Must-have summer accessories

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Don’t forget to accessorise!

More and more men are accessorising. Men’s accessory sales this year grossed $13.6 billion – a massive leap of 9 percent in the last 12 months.

Today’s accessories go way beyond functionality. They have to perform well and add something to your look. Clever accessorising will help you breathe new life into a tired wardrobe without spending a fortune.

This summer’s key items have the potential to wow. So be brave and embrace our top five must-have accessories.


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Give your look a hippy chic twist.

Add Bohemian chic to your summer outfit with a neckerchief – think urban cowboy rather than overgrown boy scout. When you’re choosing a neckerchief, look beyond the pattern and pick light, gauzy cottons for coolness and comfort.

Wear a neckerchief with an open-necked linen shirt for a casual look. But don’t be afraid to style your neckerchief up by teaming it with a smart summer suit.

Bright belt

Colourful belts
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A pop of colour brightens any outfit

A bright belt is another essential summer accessory. Teamed with a polo shirt and chinos, this fun take on the traditional belt will give your outfit a hint of summer cool.

Look for strong colours to contrast with the neutral and pastel shades of your summer wardrobe. If there’s any leather detailing on the belt, make sure the colour matches your leather shoes. And avoid fussy buckle styles – keep them sleek and simple.

Retro sunglasses

retro sunglasses
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For a retro spin opt for D-frames

Sunglasses are the summer accessory staple. New styles come and go every year so if you’re looking for a frame shape with lasting power, wayfarers and aviators are always a safe bet.

If you want to be bang on trend for this season, try out some retro D-frames. Get a classic look by choosing D-frames with ordinary tinted lenses. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, D-frames with brightly coloured, mirrored lenses are a bold option.

Leather backpack

Leather rucksack
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More ‘manly’ than a man bag?

If you don’t like the bulging-pocket look, but worry about carrying a ‘manbag’, try a backpack. Men’s backpacks have come a long way since your Gap Year days.

You no longer have to pick from varying shades of fluorescent vinyl. Instead pick from structured leather creations that wouldn’t look out of place in the office, or slouchy, rugged versions perfect for an afternoon at the beach.

Panama hat

Panama hat
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Perpetually stylish!

Floppy, soppy bucket hats are everywhere this season. Yes, they’re on trend but no, they’re definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for something classier, try a Panama hat.

Lightweight, breathable and consummately stylish, a Panama hat will help you keep your cool in the summer heat without taking away from your summer suave. Make your Panama even more versatile by matching the colour of your hat’s band to your other accessories.

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