Accessories For Your Suits And Shirts
May 15th, 2006
You know the importance of a great wardrobe, and you take extra care to make sure you have an adequate amount of shirts, sweaters and pants to take you through every season with just the right touch of style. And shoes... you have learned the value of the right pair, especially when women make it known that you've got the shoes to make "it" happen. The Neck Tie
But there are other items available for men that can make the difference between super style and super-sizing your style. This is not the kind of accessorizing women advocate; I'm not talking about the importance of a purse for every outfit and jewelry to make you look like royalty. I am referring to items that most men take for granted, such as a belt, cufflinks, a signature pen, and more.
These accessories can add that touch of class you need whether you're at work or out on the town, and serve to put the "pow" in power.
So you have more than 20 ties, but that doesn't mean you have the tie, the one that makes or breaks your ensemble by completely altering a shirt. If you're tempted to spend a bit more on a designer tie, whose slickness cannot compare to a lesser-known brand, take the plunge only if there is a noticeable difference. As well, keep in mind that less can be more, and while stripes (especially diagonal ones) or polka dots do liven up a suit or dress shirt, a slick and simple tie like a satin black or gray one should not be underestimated -- especially if you've got a whole tone-on-tone thing going on.
Cufflinks and/or Tie Clip
Cufflinks are considered men's jewelry, so enjoy the effect they can have on a dress shirt. From sterling silver cufflinks like the ones featured here and monogrammed ones, to a pair of unique, antique cufflinks adorned with a precious stone like mother of pearl, there are a variety of options available to suit you and link you to any style you want. As for a tie clip, although they are usually associated with "stuffy" professions, a silver or gold tie clip can add a subtle touch to the perfect tie.
The Money clip
Speaking of clips, a money clip helps you get rid of the bulge in your back pocket caused by your wallet, not to mention that it looks slick when you need to access your cash and plastic. If you prefer a wallet, just make sure it's leather (preferably black) and makes you look as though you have a lot in your bank account, no matter how much you're packing. Both stainless steel and black leather money clips will do the trick, especially the Montblanc one to the right.
You score two points for knowing that your belt should match your shoes. Now you need to know that a stylish belt is a necessity for strapping style. If you're in the market for one, your best bet is a black leather belt with a silver buckle (regular or plaque buckle). Add other belts to your collection like brown, canvas, or suede as extra luxuries. The right black leather belt is a must for dress pants, suits and more.
Get over the emasculating feeling of carrying around a bag; you're only allowed to feel that way when your woman relegates you to holding her bag when you're shopping together. A black or brown, rich, leather portfolio case or clutch is not only practical for carrying around important documents and essential belongings like keys, money and a cell phone, but it also makes you look like the VIP you are. A nylon bag or money belt just doesn't have the same effect as this Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, especially when you're decked out in your nicest gear.