The 8 Best Suit Accessories To Add To Your Wardrobe (2022)

Published on April 19, 2019

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Master These Essential Suit Accessories For Men

Looking your absolute best when wearing your suit is both a science – made up of precisely measured shoulders, sleeves, waists, inseams, etc – and an art. First and foremost, your suit needs to fit you perfectly; the latter is where the finishing touches matter. Once you’ve nailed the foundations of your suit wardrobe, you’re ready to learn the creative details that launch you into the next echelon of style — we’re talkin’ accessories.

The right suit accessories can add personality, break up the monotony of your daily office attire, and elevate your style to a whole new level. For the budget-conscious buyer, suit accessories are also a great way to affordably level up your wardrobe game.

The 8 Best Suit Accessories For Men

Before we dive into our men’s suit accessories guide, engrave this one essential rule into the fashion-conscious lobe of your brain: never try to wear them all at the same time. It isn’t dashing, bold, nor considered “maximalism.”. It’s a hot mess. When in doubt, always run with the less is more mindset and make sure the ones you do sport spark joy (God bless you, Marie Kondo). Without further ado, here are the suit accessories men should have in their style-arsenal.

(Note: If you want to learn more about each accessory, click the supplemental link provided in each section to view their own in-depth guides.)

1. Tie Clip

Despite being one of the smallest and simplest pieces in your suit accessories collection, a tie bar can add volumes of classic style to your look and serve a functional purpose as well.
There are several considerations to juggle when adding this suit accessory to your outfit:

  1. Tie clips are a functional item, meant to secure your tie to your dress shirt. Don’t wear a tie clip if you have a vest or sweater on as it’s no longer needed.
  2. There are several variations of style, size, and colors to choose from. Make the right decision based on the rest of your look.
  3. Tie clips should never be wider than your tie.
  4. Tie clips should generally be placed between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt.

Learn How to Wear a Tie Clip

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Pictured here: DUNHILL Barley Engine-Tuned Sterling Silver Tie Clip sold by Mr Porter
Price: $295.00

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Pictured here: Bronson Tie Bar by Black Lapel
Price: $49.00

2. Lapel Pin and Lapel Flower

A lapel pin brings a dash of old-world suave to a modern suit, but beware of straying into the territory of “novelty” suit accessories. Your lapel pin should be a subtle enhancement that expresses your personal style without distracting or detracting from the overall ensemble (in other words, that squirting clown flower is out of the question).

Long-stem lapel pins are a popular modern variation that are fastened with a stick pin attachment and fashioned into all manner of decorative metallic designs: geometric shapes, arrows, instruments, you name it.

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A boutonniere is a formal lapel accessory made with a live flower, modern lapel faux flowers can also be fashioned from fabrics like wool or silk. Don’t wear a boutonniere to the office, save this suit accessory for formal celebratory occasions: formal dances, weddings, holiday parties.

Badge pins are another variation often styled to indicate affiliation with something, like a national flag, a family crest, or a military insignia. Wear your pin of choice through the buttonhole on your left lapel. If your jacket does not have a buttonhole, pin it directly through the fabric. Position it higher than your pocket or pocket square at an angle that matches the angle of the lapel.

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Pictured here: CHARVET Paisley-Print Silk-Faille Flower Lapel Pin sold by Mr Porter
Price: $150.00

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Pictured here: FRENCH CONNECTION Plain Pocket Square and Lapel Pin Set sold by ASOS
Price: $41.00

3. Cufflinks

How could a suit accessory so small stump so many staunch men? When it comes to adding polish and sophistication to an outfit, there’s nothing quite like a set of cufflinks. At the same time, when it comes to confusing men everywhere, there’s nothing like a set of cufflinks.

Master the five Ws of cufflinks and you’ll be wearing them like a pro in no time.

  1. What? Cufflinks are a formalwear accessory that serves both functional and decorative purposes. Like buttons, they come in many styles, shapes, sizes, and materials.
  2. When? Traditionally, cufflinks are associated with formal eveningwear (black tie or white tie) when a dress shirt with French cuffs is worn. You’ll also spot them in business settings from time to time.
  3. Where? On the cuffs of your dress shirts, of course – specifically, through the buttonholes.
  4. Why? To hold the cuffs closed, when the shirt is not made with buttons sewn directly onto the cuffs.
  5. Who? You, now that we have demystified their purpose.

