Cool Cat - Men's Accessory Must Haves

Monday, December 7, 2015

Cool Cat - Men's Accessories


We already talked about a gift guide for our guys a few weeks back (which you can find here) but I wanted to do a quick round up of the best men's accessories (all pre-tested by the closest boys in my life). Each of these would also make great gifts/stocking stuffers this holiday season!

Let's begin:

Monogrammed Suspenders: These are especially awesome if you're in the thick of planning your wedding, but really these are fun for any black tie event your guy might have coming up. I love the idea of a monogram or wedding date stitched on. For our wedding, we had our wedding date stitched on the underside of J's tux collar. It was one of my favorite details from our special day.

A Great Pair of Glasses: There's something so handsome about a guy in glasses, no? I think it majorly ups the cuteness factor. Favorite brands are Warby Parker, Oliver Peoples, or Ben Silver.

Leather Tech Gloves: A great pair of driving gloves are a winter staple, but spring for the tech ones and you will have one happy dude in your life. These allow you to click and swipe your iPhone/Pad until your hearts content without removing your gloves. J has this pair on his Christmas wish list.

Cashmere Scarf: The perfect polished touch to top off your outfit.

Pocket Squares: These are so fun to gift because you really can't have enough colors and prints (however steer clear of paisley/over the top patterns). If you think about how boring a boys outfit can be, especially formal attire (we call J's tux his "uniform" because of all of our weddings this past year), this is the area where you can add personality and fun. Don't go crazy but definitely stand out from others with this, this, or this.

Unique Belts: Another area where you can bring the fun along with the function. I mentioned in my previous gift guide that I gave J a needlepoint life belt which was an awesome gift that he has worn for years. Currently loving these La Matera belts which you can shop here.

Cufflinks: J has a bunch of fun cufflinks, but really whenever he asks me which he should wear, I am always drawn to the simple colorful knots. These are super cheap and come in really gorgeous shades.

Shoes/Slippers: This is the one area where guys can really slip-up (pun pun) and where you should place a lot of focus on your gift giving. There are SO many hideous men's shoes out there - why?!?? Invest in a good pair of slippers (J loves llbean ones) some great every day shoes (Sperry's, Chukka's, Vans Lace Ups etc) and a pair of dark leather flip flops for summer (Rainbows are the best I think). For the office, a great bit loafer or driving shoe (we love Ferragamo and Cole Haan).

A Signet Ring: This may or may not be your style, but I am a big fan of a pinky signet ring on a guy (or a girl for that matter). If he wears a wedding ring, have it fitted for his right hand. If he has a special family symbol (crest or design) work with a custom engraver for a special personal touch.

Signature Scent: Again, this is a personal preference, but if you are looking for a great men's scent, Creed Silver Mountain Water is by far the best smell I have EVER come across….I would literally bathe in this cologne. Heads up though, it will set you back a few hundred dollars! Not into cologne? Try a masculine scented hand cream (this wood one is our favorite)

Wallet, Dopp Kit, and Brief Case: The heavenly trifecta. These are three items a guy will use every single day of his life so they should be top quality and great looking! I love the needlepoint monogrammed wallet (above). Dopp Kits look great in leather, but I actually opt for a dark colored canvas that can be easily cleaned and won't show stains (I feel like men's dopp kits are always covered in toothpaste and weird stains, no?). J gave monogrammed dopp kits to his groomsmen for our wedding, and they all seem to be using/loving them. Lastly, the briefcase. I feel like guys are really picky about this item and I get it, you don't want to look like you're carrying a purse. J.Crew has some great options if you are searching, or try your local leather goods store.

Fun Socks: Like the pocket squares, these are a fun place to add a little personality and color to your outfit. J and my friend's husband (we will call him V) have an on going sock competition for every wedding we attend. They get overly excited about each other's sock game which we have come to refer to as peacocking. How cute are these pheasant socks?!

Coolers and Koozies:  This sounds crazy but literally everywhere we go, J carries a koozie in his pocket so he's always prepared for a cold brew. This Yeti cooler is also on his wish list, although I don't know where he thinks he's going with a $500 cooler…



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