We all know that well-chosen accessories can take an outfit to a whole other level and make it go from 0 to 100 instantly. We know that accessories are what complement the outfit and show that you have taken the time to make the outfit look good and that you have not just thrown on the first pieces of clothing you saw. We also know that accessories used wrong and without confidence can ruin the whole look easily.
Many men are not comfortable with wearing jewelry or accessories. If you are one of those guys but still want to give wearing accessories a shot (which you should), we are here to help. Our foolproof list collects all the best men's accessories for you to use in 2018. With our tips and tricks, any man can wear accessories right and look awesome. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different accessories until you get comfortable with the right pieces that work for you.
Our guide is here to help you choose the best men's accessories to wear in 2018 - and to give you tips on how to wear them.
If you haven't been using bracelets before, it's time to start now. Men's bracelets have been among the top men's accessories for a while now and they'll continue to be there in 2018 also.
Your personal style has an impact on what types of bracelets suit you the best. Whether you're into classic clothes or street style or anything in between, there is a perfect bracelet out there that fits the style perfectly. Remember that a bracelet should be there as a subtle detail. Not as the centerpiece of your outfit, but definitely as a distinct part of the look.
If you are wearing a suit and tie on a daily basis, something metallic and luxurious looking, like a silver chain or a beaded bracelet with metallic details is a great choice. If your wardrobe consists more of comfy and casual clothes, you’re probably going to do better in more laid-back bracelets. Try a macrame bracelet, a trendy leather anchor bracelet, or a beaded bracelet in your favorite color.
Tip: Depending on the style of the bracelet, you can wear just one or stack many to maximize the effect. The rule is, you can stack as many thin cord bracelets and beaded bracelets on the same wrist as you like, but don't mix more than one big metal band on the same wrist. Also, do not match the bracelets on both of your wrists. Preferably, leave one wrist unoccupied.
One thing is sure: wristwatches never go out of style. A watch is a form of self-expression. The style of the watch on your wrist tells other people a lot about your lifestyle. That should be kept in mind when choosing a watch to wear. Some people like to own just one, good quality watch that they can use in any occasion. Others prefer to have more choice and variety and own multiple different wristwatches that they can alternate even daily.
There are two major trends that can be easily noticed when looking into today's watch trends. The first and more common trend is watches with very simplistic and plain design. The outlook is usually very minimalist and the color is neutral. The great thing about these types of watches is that they are often very versatile and can be used with casual outfits as well as with classic suits.
The other major trend at the moment is precisely detailed skeleton watches. The popularity of skeleton watches will assumably grow during 2018 which makes it more common to see one on someone's wrist. Skeleton watches often look extremely luxurious. That's the reason you might not want to pair one up with worn-out collar shorts and tees. However, they can bring a lot of value to a smart casual outfit or a suit.
Tip: A watch is something other people pay attention to. We recommend having at least two watches - a casual one to wear on a daily basis and one for more formal and festive occasions.
3. Suit accessories
Looking classy and wearing dapper suits is a big trend right now. You need to have your suit accessorized to make an impact, simply wearing a suit is not enough.
With suit accessories, we mean all the accessories you need to complement your suit game. Ties, bowties, pocket squares, cufflinks, tie clips and lapel pins are what a classy man uses to bring out the most of his suits. If you are totally new to wearing suit accessories and need a good set to start up with, get yourself the Classy Men Box. The set includes all the essentials: a tie, a pocket square, a tie clip, and cufflinks. You can't go wrong with plain black color!
If you are already familiar with suit accessories and have used them before, try to spark things up with extraordinary colors and materials. Try a knitted tie or bow tie for example, or a bright-colored pocket square. You can even try to make a special and fancy tie knot, like the Windsor knot. Click here to find the instructions for the Windsor knot and a couple of other dapper variations.
Tip: When wearing suit accessories with patterns, never match a tie or bow tie with a pocket square. Colors can match, but the patterns don't. That means you can safely wear plain, black suit accessories for example.
Not all men are confident enough to wear rings. The opinion of too many men is that the only ring a man should wear is a wedding band. Luckily things have changed lately and men have started to realize the potential of rings as fashion accessories. Men's fashion rings will be a more common sight in 2018. As more men start wearing them, the more others get the courage to follow.
There are a lot of masculine rings these days, which makes it super easy for men to express their style through jewelry without looking feminine. Whether you prefer subtle or massive rings, there are classy options for all styles. To have your jewelry game even more on point, get a bracelet that matches the look.
Tip: With rings, less is more. You can't wear a ring on every finger without it looking like it's too much. Wear one, two or three rings at the same time - not more.
Sunglasses are both practical and timeless. They were first created to protect eyes from all the harmful rays of the sun. Nowadays, sunglasses protect eyes just like in the old days. However, they are more often used plainly as statement pieces to showcase one's personal style. Some people own numerous pairs so they can match the right pair of glasses with the occasion, their outfit, and mood.
A good, timeless pair of sunglasses is an accessory that you should invest in, regardless of what year it is. That doesn't mean you should put a lot of money in them, but you definitely should take the time to find out what type of sunglasses suit you best and looks good on you. If you are unsure of which sunglasses would best fit your face, check our guide How To Choose The Best Sunglasses For Your Face Shape. The guide will help you find out your preferred glasses style. If you have done the research already and you know what's your best fit, well done. Now we can continue with the essential sunglasses you should have in your wardrobe.
Whether you like to use sunglasses or not, you definitely should own a classic pair of neutral colored sunglasses, like aviators or wayfarers. Be it a casual day, party or funeral, these glasses can be easily used anywhere. If all the basics are covered, you should definitely play with colors and textures, and maybe add mirror lenses to top up the look. Find a great selection of affordable, good quality sunglasses here.
Tip: If you're looking for a good pair of statement glasses, try wearing clear, non-prescription glasses. A well-fitting pair that suits your face shape can make you look cool and trendy in any situation.
Keep Your Essentials Neat
Last but not least, you should make sure all your accessories are neat and in good shape. Now that the year has just changed, it's the perfect time to go through all your essentials and see if they are in need of renewal. Are the bags you use in a good shape or do you need new ones? Do you own classic belts that you can use with jeans and suits? If you don't, check out our selection of affordable, good quality belts from here. And finally, is your wallet clean and orderly, and does it fit your needs (enough room for all your cards/cash)? Think of all the accessories you use daily or monthly, and replace everything that's broken or awfully worn out.
Tip: If your wallet needs updating, you should consider one from our list of the Best Wallets For Men.