Updating your look doesn't require an entirely new wardrobe.
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Updating your look doesn’t necessarily require a marathon shopping trip. If you’re not ready to commit to buying a new wardrobe, or are hesitant about testing fall trends—like a graphic print sweater or designers’ riskier twists on herringbone prints—then starting with accessories is an easy way to step up your style. We chatted with fashion experts at Gilt, Nordstrom, and in the jewelry industry to find out where you should invest your time and money this season. Here are 10 ways to step up your game for fall.
“For a workbag, look for quality construction with simple and understated design,” says Andrew Powell, VP of men's merchandising at Gilt. “You can't go wrong with a solid leather or canvas brief. Ditch the over-the-shoulder strap and carry it by the handles.” Our pick: Zara Leather Briefcase ($179, zara.com)
Or try a backpack—they're coming back. “We love a leather backpack because it looks business centric with a moto edge,” says Jorge Valls, men’s fashion director at Nordstrom, who recommends the 'Kroyer' Leather Backpack ($355, nordstrom.com). It has enough space for a 15” laptop and plenty of pockets for all of your paperwork and business materials.
If your sunglasses scream summer and chilling on the beach, update your eyewear this season with retro styles. Matte black round frames look great heading into fall and complement all the black and grey pieces that make their way back into your wardrobe, says Powell.
“We think retro Clubmasters are the perfect sunglass silhouette to transition from fall to winter,” adds Valls.
“The hottest accessories trend for a majority of men are watches,” says Carrie Robinson, manager at Morton and Rudolph Jewelers in Cherry Hill, NJ. “Whether he’s an executive or an average Joe with a more casual style, men are collecting and investing in watches to be their main accessory. What’s most popular and on-trend are those with larger faces, stainless steel materials, and lots of bells and whistles that are often underutilized but look cool.”
“For guys who are into jewelry, necklaces with tags or crosses are still hot,” says Robinson. If you want a cleaner, classic look, choose a plain silver tag or get one with interesting detail. For a bit of a badass look, we like David Yurman’s black titanium and darkened sterling silver tag with black onyx.
When you’ve put time and attention into every other element of your look, slipping on a pair of snarled, gnarly socks is a big fashion Don’t that’s sure to get noticed. Believe us, there’s a good chance your colleagues and date will see your socks, so why not draw their attention to a worthy pair? “Cashmere blend socks are the ultimate in understated luxury and work perfectly under any boot or brogue,” says Powell.
Our pick: Punto Cashmere Striped Socks ($22, gilt.com)
6) Cuff Links
Every guy needs a great pair of cuff links. They’re a timeless staple and can dress up any shirt, says Robinson. While you can change them up depending on your mood and how much personality you want to display, a sleek pair will always look stylish and professional, and channel your inner Don Draper.
“This season, we’re excited to tell our customers about the pocket square,” says Valls. “It can be worn dressy to finish off a polished suit look, but is also a great way to accessorize casual pair of denim, or a jacket with no tie.”
Powell recommends houndstooth or herringbone pocket squares to add interest to your blazer.