10 Accessories for Updating Your Autumn Wardrobe
Text: Mikael Vallin
Illustration: Sofie Paulsson
The right dress scarf can give your outfit a more deliberate feel. Choosing a colour close to that of your outerwear makes a stylishly subtle and understated impression. The benefit of a dress scarf is that it not only enhances your style, but also keeps you warm when it is still not cold enough for a thick, woollen scarf.
Sunglasses not only protect you from the glare of the sun, but also add a stylish accent to your outfit. Offering shade from the rays of the low autumn sun during your daily commute, sunglasses are a particularly useful accessory no matter the time of year.
Your choice of watch says more about your style than any of your other accessories. Investing in a well-made, high-quality wristwatch shows not only that you are a style-conscious man, but also someone who understands the value of making a long-term investment. A sporting model is a good way to add a more casual touch to an otherwise formal outfit that also elegantly enhances your more relaxed ensembles.
Neckties will always be an unmistakable sign of good taste. Even if fewer and fewer men regularly wear ties these days, we guarantee that an ensemble with a tastefully matched necktie will always give you a stylistic advantage. Wearing a tie tone-on-tone with your blazer is a particularly fortuitous combination. In less formal situations, you can complete the outfit with a light blue Oxford shirt or a denim dress shirt. In situations calling for more formality, it is difficult to go wrong with a white cotton shirt.
As an accessory, gloves are often overlooked, and many men choose to keep their hands warm in skiing gloves when temperatures start to drop. The stylish gentleman, however, knows to wear leather or suede gloves in the same shade as his shoes and belt, or at least to stick to the same colour family, be it brown, beige, green, or blue. Black gloves should be worn with black shoes and a black belt.
The discussion of gloves naturally leads us into the world of belts. Simply put, black belts go with black shoes and brown belts go with brown shoes. A pleated leather belt can be an unexpectedly stylish addition to tone down the formality of dress trousers.
Pocket squares are not difficult to wear, and having a well-chosen pocket square in the chest pocket of your blazer will always attract a few compliments. Your pocket square should harmonise with your necktie, but preferably not match completely. Let the colour and pattern of your pocket square instead match your shirt and blazer.
With their prominent place in your outfit, woolly hats play a much wider role in setting the tone of your outfit than merely being a practical way to keep your head warm. Choosing a hat in the same colour as your overcoat or jacket is a classic approach that nevertheless makes a contemporary and stylish impression.
Your choice of bag can add a considerable amount of style to your ensemble. The right model can combine this with a high degree of practicality as both a workbag, gym bag, and even a weekend bag. A medium sized bag with a shoulder strap is a good choice. Finally, bags are one of those accessories where it is worth investing in a long-lasting and high-quality model.
The umbrella is the commuter’s best friend. Whether changing from the train to the bus or if you only need to walk from the car to the office, you will always be grateful for your umbrella when the rain begins to fall. The right umbrella will enhance your style wherever you are walking. Choose the colour of its canopy in the same way you pair your blazer with your trousers.