10 Simple Ways To Accessorize A Suit

by Dana Hughes  |  in Accessories

Don’t let wearing a suit day after day become repetitive and boring.

Even if you go through every possible suit, shirt and tie combination in your wardrobe it can still feel like you’re wearing the same thing over and over again.

But there are many ways to liven up your suits without taking it too far or spending a fortune: just spruce up your look with some stylish accessories that will bring color, pattern and playfulness into the mix.

10 Simple Ways To Accessorize A Suit

1. A unique pocket square

Choose a bright, colorfully designed pocket square to make your suit more fun. The color or color scheme of your chosen pocket square should complement your tie, not match it. Don’t be afraid of bold patterns, bright colors and multi-hued designs, especially if your tie is less colorful or if you’re not wearing one at all.

If bright colors aren’t your style, just refold your pocket square into a different shape and keep it neutral in terms of color but eye-catching in terms of style. You don’t have to be an origami expert to learn how to fold it into a cool design, just browse through some options and pick the ones you like best.

2. A stylish leather bag

Just because you’re wearing a suit doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with an old-school briefcase, especially if you don’t feel like carrying such a bag in your hand all day. I’m not suggesting you lug your gym bag around with you, but you can definitely pull off a stylish leather bag while wearing a suit.

Choose a simple design in a neutral color that will match the rest of your wardrobe. That way you still have a work bag to store all of your items in without having to settle for a briefcase. You can wear a leather bag on your shoulder or across the body depending on how you like it. As long as the design is classic and the bag isn’t too bulky, you can pull it off.

3. A seasonal scarf

A scarf is not only a great way to accessorize your suit it’s also a must-have item during the colder months. There are many different ways to tie your scarf according to your needs and you can use it to make your outfit more or less formal depending on each occasion.

During autumn and winter it is a great accessory to keep you warm. You can also take full advantage of scarves during spring and summer by choosing a thinner design made from a lighter fabric and swapping your tie for a seasonal scarf that will feel less restrictive.

10 Simple Ways To Accessorize A Suit

4. An elegant timepiece

Wearing an elegant watch that completes your style is not only good for your punctuality, it will also complement the suit you are wearing. However, men’s watches have a reputation for being either too expensive or unappealing.

Despite that, there are many options for gorgeous and good quality timepieces in every price range. Owning a handsome watch doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune for it. You can sport a great design without paying an exorbitant price. Look for high quality watch brands and designers that have stood the test of time while still offering affordable, top quality timepieces.

5. Colorful socks

Everyday suits don’t come in canary yellow or bright teal. Even if the suits you wear are in neutral, darker tones, you can still add some playful colors to your outfit. Bring a bit of fun to your suit by wearing colorful socks in interesting patterns.

They won’t stand out too much but they’ll spruce up your overall appearance and add a welcome touch of color to your outfit. Don’t go overboard with colorful accessories, though: if you have a brightly colored tie and pocket square, dial it down with the color of your socks and vice versa.

10 Simple Ways To Accessorize A Suit

6. Add patterns

This is one of the easiest ways to accessorize your suit and make it stand out more: wear a shirt or a tie that has a colorful pattern with an otherwise simple suit. Regardless of whether you have a light or dark colored suit, wearing a shirt with a bold pattern or even pairing a monochromatic shirt with a stunning patterned tie will liven up your appearance and add a bit of drama to your outfit.

Whether you choose a floral, geometric, or striped shirt and tie, make sure you mix your patterns wisely and don’t overdo it. If your pattern is bold and colorful keep the rest of your outfit in neutral tones to balance your overall look.

7. Snappy Suspenders

Don’t be afraid to show off some awesome suspenders that complement your outfit and give your look a unique touch. Depending on what kind of suspenders you wear and what you pair them with, you can create a more or less formal look, so mix and match wisely and find out more about how to style and wear them before adding them to your wardrobe.

8. Statement shoes

Match your everyday suit with a pair of statement shoes to take your style up another notch. As long as you keep your outfit simplistic, wearing a bold pair of statement shoes that proudly show off prints, patterns or colors will liven up your overall look. There are many great options for statement footwear that you can use to incorporate color and extra style to your regular suits so don’t hesitate to try something new if you like it.

10 Simple Ways To Accessorize A Suit

9. A tie clip or tie bar

Tie clips may seem formal but that’s not necessarily the case these days. You can find many fun and unique tie bar designs to add some style, humor and color to your tie and to liven up your suit. Get inspired by all of the available models and styles and find unique tie clips and tie bars that can easily be matched with most of the items in your wardrobe.

10. A metallic necklace

Accessorize wisely and pair a more demure suit and shirt with a necklace that will complement your outfit. It goes without saying that pairing your formal outfits with your hemp medallion might not be the best option. Instead, choose a simple, metallic chain necklace. This style is more formal and will work well with evening wear as well as casual clothing.

Depending on how formal the occasion you are attending is, keep your necklace chain simple and classic or dress it up with a minimalistic pendant like a dog tag for an edgier look. Remember the golden rule: never wear more than one necklace, especially with formal wear; it’ll just look silly.


Which simple upgrade will you take advantage of the next time you don a suit? Let us know in the comments!


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