Contrary to popular belief, a man does not need to spend hundreds, or thousands, of dollars to get that distinctive GQ look. If you already own staples like grey dress slacks, a blue blazer, a tasteful business suit, and quality dress shoes, you can update your look for the cost of a movie ticket. Big ticket items can last for many years and with these savvy shopping tips you will know how to select the right sartorial accessories at low prices in order to update your favorite outfits and give them a fresh, lively aesthetic.
Fun Dress Socks
A good pair of dress shoes will set you back a few hundred dollars, but you can still treat your feet to some affordable style with a pair of boldly colored fashion socks. For as little as $10 a pair, you can add some much needed color to your outfit.
Jewel-Tone Shoe Laces
Do you have an older pair of dress shoes that are now pulling duty as jean shoes? Or do you just want to stand out a little bit at the office? Add some orange, blue, red, or purple shoe laces to those traditional cap-toe or wingtip shoes and free yourself from the boring ties that bind.
NATO Nylon Watch Strap
There is no easier or cheaper way to freshen up the look of your watch than adding a NATO nylon watch strap. These watch straps give diving watches a sportier look and dress watches a preppy appeal.
Bold Pocket Squares
Pocket squares can be had affordably if you know where to shop. Check for sales at retailers like Jos A Bank and remember that the internet is your friend when shopping for cheap men’s fashions accessories.
Savvy Cuff Link Shopping
Cuff Links give off an air of sophistication, but you do not need to spend serious money in order to get a tasteful pair. There are plenty of online retailers specializing in affordable men’s cuff links, and estate sales and eBay are great places to look for vintage examples from companies like Swank. Silk knot cuff links are an affordable option that a man can match to his bold shoe laces, pocket square, or NATO watch strap.
What do you do if you don’t already own a French cuff shirt or two? If you’re trying to be frugal when buying accessories to update your wardrobe, then consider button covers. They slip right over your shirt cuff’s buttons and give you the self-expression and style typically delivered by cuff links.
A nice tie clip is an affordable way to make your office wardrobe shine a little. Look to estate sales, eBay, and garage sales for the most affordable and interesting tie clips available.
For the man wanting to show appreciation for the old-school gentlemanly aesthetic, there is no better fashion accessory than the collar pin. It exudes class and distinction and communicates a meticulous image like no other men’s fashion accessory and it does it on the cheap.
A Good Shoe Shine
Nothing brings down a good outfit like a pair of dull and unkempt dress shoes. Buy some shoe polish and make it part of your weekly routine to dust-off your dress shoes and give them a full polish when needed. Investing a few dollars and a little time in this regularly will increase the life of your shoes and give you that put-together look.
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