You’ve heard the expression “dress for success”—whether you’re hoping to get a promotion at work or you’re simply flaunting your recent success, luxury accessories can help to communicate confidence. If the only men’s accessories that come to mind are cufflinks, ties, and pocket squares, rest assured that men’s fashion has come a long way. There are plenty of accessories that work without a suit.
Which accessories best fit your personal style? In this short guide, we’ll go over the seven most versatile luxury accessories for men.
#1: Wallet or Money Clip
You take your wallet with you wherever you go. While it may not be the first thing people notice about your appearance, it makes an impression when you break out a luxury wallet to pay the check at the end of a meal.
If you like traveling light, a money clip can also be a chic, minimalist alternative. Try a solid wooden set for a unique touch.
If you’re into coordination, you can also purchase a keychain and passport holder in a similar material to complete the look.
#2: Unique Sunglasses
On long summer days, sunglasses are a must-have for preventing an unbecoming squint. Whether you’re driving to work, walking to lunch, or spending all day on a boat, stylish sunglasses are a must-have accessory.
Ray-Bans and Oakley will always be classic choices. However, with so many boutique brands on the market, wouldn’t you rather have a pair that stands out from the crowd?
#3: A Statement Watch
Step aside, Rolex. Men’s luxury watches from innovative high-end brands are here to make a statement.
Watch enthusiasts measure the value of a timepiece according to a few criteria:
- Its actual ability to keep time – Luxury watches aren’t just beautiful. They use advanced technology to keep ultra-accurate track of time, even when there are thermal or atmospheric changes in their surroundings.
- Weight – A nice, heavy watch will impart a feeling of seriousness that you can embody in your everyday posture.
- Face & band design – You’ll notice that high-end watches have stunning faces in a variety of materials and designs. Make sure your first watch is just as versatile.
- Waterproofing – If you’re investing serious money in a watch, make sure it can stand up to a little rain!
In essence, a good watch is subtle yet remarkable in its overall impression—just like its wearer.
#4: A Leather or Faux-Leather Belt
If you ever find an occasion to wear a suit and tie, it’s important to have a belt that matches your shoes. Likewise, if you’re able to dress casually for business meetings and other social engagements, you want to choose a belt that communicates your sense of style.
Everyone needs at least one black leather or vegan leather belt for their collection.
However, the sky’s the limit. If you’re an adventurous dresser, you may be interested in a belt with unique texture and color, including animal skin (or an environmentally friendly imitation).
#5: Luxe Travel Accessories
Are you still carrying the same suitcase you had in college? Luggage can suffer considerable wear and tear over time, especially if it’s poorly made to begin with.
When upgrading your wardrobe, include some updated electronic travel accessories in the process. The following are sound investments:
- A high-quality laptop bag
- Luxury luggage with a built-in charger
- Noise-canceling headphones
As an added bonus, high-end brands are more likely to offer extended warranties or even lifetime guarantees.
#6: Cashmere Scarf and Hat
A beanie doesn’t exactly communicate success.
If you live in a colder climate, you need at least one high-quality winter coat (in addition to the requisite puffer jacket). Complete the look with a matching hat and a men’s luxury scarf set in soft, sophisticated cashmere.
Not sure how to make your look fun and unique? In formal environments, you may be required to wear outfits that are a little blah. There’s probably one guy in your office who wears funky novelty ties, but you don’t want to be that guy.
Instead, be the guy with the interesting socks. Colorful dress socks can add a little spice to any ensemble. Look for socks with at least two of these three features:
Don’t forget to buy different materials depending on the season.
Crafting Your Unique Style
No matter what environment you work in, there’s always room to express yourself while conveying competence and style. Even if you’re wearing a two-piece suit to a job interview, a few unique, luxury accessories can help you stand out from the candidates.
However, your style evolves, remember that quality is key. The high-end pieces you purchase today will boost your confidence for years to come.