• Formal Watch – silver or gold, it doesn’t matter, just own an all metal one that can be worn at formal occasions when needs be. Try not to get one with a ridiculously large face, it’s not a competition.
  • Neutral Coloured Socks – in navy, black and grey. Ensure they are made of cotton and that you’ve got enough to last two weeks.
  • A Leather Belt – provides the finishing touch to any formal or smart-casual look. Opt for a reversible black/brown leather version and you have something that will match both your brown and black shoes.
  • White Linen Pocket Squares – every guy should own a handful of these. They go with any kind of suit, shirt and tie combination and are a great way adding a point of difference to your look.
  • Other Pocket Squares – a lot of guys like to match their pocket square to the colour of their shirt, but that’s just too much in my view. I sometimes match mine to my tie but most of the time I’ll just wear whatever colour I feel like. I’m also a big fan of polka dots but feel free to find out what suits YOU. Block-coloured, patterned or printed, whatever you choose it’s always good to have a few others that can add a shot of colour and life to your outfit.
  • Pair Of Leather Gloves – out with the tatty woollen black fingerless ones, in with the timeless classic.
  • Tie Clip – should never be wider than your actual tie and should be worn properly. By which I mean at a point on your tie where it will keep your tie in place and out of your face on a windy day. And please do not wear one when you’re already wearing other items that serve the same purpose, such as a cardigan or a waistcoat.
  • Neutral Ribbed Knit Scarf – because the weather never really picks up in England.
  • Neutral Umbrella – of good quality, sturdy enough to stand up to the wind/rain/snow and big enough to share with someone else. Because no one likes a brolly hog. And because the weather never really picks up in England.
  • A Medium Sized Leather Holdall – big enough for a long weekend yet small enough to carry your gym clothes and work stuff during the weekdays without it looking embarrassingly empty.
  • Pair Of Sunglasses – really couldn’t recommend investing in quality more here. We should all be past the age where we think it’s a good idea to bring them along on a day/night that we know is going to involve a lot of alcohol, so don’t shy away from the £100+ mark. They will last you forever and, if you read our sunglasses guide this week, will actually fit your face properly.
  • An Item Of Jewellery – yes, yes, yes, I know it’s not just for girls. Have a think about this one though and make it personal to you. You may already have something like this but are too embarrassed to wear it. Don’t be, a piece of jewellery is a great way to personalise a look and really make it your own. Whether it’s a bracelet, necklace or a ring, it will soon become a trademark of your personal style. Just remember the rule of three: no more than three pieces at any given time.
  • Example Lookbook

    Here are a few of our favourite outfits that make use of some of the accessories mentioned above:
    Men's Accessories Lookbook
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    Example Pieces

    • Rotary Mens WatchRotary Mens Watch
    • Roamer Mens Saturn Automatic WatchRoamer Mens Saturn Automatic Watch
    • Bulova Mens Dress Watch 96a115Bulova Mens Dress Watch 96a115
    • Reiss Shackleton Plain Rib Sock NavyReiss Shackleton Plain Rib Sock Navy
    • 3 Pack Of Pringle Socks3 Pack Of Pringle Socks
    • Pantherella Ribbed Sea Island Cotton-blend SocksPantherella Ribbed Sea Island Cotton-blend Socks
    • Asos Reversible Leather BeltAsos Reversible Leather Belt
    • Reiss Dart 2 Reversible Formal BeltReiss Dart 2 Reversible Formal Belt
    • Austin Reed Black And Tan Reversible BeltAustin Reed Black And Tan Reversible Belt
    • Reiss Yacht Plain Linen Pocket Square WhiteReiss Yacht Plain Linen Pocket Square White
    • Linen Pocket SquareLinen Pocket Square
    • Topman Red White Spots Pocket SquareTopman Red White Spots Pocket Square
    • Reiss Abyss Linked Diamond Print Pocket Square Bottle GreenReiss Abyss Linked Diamond Print Pocket Square Bottle Green
    • Drakes Printed Cotton Pocket SquareDrakes Printed Cotton Pocket Square
    • Mp Di Massimo Piombo Printed Cotton Pocket SquareMp Di Massimo Piombo Printed Cotton Pocket Square
    • John Lewis Fleece Lined Leather Gloves BlackJohn Lewis Fleece Lined Leather Gloves Black
    • Dents Mens Black Leather Cashmere Lined GlovesDents Mens Black Leather Cashmere Lined Gloves
    • Paul Smith Shoes & Accessories Leather GlovesPaul Smith Shoes & Accessories Leather Gloves
    • Austin Reed Gunmetal Rectangle Tie ClipAustin Reed Gunmetal Rectangle Tie Clip
    • Lanvin Tie ClipLanvin Tie Clip
    • Austin Reed Semi Plain Tie ClipAustin Reed Semi Plain Tie Clip
    • Asos Fleck ScarfAsos Fleck Scarf
    • Chunky Rib Knit Scarf Ugg Australia GreyChunky Rib Knit Scarf Ugg Australia Grey
    • Austin Reed Black Chunky Knit Plain ScarfAustin Reed Black Chunky Knit Plain Scarf
    • London Undercover Pinstripe UmbrellaLondon Undercover Pinstripe Umbrella
    • Paul Smith Multi-striped Trim UmbrellaPaul Smith Multi-striped Trim Umbrella
    • Austin Reed Countryman UmbrellaAustin Reed Countryman Umbrella
    • Reiss Rye Holdall Mid BrownReiss Rye Holdall Mid Brown
    • Allsaints Newark HoldallAllsaints Newark Holdall
    • He By Mango Hold-all BagHe By Mango Hold-all Bag
    • Ray-ban Flat Brow Wayfarer SunglassesRay-ban Flat Brow Wayfarer Sunglasses
    • Cutler And Gross D-frame Tortoiseshell SunglassesCutler And Gross D-frame Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
    • Dior Homme Sunglasses Combination Aviator Sunglasses 143566Dior Homme Sunglasses Combination Aviator Sunglasses 143566
    • Allsaints Clidean NecklaceAllsaints Clidean Necklace
    • Maison Martin Margiela 11 Mens Hidden Section RingMaison Martin Margiela 11 Mens Hidden Section Ring
    • Miansai Woven-leather And Metal Hook BraceletMiansai Woven-leather And Metal Hook Bracelet

    Final Word

    So there you have it, a list of accessories that I think should be in every man’s wardrobe. I tried to stay away from talking about colours and patterns too much because, as I said, that should be a personal choice that reflects variables such as your personality, skin tone and personal style.
    However, for those of you out there looking to start expanding your collection, this would be a great place to start.
    As always, I want to hear what you have to say. Did I miss something off? Should I have included more of something? Is writing about clothes a real job? If yes, then please tell my dad that!
    Let me know in the comments section…