How To Wear Accessories?

As I begin to do more and more research into the world of fashion, accessories are slowly becoming my favorite staple.  Some of these staple embellishments include tie bar, collar pins, belts, and lapel pins. I am always trying to incorporate these items into any look but, I sometimes get rebuttal from friends until they see the finished product. I’m usually pretty successful at making these staple must haves work. For me achieving a polished look is important. Remember, no matter what your personal style you can always look clean and sophisticated.

Accessories are a major key in making most looks steer from just “ok” to “wow you look great!”  However some men may see wearing accessories daunting, but I beg to differ.  Accessories can elevate your look and take it to the next level, in most cases anyway.  A big mistake that some of us make is wearing too many accessories. Always remember to keep it clean, simple, and not over the top. If your new to wearing accessories start with the simple staple items.

Staple items that could help in making your look masculine but chic are; lapel pins, collar bars, and tie bars.  Depending on where you go to buy these items, you can find them relatively inexpensive (ex. Amazon, EBay, Tie Bar, etc..).  Go for more unique accessories that will help in adding character to your desired look. Remember, your accessory should elevate your look and have purpose.


Here are some quick tips on how to wear these staples:

Tie Bar Tips:

  • Wear a tie bar between the third and fourth button of your shirt. Any lower and it distracts from the overall effect of the look you’re going for, and may draw attention to your waist.
  • A Tie bar only attaches the front and back of the tie to your shirt. Do not use a tie bar to keep your tie together.
  • Finally, never wear a tie bar that's wider than your tie. Again this is something that distracts from your overall look, and may cause puckering on your tie.
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Lapel Pin Tips:

  •  Do not attach to your shirt. This is used to draw attention to your lapel (thus the name lol) so focus on that.
  •  Lapel pins are generally used for more casual looks, and have a greater effect with casual blazers.
  • Even though a lapel pin is used to draw attention to your jacket it can also be used to fasten a scarf as well. Be careful with its placement if you are securing an accessory with it as you don’t want to look busy.

Collar Bar Tips:

  • 1. If using a bar for a formal look try keeping your tie knot simple. A four-in-hand knot is usually best with this accessory.
  • 2. Try pairing the bar with a simple color and/or shirt design for maximum effect.
  • 3. Avoid crazy patterns as they run the risk of looking tacky, and overshadowing your accessory.
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Below is a good example of how to wear a collar bar in a casual look, but I urge you all to try different pieces and looks for yourself. As they say “you never know until you try”.



What accessories do you wear with your looks?

Leave me a comment above. Thank you for reading everyone.

Peace & Style,

Kam. K

Perceived Style

My name is Kevin Kamari Foreman but you can call me Kam for short. I am a New York based up and coming designer/stylist. The idea to begin blogging about fashion came about over a glass of wine with a designer friend of mine Kenny M. at the end of 2013. I was showing him some of the looks I had put together for my birthday when he turned to me and said - "you have a good eye... maybe you should try getting into fashion yourself." That's when Perceived Style was born. I have an obsession with classic American prep, bodybuilding, grooming, beauty products, and fashion in general so it was a good fit for me. Before my blogging days I used to be very depressed, very overweight, self conscious, and constantly self-defeating myself. Fashion helped pull me out of that. It taught me to live life, love the skin I'm in, and care about what's on it. So when I was creating the blog it was easy to decide what it would be about. The main focus of Perceived Style is to inspire people to be comfortable in their own skin, to smile more, and to care more about their overall appearance using tips and photos. Job History: I used to work at BFCU in bethpage long island. Now I am the creative directior/CEO for Perceived Style and a freelance menswear designer as of June 2014. Education: I went to Farmingdale College for 2 years then moved to Hofstra for the last 2 years. I presently am taking continuing classing in blogging, fashion writing, and design. Interests: Art, Fashion Shows, Menswear, Shopping, Photography, Womens Fashion, and Food/Movies.