When it comes to fashion, we’re in a liberating age. People across the country are sloughing off old stereotypes about who should wear what and wearing whatever makes them feel like their authentic selves.

Let’s all take a moment to spread our arms wide in a field of daisies and breathe in the freedom, shall we?

With a whole world of options available, though, getting a handle on your choices and figuring out how to accessorize can be overwhelming. Where to begin?

1. Know Your Shapes…of Sunglasses

Sunglasses are fantastic accessories for any season. No matter what the tag says, though, they aren’t one-size-fits-all.

On top of the color and materials in your sunglasses, pay attention to the shape. Each style of sunglasses looks best on different facial shapes. The right choice will make the difference between whether you look like a macho celebrity or a fly with two massive eyes.

2. Invest in a Great Watch

If there’s one accessory that has been a consistent part of men’s fashion, it’s the watch. It can scale up any outfit in a heartbeat.

A Rolex isn’t exactly a necessity, but your watch is a fashion staple so it’s a good idea to choose a high-end watch that will last. Watches come in a nearly infinite number of prices so shop around and find a price range you feel comfortable in.

Because you’re investing in one or two watches, you want them to be versatile. Opt for neutral colors that go with everything.

One handy strategy is to have one watch with a neutral-colored leather band and another with a metal band. This gives you a casual option and a formal option.

If you’re having a hard time narrowing your selection, go with a minimalist watch. The style is in today and it’s less likely to look too bulky with any outfit.

3. Keep a Secret

Rocking the right accessories isn’t just about the way you look. It’s about the way you feel.

That’s why we love the recent surge of men using their underwear as a fashion statement. Underwear trends like fun prints, luxury materials, and more can make you feel confident and authentically you whether they peek out a tiny bit or not at all.

4. Go Geek Chic

We’re probably not the first to tell you that the “geek chic” look is in.

It’s cause for celebration for all the gents in the world. If you’d consider yourself a geek, feel proud because the whole world is trying to emulate your style.

If you wouldn’t call yourself a geek, don’t worry. There’s no knowledge of astrophysics required in this trend.

The top way to get this look is with a pair of black-rimmed glasses. If you’re normally a contact lens type of guy, try switching it up sometimes with these cool, intellectual frames.

5. Learn the Rule for Matching Ties to Shirts

Whether you’re wearing a shirt and tie to work or putting on a full suit, one fashion question baffles countless men: how do you know if your tie matches?

If you find yourself insecure about your shirt and tie pairings, there are a few easy rules you can use to find a match.

You can go the monochromatic route. Whatever color your shirt is, choose a solid tie that is a contrasting shade of the same color. For example, a light blue shirt looks great with a navy tie.

There’s a trick with patterned ties too. Look at the color of your shirt and find a tie that has this color as one of the colors in the pattern, but not the primary color. For example, that light blue shirt would pair well with a black tie that has fine blue pinstripes.

6. Get a Neutral Bag

We have a message to all the men out there who have struggled for years to only carry items that can fit in their pockets: you don’t have to do that anymore.

Crossbody messenger bags can fit any style whether you’re on your way to the office or the bar. To get the most use you can from your bag, go with a neutral color like a caramel brown.

7. Don’t Shy Away from Hand and Wrist Decor

The subject of jewelry for men is always in debates. Whether you’re the type who enjoys some pizzazz or you prefer an understated look, there’s jewelry out there you’ll love.

Rings and bracelets are especially hot today. When it comes to rings, one or two simple bands will look modern and fashionable. You could also pair a more ornate gem ring with a plain band.

Limit your rings to a max of two per hand. Unless you’re going for the mafia don look, less is more.

Bracelets offer just as much versatility and customizability. If your personal style tends to be casual and earthy, bracelets with wooden beads could be your go-to. If you prefer to look sophisticated, there’s a whole world of metal bracelets for your shopping pleasure.

Know How to Accessorize Like a Pro

Accessorizing an outfit is intimidating to a lot of men. Many of us didn’t grow up learning how to accessorize. As we get older, we forego fashion accents altogether rather than make a wrong choice.

Those days are over, gents. Today’s world is more accepting of experimentation and folks wearing whatever they choose.

If you’re trying to learn the wacky world of accessorizing, the tips above are a start. The next step is to try on everything and anything to see what you like and dislike.

For more handy tips that make fashion easy, explore our fashion blog.

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