Ypres: A Man’s Guide to Accessorizing with Style
Style-icon Luka Sabbat cultivates his cool street-style by accessorizing top to bottom with rock-inspired accessories like silver pendants, bold rings, and studded Chelsea-boots. While one of these accessories may look quirky; all of them together create a style statement.
Here are the top five men’s accessorizing tips for 2018.
- Be like Luka–create a cohesive look, head to toe.
It may be easy to create a good-looking simple look like a business formal suit and tie, or a business casual oxford and chinos, but it takes a little effort to transform generic looks into statements of personal style. Shop the above look here!
Accessories set the tone of a look; for example, when business casual wardrobe basics are paired with athletic-inspired shoes and outerwear in bold colors, boring basics become high-fashion.
A good rule of thumb is to balance accessories across your body, so balance those rocker boots with a distressed bomber or a bold wristwatch to distribute your accessories head to toe.
- Layer for pops of color and texture.
When the “pop of color” trend emerged a few years ago, fashion-forward gentlemen wore bold statement pieces. As the trend has evolved, layering with subtle color accents has become more on-trend.
Try fashion layering under the shirt with this bold tank from Ypres Clothing; under a crisp Oxford, it gives a hint of color and pattern that elevates a look without being over the top, or, paired with a hoodie, the chic pink pattern keeps a casual look au courant. Colorful accessories are more on-trend than peacock-flashy jackets or pants.
- Mix prints in related color stories.
Mixing traditionally unrelated prints has dominated the men’s fashion runways for 2018. A stylish man shows that he knows how to break rules. Daniel Kaluuya made the list for the most stylish man of 2018 with his bold combination of a red plaid suit and a floral print shirt at a BAFTA (British Academy Of Film and Television Arts) event in Los Angeles in February.
It can be intimidating to try to mix masculine camouflage with feminine florals or western plaids with tribal prints; there are so many ways it can go wrong! The simplest way to incorporate this haute couture trend is to accessorize with prints in the same color family. Ypres Clothing’s layering tank in olive pairs beautifully with the earthy tones in tweed, camo, and Glen plaids. It’s a subtle, interesting way to accessorize and mix patterns.
- Mix casual and formal pieces for a chic, effortless effect.
It used to be a rule that a stylish man would never wear a Rolex Submariner with a suit; after all, a suit is for work, and a diving watch is for play. Rules like this, however, are anachronisms in today’s style world.
The powerhouses in fashion are introducing looks that incorporate high-end fabrics like silk and cashmere with comfortable staples like jersey, denim, and fleece, or formal styles like blazers and trousers with casual accessories like fitness-inspired watches, outerwear, and shoes.
Even casual looks are elevated on the runway with jewelry, watches, and luxurious on-trend patterns, especially in fashion layering under the shirt.
This high-fashion mix of the formal and casual has been all over the red carpet, including Paul Rudd at an event for ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ in Rome wearing a patterned polo under a suit, and Dominic Cooper at the world premier for ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ in London, wearing a monochromatic sky blue suit and sporty polo with casual red-striped socks.
- Choose versatile pieces that are easy to transform with accessories.
Using versatile accessories in creative ways can be stylish, but investing too much into too many trends can distract from the cultivation of a thoughtful personal style. A fashionable man is aware of trends, but he always looks like himself, whether he’s as classic and refined as George Clooney or as experimental and young as Justin Bieber.
Award-winning designer Riccardo Tisci makes some of the most beautiful clothing in the world, but he lives in basic black t-shirts and slacks; it’s his trademark accessories, bright white sneakers, that give his look personality.
One way to avoid seeming flighty or too trend-obsessed is to invest in well-made basics and versatile accessories. A well-tailored suit can be broken up and layered for dozens of looks, and great accessories can be layered and incorporated into even more combinations.
For example, layering tanks like Ypres Clothing’s layering tanks can be worn under hoodies, under flannels, or under sports coats for totally different looks, but the tropical pattern can become a man’s signature print.
For 2018, stick to a few simple rules for accessorizing to help cultivate on-trend outfits that blend high-fashion moments with your own, personal sense of style.
(Images Courtesy of YpresClothing.com)