Learn How to Wear Cufflinks

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Pictured here: TATEOSSIAN Sterling Silver Drusy Cufflinks sold by Mr Porter
Price: $525.00

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Pictured here:Bronson Cufflinks by Black Lapel
Price:$59.00

4. Watch

When it comes to your suit accessories, watches are one of the easiest and best-looking pieces to add. Sure, we don’t really need them to know what time it is anymore, but their aesthetic value and classic style are hard to pass up. Really, there comes a time in every man’s life when he should invest in a watch. What “invest” means will depend on your budget. There’s no shame in an affordable watch if it looks good and you’ve styled it well, but having a good looking timepiece to go with your suit is essential.

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Ideally, you will own more than one so you have options when selecting the appropriate watch to complement your outfit and the formality of the occasion.

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Pictured here: Tangomat GMT by NOMOS Glashütte
Price: $4,920

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Pictured here: Minimalist Three-Hand Brown Leather Watch by FOSSIL
Price: $115.00

5. Tie

This men’s suit accessory may seem like a no-brainer. We don’t need to sell you on the necessity of a good tie collection. Between choosing the color, the fabric, the width, the knot, and the shirt pairing, your tie offers a plethora of opportunities to customize your look alongside a dress shirt and suit. Plus, considering you’re already expected to wear a tie in so many settings, this may be the single easiest way to flex your accessorizing chops.

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Pictured here: DRAKE’S Wool Donegal Hand-Rolled Tie sold by The Armoury
Price: $175.00

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Pictured here: Navy Blue Silk Knit Tie by Black Lapel
Price: $59.00

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6. Belt

The first question to address is: to belt or not to belt? Suit-wearers have debated this question for decades — we have the answer.

At its most basic, a belt is a tool for holding up your dress pants. If the fit is not perfect, a belt is necessary to keep your dress pants at the right height and the dreaded plumber’s crack at bay. If you’re wearing a custom suit or even just custom dress pants that have been made to your measurements, a belt is not required because the dress pants will fit flawlessly.

But a belt isn’t just a practical item. When you’re rockin’ a tucked in shirt and opened up blazer, your belt is front-and-center. This is just one scenario, but many more exist where your belt will be seen, so make sure to understand that belts can both help and hurt your outfit.

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Pictured here: The Fifty Smooth Men by UPTON
Price: $140.00

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Pictured here: Mercer Leather Belt by NORDSTROM
Price: $49.50

7. Suspenders

Looking for a reason to skip that belt? Suspenders are a great option that is making a serious come back amongst men — for good reason too. Steve Urkel may have made suspenders a symbol of 90s nerdiness, but in the pantheon of suit accessories for men, they are a classic and classy choice provided you know what you’re doing.

There are three big decisions you’ll need to make when buying suspenders:

  1. The shape (Y for more formal occasions, X for more casual occasions).
  2. The fastener (button or clip, more formal and less formal respectively).
  3. The width of the straps (thin for a trendy look, thicker for more conservative contexts).

Coordinate the color of the straps with the colors of your shirt and tie, since they’ll be viewed together as one pastiche if you remove your jacket. Meaning, don’t wear the same suspender color as your shirt as they’ll blend together instead of creating contrast.

Learn How To Wear Suspenders

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Pictured here: Golden Fleece® Suspenders by Brooks Brothers
Price: $128.00

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Pictured here: Black Mini Dots Suspenders by The Tie Bar
Price: $25.00

8. Pocket Square

Last but certainly not least, for refined flair, you can’t go wrong with a pop of color in your breast pocket. A pocket square is a wonderfully versatile suit accessory for men who love to add a touch of personality to their suits and blazers. In fact, at Black Lapel, we consider the pocket square to be an essential part of your look whether you’re suiting up or sporting a blazer. A jacket is simply naked without at least a simple white pocket square.

