The following is a guest article written by Aaron, a fellow menswear enthusiast. When he’s not busy writing about men’s style he works for the London-based jewelry designer Tateossian. He’s here to talk about men’s accessories for the summer season and the key pieces you should look for to round out your warm weather look.
Take it away Aaron!
As the temperature goes up, we tend to wear fewer and fewer clothes. This means that accessories become much more important to round out your look.
It’s all in the details and accessories. The right watch, hat, shades etc.
The great thing about accessories is that they allow you to stand out and add a touch of your personality to your outfit without making it uncomfortable in any way.
Here are the top 5 must have summer accessories for the everyday man.
For this time of year, sunglasses are a necessity. The right pair can up your style, but the key word here is right.
There are many different styles of sunglasses and some compliment certain face shapes better than others. Work out the shape of your hairline + jawline + chin and then choose the right shape for your face.
Editor’s note: When in doubt I recommend guys stick with either wayfarers or aviators. These two styles tend to flatter most men’s faces. Also, do not wear sporty shades with your casual attire. Leave those for when you are actually playing sports.
A watch is a timeless accessory that you should always have available to add to any outfit. It obviously needs to be functional and tell the time, as well a durable and strong enough to fit your lifestyle, but it should also be stylish too.
There are generally two styles of watches, ones with straps and ones with metal bracelets. Many people have their own preference, but both are great additions to any outfit for the modern gentleman.
Editor’s note: Watch companies have burgeoned over the past 5 years giving guys a lot of stylish options at various price points. Currently, one of my favourite companies is MVMT. They make modern, classy looking watches at a good price point (< $200 USD).
Hats have long been a staple item in any man’s wardrobe and they can be relied on for all weathers and various different occasions.
Just like sunglasses and watches, hats are also functional as well as being super stylish. Summer is all about being light and fun, so your hat should follow suit. Straw fedoras, linen newsboy caps and straw pork pie hats all work as great summer hats.
Work your hat to make it an accessory that draws people in to complement it. If you wear it with confidence, it will shine through and make a great centerpiece to a look. Wear it proud.
What is the best way to bring some light and brightness to a formal outfit? Throw in a brightly coloured tie.
Whether you have to dress formally on a daily basis or you are heading to a special occasion or wedding, it can add personality and uniqueness.
The bigger variety of ties you own, the better, having a selection to choose from allows you to mix and match other accessories with your tie.
Don’t forget to pair it with a stylish tie clip and designer cufflinks to complete the look. Visit this website for tie clips and cufflinks for every gentleman’s accessory collection.
Editor’s note: Not only is the shade of tie important, but also the fabric. For the summer season stick to ties made out of linen, cotton, and silk. Also, look for knitted ties (specifically silk knit ties) as they are great for the warmer season. This is a great guide on tie fabrics for different seasons.
Is your wallet looking a little worn out? You are not alone. Most men go years without replacing their faithful old wallet or clearing and cluttering their old one.
Upgrade this summer and choose a classic style with enough compartments to store your cards and your cash. If you always go for a plain black or brown wallet, why not step it up this year and go for a dark red or dark green leather wallet?
If you are not a fan of a bulky wallet opt for a card holder instead, these can be stylish, convenient and slip easily into your jean or trouser pocket.
Men often underestimate the importance of a smart wallet; make sure you choose the right one for your needs.
Editor’s note: My pick for best the slim wallet is the Anson Calder 1/18″ French Calfskin Wallet which we reviewed here.
Most men’s outfits during the summer season are pretty spartan looking to say the least. After all, a pair of shorts and t-shirt is usually the best way for guys to beat the heat.
And there’s nothing wrong with that!
Just be sure to accessorize accordingly. Whether it’s a great pair of shades, a smart watch, or a cool hat, these items will all help you stand out in the right way.
Here’s to looking sharp!