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What does it mean to match men’s accessories? Everyone knows a “put together” man when they see one…

…A man wearing an outfit that’s coordinated and harmonious down to the very last detail.

Knowing the right way to wear accessories can make or break a look. How is it done though?

The truth is, there are unwritten rules for each accessory that decide whether you’re that “put together” man or you look confused and mismatched.

Today I’m sharing those rules with you so you can give your own outfits some flair, personality and sprezzatura.

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Today I’m going to show you how to match:

  • Your watch
  • Your belt
  • Your tie
  • Your pocket square
  • Your jewelry (rings, bracelets and more)

Matching Men’s Accessories Rule #1 How To Match Your Watch

Watches are the king of men’s accessories. You can wear one any time, any place and putting a watch on is part of most men’s morning routines.

I deliberately put this point first because the first rule of matching your watch to your outfit applies to many men’s accessories: keep your metals, leathers, and formality level consistent.

If you only want to own one watch, pick the dress code you want to match it to (probably what you wear to work), and wear it only with that.

If you want to wear a watch every day, shop smart and build up a small, versatile collection:

  • A dress watch with a polished stainless steel or silver case if your other accessories are steel or silver. Or, a dress watch with a brass or gold case if you’re likely to wear your watch with yellow accessories. Combine a neutral-colored black, white or silver dial with a stitched, high-shine leather band for a subtle yet high-quality feel.
  • Want a smart-casual sports watch? Look for a model with a polished or brushed stainless steel case. This should be water-resistant to 100m or above, include any bells and whistles you desire (such as a chronograph or GMT function). Choose a dial in any of the dress watch colors, gray, dark blue or another versatile color. For the band here you can bring in a metal bracelet or a matte leather strap with patina.
  • Lastly, for a casual watch consider a military field-style and dive watch designs. A brushed or bead-blasted stainless steel case will match the vibe of a relaxed outfit. Complement the canvas or webbed belt you wear with shorts using a metal bracelet OR a canvas strap in a similar color if you want to match any outfit, including super-casual summerwear.

 

Matching Men’s Accessories Rule #2 How To Match Your Belt

As with your watch case and strap, you’ll want to match your leathers and metals to the dress code of the rest of your outfit (no fancy dress belts with a pair of Bermuda shorts to a cookout). This includes matching the type of leather, e.g. brown suede with brown suede.

There are time-tested rules on what belt to wear with shorts, jeans, dress pants, and suits. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Casual: CASUAL BELT. Webbing, canvas, leather-backed canvas, or colorful braided leather.

Smart-Casual: SMART-CASUAL BELT. Heritage workwear, tooled leather, or rodeo belt.

Business Casual: DRESS BELT. Plain, stitched leather belt.

Business Formal: DRESS BELT. Plain, stitched high-polish leather belt. Or, consider trying suspenders.

Black Tie: NO BELT. Wear suspenders and trousers with no belt loops. (Don’t worry, if tuxedo pants with belt loops are all you have, your cummerbund will hide it.)

White Tie: NO BELT. Always suspenders.

NOTE: This doesn’t mean you need a million belts, one for each dress code and color of shoes you own.

As a starting point, I recommend a black or dark brown belt to match the shoes you wear to work – typically where you want to make the biggest impression. Then, try a smart-casual belt that matches your favorite off-duty, weekend shoes you wear to restaurants and events. Slowly build up your collection from here, focusing on the belt which will work with the most amount of shoes in your closet and the outfits you wear when looking to make a good impression.

Of course, this process can be avoided if you have interchangeable belts and buckles that can be swapped around depending on the occasion and the other metals and leather colors you’re wearing.

 

Matching Men’s Accessories Rule #3 How To Match Your Tiematching men's accessories

 

Don’t buy a tie without something to match it to.

Remember, the tie is the accessory, not your suit. Buy jackets and suits first, then shirts and finally ties.

If your tie and shirt are both visibly patterned, the tie pattern should generally be bigger (not necessarily different shapes – wide and narrow stripes, for example, play together just fine). Note that, although the tie pattern size rule is a handy guide, there are exceptions like pin-dot patterns.

Imagine the men’s style color wheel to coordinate ties with shirts and jackets. Go for either complementary, triad or analogous colors.

Cooler tones like deep blue, olive green, and royal purple are most versatile – they don’t fight with other colors for attention. Warm tones like red, orange and yellow are riskier to match but more eye-catching and go well with a navy or charcoal suit.

If you can only buy a few ties, go for darker colors. They’ll be more versatile and easier to match because they read as more neutral.

Here again, match the level of formality. Bolder patterned shirts, button-downs, and chambray shirts are more casual and go well with knit and other casual ties. Plain dress shirts deserve nothing short of silk.

 

Matching Men’s Accessories Rule #4 How To Match Your Pocket Square

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Even if the suit rental place recommended it for your senior prom back in the day, your pocket square isn’t supposed to match your tie. You want matched colors but contrasting – yet complementary – patterns.

Alternatively, pick up shirt or jacket colors in the pocket square. Make sure it’s not so similar to the jacket that it disappears. For instance, with a navy jacket, white with navy polka dots is better than navy with white dots.

Matching your pocket square to your outfit isn’t just a matter of coordinating colors and patterns. You also need to match the formality of your outfit. The most formal color for a pocket square is plain white. This is suitable for serious business suits and tuxes and is a good choice for a job interview. At the other end of the spectrum, an eye-catching floral pattern is probably best avoided if your office has a strict dress code.

Another aspect of matching formality is your choice of pocket square fold. A presidential fold is the most formal and subtle option (that goes perfectly with that white pocket square), while the puff fold is probably the most relaxed and ostentatious. Check out my pocket square fold infographic to learn 9 different options.

 

Matching Men’s Accessories Rule #5 How To Match Your Jewelry

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Tie bars, cufflinks, bracelets, necklaces, and rings should match the metals in your belt and watch and complement the overall style of your outfit.

Keep in mind that shiny accents inherently draw the eye, so wear it somewhere that can carry the weight of that. Simple is generally better.

You also want to be sure to balance your wrists and hands. The human eye loves symmetry and balance – don’t stack up one wrist with rings or one wrist with bracelets and leave the other bare.

If you’re starting out with accessories, look for jewelry in dark, neutral colors (e.g. a stone bracelet with hematite, onyx). This will increase the versatility and make your accessories easier to match. Look for understated pieces – stones in men’s jewelry always have an impressive effect, and you don’t want to end up with an expensive accessory that’s not really appropriate to wear to anything.

I talk more here about how men can accessorize using jewelry.

Add small extras to your outfits gradually as you begin to get more comfortable with the general laws of accessorizing. Don’t be afraid to experiment to find your own signature pieces. Accessories are what make a classic (like a navy suit, for instance) yours. 

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

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When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

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After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

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A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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