What does your suit say about you? It’s one thing having your perfectly tailored suit but to look your most impeccable a gentleman should underscore their style with the correct accessories. They should never be thought of as an afterthought; accessories are the essential punctuation marks to your finished look. Occasion is everything. Boardroom or sidewalk? Dinner party or wedding? The first step is to know yourself and what your style should be communicating. Take care of the finer details and your style will take care of itself.
Timepiece: Understated chic or bold splashy statement? Your watch says more about you than almost any other accessory. If you can only invest in one timepiece be sure to get it right. A chronograph is always a failsafe model.
Neckwear: Unless you’re going for the kooky scientist look, bowties only work at dinner or if you’re a quirky hipster. A well shaped necktie is always the best option. Make sure you choose silk, anything else will look cheap. Know which width suits you best; narrow ties will always work better with slim suits and vice versa. A cravat is an elegant, dandyish yet dapper alternative to ties, just be sure it’s of a contrasting color to your shirt.
Handkerchief: Make like Don Draper with a simple pocket square, nothing says sophistication better. For more flamboyance go for a multiple-pointed option or a patterned, plumed hanky is and ideal way to channel your inner dandy.
Socks: Socks are where you can really let your personality shine. They’re your opportunity to get playful. Want to stand out from the crowd? Choose fun colors or patterns but always team them with a plain suit. Save whites for the gym and never wear to the office. Key rule is never match: always contrast.
Footwear: Quality is everything. A woman never fails to notice a man’s shoes and a gentleman should never underestimate the importance of being well-heeled at all times. Investing in a smart brogue, Oxford or loafer is a classic investment whilst a two-tone wing-tip or tasseled loafer are more irreverent options.