7 Reasons Why You're Afraid To Accessorize (And Why You Should)
Time... It's our most precious commodity.
As you know, it can't be replaced.
Back in the day I used to be the "watch" guy.
That's because I had at least four watches in my rotation.
It felt great getting compliments on them every day.
It was an easy way to strike up conversations with complete strangers. They'd always ask about them.
My favourite one was easily a white Nooka watch.
Like nothing you'd seen before, it would've fit in naturally with the Jetsons.
For a couple of years this was great but as I got older I valued my time more (how ironic).
Eventually it became a hassle to choose one to go with my outfits every day.
It was time consuming and I found myself rushing out the door in fear of being late.
Not the ideal way to start your morning.
Why am I telling you this?
To save you from making the same mistake.
Dressing well and proper grooming already takes enough time.
When time is your most precious commodity, wasting it isn't an option.
Accessorizing is one of the easiest ways to improve your image but so many guys avoid it.
Ever since I launched Street Gentlemen, I've noticed a pattern of what holds guys back.
You can find out what they are in the following list:
It's Not "Manly"
This is easily the most common misconception.
In an attempt to preserve their masculinity, a lot of guys resist the idea of adding accessories to their wardrobes because they won't be as rugged.
I'm actually willing to challenge this misconception.
We're seeing more and more guys adding subtle pieces of jewellery to their outfits.
It's seems that this trend is here to stay too.
So rather than being left behind, hop on this trend ASAP.
You're Afraid Of Getting It Wrong
This one applies to more than just accessorizing.
More often than not, when men are stepping out of their comfort zone when it comes to their style they hold back.
It's a result of how they'll be perceived for "getting it wrong" which is unfortunate because it keeps them from looking their best.
I'll let you in on a little secret...
Becoming a well-dressed man is usually the result of years of trial and error.
This means making a ton of mistakes and throwing away a lot of money along the way.
But anything worth achieving requires an investment.
It's Too Expensive
This couldn't be further from the truth.
With accessories rising in popularity over the last 2 to 3 years, we're seeing more designers launching their own lines.
As a result, we as consumers are benefiting from the increase in competition.
One benefit is that accessory designers have to price themselves accordingly.
And due to the increase in product available in the market, manufacturing costs have also been reduced.
All of this results in a variety of options for men to choose from at pretty much any price-point.
Before you commit to your accessories, just make sure to do your homework.
There's no need to splurge on Tiffany bracelets and Rolex watches.
Just read a few reviews and remember that quality will ALWAYS be better than quantity.
You're better of investing a little more money on something you won't have to replace over and over.
Accessorizing Is Complicated
I get it...
You'd prefer to keep it simple.
Most men would rather avoid complicating their morning routines.
Adding a collection of accessories to your wardrobe can potentially complicate the process of getting dressed every morning.
But it's only as complicated as you make it. Ultimately it's up to you to decide.
All you need is a handful of reliable, neutral accessories.
These can improve your style with little to no effort.
Choose a good watch, a few good bracelets, tie bars, or pocket squares. That's it!
Keep everything in neutral colours and make sure you can easily dress them up or down too.
Your Friends Will Make Fun Of You
Who can blame you?!
Nobody enjoys being the butt-end of jokes.
But if improving your style is actually important to you then this is one misconception that you need to overcome.
It begins with understanding that when you do change things up, there will be the initial phase of your buddies taking shots at you.
Remember that when somebody judges you that it's actually of a reflection of how they see themselves.
This has nothing to do with you.
Of course it's easier said than done to internalize this idea but figuring it out is worth the effort.
Not Sure Where To Start
There's an overwhelming amount of information out there.
No wonder you're having trouble trying to figure it out.
The key here is simply to take the leap!
Decide what you like in terms of style when it comes to accessories and what actually suits your personality too.
Here's another secret for you...
Getting it wrong the first few times doesn't mean that you're a failure when it comes to dressing well.
Like I mentioned earlier, becoming stylish is often a series of trial and error.
It helps to have someone who knows what they're doing to save yourself the hassle of figuring it out on your own.
Doesn't Reflect Your Personality
It makes sense.
You'd rather keep it simple.
You're not flashy a guy and you don't want to draw too much attention yourself.
That's the case for most guys when it comes to accessorizing.
The great thing about new designers popping up every few months is that they cater to all sorts of personalities.
So if you're someone who prefers to take the understated yet elegant approach, there's brands like Vitaly available for you.
If you prefer something more unique and purpose-driven, you can explore what brands like Playfield Co. have to offer.
If you've made it this far and still aren't convinced that accessorizing isn't for you, let me leave you with one last thought.
Adding accessories to your wardrobe isn't just for women.
Men have plenty of options too.
Even though you have a smartphone in your pocket, you probably still wear a watch.
A lot of men do.
Let's not forget that watches are also considered an accessory.
So next time you're at the mall and an accessory catches your eye, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try one on.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.
While you're here, you should check out the free style guide below...