Suits are wildly popular right now. They’ve been hot for the last few years. Blame it on Mad Men if you want, but the trend of guys wearing suits everywhere doesn’t seem like it’s going to fade away anytime soon.
While you might not want to wear a suit 24/7, there are some ways you can make your suits a little more appropriate for more casual situations. The best way to do this is with some stylish accessories.
Use this guide to help you add 10 suit accessories to your look that will help you show off your personal style.
1. Sporty Watches
Suits don’t really call for sporty accessories, do they? It may not be traditional, but sometimes a sporty watch is the best thing you can do to make your suit look a little bit more natural on you.
What you don’t want to do is go out and buy a cheap sporty watch that makes you look like you couldn’t afford a better one. Opt for a quality brand with some serious style like the Tissot Quickster Quartz.
2. Chambray Pocket Squares
When you think of materials that pair well with a suit, you probably don’t immediately think of chambray. However, if you’re going for a look that’s a little bit bolder while still being casual, the chambray pocket square could be just what you need.
This version from J-Crew uses selvedge denim from Japan, so you’ll get some street cred with the blue jean aficionados in your group. Try it in indigo for super casual looks, or go for natural to add texture to more classic suits that could use a little help from your suit accessories to match your individual style.
3. Crazy Socks
While you may not think socks defined as ‘crazy socks’ will go with your suits, they might be just the sock accessories you need to break out of the monotony of your regular wardrobe. For the uninitiated, any colorful pair will work, at least to start.
As you get more interested in wild socks and what they can do for your style, think about adding some interesting textures and patterns. This example from Richer Poorer Inc. will work for many men.
Bowties have been around forever, but in recent years, they seem to be enjoying a major surge in terms of popularity. If you’ve never worn one, but have thought you might like to, there’s really no time like the present to get started.
If you’re going to wear a bowtie, make sure you go for something that’s a bit more fun than it is serious. Even if you like solid colors, they’re probably going to look a little bit silly on you, at least until you build some bowtie confidence.
5. Unique Dress Shoes
Dress shoes are all pretty much alike, right? Not if you’re smart about what shoes you’re shopping for and how you’re wearing them.
For example, this pair of snake skin dress shoes from Stacy Adams, is going to make any man stand out from the crowd. They might seem a bit nuts at first glance, but if you’re not afraid of being bold, they’ll help separate you from the crowd.
Just don’t wear them to work if your boss happens to be a purist or part of the corporate fashion police.
6. Intricate Cufflinks
Cufflinks used to be for older men and guys that had a reason to wear a tuxedo, but today, men are wearing them just about everywhere. It may take an extra second to roll up your sleeves, but what you pay for in convenience, you’ll more than make up for in style.
If you’re new to cufflinks as suit accessories, start slowly and grab a pair that you can wear with almost everything in your wardrobe.
7. Canvas Sneakers
Canvas sneakers have been popular as suit accessories for some time now. Sure, it’s a very casual look that isn’t right for all guys, but if you can pull it off, you might be the coolest guy in town.
When you’re shopping for a pair of canvas sneakers, think about when you’re going to wear them. For the best look, summer is the time you should focus on this trend – not when it’s snowing and raining throughout the winter months.
8. Tie Bars
The tie bar has been one of the most popular suit accessories since, well, pretty much since the suit was invented. In this case though, the tie bar really is an old standby that’s every bit as stylish today as it was in the 1950s and 1960s.
Men looking to add a tie bar or two to their collection should obviously consider which suits they wear the most. However, for many men, the obvious choice is a silver tie bar, like this ultra-slick version in sterling silver.
9. Braided Belts
Braided belts were a serious no-no for years, but like many things in the world of fashion, they’ve come back around as popular suit accessories. They may not be appropriate for formal events, but for almost all others, they can work wonders when it comes to sprucing up a basic outfit.
To make your braided belt stand out even more, try this version in sand dune from Bonobos with a blue suit. You’ll look hip, like you follow fashion and somehow still classic at the same time.
10. Messenger Bags
A lot of guys need to carry a briefcase or something like a briefcase for all of their important papers, or today, their laptop, tablet and smart phone. Even if you don’t travel with tons of paper or technical gadgets, you can still look cool and have a place to put your sunglasses, keys, wallet or whatever else you’re carrying around.
The messenger bag may not be traditionally considered as a suit accessory, but choosing the right one can turn your look from business formal to casual very quickly. Try the durable, affordable version from Fossil to see if the messenger bag fits your style.