As the temperature starts to warm up, wardrobe choices become broader, and the shift from spring to summer brings with it a whole new category of choices to complement a man’s personal style. Best-dressed men accessorize an outfit with items that can take an ensemble from ordinary to extraordinary in the blink of an eye. However, choosing those accessories isn’t always easy—especially if you’re new to the idea.
1/ Mix and match patterns
If there’s one fashion no that drives people crazy it’s matching accessories too closely. Nothing will cause you to stick out like a sore thumb than an exactly matching tie, sock and pocket square combination. Guys, it’s the difference between dressing like a fashion-forward adult or looking like you’re an eight-year-old. Choose patterns that coordinate, but do not match exactly.
2/ Pick a pop of color
A surefire way to stand out (in a good way) is to draw attention to a pop of color. For example, a navy suit can look amazing paired with a bright orange bow tie. This style choice would draw attention toward your face, and can actually encourage conversation at a networking event where that’s the goal. A nice pair of basic black leather dress shoes can be made a lot less basic with a pair of colorful laces.
3/ Layer for success
Fall weather can be tricky, as it is easy to wear clothing that quickly becomes too hot—or not warm enough—as the temperature rises and falls throughout the day. The most important fall wardrobe piece in this case is a blazer. You can easily throw on a blazer with slacks and a dress shirt for a professional look. That same blazer can join a fitted pair of denim and a t-shirt, upgrading your style to classy from casual. Every man should own a black blazer that is well fitted.
4/ Choosing the right footwear
Men oftentimes put little thought into their feet. In order to coordinate with everything you wear, your basic shoe should expand to include a couple shades of brown (try matching with your belt color) dress shoes. You should also own a navy option (navy looks great in a loafer or a suede oxford). A clean, white plain sneaker is another great choice for your wardrobe and keeps a casual, dressed-down look from being too casual.
If you wear glasses, consider a few frames that add interest to your style: a brightly colored edge, or a trendsetting shape will add a big statement.