Kimberly Gomez
Threads for Men

Accessories are your finishing detail

Wondering how to refresh last year's wardrobe without making some pricey purchases? The answer: accessories.

By - May 19th, 2012 04:00 am
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With Spring upon us and Summer not far away, you’re probably wondering how to refresh last year’s wardrobe without having to make some pricey purchases. I’ve got just the answer for you—accessories. Accessories are a great addition to your wardrobe that adds great impact with small prices. They are also details that people notice. It’s all about the details.

Here are some fun and funky ones I found that you can add with confidence. You’ll notice there are no traditional ties included. I really tried to think of unusual ones, so I decided to leave the traditional ties out.

Let’s start off with this funky, hardware belt buckle. Who said belt buckles have to be boring? This is anything but. It’s made from hex nuts and Phillips head screws that becomes quite dramatic and eye catching when crafted together in a masculine way. (From Gr8byz via Etsy)
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The next accessory to add to your wardrobe is unique leather belt loops wristband, aka bracelet, which adds color and texture to any outfit. Repurposed from old belts, it’s handmade and eco-friendly, and closes with durable silver snaps. (From Greenbelts via Etsy)

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In the same eco-friendly spirit, this leather cord necklace shows you care about how you treat the earth by leaving the place you’ve been better than when you got there. “Leave No Trace” is for the hiker, camper, biker, skateboarder, swimmer and any other outdoors guy who wants to rise above. The ladies will be impressed.  (From TippyTumble via Etsy)

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If you like or need to wear cufflinks, why not have some fun with them? Yes, the traditional circles, squares or diamond studs do the job but why not choose a conversation starter and really get the job done? These top hats made of bronze will do just that. They’re a nod to a more formal look while being irreverent for any casual button up shirt you want to add an extra detail to (you may even want to buy additional shirts to give these more opportunities to shine).  (From Dreadnought Workshop via Etsy)
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Details are so important for each part of your look, let’s not forget your keys. This wood mosaic keychain is beautiful and functional. It’s made out of juniper, oak, ash tree woods. I’ve never seen such a unique key chain and really believe it’s a small but strong statement piece.  (From Hanholz via Etsy)
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I know I said no ties and I’m sticking to it, but I found something every tie needs and this is definitely not a traditional tie tack pin. You may or may not know I’m fascinated by steampunk fashion which is a style that combines Victorian and futuristic elements. It’s totally different than anything else I’ve seen (which I love) and makes heads turn. Please remember, in everyday life, steampunk needs to be used in small doses, which makes this tie tack pin the perfect detail. The watch movement has detailed exposed gears and 17 ruby jewel bearings, although it doesn’t tell time; it just gives swagger.  (From Compass Rose Design via Etsy)
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This next accessory doesn’t exactly go on an outfit but can definitely complete your look. A hand stamped copper guitar pick can say anything you want it to (as long as it fits). Why not add your favorite group or song? You could also wear it as a necklace with a hole punched into it. Every musician or aspiring musician needs one. (From Susan K Jewelry via Etsy)

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Last but definitely not least, this detail will make you stand out in a crowd. It’s an unusual way to include a floral boutonniere with your look. Usually boutonnieres are saved for weddings and proms but this origami version can be worn many times for all kinds of occasions including “just because.” You can have them made for you in any color you wish and many different kinds of flowers. This lotus flower is especially eye catching. It could become your signature accessory. (From Under the Red Hat via Etsy)

Are there any accessories pictured that will revive your wardrobe and make it summer worthy? Of course!  Choose any one or several and you’ll see, it’s all in the details.

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