April 24, 2013

Quick Tip: Uncommon Accessories

As I’ve said before, accessories are an incredibly easy way to up your style game and show off your personal style at the same time. Tie bars, watches, cufflinks, and pocket squares are usually the first things that come to mind when talk turns to men’s accessories, but you don’t have to limit yourself. There are a myriad of less common accessories that can help you to distinguish yourself. This post will cover more gentlemanly business-appropriate pieces, but there is no reason that you can’t incorporate them into your casual wardrobe as well.

1. Lapel Flower

Handmade seersucker lapel flower; Jacket by Bamford & Sons;
Shirt by Uniqlo; Tie by Psycho Bunny; Scarf by Z Zegna

Lapel flowers have been experiencing a surge in popularity lately and it is easy to understand why. A nice flower on your lapel (be it real or fabric) makes the subtle statement that you take pride in your appearance. You can find all shapes and sizes but sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands and make your own (more on that in an upcoming post).

2. Sock Garters

Sock garters from Bra*Tenders

Sock garters have kind of a bad record when it comes to style points. I do understand it, but there is nothing stylish about flashing some ankle and having your socks bunched around them. This is where practicality wins out. I have been wearing sock garters for a few years now but it has always been more function than style.

Sock garters from Fine and Dandy Shop

While black is classic and traditional, you don’t have to resign yourself to looking like your grandpa anymore. Places like Fine and Dandy Shop (where I picked up this pink plaid pair) have a variety of offerings in interesting patterns and colors. Hopefully you already have some fun socks, now you can make sure that they stay in place and look good doing it.

3. Pocket Handkerchief

Vintage handkerchief

Personally, I think every man should carry a handkerchief. I even wrote one of my first posts about them. This is another instance where function can cross over into style. You don’t just have to shove that cotton square into your pocket though. You can use a handkerchief as a pocket square so why not treat it that way all the time? When you put the handkerchief in your pocket (I put mine in my back right) let a half-inch or so peek out. It will give your pocket a pop of color and keep your hanky handy.

4. Hat Accessories

Vintage hat pin; feather off a hat from JJ Hat Center;
Straw hat by Goorin Bros.

This one may be a little more specialized because hatpins and feathers require that you already wear another accessory, a hat. You can wear them together or separately and most higher quality fedoras will come with one or both. If you really want to personalize things, you can find some really nice vintage hatpins out there as well as more feathers than you can imagine (just keep it small). Though they work best with a fedora, if you have the confidence you can put a hatpin or small feather in just about any full-brimmed hat with a band (as long as it’s not a fez because no matter what some people say, fezzes are not cool).

Incorporating uncommon accessories into your wardrobe is a great opportunity to put your own unique stamp on the clothes you wear everyday.  Some accessories are purely decorative, while others also serve a practical purpose, but what they all share is their ability to set you apart from the crowd.

Stay stylish,
- JJ


  1. Unique accessories! I like customized and personalized accessories.Thanks for posting very creative accessories!