10 luxury accessories that are worth the money

It can be tempting to save some money when shopping for men’s accessories. You tell yourself it’s not a big purchase because you won’t wear it very often or because you’d rather spend your money on the more visible parts of your wardrobe, such as knitwear and outerwear. Beginner’s mistake.

Accessories are worth it, precisely because you buy them less often. An automatic watch is a real heirloom. A good pair of shoes can survive many a long-term relationship. The right leather weekender is a bag for life. Invest wisely, that’s what we say. You get something that lasts for years, with no buyer regrets and lots of feel-good serotonin every time you take it out.

cashmere hat

Personal isolation doesn’t get much more effective or sophisticated than a cashmere tea cozy on your head. Beanies have become a de facto winter headwear for men in recent years, one of the few truly practical hat designs that look as good as it works. You can’t say that about trappers, can you?

Upgrading to cashmere gives you a warmer, lighter, more breathable fabric, and because it’s softer, it’s also less prone to itching than wool. Neutral shades of black, gray and navy will go with everything you own, but this is also that rare accessory that looks good with a pop of color. Anyone bold enough for a mustard yellow?

Premium cap

Don’t be put off by Succession’s Roy family, a cap made from quality fabrics doesn’t have to be associated with corrupt and dysfunctional media moguls. Done right, it’s a modern way to add a touch of sporty luxury to a smart-casual outfit. Designers have been busy upgrading this humble accessory in recent years. The classic baseball cap is now available in cashmere or various wool blends, with the option of subtle and not-so-subtle branding if you want to ramp up some designer edge.

Wear with luxe puffer jackets, tailored blazers or overshirts for a look that spans modern offices and days in the city, or switch to something in corduroy or twill to lean more towards casual, outdoor or traditional workwear.

Cashmere Scarf

There’s nothing luxurious about the biting wind or pouring rain that we all endure in winter, so a lovely scarf is a perfectly valid example of cold weather self-care. Cashmere feels great on the skin almost anywhere, but it’s a real comfort against a bare neck on a cold January morning.

Block color designs are the safest combination for suits and smart commuter overcoats, but don’t dismiss a colorful check or stripe pattern, which can add warmth to boring office uniforms in more ways than one.

Automatic watch

It’s a myth that you have to take out a new mortgage to get a “real” timepiece. Automatic watches remain an investment, especially in the age of wearable technology, but they also offer something tangible, lasting and meaningful. You use it every day and mark memories with it. And one day, of course, you pass it on to someone else to love.

So what to buy? Classically styled sports watches are about as versatile as they come: solid and masculine for everyday wear, but with a leather strap or steel bracelet, just smart enough to pair with a suit. Look for timeless chronographs, retro-inspired divers or driving watches or, if your style is more Scandi-inspired, try an everyday minimalist watch instead.

Leather/Suede Gloves

One of the most common style mistakes men make to this day occurs in winter when we pull out our best overcoats, but pair them with tatty wool gloves that are better suited to casual outfits. Smart jackets deserve smart gloves.

Invest in a good pair of suede or leather gloves and they’ll not only complete your commute wardrobe, they’ll last for years to come. Match the color to the coat you wear most and use smooth leather for wool overcoats and trench coats. Opt for suede with more casual styles like peacoats and waxed jackets.

Goodyear welted shoes

If you know it, you know it. Goodyear-stitched shoes are one of those subtle quality features that true connoisseurs of menswear understand and appreciate. It’s all about the stitching: a strip of leather (the brim) is stitched to the perimeter of a shoe’s upper, and the sole is then stitched to the brim. Since the sole and upper are not directly sewn together, it provides an extra layer of protection to keep water off your feet, while a cork footbed on the inside adds to the comfort.

A Goodyear sole edge also makes it much easier to re-soled a shoe, making it a truly sustainable choice for the long term.

Handmade leather sneakers

It’s one of the bright spots in recent menswear history: what if sneakers were made with the same craftsmanship, the same obsessive attention to detail as an Oxford shoe made in Northamptonshire? Since around the turn of the 21st century, sneakerheads have been able to buy just that. Most of us wear sneakers more often than formal shoes anyway, so why not want the same quality leather and the best construction methods?

Look for ethically sourced leather and brands that use a selective number of factories (mostly in Europe), where artisans hand-sew the uppers piece by piece.

Premium weekend bag

For weddings, business trips, short breaks and any other luxury weekender you need a good weekender. Invest in the right travel bag and in addition to practical luggage, you’ll have an essential accessory that will complete the out-of-town aesthetic and age like a trusted pair of leather shoes.

Look for styles made from leather, ballistic nylon, suede, wax canvas and other materials that belong in the premium carriage. We also go weak on the knees for a discreet outer pocket.

Full Grain Leather Wallet/Card Holder

Here’s a good rule of thumb if you’re talking yourself into an extravagant purchase: if you’re going to use it every day, it’ll be worth the money. Your wallet is a good example of this. You will get your hands on it daily and it is the kind of accessory that other people can’t help but if you want the full grain leather then get the full grain leather.

Slimline cardholders are comfortably the most practical style in our increasingly cashless society, but billfolds offer a little more discretion. Your money, your phone call.

Handmade glasses

For those of us who wear glasses, glasses are a fundamental part of our look. So it’s one of those purchases where you can justify the extra expenditure for sheer visibility. By being handmade with your glasses, you get something sturdy, usually with extra design details that you just don’t get with cheaper alternatives. Many of the handmade brands will also go the extra mile to make sure your frames fit your face perfectly.

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