Today I’d like to talk about wearable accessories that can easily change up your look from day to day. We all pretty much have our own individual style, whether it’s rugged, preppy, minimal, edgy, country or athletic. But sometimes things get a little boring and we can get caught up in a style rut. Now, in terms of women, it seems (on the surface anyway), that it’s a lot easier for them to change things up because the market is saturated with bold accessories for women. And also since most women have longer hair, they can easily put it up or style it differently to change up their look on a daily basis.
For us men, we can’t utilize a lot of those same options or opportunities, but we do have options although a lot more subtle. That’s why I wanted to make this video to call attention to some of the options we DO have. Now, first up and while this isn’t necessarily an accessory, it’s more of a general statement or nugget of advice that I wanted to pass along right up front, and that’s to take a risk and try something new. Try something that freaks you out a little bit. Try a color you normally don’t wear. What you might find is people start complimenting you on the new thing. And that means, you just found a new favorite item that you wouldn’t have otherwise found if you didn’t take that risk.
Now, you also might find the risk you took was a miss, but that’s okay. You’ll get hits and misses when you step outside your comfort zone and it’s okay, it’s just clothing. I get hits and misses all the time. But that’s how you figure out what works and what doesn’t. It’s all part of growth. The difference for me anyway is when I do miss and I film a video wearing something, a lot of you guys rip me up about it. But that’s fine because I’m not afraid to try stuff and neither should you. Listen, if you get something out of this video, please consider subscribing and hitting the thumbs-up button because the entire premise of this channel is to help you realize that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to make a change in your life or start something new.
Okay, let’s jump into the rest of my list of wearable accessories you can experiment with. The first is glasses. Some of you guys know if you watched my EDC video that I posted on New Year’s Eve that I wear contacts and glasses and I have been since about middle school. I wore glasses for the first few years and then transitioned over to contacts sometime in high school. I currently have a few pair of reading glasses as well as a few different pair of regular glasses. So, when Glasses USA reached out to help sponsor this article, it made perfect sense because like it or not for a lot of us, as we get older, me included, our eyesight diminishes, and we only have a few options. Surgery, contacts or glasses.
Glasses USA has over 6,000 styles of eyeglasses and sunglasses, including some cool in-house brands as well as designer brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Armani, and Gucci. They cut out the middleman and offer prescription glasses at up to 70% off retail prices. They have complete glasses, frames and lenses that start at around $30. You can find every conceivable style & color as well specialty glasses (like safety glasses and glasses for kids). You can add your prescription to almost any pair of frames including sunglasses. The coolest part is, you don’t even have to go anywhere and try frames on to see what they’ll look like on you. Hit this link to get 60% off your first pair of glasses. I’ll also link to the specific frames I have.
Wear a Watch
Wearing a watch in my opinion is one of the best accessories you can incorporate. And if you have a few different watches, you can swap them out every other day or so to change your look or to balance an outfit. You can go with a dive watch one day, a clean minimal white dial watch the next and maybe some type of chronograph the day after that. I realize that a lot of people like to wear smart watches, but for me personally, I like wearing a traditional watch.
The next accessory, since we’re talking about watches, are watch straps. There are literally thousands of watch straps out there to choose from and I’ve made a few different videos about this. You can go with a quick release leather or rubber strap or any type of NATO strap in any color or color combination you want. They’re easy to swap out and many new straps also come with new spring pins and a spring pin tool. If you’re a smart watch guy, there’s a lot to choose from for you too.
Wear a Hat
Next we have hats. I’m not much of a hat guy, but I’ve heard from a lot of you guys that are. Hats are a great way to accessorize and show individuality and personality. They’re a great conversation starter and I see so many guys that look incredible wearing hats. They can also help keep your head warm in the winter, and keep the sun off you in the summer.
Try Different Belts
Belts are another great way to accessorize. Instead of just going with the same old black or brown leather belt, there’s no reason you can’t incorporate a gray canvas belt, a blue belt or even a red & blue belt. Unless you’re going business casual at the office or formal, you don’t necessarily have to be all matchy-matchy with your belt and shoes. I wear sneakers a lot and most of my sneakers are either black, white or blue. Wearing a gray belt with jeans and black sneakers is totally acceptable. Also, wearing a red & blue belt with blue sneakers or even white sneakers looks awesome.
Bracelets are another item to accessorize with in a way that a lot of other guys might be afraid to try. Now, I would suggest keeping bracelets to a minimum and not stacking 5 of them all together. I do see that from time to time, but I think it looks a lot better in Instagram photos than it does in person. A simple beaded bracelet or a nice clean metal cuff can look pretty classy in my opinion.
Since we just mentioned wearing a cuff, try wearing cuff-links more often. Cuff-links have become a lot more acceptable for daily wear even outside of formal attire. I recently made a video talking about cuff-links and I’ve been making it a practice of wearing cuff-links a lot more myself. I went to a few Christmas parties this year and wore cuff-links. And as far as I could tell, I was the only guy wearing them and it was actually fun to watch people you’re talking to notice them and comment on them.
Rings are another subtle way to accessorize. I feel that you’re either a ring guy or you’re not, but even though I’m not, that doesn’t mean I still can’t recommend it to those of you who might want to give it a shot. Besides you wedding ring, there’s no reason you can’t incorporate something on your other hand that maybe has meaning. My grandpa wore a ring and when he died, my dad got it and he wore it. And when he passed away, I got it. It’s a really meaningful ring and I have worn it on occasions, but I haven’t for a long time, but if I want to accessorize with an additional ring, it’s there if I need it.
Wear a Pocket Square
Going with a pocket square can instantly set you apart from the crowd in a good way. Even if you know nothing about style, when you’re wearing a sports jacket with a pocket square, you instantly look more stylish. And if you’re not afraid of color, you can add a little pop of color here. It doesn’t have to be crazy or anything, but just a little hint of colored fabric in your breast pocket can go a long way. Fold it yourself though, don’t buy those perfect pre-folded ones stuck on cardboard. The beauty of Pocket squares is they’re not supposed to look perfect.
Big thanks to Glasses USA.com for supporting me and offering this audience a great deal, so be sure you hit this link and go check them out. Guys, I’ll see you in a few days for a brand-new video, but until then, live well and I’ll see you soon.
The Glasses I own:
Muse Wendell – http://bit.ly/40OverFashion-MuseWendell
Revel Bonham – http://bit.ly/40OverFashion-RevelBonham
Revel Trade – http://bit.ly/40OverFashion_RevelTrade
Calvin Klein CK7325 – http://bit.ly/40OverFashion_CalvinKleinCK7325