Using the right choice accessories to define your summer look

The men’s fashion industry has grown significantly in recent years. This article explores some of the ways that men are increasingly using accessories to make a statement and stand out from the crowd by Using the right accessories to define your summer look
Men’s fashion comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether you want to convey a trendy urban vibe, sophisticated and elegant style or something in between, it is important to focus on more than just finding the right outfit.
The use of well thought out accessories can give your outfit a coherent whole, seamlessly connecting colours, styles or texture. Whatever your look, incorporating the right belt, bag or mens jewellery into an outfit can define your look and demonstrate a good eye for detail.
And it’s not about ostentation. Accessories don’t need to dominate a look. Instead they can allow you to show your individuality. You can add a touch of class to a minimalist outfit, for example, with mens jewellery such as cufflinks or downplay a louder outfit with a classic and plain coloured bag.
Wherever I lay my hat
The right hat can make a difference between a good and great outfit. Whilst hats aren’t for everyone they can be a great way of standing out from the crowd and drawing attention to yourself. The current trend is retro in look, perhaps reflecting the economic times we are living in.
For those looking for a casual look the baker boy cap is a good addition to any outfit. Opt for traditional textures such as tweed or twill. Or, if you’re all about sophistication, think about adding a panama hat to a summer outfit.
It’s in the bag
A bag can similarly be used to create the right impression. If you’re on the move then a luxurious holdall can give a modern look to an outfit and will be practical too. For everyday casual use, opt for a backpack. For a masculine look go for fabrics such as canvas, leather or suede or, if you’re looking to add a quirky feel to a more sombre outfit, choose a floral design.
Ties for tired eyes
For many men, the tie is an essential part of their everyday working wardrobe. A tie needn’t be boring, however, but can be used to liven up an otherwise more sensible outfit. Opt for a geometric or Hawaiian print to create a work outfit with a summery vibe or one with a matt texture to create interest.
Staying out for the summer
The right sunglasses can make or break an outfit. Your clothing may be bang on trend, however, the look can be ruined if you then add a pair of no-longer-fashionable sunglasses. Sunglasses with retro frames such as those in tortoiseshell feature heavily for the coming season as do those with rounder frames.
When using accessories to make a statement make sure that you don’t overdo it. Use them to either uplift an otherwise simple outfit or downplay a more ostentatious one. Think about the impression you are trying to create and find a seamless look.
Alice Aires writes about men’s fashion for a range of websites and blogs. She is particularly interested in accessories such as the bespoke rings found at


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