We talk all the time about must-have accessories for women, but what about you menfolk? Sure, you probably won't be sporting bangles and a neon clutch at your next work function, but there are a few simple accessories every man should have on hand in case plans change on dime and you need to alter your look.
Business dinners, last-minute dates, happy hours with co-workers -- we've got the stuff you need to keep you looking calm, cool and collected when a surprise outing hits your day.
Keeping some extra ties on hand at work is smart for many reasons. For starters, what if you dip your tie in your spaghetti sauce at lunch? Or perhaps you dress down for work, but need to dress up for a business-related outing after work. And even if you've been wearing a tie all day, a new one can change the look of your whole ensemble for an evening event.
Also -- and let's hope this isn't the case -- if you pull a lot of all-nighters at the office, you'll have a different tie to wear the following day.
OK -- so, a toothbrush doesn't sound like much of an accessory. But your winning smile, fresh breath and pleasant man-scent certainly are. And let's face it -- going to an important meeting with garlic breath, spinach caught in your teeth and B.O. doesn't make the best impression.
Therefore, we recommend you put together a small toiletry bag containing the following: toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, dental floss and cologne (if that's your thing). Buy these items in travel sizes so they don't take up much room in your desk and can easily be tossed into your briefcase for any last-minute business meetings or trips. Some toothpaste brands even make tiny toothbrushes with the gel built right into the brush and a toothpick on the opposite end. You don't even need water. So handy!
Every man should own a good pair of sunglasses. They aren't just for style, either -- they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. But yes -- they also make you look dashing. In recent years, aviators have become a popular sunglass choice among men (as you can see by Brad Pitt's example).
Style aficionados recommend you wear your aviators (or other stylish shades) with formal dress and purchase another cheap, sporty pair for golf, hiking, biking -- and whatever other outdoor activities you enjoy. No need to spend a fortune on the sporty pair -- that way if they get lost or broken, it's no big deal. And never wear your sports sunglasses with business attire. Fashion faux pas!
For most men, a watch is the only piece of jewelry they'll ever really wear. Make it a stylish one. Invest in a simple, classic watch that will go with anything -- from a suit to your casual Friday ensemble. A nice timepiece will make you look classy, no matter what you're wearing. And in today's world -- where most people use their mobile phones as a clock -- sporting a good-looking watch shows that you can afford that luxury.
Trust us. It's time to throw out that Velcro wallet you've been carrying around in your back pocket since college. There are all sorts of wallets to choose from -- large ones that are big enough to hold a passport to simple money clips that just hold a few bills. You can even have your initials engraved on your money clip to give it some class.
It all depends on your needs. One thing that isn't fashion-forward is a giant bulge in your back pocket. Avoid the urge to put everything you own into your wallet. If you're afraid you may end up on "Hoarders: Wallet Edition," buy a money clip, and you'll be forced to pare things down.
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