into all pocket sizes, we’re sure that you’ll find something that catches your eye.
Brands like Herschel have been making and manufacturing great accessories for almost 10 years, meaning they know a thing or two about wallets. The three below are probably our favourites and come in a variety of colours and styles. If you’re after something that’s going to be easy to slip into a pair of jeans then we’d recommend the Herschel Johnny Wallet, £24. It’s zipped meaning it’s secure and can carry all your essentials, whilst being easy enough to expand and hold all your cash. The multi-purpose nature means that it’s great for the office or for a night out with the boys.
Alongside the wallet, a bag is a perfect place to store all of your important items in. Never again will you find yourself without that all-important phone charger or forget your trainers on a day where you’ve planned to head to the gym. Men’s messenger bags, men’s satchel bags, men’s rucksacks and men’s travel bags are all great options.
Are you into technology and hate to be parted from your laptop? If you are, investing in a decent bag is imperative. You may want to try out a backpack if you have items that need to be protected. However, don’t write off carrying a holdall for a leather bag too. They’ve got more than enough space to carry your laptop, as well as all your other daily essentials.
Brands like Porter & Yoshida, Sandqvist and Eastpak have an array of bags that will fit any guy’s needs. Our favourites include the Tanker 2Way briefcase from Porter & Yoshida, £399, as well as the Dante Backpack from Sandqvist, £104. They’re perfect for your trip to the office and create a minimalistic feel to your outfit. However, if you can’t afford to spend an awful lot on a bag for the everyday, then we’d recommend our own label range just as highly. This Roll Top Rucksack can store your laptop, lunch, and gym gear and is only £25. Good, right?
The Best Belts
The belt may seem like an essential no matter what the time of year, it’s good to have a few for different occasions. Woven belts are perfect for the warmer months as they add a casual look to any outfit whilst still giving you a slight formal edge to your style.
We’d suggest going for a smooth leather number if you’re more classically inclined. These will work better for more formal situations. One rule that stress is that you must always match your belt with the colour of your shoes. If you’re wearing a brown belt, wear brown shoes, and the same if you’re wearing a black belt.
Anderson’s has been making belts for over 50 years, meaning they are inundated with skill and craft when it comes to their products. The signature leather belts are perfect for both the everyday and for the weekend. We’d recommend picking up something neutral like a black or brown to make sure that it compliments your trousers. Or, you could try our own take on the classic belt to keep your outfit in with the more traditional side of style.
Sunglasses are cool accessories for men. It has been scientifically proven that sunglasses make you look at least 60% cooler. Okay, perhaps it hasn’t been scientifically proven, but Robert Downey Jr and Brad Pitt have both said similar things and they’re not doing too bad for themselves.
While we cannot promise that our stock of sunglasses will turn you into a Hollywood movie star, we can assure you that you can select your perfect pair from some of the most famous brands around. These include Ray-Ban and Persol, which officially makes you a trendsetter.
Everybody knows that the wrong shape of sunglasses can transform you from the average Joe into Mr Potato Head, which is why our vast sunglasses collection includes all sizes. You’ll be able to find the perfect pair of sunglasses, whether you can see yourself rocking a round-frame style with coloured tints, aviator sunglasses or you’re more of a classic wayfarer kind of guy.
Are you one of those who always miss deadlines or is often late for work? If so, you’ve probably promised to invest in a watch to prevent situations like this reoccurring. Whether you’re after a men’s digital watch or a more classic style, there is one for every look out there.
As one of the market leaders, Casio has been providing exceptional timepieces for almost 70 years. Ranging from electronic digital watches to classic reliable options, you can be absolutely positive that your brand new Casio will stand the test of time (pun intended).
However, if like many of us, you can see the investment in a good quality watch, then we’d recommend Swedish designed, Swiss made watch company, Larsson & Jennings. They are a little more expensive but trust us, you will definitely be able to tell the difference. Coming in a variety of styles, and at various price points, Larsson & Jennings will definitely have something for you.
A hat or cap, or snapback hat are great ways to introduce a bit of colour and texture to your style. Of course, there are a plethora of choices out there when it comes to headgear, but what we can all agree on is that the classic styles always seem to do better.
The black beanie hat from The North Face is a spot on option this season. The simple and classic design of the beanie makes for a cracking piece to own. If you like simple, minimal styles a beanie is great as they’re not overwhelming in pattern or colour.
Many of you will probably be thinking that a beanie is just far too informal and scruffy looking, so, that’s where the trusty cap comes in. Caps are a great alternative to snapback hats and will take you out of 2011 and into 2017 instantly. This pink suede cap from The Idle Man is a top option to tackling the hat trend. Modern, sleek and stylish, it will work with a variety of looks and colours and will slot into your wardrobe with ease.
The Best Accessories for Men
- Wallet – A classic zip-around wallet will work perfectly for everyday and for every man.
- Bag – Think of what you’ll be using it for and choose accordingly.
- Belt – Think of what outfits you’ll be pairing it with and always match the colour to your shoes.
- Sunglasses – Think of your face shape and try a few pairs on so you get the right pair.
- Watches – Think of where you’ll be wearing one and invest accordingly.
- Hat – Again, your head shape will determine what will suit you, so try a few out before you invest.
On That Note
Accessories are a great way of introducing colour, detail and texture to your look. It doesn’t matter what your style preferences are, you can always find something to add on or have on your person at all times to heighten and accentuate any look. Try a pair of sunglasses or a hat for a more full on approach. Stick with classic styles and colours so you don’t date your look easily. Pick a versatile colour, such as black or navy, so that they’ll work with most things in your wardrobe. No matter what you choose, always make sure you pick your cool men’s accessories carefully and wear them in style.