Welcome back, devious ladies & gents. Thank you for your continued company on this trilogy of introductions into the realm of masculine adornments. If you haven’t read Part 1 “Man-Cessories: A Guide to Male Accessories” then go ahead and click the link, if you have, keep calm and dress on.
Neckwear (collars, ties, bow ties, scarves)
Some uncommon information: round faces need wear long collars, and narrow faces wear wide or spread collars. Ties come in all sorts of materials, patterns, shapes, and sizes, but for now we’ll just say they are a necessity for the professional world- it’s how you use them that will set you apart. Know and sample a variety of knots (Four-in-Hand, Half Windsor etc.), and keep them in use. A skill unused is a skill abused. When considering the professional get-up, try to vary the pattern, color, and texture dynamic between the shirt/tie/jacket ensemble for the best aesthetic results.
Scarves are so “in” this season that people are even wearing them in hot places. Vegas, LA, nightclubs, saunas, etc. Regardless of their influence as a trendy accessory for men and women alike, they maintain a pretty beneficial functionality- they keep you warm! Especially for business men of chillier parts, a scarf is definitely a valuable piece to add to the coat rack collection.
Advanced: ascots, dogtags, leashes
Headwear (hats, glasses, sunglasses)
Trilbies, caps, derbies, bowlers, top hats, and fedoras, according to the fortune tellers, mystics, wizards, and psychics kept on payroll here at DG, represent a strong corner of future men’s fashion. Get one! A hat that is, to keep your skull bones warm and tidy. No more grungy old ball caps with fishing trip memories (and odors) or undersized shiny H&M thing that you fancy looks cool worn out on the town, so take your time in finding a style and size that fits (at a real hat store, located in a city near you- trust me, they exist) and add that final touch of class to your outerwear masterpiece. Author’s note: this summer I picked up a Straw Boater and Charcoal Fedora at J.J.’s Hat Center of New York, and have received nothing but odd looks and endless compliments. There the milliner will educate and style your look based on complexion and contrasts of face & head vs brim & rise. It’s a jolly good time like no other.
As far as sunglasses go, NO MORE UNIBROW JERSEY SHORE/DUDE-FROM-STARTREK shades! Unless, of course, you have a unibrow… which is another story entirely. Skip the sunglass hut at your local mall and research a spot that specializes in an array of quality frames and lenses. Quality make and design do prove to last as well as look good, so try to research a pair that fits the size, shape, and complexion of your face and you’ll be good to go!
Advanced: grills/gold teeth
Part3 (coming soon)