A pocket square should add interest via color and/or pattern, as well as the style of the fold. It can either coordinate or contrast with the rest of your look, but the overall impression should always be harmonious. Strive for balance here. A strongly patterned suit calls for a toned down pocket square, while a solid neutral suit is an opportunity to go bold with the pocket square. For black tie events (pocket squares are a must with your tuxedo), it should always be white and made of silk.

Finally, whether you choose an old faithful or a road less traveled, remember you’re dealing with the genteel cousin of the hard-working handkerchief. Don’t you dare use a pocket square to blow your nose or blot a sweaty brow, it’s not meant to be a tissue.

Learn How to Fold a Pocket Square

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Pictured here: Merian’s Drawings of Surinam Insects & Birds by Rampley & Co
Price: $98.00

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Pictured here: Gray Wool Pocket Square — Double Sided by Black Lapel
Price: $49.00

Go Forth And Wear Your Suit Accessories Confidently

Who’d have thought men had so many accessory options to choose from? While it may seem like a lot to take in, mastering the different types of suit accessories is simple if you take it one step at a time. Learn how to wear the suit accessories you like the most, find your style preferences, and enjoy looking even better than you already do in your custom suits. And, as we said, don’t try and wear them all of them at once; keeping it simple with 2-3 wardrobe additions will ensure that your suit accessories are adding to your look instead of taking away from it.

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The 8 Best Suit Accessories To Add To Your Wardrobe? ›

The 8 Best Suit Accessories To Add To Your Wardrobe
  • Tie Clip. ...
  • Lapel Pin and Lapel Flower. ...
  • Cufflinks. ...
  • Watch. ...
  • Tie. ...
  • Belt. ...
  • Suspenders. ...
  • Pocket Square.
Apr 19, 2019

How many accessories should you wear with a suit? ›

Try and stick to a 3 'loud' accessory item maximum. With a maximum of 2 on your upper body. An example of this would be a loud tie and pocket square (upper body) with loud socks (lower body). Another example would be loud shirt (anything other than a plain pastel colour), lapel flower and dazzling watch.

What do you put in a suit pocket? ›

What to keep in your suit pockets (and what not to)
  1. Wallet. Nobody likes sitting on their wallet. ...
  2. Business cards. ...
  3. Phone. ...
  4. Pen. ...
  5. Outside chest pocket. ...
  6. Mints and random things that catch your eye throughout the day. ...
  7. Parting thoughts on what to keep in your suit pockets.
Oct 8, 2017

What goes well with suits? ›

A navy suit is a way to go for people who need to stick with a dark color but still want to make a more exclusive impression.
  • Navy blue suit, light blue shirt, and blue tie.
  • Navy suit, white shirt, and a brown tie.
  • Navy blue suit, light red shirt, and red tie.
  • Navy suit, light blue shirt, and red tie color combination.

What are the chains on suits called? ›

Sometimes referred to as Albert T-Bars or Albert chains, these are named for Prince Albert and the style of watch chain he made popular. To wear a T-bar pocket watch chain, place the T-shaped bar in one of the buttonholes of your waistcoat or vest. Not sure which buttonhole to use?

How do you make a suit not boring? ›

7 Quick Fixes for a Boring Suit
  1. Wear a Tiebar. Although small and seemingly insignificant, a tiebar is an excellent accessory to wear in conjunction with a suit. ...
  2. Contrast Colors. Another quick fix for a boring suit is to wear contrasting colors. ...
  3. Wear a Vest. ...
  4. Wear a Jacket. ...
  5. Polish Your Shoes. ...
  6. Check the Shoulders. ...
  7. Arm Length.
Dec 5, 2016

How do you stand out in a crowd appearance? ›

Craft Your Look to Stand Out from the Crowd
  1. As business owners or entrepreneurs, we simply cannot afford to blend in. ...
  2. So how do you stand out? ...
  3. Jazz up your black, gray and white. ...
  4. Wear color near your face. ...
  5. Add an interest piece to your outfit. ...
  6. Have an everyday makeup look. ...
  7. Keep up with the trends…but don't go overboard.

Where do you put your stuff in a suit? ›

Phone in other inside breast pocket. Pocket square in outer breast pocket. Pen in breast pocket or pen pocket. Wallet alternative-money clip in trouser pocket.

