Scarves and Other Male Accessories This Summer
Accessories are becoming a more frequent visitor to men’s designer fashion, now that burgeoning trends are allowing us to mix and match to find new styles to express regular new looks. Adding those finishing touches to your wardrobe this summer has never been more important, to help you stand out from the crowd.
Express yourself with the little extra touches that help make or break an outfit. Starting at the top, the hottest in headwear not only looks great but is practical and comfortable. The flat cap is a quick addition to add style and warmth, choose from River Island’s denim, Yohji Yamamoto’s flat cap in stripes or the French Connection variety with a duck-billed rim, for the snug look, a beanie is comfort personified from Soul Cal, in-trend Breton stripes from Scandanavian Norse Projects and nautical in Won Hundred’s seafaring headwear. The baseball cap is a double-header being employed for the bright colours of True Religion and Ed Hardy or the solid stripes of colours from Franklin & Marshal and New Era, as well as making the perfect guise to pick up on another men’s fashion trend: the subdued military tones of Norse Projects’ Hektor Nature Cap in dark blue and khaki. The fishing hat is a festival-must in both the sun and summer showers, with a mix of marine from the Walkers Hat by Universal Works, the brightly toned and electric patterns of Paul Smith’s trilby or the feathered trilby from Brixton Hats.
Further keeping your cool and the sun out of your eyes are the retro classics on offer in sunglasses. When it comes to sunnies this season, it’s time to go old skool with homage to eras past as the Wayfarer returns but with a raft of new patterns from Jeepers Peepers, Oakley and Polo by Ralph Lauren. Round designs stand out from Linda Farrow & Dries van Noten, Nonnative, Illesteva and The Chronicles of Never or change up your lenses with Top Gun-inspired aviator styles with mirrored lenses from RayBan and reflective colours from 80′s favourite Sunpocket with their sport inspired designs that alongside their coloured frames bring the fun back to eyewear.
For a touch of customisation around your neck look to scarves such as Alexander McQueen’s MCQ Flag design, Universal Works dotted scarf or Junk de Luxe whose scarf comes in stripes that can be reversed. For smarter occasions, be it work or sprucing up a casual look, try a statement tie available in stripes or florals from Duchamp, paisley or chequered from Aquascutum or the contrast of camouflage with stand out brights from Mr Bathing Ape.
Keep time with digital watches from old-school labels Casio and Timex or go bold in Swatch and Toy neon, while colour clashes with multiple hues in block come from their Kamrat Chrono and Mollotov Bullit designs. For other wrist-wear cuffs are the perfect compliment to loud watches, stay grounded with dark colours and add a metallic edge with stud or buckle detail in cuffs from All Saints and Asos.
Andersons woven belts or Folk’s Young bring more colour mash-ups alongside the high colour of Carhartt’s webbing and Paul Smith’s burnished leather PS range, as Bolongaro Trevor’s linked metal and leather or safety pin modes and the corded belt by Neil Barrett give something different to the waistline. Bags go retro with messenger bags from sports classics Gola, Puma Originals and Adidas. While the distressed look in rucksacks and backpacks is leading the style charge with military influence from Pointer, Sandqvist and Reclaimed Vintage’s Norwegian or Indian styles or adding some colour are Jansport and Penfield.
For some playful fun add a pair of the aptly named Happy Socks for frivolous feet or tickle your toes with the vibrantly coloured socks from designers Falke, Jack & Jones and Polo by Ralph Lauren.