Top 5 Accessories to Wear with a Suit
by Andrea Sparks
Men's suits are elegant and handsome, and an important men's fashion staple. In fact, many men are even beginning to wear them more casually on the weekends. Accessorizing, however, is just as important as wearing the suit itself. Here are the best and most popular accessories to wear with your suit.
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A men's suit is simply incomplete without a necktie. No matter where you're wearing a suit, carefully choose your necktie to accentuate, but not distract from, your overall look. A silk necktie with a conservative pattern, like stripes or a micro-grid, is appropriate for a business suit while bright colors and patterns show off your personality outside the office. Even a bowtie can be whimsical and appropriate in the right setting. Learn more about picking the right tie with this guide on how to match ties with shirts.
- Pocket squares:
Typically worn with dress suits, pocket squares add color and personality to your suit. Often, you can find pocket squares and neckties in matching sets to give you a clean, put-together appearance. Your pocket square and tie don't always have to match, but they shouldn't clash either. Choose a pocket square to match a highlight color from your tie or a neutral square to balance a brightly patterned tie.
- Cuff links:
These dapper accessories can only be worn with French cuffs, but they do add a touch of personal style to your suit. Cuff links come in a nearly endless variety of styles, ranging from basic to novelty. With the growing popularity of French cuffs on men's dress shirts, it's easy to add cuff links to your look nearly any time you wear a suit. Choose a sophisticated pair of cuff links for a big meeting at the office and a pair of bold or novelty cuff links to grab drinks with friends.
- Dress watches:
Your watch should be just as dressy as the suit you wear. For a business suit, choose a stainless steel watch with multiple functions to meet your needs at the office. For a more formal look, like a wedding or black-tie affair, a simpler dress watch is appropriate. Look for a watch with a blue or grey face to accent the colors in your suit and tie, or really impress with mother of pearl or diamonds on the dial.
- Tie clip:
A tie clip is as functional as it is fashionable and is the best way to complete your look. The right tie clip will bring all your other accessories together, whether it's a basic bar or features a design. It also works to keep your tie neat and wrinkle-free throughout the day. Tie clips, as opposed to tie tacks, won't damage the material of your tie, making them the best accessory for keeping your tie in place.