Where do you carry your phone in a suit? ›

Here's a few tips for carrying your stuff while wearing a suit: Phone - discreetly slide your phone into the inside chest pocket of your jacket. Yes, an iPhone 10 will fit. The outside chest pocket on your suit should either be kept sewn shut, or used for a suit pocket square.

How do you carry money in a suit? ›

To carry things while wearing a suit, you want to avoid bulky items, and try to keep any bulk even on both sides of the suit. Here are the common swaps you can make: A slim wallet or card holder will fit well in an inside breast pocket – put your cash in a money clip in the pants pocket to keep the wallet thin.

How can I spice up my blazer? ›

So let's get styling!
  1. Dark-colored blazers are a closet must-have. ...
  2. Browse for the standout, bold blazers. ...
  3. Pair with jeans and a tee. ...
  4. Throw a blazer over a mini or maxi dress. ...
  5. Turn your blazer into an overcoat. ...
  6. Go for the trendy full-suit look. ...
  7. Make it sexy. ...
  8. Use blazers as a statement.
May 13, 2021

How can I make my suit fit better? ›

How To Tailor Your Suit Jacket Or Blazer At Home - YouTube

What is the most popular suit color? ›

The most popular suit color is navy blue; fifty percent of all suits are navy blue or some shade of blue. Coming in second place is grey or black, making up forty percent of suits. These shades are also an excellent fit for nearly any occasion. What is this?

How many suits should a man own? ›

Every man should have at least three good suits in his closet, although frequent suit wearers may want more.

What brand is John Wick's suit? ›

John Wick's Fit

Out of all the ways we've shamelessly promoted Black Lapel custom suits, this time might be easiest. In the film, John Wick has his suits made for him by a tailor played by Mosca himself.

What suits do the peaky blinders wear? ›

The iconic Peaky Blinders suit is more commonly known as a tweed suit. The tweed suit was a popular trend throughout the 1920's thanks to the durability of the material, making it long-lasting and a worthwhile investment.

How do you put Flair on a suit? ›

Next time you wear a suit, put on a pair of suspenders! Suspenders are the perfect addition to your suit that says, “I know style”. Some guys prefer them with suits only, and that's okay. If you love the look and want to see how you can incorporate it into your other outfits, you can pair them with jeans and slacks.

Can you wear a chain with a suit? ›

Don't be afraid to try chunkier chains and bold pieces, especially when wearing an understated suit. With a collared dress shirt, wear your chain tucked inside your shirt collar. Choose a length that is not too long, so that it is visible even with your jacket buttoned.

How do you dress classy but not boring? ›

Try these tips!
  1. Wear the right fit. ...
  2. Choose the right colors. ...
  3. Wear the right materials. ...
  4. Say hello to classy outfits. ...
  5. Avoid overexposing at work. ...
  6. Wear classic accessories. ...
  7. Wear chic undergarments. ...
  8. Don't forget shoes.

How can I make my clothes more stylish? ›

HOW TO DRESS SIMPLE BUT STYLISH – 12 EASY TO FOLLOW STEPS:
  1. Invest in quality over quantity. ...
  2. Choose staples over trends. ...
  3. Stay away from having too many colors in one outfit. ...
  4. Wear clothes that fit and compliment your figure. ...
  5. Play with accessories. ...
  6. Don't be afraid of layering. ...
  7. Sunglasses are your best friend.
May 19, 2022

How do you upgrade a boring outfit? ›

Quick And Easy Ways To Upgrade A Boring Outfit
  1. Enhance Existing Items. Buying loads of new accessories and clothing can be expensive and bad for the environment- no one wants to encourage throwaway culture after all! ...
  2. Try Upcycling The Clothes You Already Own. ...
  3. Swap Clothes With Other Fashion Lovers.
Sep 7, 2021

What makes a suit look expensive? ›

Most expensive suits should be made from at least a pure wool. If you want quality, never choose polyester mixes. Ideally you're looking for anything above a Super 100s wool. This means the fabric is smoother and has less thread count per meter, making it super soft and luxurious to touch and feel.

