12 Accessories Every Stylish Man Needs

These are the stylish, essential accessories every guy needs to own, regardless of age, occupation, or lifestyle. Some of these items you may not use often, but there will be an occasion, as a grown man, when they'll be needed and you’ll be thankful to have them.


Your clothing is the most important aspect of your appearance, but it's these little stylish details that separate the men from the boys, so don't ignore them!

What are the best accessories to wear for a formal event?

Some of my favorite accessories for more formal events include:

What are the worst accessories a man can wear?

For me, the worst accessories a man can wear are ones that clash with his overall style or appear tacky and out of place.

Some of the worst offenders include:

  • Overly flashy or gaudy jewelry

  • Ill-fitting belts

  • Novelty ties

  • Mismatched socks

  • Overly trendy or outdated hats (bucket hats, trucker hats, fedoras)

What is the one accessory every man needs?

I personally think that a classic wristwatch is the one accessory EVERY guy should own.

What watch should I get?

I go into detail about this exact topic in this article!

How can men incorporate accessories into their everyday style?

It's always best to go with a 'less is more' approach.

Accessories can add a personal touch to your outfits, but it's important to not overdo it and not wear something that steals attention from your overall look.

What are the best accessories for business casual outfits?

Some of my favorite business casual accessories include:

  • A stylish watch

  • A classic leather belt

  • A good quality briefcase

Ties and pocket squares usually depend on the formality of the workplace/event. If you want to learn more about this particular dress code, I go into great detail in this guide.


Whether you’re a watch guy or not, any self-respecting man should own a watch or two. Learn more about which ones to get and how to wear them in this article.

Dopp Kit

This item goes great with any bag you own and it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to another city or to the gym, a dopp kitt is essential because it’ll keep your grooming products organized and contained in a stylish, classy and respectable manner.

Pocket Square

As I’ve mentioned before, every man should have at least one good suit, even if he only wears it once a year. Along with that, looking well dressed is always about the details and a white pocket square is an easily overlooked item that really does make a big impact and it’ll only set you back a couple of bucks.


Every man needs 2-4 good belts. Want to know which ones to get? Check out this article.

Want to know how to pair your must-have accessories with your outfits? Check out my Essential Capsule Wardrobe App.

Backpack Or Briefcase With Detachable Strap

Depending on what you do for a living, if you live a more casual lifestyle or you’re a student, then a backpack is great. If you are in a more professional environment, a briefcase with a detachable shoulder strap, not a messenger bag, is best.


Your socks are one of the few menswear items with which you can go absolutely crazy with the colors and patterns. Learn more here.

Baseball Cap

We all have those lazy bad-hair days, myself included, where you just have to say 'F**K it, I’m gonna throw on a hat'. Just don't go too crazy with the logos or colors.


Whether you’re a sunglass man or not, sunglasses are important because they’re going to protect your eyes from the sun, prevent you from squinting, which creates wrinkles around your eyes, and they can add a stylish, cool touch to your outfit.

Want to see what other menswear items you need based on your specific age, body type, and skin tone? Check out my Essential Capsule Wardrobe App.


Keeping your neck warm should be a priority in colder months or climates, but why not choose a scarf that adds to your overall appearance?


The things a man carries say a lot about him and that’s no more true than with your wallet. Go for a plain leather, or leather alternative bi-fold if you're carrying cards or cash or a card case if you're just carrying cards.

Solid Black And Navy Ties

These two ties will work for any suit you have in your closet, making them an absolute must-have. Make sure the width of your tie complements your body type.

Tie Clip

A tie is great and all but a tie bar is something that adds that special touch to your outfit. They're also very cheap to own so order it once and you’ll never think about it again.

Want to learn the specific colors, fabrics and sizes you should choose for all of the items on this list? Check out my Essential Capsule Wardrobe App.

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