Imagine the scene – you're at a bar and a guy walks into the room.
People turn to look at him.
There's something about this guy…
He's refined. Elegant.
And there's something about his outfit that forces people to stop what they're doing and pay attention.
It's the details.
A stylish man enhances his look with subtle touches – and it's these subtle touches that separate him from everyone else.
In today's article, I'm giving you the 7 accessories you need to set yourself apart from the crowd.
Men's Accessory 1. Shirt Collar Stays
Also known as collar tabs, stiffs, or sticks – collar stays are designed to keep your dress shirt collar intact.
Most quality dress shirts come with small pockets beneath the collar where the stays are inserted. Some even come with stays off the rack.
They are made from several materials – from bone to metal, to plastic.
The same rules apply as with any tool: Higher-quality materials are an initial investment, but they'll endure a lifetime of abuse.
The problem with plastic collar stays is that they are prone to bending – leading to you buying replacements. However, metal and bone stays don't have this issue.
For extra stiffness, magnetic collar stays are available to hold the collar against the shirt. Some even offer hooks for small buttons or adjustable length features.
Make sure to remove your collar stays before washing, dry cleaning, or ironing a shirt. Cleaning can damage both the shirt and the stays.
If you try the iron with the tabs still in the collar, you'll leave an impression of the tab visible through the fabric.
Men's Accessory 2. Shoehorns
A shoehorn is a tool that helps your foot slide into your shoe.
It's a ramp that gets braced against the back of the shoe, letting your heel get in without snagging.
Not only do they afford comfort to your feet, but they also protect the shoes as well.
Every time your heel snags against the shoe, it damages it. Do this enough, and creases will start to form on the back of your shoe.
The term “shoehorn” hearkens back to a time when they were made exclusively from horn. Though you can find them cheaply in plastic, they'll snap soon enough.
shoehorns made from horn are the only ones that'll stand the test of time. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so the choice is yours.
If you're the kind of man that prizes his shoe collection – then this is an absolute essential.
Men's Accessory 3. The Right Comb For The Job
When it comes to men's accessories, combs are about as old-school as it gets. Combs have been discovered dating back to 2,500 BCE.
We've found countless Viking combs in ruins made from antler. Despite centuries of damage, they're still in good shape. That tells you all you need to know about the materials.
It's not enough to own any random comb, though – you need the right one for your personal style.
What are they?
- All-purpose comb: Designed to work on thin and thick hair with a wide variety of lengths.
- Fine-tooth comb: The teeth are packed together to get the hair perfectly neat. It's not ideal for thick hair, as it might snag.
- Pick comb: Designed to lift hair, which is why it is common among afro-wearers.
- Rat tail comb: Comes with a handle designed to distinguish the part in your hair.
- Wide-tooth comb: Great for working out tangles and getting a more natural finish.
- Rake comb: Designed to handle knotted hair with minimal pulling and pain.
Choose your weapon, gents.
Men's Accessory 4. Suspenders
Suspenders consist of two straps that fasten to the waistband of your trousers to hold them up.
Modern suspenders were invented by Albert Thurston in the early 19th century. Since then, they've been a staple of menswear.
The earliest designs were known as H-backs, which looked like an upper-case H on the back. This eventually turned into the more common X-back and Y-back.
They were considered underwear as late as 1938.
Suspenders are a rare sight nowadays – but still socially acceptable. Men who rock them with confidence stand out from the crowd. It's also a great way to introduce a flash of color to an ensemble.
Suspenders are ideal for men who want to look skinnier. The verticality of suspenders draws less attention to the stomach.
They also yield a number of health benefits. Suspenders improve posture by applying slight pressure on your shoulders, which pushes you to straighten up.
Belts mimic a tourniquet around your waist – they cut off bloodflow. With suspenders, you guarantee better circulation through the body.
Traditional suspenders are made by a tight wool weave known as box cloth.
My recommendation? Never get clip-on suspenders. You'll look as though you made no effort.
Instead, make sure your trousers come with buttons along the inner waistband and opt for classic button suspenders.
Men's Accessory 5. Straight Razors
The oldest razor style around.
Straight razors have a nasty reputation of causing deep cuts with the slightest misstep.
While they are sharper than other blades, the benefits of these men's accessories outweigh the risks.
Straight razors are the least likely to leave you with bumps or razor burn. The reason is simple: One blade can't get stuck.
Modern multi-razors seem safe, but it's likely that one of those blades will fail and tug on your hair.
Razor cartridges produce over 10,000 tons of waste a year. Straight razors, therefore, benefit the environment. There is usually no plastic and nothing to throw away, you have a tool for life.
Plus, using a leather strap to sharpen the blade simply looks badass.
Men's Accessory 6. Traditional Shaving Brush
There are several major advantages to using a shave brush…
They create a perfect lather by whipping the soap – which is important for lubricating and warming the skin.
They massage the face and brush off dead skin cells. Brushes also serve to soften the skin and hair in preparation for the blade.
You can find these in a variety of styles and colors. Handles come in different sizes and materials – wood and horn are two examples.
What about fur? It's all about trade-offs…
Badger fur is considered the softest and most commonly used on brushes. It's soft and easy on the skin, but less effective in whipping the soap. They also tend to be the most expensive, averaging anywhere between $30 and 100$.
Horsehair is slightly rougher than badger fur but better-priced ($40 for a good brush).
The hardest of the bunch is boar hair. This coarse material feels uncomfortable on the skin but excels at whipping up a great lather. They are also the cheapest ($10 or less).
Men's Accessory 7. Lapel Pins
Lapel pins are just that – pins that go on your suit or sports jacket's lapel. They add a bit of flair to any ensemble.
Lapel pins come in any design you can think of. Think of simple flag pins worn by state officials to extravagant floral boutonnieres worn by the most dapper of gents.
Lapel pins may be small, but they add a ton of flash.
If you want to get really old-school, get a boutonniere. They are real flowers worn over a jacket's lapel. Boutonnieres, however, are usually reserved for formal occasions.
You're safer getting a cool lapel pin for the sake of versatility. Make sure you place your pin over the buttonhole on your lapel.
The tools we named here were used for centuries. Yet, they surpass anything new we've come up with.
They are as timeless as it gets. Bring them into your daily routine, and you'll up your style substantially.
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