What is a good thread count for suits? ›

The optimal thread count is a super 100 to 120, Ostrove advises. "The higher the number, the finer the yarn, which makes it more durable, soft and silky." But don't be tempted to go too high. Once you get into the 200s, the suit may look beautiful, but it becomes more fragile.

How do I make my suit shiny? ›

How To Iron A Suit At Home | Wrinkle Free Suit | RMRS - YouTube

What makes a person stand out from others? ›

Standing out often comes from hard, consistent work. Attitude. There's no denying that positive people have better relationships. Keeping an upbeat attitude and being pleasant to be around can really make you stand out from everyone around you, especially if you're surrounded by toxic people.

What to wear to stand out men? ›

Men's Style – How To Stand Out WITHOUT Looking DUMB - YouTube

How do you put accents on a suit? ›

The easiest way is to repeat the colour up to 2-3 times in accessories. If it's a colour like red, you can add it as your lipstick or nail polish colour as well without it looking overdone. In general, unless it's a lipstick, don't add more than 3 elements of the accent colour.

How do you wear cufflinks with a suit? ›

First, fasten the studs to your tuxedo shirt. Next, attach your cufflinks to both cuffs on your shirt (see “How to Wear Cufflinks,” above). Then, slip on your vest and jacket. Finally, tug gently on both cuffs so they align with – or slightly extend beyond the length of your jacket sleeves.

How do you wear suspenders with a suit? ›

When you have them on, your suspenders should fall in a straight line down from your shoulder to your waist. To put button-on suspenders on your trousers, start in the back. Once you've buttoned them on, put your trousers on, pull the suspenders over your shoulders and button them in place in the front.

How do you put Flair on a suit? ›

Next time you wear a suit, put on a pair of suspenders! Suspenders are the perfect addition to your suit that says, “I know style”. Some guys prefer them with suits only, and that's okay. If you love the look and want to see how you can incorporate it into your other outfits, you can pair them with jeans and slacks.

How can I be more attractive in a suit? ›

4 Secrets to Look Sexier in a Suit - YouTube

How many colors can you wear at once? ›

The underlying premise of the three colour rule is to not combine more than three colours in your outfit at any one time. The exception being black and white, which are technically not 'colours' but tones, and can be intermixed as a fourth colour in your outfit. An easy example is the outfit I'm wearing above.

Is it OK to wear a 3 piece suit to a wedding? ›

Three piece suits are generally smarter than the regular two-piece, but you can still wear one to almost any occasion. They're perfect for weddings, or a formal summer garden party.

Does every suit need cufflinks? ›

So whilst it's not compulsory to wear cufflinks with a suit, the amount of impact they will make will be incredibly worth it. They provide insight into your level of taste and the amount of care you take in grooming yourself, this is something you want people to take notice of.

What color should my cufflinks be? ›

In general, you want to match the metal color of your cuff links to other items in your outfit such as your rings or your belt buckle or your monk strap buckles. Some people even match it to their luggage or their suitcases.

Should shirt cuffs show under suit? ›

The jacket sleeves are covering your knuckles

The sleeve of your suit jacket should rest just above the hinge where your hand meets your wrist. If all of your jackets are tailored to this point and your shirts fit properly, you'll always show the proper amount of shirt cuff, which should be between 1/4" - 1/2".

Do pants go over or under suspenders? ›

We advise wearing your suspender straps under your knickers for a more seamless look. If you have gone for a frillier suspender style like our Annastasia suspender or the Nelia suspender, we would recommend wearing the straps over the knickers – this way you won't cover up any of the gorgeous frill detailing.

Can you wear GREY suspenders with black pants? ›

A plain black or navy pair of suspenders are a versatile choice, but if you're feeling brave, you can wear suspenders that pick up or complement a secondary color in your outfit.
...
Should suspenders match your suit, shirt, and tie?
Shirt colorSuspenders color
Pale pinkNavy blue, dark grey
BurgundyNavy blue, black
2 more rows
Oct 27, 2021

Why did suspenders go out of style? ›

Suspenders fell out of favor in the early 20th century, when lower-sitting pants no longer required them.

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