The world of men’s fashion can sometimes be a mixed bag. On the one hand, there’s almost nothing as classic as a three-piece suit and tie, while on the other hand, options can get pretty limited, especially if you follow the “traditional” playbook for men’s clothing options. While that’s not to say men don’t have some great looks at their disposal, it can sometimes feel like there simply aren’t that many options out there when it comes to fashion.
That being said, there’s still plenty of things you can add to an outfit to spice up your look, and depending on your tastes and preferences, these accessories can be absolute game-changers. For fans of formal wear, streetwear, and business casual alike, we put together this short list of accessories that can help you venture out of your comfort zone.
Now, these suggestions aren’t universal, and you might like some more than others; and that’s ok! Fashion is about taking risks and finding your own style, so it may take some time before you find what works best for you. If nothing else, use this article as inspiration to try out new looks and keep an open mind as you go on your personal fashion journey.
Common Men’s Accessories
Instead of simply listing all the possible accessories you can find, we found five unique accessories that all add a different flair to your existing style! Each of these suggestions provides a slightly different feel and fashion, so try all of them out to see if they match your tastes.
In terms of accessories, tie clips are about the simplest you can find, but that certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t a great way to spruce up an outfit. They also serve dual purposes! Not only do they provide a sleek, shiny dash of metal to your suit front, but they help keep your tie secure and fashionable at all times.
Style Guide: Tie clips work best in more formal situations or anytime you’re asked to wear a tie. Try to avoid tie clips that are wider than your tie, and if you’re wearing a vest, a tie clip is not recommended.
When you think of men’s fashion, earrings might not necessarily be the first accessory that comes to mind, but that is rapidly changing. What was once almost exclusively associated with women’s style is getting adopted into a wide variety of looks! Earrings are a fantastic way to express yourself and explore different outfits you may not have before.
Some men might still consider earrings to be “girly” or “too feminine,” but we would argue there’s no such thing. The way you express yourself through clothes doesn’t change anything about who you are as a person, so if there’s something you want to wear, wear it! Once you can get yourself past the idea of “men’s vs. women’s” clothing, a whole new world of styles open up to you.
Style Guide: Try different types of earrings with different outfits. Between standard studs, gems, rings, hoops, chains, and dangling designs, there’s an almost endless amount of earring choices, so go nuts!
Glasses are one of the most practical accessories out there, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be stylish! Whether they are prescription glasses or standard sunglasses, they can add a whole new dimension to your face, and as a result, your outfit. Anything that can help you see and look better gets a check in our book!
Style Guide: There are tons of different shapes and sizes of sunglasses out there, so take your time to find the ones for you! Also, be sure to check out some of the stylish sunglasses here at Original Grain; you might just find the pair you’ve been looking for.
You don’t need to get married to wear rings as accessories (but if you’re already engaged, Original Grain has some beautiful options for your ring)! Rings, similar to earrings, have yet to fully break into men’s fashion, but they are well on their way. Remember to try as many styles as you want, and don’t limit yourself to “men’s” rings; try on any ring that catches your eye!
Style Guide: Unless you really are married, avoid rings on the left ring finger. Different materials (steel, wood, gold, silver) will give off different vibes, so a couple of types of rings can add variety to your outfits.
Last, and absolutely not least, we have watches. From limited edition vintage pocket watches to wildly expensive dress watches, the world of the wrist watch is vast. As arguably the most popular men’s fashion accessory, watches for men fall into a similar category as glasses; practical and stylish.
Watches are also one of the most variable accessories on this list, as you can wear a watch pretty much anywhere, anytime.
In a single day, you could: Wear a sports watch to the tennis court, a dive watch to the pool, a mechanical watch to a late afternoon business meeting, and a trusty chronograph watch to a dinner date.
Style Guide: Slowly building a watch collection can give you a massive amount of options when it comes time to get dressed. Expanding your watch collection also expands your closet!
Watch and Learn
Here at Original Grain, we might not know everything about men’s fashion, but we know watches incredibly well! We make wristwatches for men, women, and anyone who wants to upgrade their style game. However, we’re not just another watch brand, thanks to our commitment to using reclaimed and upcycled materials in our products.We’re leading the next generation of watch companies with a focus on sustainability and a knack for crafting gorgeous, one-of-a-kind watches. Check out our collections, or learn more at our blog!