Finding the right touch to finalize your outfit isn’t something you usually think about when you’re a guy. Especially if you’re the type of guy who’s laid back and likes to dress casually. After all, you’ve adopted the easy-going, casual street style specifically for that very reason – being comfortable and look cool, and not to worry about additional pieces of swag. But the truth is, in order to take your outfit from average to the kind of street cool that makes heads turn, you need the help of urban accessories. And the best way to accessorize is with items that not only make you look good but also serve a purpose.
With smartphones becoming bigger and bigger, soon there won’t be pockets large enough to hold them. Mind you, carrying a bag is not something reserved for girls only. While a crossbody man purse can become the target of bad jokes, a cool backpack will only prompt compliments. Plus, street style bags come with a number of pockets to hold anything you need to carry with you, like a water bottle, a phone charger, or even your laptop. How cool and convenient is that?! And you don’t have to buy 20 bags like some women do; maybe just two or three street style bags in a neutral colour and a minimalistic design can be enough to go with all your outfits.
Having at least one quality watch in your arsenal of accessories is my personal advice. You’d be surprised how a good watch can go with everything, regardless of whether you’re dressed formally or street savvy. And you literally only need a single watch which you can change between outfits by switching out the band. If you want a more casual look, opt for a nylon or a cotton band. Similarly, for a formal occasion, the same watch can be transformed into a fancier one by adding a leather band. You can rock a watch with a sport coat, or with a buttondown shirt, it looks cool and manly with almost every outfit.
When it comes to urban outfits, hats are almost always a great addition. Casual hats, like beanies for cold weather and baseball hats for the summer, give off a playful vibe to your day look. A hat shows that you have put some effort in planning your outfit, but didn’t try too hard. However, be careful with your choices because after all, you don’t want to be that guy who wears an over-the-top wide-brimmed fedora.