What accessories should I wear with suits


Whether wearing a formal suit for a wedding or a casual suit for a poker session with your friends, suits are classic and timeless pieces of attire.

They have been the accepted form of dress in formal and professional settings for many decades. Other fashion trends may evolve – but suits continue to be an essential part of people's wardrobes around the world. But as more casual forms of dress become the norm for social engagements, wearing a suit becomes a less familiar option for many of us.

It means that choosing the right accessories to wear with a suit can present problems for both men and women. Style gurus know that the right accessories can add a touch of personality and sophistication to any suit ensemble.

Here are some expert suggestions:

Accessories for Men

Necktie or Bowtie
The classic accessory for a man’s suit is a necktie (or a bowtie). They always add color and extra style. Look for top brands like Brioni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tom Ford or Turnbull & Asser.

Pocket Square
A pocket square is a small piece of fabric that can be placed in the suit jacket's breast pocket. It mimics a folded handkerchief and adds a touch of elegance. Of course a real handkerchief is better. Note that it can match or contrast with the tie or shirt. Leading brands include Drake's, Eton, The Tie Bar and Brooks Brothers.

These decorative fasteners for the sleeves of dress shirts come in various styles, materials and designs. They are somewhat fiddly but can still allow the wearer a chance to express a personal style. Top brands of cufflinks include Montblanc, David Yurman or Deakin & Francis.

Tie Clip or Tie Bar
This specialist accessory keeps a tie in place by clipping horizontally across the tie and attaching it to the shirt. It also adds a polished look to the outfit. The classiest brands include Tiffany & Co, The Art of Shaving, Dunhill and J.Crew.

Dress Watch
A stylish watch can complete a suit for some men. Choose a classic design with a leather or metal strap that complements the suit's style. For a vintage touch, a pocket watch can be an interesting accessory and kept in the jacket's pocket.
Top watch brands are household names like Rolex, Omega and Tag Heuer. For pocket watches look for Tissot or Bulova.

Accessories for Women

Statement Necklace
A necklace from Jewlr can add glamour and elegance to a woman's suit. The necklace should complement the suit's color and style, and its length should work well with the suit's neckline. Other best-known brands include Swarovski, Kendra Scott, Oscar de la Renta or Alexis Bittar.

A lightweight silk scarf can be draped around the wearer’s neck or tied in various ways to add a sophisticated touch to a suit.
Again, look for colors and patterns that enhance the overall outfit. Hermès, Burberry or Alexander McQueen are leading brands to watch out for.

Brooch or Pin
Jewellery can be attached to the lapel of the suit jacket for an extra touch of style. It can be the decorative piece that adds a personal touch. If money is no object choose from brands like Chanel, Tiffany & Co or Gucci.

Statement Earrings
Choose earrings that suit your face shape. They should match the style and tone of the suit. Depending on preference, you can opt for studs, hoops or dangling earrings for extra glamour. Leading label include Mikimoto, David Yurman, Kendra Scott or Gorjana.

If the suit has loops, a stylish belt can enhance its overall look. As before, choose one that matches the suit's color and material. The buckle should be unobtrusive. A classic simple buckle is usually best. Big names in the world of belts include Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci or Hermès.

Clutch or Small Handbag
A chic handbag can complete any suit. Look for a style that will be suitable for the occasion – again, usually a classic look works best.

The highest rated brands include Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Prada.

Remember, the key to accessorizing with a suit is to strike a balance and ensure the accessories complement the overall look rather than overpowering it. Always consider the occasion, your personal style, and the colors and materials of your suit when choosing accessories.

For more than a century, formal suits are the outfit that has been the biggest staple for professional and smart settings for decades.

While fashion trends may evolve from miniskirts to polo necks, the good old suit continued to be an essential part of most people's wardrobes.

Fashion experts stress that by using the right accessories both men’s and women’s suits can be styled in many new ways. These accessories can reflect personal fashion choices – and will always help a timeless suit adapt to any new fashion trends.

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