How to Choose the Perfect Men's Fashion Accessories for Any Occasion

How to Choose the Perfect Men's Fashion Accessories for Any Occasion

Choosing a great outfit is important, but it's the accessories you add that really give you a sense of style. Here's your guide to choosing the perfect men's fashion accessories for any type of occasion.

You only have seven seconds to make a first impression when meeting someone, so you'd better make it count! You might have the perfect outfit ready to go, but you need the right accessories to stand out. Making a good impression takes confidence. When you look great that confidence shines through. So, no matter what the occasion may be, we've compiled a list of the best men's fashion accessories. Read on to see which little additions to your look can make your look even more dapper.

Men's Fashion Accessories

Some guys might not like the idea of accessorizing, but it doesn't all have to be flashy and glam. In fact, the right pieces will make a subtle yet effective change to your look.

The right accessories can add a whole new level to your look.

If there's one thing we've learned from Queer Eye, it's the power of taking pride in your appearance. It can make a huge difference in other aspects of your life.

Whether it's a watch, belt, or sleek new tie, here are some of the top men's accessories to make any occasion a special one.


Don't think that just because Shoes are at the bottom of your outfit that they don't matter. Your choice of shoes says a lot about your personal style! From a boat style, to Drivers, Mocs or Bucks, all classic prep styles pair back well with a multitude of outfits. It is best to choose a style that will stand the test of time, and a make a statement. We suggest a supple leather, cool suede, and add a touch of flair with a bit or bearing embellishment. 


One of the most basic and effective ways to add more style to an outfit is by using a good belt. Whether it's a fancy suit or a t-shirt and jeans, a good belt will make all the difference. The great thing about belts is that once you have a good one, you shouldn't need to replace it for a long time. A simple belt with the classic t-bar style will make you look slimmer and sleeker and helps make any outfit pop.

Castaway’s own Bowsprit Belts in bright colors with our signature embroideries will really add some excitement to any outfit! Great for groomsmen gifts, or for your personal amusement in the office.


Watches are more than a functional item. A stylish watch can take your look from 0 to 100. The ability to tell the time may be their main purpose, but wrist accessories for guys can add so much more to the look. A classic watch will never go out of style.

The key to adding a watch as an accessory is keeping it simple. Don't go for styles with crazy colors or lots of hands and numbers on the face. Keep it classic and you can't go wrong. If you have a watch face you can't bear to let go, replacing the watch strap is a great way to breathe new life into it. Try to keep it minimalist, but a subtle pop of color can make all the difference. Classic preppy stripes in basic navy, white, hunter or red are the best way to keep it simple, while adding interest.


Hats can be a tricky accessory to pull off, but when done right they can bring so much to your outfit. Not only does a hat protect your scalp from the sun or keep your head dry, but it serves as a striking fashion accessory. Getting the right hat is essential. The best way to start is by going for a subtle and minimalist style without logos. Baseball caps are back in fashion. They are the perfect balance of leisure and sport and they do with almost any wardrobe. Whether you dress conservatively or like to mix it up, a baseball cap adds a pleasing aspect to your style.  The classic Prep will lean toward a navy or red, which will fade nicely from long hours spent on the water and in the sun.

For more formal events, try out a pork pie hat or straw hat. This adds an elegant and classic spin to your suit and lets everyone know you mean business.


Sunglasses are one of the best men's accessories. Of course, they protect your eyes, but they are a great statement piece too. It's important to know the right sunglasses to wear with which outfits. Sports sunglasses may be great when going on a run, but they don't work with business attire. If you have an oval shaped face, Aviators are your friend, as are Wayfarers and Clubmasters. They are timeless and classic designs that will always be in style. For round faces, rectangular shapes like Wayfarers will slim and elongate your face. Square faces = rounded designs, so circular designs (see John Lennon's glasses) are ideal. Wayfarers are great for this. Sunglasses can make a massive difference to your look so be sure to invest in a good pair. Castaway carries 3 classic styles made in the USA from Randolph Engineering, who has been making the aviator style for the Armed Forces for years.

Look after them and keep them in a case when you aren't using them and they'll last for years. A croakie strap is also a must when your sunglasses take to the boat, and you want them to return with you to shore!


Bags are so much more than functional. Sure, you want to be able to fit everything you need, but they can also be a fantastic accessory. Whether it's for work, travel or the gym, the right bag can make all the difference. Replace any old bags that look faded or are no longer in good condition, you deserve better than that. A black or brown briefcase will never steer you wrong. There are plenty of briefcases which can hold a laptop so you'll always be able to work on the go. Leather is the only way to go, and not only will it last for years, but it will age well too. For a weekend adventure, a simple brown or black leather holdall is all you need. They look sleek and effortless while being tough and durable. Another option for weekend travel is a clean heavy duty canvas bag, in a neutral tone, complete with leather handles and a strap to dress it up. This style suits the weekend warrior taking the ferry to his final destination.

You're Ready to Go

Taking on board a few of these tips will help boost your style and turn any outfit into a stunning look. Whether you replace those old sunglasses or buy a new belt, these little items can take you from dud to stud. The key is to keep it simple and not to overdo it, and before you know it, you'll be ready to strut your stuff in style.

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