Professionalism can be one of the hardest looks for a guy to pull off. It’s a look that takes a lot of regular maintenance and can be a little over-egged to become too formal. One of the things that can really help you cement the spirit of an outfit, however, is the choice of accessories that goes with it. Here, we’ll look at five accessories that every professional man should wear and why you should choose them.
The versatility and practicality of a good watch are practically unmatched. It’s by far one of the most flexible parts of any man’s outfit. It also tends to be valued much more highly as part of a man’s ensemble than just about any other part of his outfit. It’s a status symbol and one that people tend to notice first when they’re trying to gauge a man visually. Watches also tend to be highly cherished, even being passed along the generations.
Professional men have just as much need for some storage that they can carry around as anyone else would. There are plenty of different options here and maybe a messenger bag might suit some people better. However, for guys who want that classic entrepreneurial appeal, then a leather briefcase has a truly timeless appeal that can’t easily be replicated by the other options. Undeniably stylish alongside being incredibly practical makes it a very valuable choice indeed.
There are some accessories you’re only going to whip out on occasion but, when you do, you want to make sure that you’re not making the wrong impression. A scuffed up, scratched up, old wallet is going to do you a lot more harm than good. It makes it look like you don’t take care of your possessions, which can lead to some other uncharitable assumptions about your standards. Make sure you’re always carrying a new, great looking wallet.
If you’re a real professional, then you’re going to be out there networking, making new contacts, and trading details with them. However, putting a business card in your pocket or in a part of your wallet can make it easy to get lost, and other people will notice this. A good cardholder makes it look like you’re ready to both give out and receive cards on a regular basis, which will make people think that you’re a strong networker and thus more likely to be a good businessman.
You don’t have to choose every single one of the accessories mentioned above, but it probably wouldn’t hurt the kind of look that you’re going for.
A lot of what you might call the professional look is all about showing that a man is able to keep up with the standards expected of them as a professional. There isn’t a lot of room for personality. However, that changes with cufflinks. They give you the chance to show off a little personal taste while also working as a great status symbol. Whether you choose your initials, a symbol that has meaning to you, or even custom cufflinks with your company logo, they can be a great addition to the look.