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Afraid of Accessorizing? A Man’s Guide to Better Fashion

Because you’re a smart man, and you should be able to figure this out.

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It is easy to be intimidated by men’s accessories. We all have memories of a guy we knew who wore a ton of gold chains, or looked like a used car salesman with his pinkie ring. For many men, it seems easier to just skip the accessories altogether, but that too can be a mistake. Nice accessories are what separate the men from the boys in terms of fashion. Consider these ideas to help upgrade your look.


Ties
Many men think of wearing a tie as a chore, but it’s actually a great way to take your style to the next level. Consider matching your tie color to your eyes for an understated way to make them stand out. Silk neckties are a great standby, but a knit tie in navy can set your look apart. Stay away from novelty ties to keep things classy.

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A Tie Bar
If you typically wear a tie to work each day, adding a tie clip can be a nice touch. Sterling silver is a no-fail option, but many companies are experimenting with other materials. Try Etsy for some off-beat options, such as tie clips made from wood!

Watches
If you have been rocking a Timex for a number of years, consider upgrading. You can find a number of brand-name watches online, at sites like World of Watches. Make sure you find a watch with a face that corresponds to your hand size. If you choose a watch with a too-large face, it may end up dwarfing your hand.

Cuff Links
Cuff links are a relatively easy way to look classy and polished. Yes, it requires a French-cuff shirt, but the style payoff is big in terms of look and fashion. You cannot go wrong with simple monogrammed cuff links in sterling silver, but there are a number of novelty options for more casual occasions and can help to bring a tidbit of personality to an otherwise boring ensemble.

Bag or Briefcase
Since before Seinfeld, “man purses” were made fun of, but a nice leather briefcase or satchel looks much more grown up than a knapsack. Don’t get dwarfed by a long backpack. Use a longer case with accessible handles and shoulder strap. You’ll keep your things more organized without looking like a student.

You might not want to experiment with all of these ideas at once, but incorporating a few elements into your daily ensemble might make you look a bit more put together. Especially on days when you have a big meeting or presentation, it is nice to have a bit of polish.

"Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan."

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