Ten Accessories Every Man Should Have (from QSM)
Words by Mayowa Adeniyi. Images by Vinny Lo unless otherwise credited
1. Statement Rings
Credit: Jack Gibson
Contra Store (Charlotte St)
Even if you’re already rocking a wedding band, statement jewellery should be a part of a fashion-forward wardrobe. The key is not to overdo it - start with one standout piece in a neutral colour and unique design, like the Cameron Studio Signet Ring at Contra Store. This should work with all outfits and be a steppingstone to building out a clean jewellery collection.
2. Bold Tie
The Cloakroom (180 Queen Street)
For special occasions, a strong tie can be the standout feature of a suit. With most men choosing to wear navy and dark blue tailoring, a contrast-coloured tie can break up the formality of the look, without being too garish. Solid and print patterns will be your friend here, but if you’re looking to be even more adventurous, pick out a linen or silk option, from Mitchell Ogilvie or The Cloakroom.
3. White Sneakers
Hype DC (Albert Street)
With most of us slowly letting our casual Friday style creep into the rest of the week, the challenge is staying on point without losing that dressed down appeal. The answer? A pair of crisp, white sneakers. Admittedly you can find a pair almost everywhere, but we love this chunky Veja pair from Hype DC in Albert Lane
4. Dad Cap
Rodd & Gunn (Myer Brisbane)
The dad cap has well and truly established itself as a go-to accessory for men in recent years. Seriously, what makes a better excuse for not combing your hair for a Saturday morning coffee run? Simply throw it on with a pair of those white sneakers and you’re ready to roll. You’ll still need to change out of those pyjamas though. My pick? Rodd & Gunn’s Bond St Cap.
5. Pocket Square
Calibre (David Jones QueensPlaza)
Whether it's a sports coat/jeans combo for Friday lunch or a mid-week business dinner, pocket squares can add some seriously cool style to any jacket. A crisp, multi-print pocket square will work wonders for your outfit. It can be folded and styled in more than a few different ways to keep things fresh. Best of all, it will probably be the most inexpensive part of the outfit that produces the most compliments. M.J Bale in Wintergarden or Calibre in David Jones QueensPlaza are a great start.
Throughout summer, autumn, winter and spring, a good pair of dependable shoes become a wardrobe staple. Loafers can give you the versatility you need all year round - show off a bit of ankle for warmer weather or dress them up with a pair of socks in the winter or for a sharper look. For maximum style and minimum fuss, look out for a nice brown leather with tassels, like the Blaylock Loafer from Aquila.
7. Polarised Sunglasses
Bailey Nelson (Edward Street)
A wise man once said, “With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60.” - Jack Nicholson. The benefit of a solid pair of polarised shades is understated. While they’re highly practical, they can often be an overlooked staple. Always keep them within easy reach to experience the power to turn even the shyest among us into a cool, mysterious figure. Optiko Eyewear and Bailey Nelson, both located on Edward St, have all your eyewear needs.
Contra (Charlotte Street)
We all need something to put our keys, cash and cards into. While any wallet can perform this task, it shouldn’t stop this accessory from being stylish, especially if it’s like this Marni option from Contra. A bulky wallet isn’t a good look for anybody, so choose something that holds what you need on the go or use this opportunity to streamline down to the basics. Think about it, do you really need all those business cards? (Guilty..)
9. Satchel Bag
Fossil (Myer Brisbane City)
Whether for work, play or just generally holding things, a leather satchel is an accessory that every man needs to have. I mean, what else is there to say really? It speaks itself. Fossil in Myer has a great range of leather bags.
Vintage Watch Co (Brisbane Arcade)
When we’re thinking about accessories, a classic watch from the likes of the Vintage Watch Co in Brisbane Arcade is usually one of the first things that pops up. Watches are a form of self-expression that tell you everything you need to know about the wearer’s style and personality at first glance. To make your timepiece stand out even more, swap out the strap for a bold colour that captures attention everywhere you go!