Finishing Touches That Smarten Up Your Style

If you crave that gentlemanly look, there are some basic rules you need to follow to make sure you ooze style. While you may know which colours work for you or what cuts work well, then you’re off to a good start, but there’s always room for improvement.

They say that the devil is in the details, and that’s something that’s especially true for men’s fashion. Want to up your style game? Make those finishing touches count. Learn how to use them to smarten up your style.



Bet you weren’t expecting that one as a starter for ten, were you? Yes, your hair is one of the best accessories. Get it right, and you’ll have nailed your look from head to toe, while the unkempt, ‘can’t be bothered’ style is going to do the rest of your look a disservice. Take a look at men’s hair trends for 2018 and get yourself a cut that is easy to maintain to ensure a polished look every time.

A well-cut suit

Nothing looks smarter than a well-cut suit. One thing you should treat yourself to in your adult life is a handmade suit – you’ll never experience a better cut. Alternatively, when buying a suit from a store, make sure you know what to look for in a designer suit. Price and designer aren’t everything, so get clued up on fabrics and cuts to ensure you get the smart look every time.


Shoes are another crucial style element to making your style look smart and grown-up. It’s worth investing in several pairs of smart shoes that you can alternate with different looks. Make sure they’re kept in good condition – every man should know how to shine shoes like a soldier. If shoes are looking a bit tattered or in need of some TLC, you can take them to a cobbler to get them stitched or resoled, leaving them as good as new.

Embrace jewellery

Men’s jewellery is becoming more and more popular and can add a hint of sophistication to your outfit when chosen wisely. A signet ring or a statement watch from places like JACOBS THE JEWELLER, make for cool, but subtle pieces, that will help to complete your outfit. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to embrace jewellery, start with something like Deakin & Francis gold cufflinks – a functional item that also impresses. Avoid anything too blingy, as this will leave your outfit looking tacky, rather than the smart finish you were hoping for.

Belts and ties to refresh your look

A belt and tie might seem like two items that won’t make much difference to your outfit, but they are the things that help change it up from one occasion to the next. A belt that matches your suit colour keeps the look coordinated, but a contrasting colour could create a different smart and stylish look altogether. The same goes for your tie. A bit of experimentation with colour can keep your look different each time, while still retaining that same smart quality.

Whatever you’re dressing up for, make sure you keep it smart. These finishing touches may not seem like much, but they’ll be the difference between an ordinary outfit, and a memorable one.

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