Exquisite touches for an elegant look Lauren April 26, 2014 FASHION Women aren’t the only ones who need to know how to accessorize their look. More and more, men’s accessories are becoming the way for men to express their style and show off a great look. There are so many accessories available to men, and many aren’t even aware of the opportunity they have to add that perfect touch to their look. Coordinating accessories can add a touch of style and elegance to a man’s wardrobe that just can’t be achieved otherwise. So what are you waiting for? Check out these tips for adding that exquisite touch to your look: Complementing your suit The suit is an essential manly staple. It is worn to the office, and to any kind of formal event where a man wants to look his best. Every man should have a quality suit in his wardrobe ready to go. But it’s not enough just to have this perfect suit. Complementing the suit with accessories can really bring the look to the next level. There are many elements that go into complementing a suit, and the first is the one accessory that most men already wear: the tie. Tie The tie is the essential manly accessory that just pulls the entire look together. When you throw on a tie, you can pretty much stroll in anywhere; it just gives that look of sophistication. There are so many different styles of ties that will all make their own statement. A tie is the first thing people notice when they look at a man’s wardrobe, so it’s important that it is a quality piece on its own. Yet don’t forget that the most important thing a tie can do is to tie the rest of the outfit together. So it must complement the rest of the suit. The length of the tie is important; it should hit right at the beltline, not above or below. And as for width, you want to stick in the two and a quarter to two and three quarter inches range. Any skinnier or wider will just look silly. If you’re looking for your tie to anchor your outfit and give a really solid statement, stick with solid colors. You can always go with a wild print or pattern if you want to make a more playful statement. But for people to take you seriously in the office, solid works best. Collar bar A collar bar lets people know that you are truly distinguished and take your look seriously. While it’s not something that every man usually wears, it adds that extra special touch to your look. If you’ve ever watched the series Mad Men, you might have some idea of the type of look this accessory can create. If you want to achieve this look, you have several options. You can purchase a shirt with a collar bar already attached, or you can add your own. The most important thing to consider when adding a collar bar is the overall impression that the accessory will make, not how it looks on its own. Lapel pin A lapel pin is another great accessory that men can add to their look that’s really trending right now. While a collar bar is mostly suited to a formal occasion, the lapel pin is very versatile. It works equally well with a formal outfit, or just as a more casual look. Yet it adds a bit more sophistication to the casual wardrobe. The purpose of the lapel pin is to draw attention to a particular area, or to express your style in a personal way. Custom lapel pins are a great way to express your personal style. You can pick a design or badge that means something to you, or just one that you particularly enjoy. Remember that less is more, and you don’t want to blow people away with a very massive lapel pin. You just need that subtle hint of sophistication that it can add. Pocket square Wearing a pocket square in the pocket of your suit can really add the perfect finishing touch to your look. It really brings together your outfit and adds a sophisticated edge to an otherwise normal suit. Pick a color that will compliment you in some way. For example, if you’re wearing a grey suit and you have blue eyes, you could wear a blue pocket square to match your eyes. Or you could pick a shade of pocket square that picks up a tiny amount of color somewhere else in your suit. The purpose is to add an extra bit of elegance to your outfit.