By Darcy Rive
Men began wearing wristwatches during the wars of the 19th century, and on their return home, wore them as an heroic status symbol. Watches still hold this esteem in men's accessories, and while they may not be tokens of bravery anymore, they are emblems of personal style. This classic Townsman watch from Fossil has the elegant design to take you from your daily commute to the desk to dinner, while interchangeable straps mean you can alter its aesthetic for special occasions.
Cuff links are a subtle accessory that make a big style statement. While usually reserved for formal events with white or black tie dress codes, cuff links are becoming a more popular feature of the work wardrobe. These Tateossian cuff links are sure to be a talking point of your outfit - inside the robust square shape, different coloured and sized gears rotate freely.
Backpacks are the perfect off-duty accessory that combine function and fashion, and with clean lines and a minimalist design, they give your outfit a sophisticated edge. This Kastrup bag from Want Les Essentiels exudes classic masculine design, engineered with understated practicality in mind. Inside, the backpack boasts organisational compartments and pockets for all your daily and work essentials, keeping you at the top of your professional and style game.
An essential piece of any man's accessory wardrobe, a wallet needs to be both functional and presentable. You can never go wrong with a high quality leather number in a muted colour such as tan, navy or black, and this bi-fold wallet from Coach fits the bill perfectly. Its slick design won’t protrude from your pockets while keeping your cards, money and style in check.
While wristwatches are the modern day symbols of prestige, sunglasses are and always have been the ultimate status symbol of cool. There are lots of frames to choose from depending on your personal aesthetic and face shape, but for a classic look that will never date, we’d opt for the aviator, wayfarer or clubmaster designs. These clubmaster glasses from Persol have a tortoiseshell effect - another detail of indisputable style.
For the man who is looking to step up the style factor, a tie provides the perfect opportunity to show his sartorial chops through his choice of colour, pattern, width and knot. Van Buck has decorated this classic navy silk tie with a whimsical pink pig motif, adding humour and style to your outfit in equal measure.
A suit is incomplete without a quality pocket square, and this small square of silk is yet another way for the modern gentleman to elevate his look. Complement – never match – your pocket square with your tie, and show your debonair style with your choice of fold, from the straight fold to the one corner or puff flourish. This Ted Baker Harmony pocket square sports a vivid floral print and block colour border which looks spectacular however it’s folded.
A man's belt is a somewhat undervalued style staple which he can use to showcase his impeccable taste. While you’ll certainly get most use out of a traditional black or brown leather belt, changing out the colour or texture can transform your outfit. This belt from Italian label Anderson’s is woven from a durable elastic and finished with tonal leather, making it the perfect piece to pull a look together completely.
It takes a certain sartorial flair for a man to pull off wearing a hat, which is why it’s one of the key accessories guaranteed to amp up your outfit when done well. Ignore the more contemporary options and go for a classic style, like this medium-brimmed Fine Panama from Borsalino. Exemplifying Borsalino’s expert Italian craftsmanship, its smart herringbone pattern is handwoven by artisans in the brand’s workshop in Alessandria.
The Weekender bag is an essential part of any well-dressed man’s arsenal. When a backpack is too casual and a case too clunky, the Weekender bag is the perfect accessory for short trips and weekends away and its limited space means you only pack the essentials. This Carry-On Holdall from Bric’s is as beautiful as it is functional, with exceptional construction, practical design and classic colours, and at 18-inches, it meets airline size requirements for carry-on luggage.