Sunday, 14 August 2011

Stylish accessories for Men: Don’t let your outfit down.

MilanStyle.co.ukKJ Beckett have asked men’s style and luxury brands blog, MilanStyle.co.uk to select their favourite accessories to accompany their perfect outfit for the season ahead.

‘It’s all in the details’.


It’s a saying we’ve all heard and we’ve probably even said a few times ourselves, but strangely, most gents often fall down on the little details when it comes down to putting together an outfit for a smart evening out, or even just to smarten up their office attire.


It’s often the case that men will spend a lot of money on a shirt or pair of jeans for an evening out, forgetting that an outfit does not start and end with your top and bottoms. There is absolutely no exception to this rule, so that means your (polished) shoes have got to look just as sharp and just as fresh as your new shirt. And so have your accessories.

Many often scrimp and try to ‘save money’ on their socks, underwear and ties, thinking that because the rest of their outfit looks good, they’ll ‘get away’ with a bobbly old pair of socks and a tie you got for Christmas a few years ago from your Nan. The truth is, the opposite tends to happen. Your tired old socks, or your cheap tie pulls down the rest of your outfit and leaves people with an impression that you’re not sure how to pull together a smart outfit. Whereas if you’d spend a little more to perfect these little details and highlight your own individual sense of style, you’d seriously elevate your look (and what people think of how you dress).


If you’re a fan of Vivienne Westwood menswear for example, there’s just no point wearing a brand new crisp Vivienne Westwood shirt and then letting it down with bog-standard Christmas cracker cufflinks. Invest in some of the designer’s iconic ‘skull’ cufflinks in gunmetal grey (we really love these at MilanStyle.co.uk) – needless to say they complete any Westwood outfit and also are actually very adaptable – adding a real touch of personality to your office shirt too. Wear them with confidence.


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Next, socks


We’ve all done it. You think that because you’re wearing some beautiful Gucci loafers, or Oliver Sweeney boots or maybe even some Tricker’s brogues that you’ll be able to get away with some cheap Primark socks that you got as a gift, right? Wrong.


Seriously if you’ve taken the leap to wearing proper men’s shoes, spend the extra tenner you’d normally spend on socks and go for some by the likes of Pantherella, still made in England in fine woollens, and still looking as good with a well-made pair of shoes just as they ever did.

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Scarves


Anyone who reads our blog will know how in awe we are of the John Smedley brand after we recently visited their factory.

Again, don't try to cut corners and making sure always you look sharp from head to toe. You just can’t beat a John Smedley jumper and after we tried the scarves in subtle, very ‘English’ designs, we realised it will be hard to beat a John Smedley scarf too. KJ Beckett’s selection is affordable and understated, meaning they will go with just about any outfit in the cooler months, smart or casual.


If you’re feeling a little bolder, then of course, it’s back to Vivienne Westwood and her range of eye-catching scarves for men. These look great with a plain, casual jumper allowing the scarf to really stand out.


Lastly, BlackBerry and Iphone cases


Ok, at MilanStyle.co.uk we’ve got some pretty expensive Iphone and BlackBerry cases by the likes of Zagliani and while the genuine crocodile and ostrich skin versions are amazing, not everyone will be able to afford £1000 on a mobile phone case!


Estime are a French brand making lovely cases and bringing a touch of sheer class (and a hell of a lot of craftsmanship) to the now ubiquitous Iphone and Blackberry. We really rate the ‘mock-crock’ versions for less than a tenth of the price of the £1000 Zagliani version, for around only £90.



The leather is superb as is the workmanship, all made in France, with our particular favourites the crocodile skin print version accessories which just look plain sexy, dare we say it, and give the wearer that touch of sheer class as you take out your mobile phone to gasps of envy.


Remember then gents, when you buy cheap accessories, you’re really only fooling yourself into thinking you can ‘get away with it’. Spend that little bit extra than you perhaps normally would and enjoy the confidence in wearing a complete, quality outfit from head to toe – it’s all in the details after all.


For more style tips and information on luxury brands, visit the MilanStyle blog.

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